Last month, Hollywood heavyweights including Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria announced a pledge to wear black on the red carpet as part of their Time’s Up movement which seeks to assist and empower women in the wake of #MeToo.
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“For years, we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour. This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” Longoria told the New York Times.
And what a difference it made. While some initially criticised the decision as pointless, the eschewing of colour for black on the red carpet showed solidarity as well as prompting the shift of red carpet questioning from, “What are you wearing” to “Why are you wearing black”. (Post continues after gallery.)
President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – the body which hosts the ceremony – Meher Tatna wore a red gown and matching overcoat.
She told Access Hollywood she wore red because it goes against Indian culture to wear black unless you’re a widow in mourning.
She assured Vanity Fair she was "totally in solidarity" with the Time's Up movement.
Actress Blanco Blanco also wore a red velvet dress, with slashed detailing in the leg, chest and sleeve.
She told Refinery29 exclusively that she "love[s] red" but that doesn't mean she's against the Time's Up movement.
"I applaud and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to brake [sic] the circle of abuse through their actions and their style choice. It is one of many factors leading women to a safer place because of their status in the acting world. I am excited about the 'Time's Up' movement because true change is long overdue," she said.
She was wearing the Time's Up pin sported by many attendees, both male and female.