From Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Chic Suit to JLo’s Gift-Wrap-inspired Gown, the Best & Worst at Golden Globes

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From Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Chic Suit to JLo’s Gift-Wrap-inspired Gown, the Best & Worst at Golden Globes

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With the kind of news headlines we’ve seen in just this week, no one can deny that the ’20s are off to a rocky start. But there is one shiny bright spot we’ve had to look forward to: the kickoff of awards season with the ever-entertaining Golden Globes! Louder, boozier, and more relaxed than most ceremonies, the Globes has gained new credibility thanks to a slew of TV shows that are even more acclaimed than their cinematic counterparts — at least, if Martin Scorsese’s impassioned critique of the MCU is anything to go by. No longer can filmstars afford to side-eye the small-screen dregs of their profession from across the room, not when the TV nominees include Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, and Michael Douglas.

And with big-name celebrities, naturally, comes fashion. Forget saving their best outfits for the Oscars, the Golden Globes red carpet saw stars pulling out all the stops. One of the best dressed was Jodie Comer, nominated for her role as the charming assassin Villanelle from Killing Eve. Villanelle’s outrageous and often deadly wardrobe choices have helped make her the killer we (and Eve) hate to love. In a stroke of genius, Comer’s poofy, playful princess gown and severe slicked-back hair is a throwback to her character that has us salivating for Season 3.

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Brett Gelman, Sian Clifford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Andrew Scott, winners of Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy pose in the press room during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Joining her amongst the best-dressed was Killing Eve writer and Fleabag herself, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, wearing yet another outfit that will have hordes of women frantically trying to buy knockoffs from Zara. After her famous Fleabag jumpsuit went viral, Waller-Bridge once again broke the internet with a picture of her lounging back after the Emmys, wearing a fairytale gown, surrounded by awards. This time winning Best Actress — Musical or Comedy, Waller-Bridge wisely decided to go for a chic suit that will be auctioned off for the Australia wildfire efforts.

Of course, no fashion event is complete without Billy Porter, nominated for Pose, a series centred around New York’s trans and drag community in the ’80s. While I haven’t actually watched the acclaimed show, or anything featuring Porter, I’m ready to binge the whole thing in hopes that he never stops gracing red carpets at awards shows. In a world with too much snooze-worthy men’s fashion, Porter is as godsent as his white feathers suggest.

JLo’s attempt with a gift wrap-inspired gown was the fashion equivalent of keeping your Christmas lights up in January.

If only other actors, like Best Actor — Drama, Joaquin Phoenix, were half as adventurous as Porter. Kicking off our worst-dressed nominees is Joker Uncle, who downgraded from the fabulous red suit and mustard vest to a boring black tuxedo. On one hand, the wild-eyed Phoenix is so interesting his outfits don’t have to be, and his impassioned trainwreck of a speech was a highlight of the evening. Still, can’t we expect a bit of pizzazz from one of the most riveting and off-the-wall performers of the last decade?

But then, other stars showed us why it’s a bad idea to cling to the dead past. Jennifer Lopez’s daring red carpet choices have so often given us an eyeful, as well as exciting conversation to brighten up our drab lives. Twenty years ago, her unforgettable Versace dress made the kind of sensation that fashionistas try in vain to recreate. At the Globes, however, JLo’s attempt with a gift wrap-inspired gown was the fashion equivalent of keeping your Christmas lights up in January.

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In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Hildur Guðnadóttir accepts the award for BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE for “Joker” onstage, with Golden Globe Ambassador Paris Brosnan, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Lopez, during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Even JLo couldn’t hold a candle to Gwyneth Paltrow and her ephemeral gown, presumably made of organic cappuccino foam sourced from the Bolivian wilderness. So focused is this dress on her superhuman abs that it has clearly been written off as a marketing expense for Goop, Paltrow’s notoriously dippy health and wellness brand. Disclaimer: Going for one of Goop’s touted vaginal steams will probably not give you a core of steel, but at least you’ll feel warm and expensive on the inside.

Better power couples than Gwyneth and Goop, or steam and tender tissues, include Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie, whose on-screen romance translated to real life. Now, the Jon Snow and Ygritte magic has gone with Kit Harrington’s luscious locks. Director-darling couple Greta Gerwig (whom the Golden Globes failed to nominate for Little Women) and Noah Baumbach looked less like celebrated filmmakers and more like they just watched Marriage Story. And then there are the candy-coloured Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, proving once again that they live a perfect life in their own animated series, and forcing us to wonder: How do we get in to next year’s do?

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