A Golden Kickoff to Red Carpet Season

And, we’re off! Awards season 2019 kicked off last weekend with the 76th Golden Globe Awards, and for Handled that means just the beginning of two months of red carpet fashion decadently laid out before our eyes. And might we say, the commencing carpet took us off to the races with a bang, or more accurately, a pop, of colour, fringe, and embellishments galore!

Last year, Time’s Up gained international recognition as the feminist movement took a much deserved step onto the world stage. As a result, black dress dominated the Globes carpet, and We. Were. Here. For. It. Following in the footsteps of such a powerful, emotional, megahouse red carpet and ceremony, our eyes were glued to the screen to see what sort of playful use of colour and fashions were to come. And praise the fashion goddesses, we were not disappointed!

We were delighted to see a flawless showcase of our favourite trends, alongside a strong representation of timeless classics. While some embraced the fringe, others were flirty in lace and chiffon. And menswear is simply borrowed from men no more (hello, Lena Waithe!). The ladies have taken it for themselves and made it their own. There are simply not enough words of praise to sing to Julia Roberts in her runaway hit of an ensemble. She breezed down the carpet like the seasoned pro she is in nude and black Stella McCartney jumpsuit complete with a nude half skirt. Not an easy look to pull off but Julia could not have appeared more effortless if she tried.

Amongst our favourite standout trends, we were particularly delighted to see Saoirse Ronan and Regina King giving us fresh and unique metallic envy. Saoirse’s elegant plunging Gucci gown was a shimmering dream of crystal and bead embellishment in an unexpected two-tone nude and silver metallic. We anticipated a lot of nude this year, but this blew us away. Regina came out to dominate in breathtaking Alberta Ferretti. Her pink metallic strapless practically melted over her figure. The unique texture, combined with the curve hugging style, had her gliding along the carpet like a delicious pink mermaid. Elle Woods called, and she approves.

We don’t know about you, but we couldn’t take our eyes off of Alison Brie. From the intricately beaded bandeau, to the plunging, perfectly baby blue chiffon ball gown, THAT is how you channel a modern day Cinderella. Speaking of looking breathtaking in blue, Lupita Nyong’o absolutely nailed her kick off to awards season in violet and silver fringe by Calvin Klein (though is anyone surprised – she has low key become the queen of the red carpet since arriving on the scene!). From fringe at one end of the carpet, to elegant grey lace at the other end – Emily Blunt was rocking more than arm candy (hello, John Krasinski in blue Brunello Cucinelli!). Emily complemented her divine hubby in a textured lace dream of a gown by Alexander McQueen. A beautiful twist of timeless elegance with modern touches of subtle embellishment and an uneven hemline.

Now let’s talk fashion STATEMENTS, shall we?! Two absolute standouts took a delightful step up above the norm and made their mark in the fashion world. Joanna Newsom was downright whimsical in an embellished nude lace Rodarte cocktail length work of art. Jodie Comer managed to find the perfect marriage of ladylike elegance with gothic chic in a ruffled black Ralph & Russo gown perfectly embellished with silver detailing. Any Killing Eve fans out there, did you not LOVE the clever nod that Sandra Oh and Jodie gave their characters as they channeled “good” and “evil” in white and black, respectively?!

Which was your favorite look of the night? Let us know in the comments below.

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