Critics Choice Awards 2023: Ladies in Black

Posted on January 16, 2023

It’s not exactly a novel observation that there was a not-insignificant number of black or black-dominant looks on the Critics Choice Awards. Don’t take this as a trend piece so much as a “We’ve got to group as many of these stars together at one time in order to get to all of them” piece. So here they are, folks. The ladies who made basic black anything but. We could’ve added Janelle Monae to this list, but we figured that lady’s choices rated some spotlight time.


Angela Bassett in Christian Siriano

Long-time bitter kittens know that we don’t like tiered dresses, so we won’t pretend to love this design on its own, but we can’t deny that she looks STUNNING in it. To be fair, a lot of that has to do with her ability to work a look as well as some striking styling.


Ayo Edebiri in Thom Browne

It’s cutely dorky, which works really well for her, and it’s not the exact same Thom Browne suit we’ve seen plenty of times. Our only quibble is that everything above the waist looks a little askew or ill-fitted. The train wasn’t needed, but if it has to be there, we’d prefer it just be an extension of the jacket. We can’t imagine how annoying it would be to have your shirt tail dragging on the floor all night.


Jennifer Coolidge in Dolce & Gabbana

We would’ve rec’d ditching the gloves, especially since the blacks don’t match, but this looks surprisingly low-key elegant. Could’ve used a pendant, though.


Jessie Buckley in Vivienne Westwood

We’d bet this as much a tribute to a punk icon as it is a personal preference for her. Either way, we think it looks pretty great on her. Not too sure about the hair color, though.


Kaley Cuoco in Dior Couture

This is lovely and looks pretty comfy as maternity wear, but it also looks like it would be incredibly hot to wear for any length of time.


Lily James in Oscar de la Renta

It’s possible that one of us may have shouted something to the effect of, oh… we don’t know… something like “Oh for fuck’s sake, just LINE THE DAMN THING.” We admit that our feelings on these matters tend to be inconsistent, but sometimes a certain style of dress just looks dumb when you render it transparent.


Natasha Lyonne in Gucci

It works a lot better with the shades (probably because we don’t like the “Bette Davis: The Final Years” eye makeup situation), but we don’t think the Flintstones hem works at all.


Nina Hoss in Thom Browne

It’s very cute, if not very fresh. The shoes are a bit of a pleasant surprise, since they’re not brogues or boots, which is what we usually see when this look pops up on the red carpet again. We don’t think we like the design of them, but they’re unexpected, at least.


Sadie Sink in Chanel Couture

We don’t think  we like the design of the bodice in combination with the fullness of the skirt. It would look so much better all in black, without the cutout.


Sarah Hyland in Stella McCartland

Girlfriend’s doing the most, but if she wants to go all hottie on the red carpet, we support her efforts.


[Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association, Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association]

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