The most interesting outfits at the 2020 Golden Globes

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Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

One rule: No boring clothes allowed.

Think back a couple of days ago. Could you feel something in the air? Something like drama, anticipation and the swishing of gown after gown after gown?

The 77th annual Golden Globes have come and gone, and all that’s left to do is celebrate the wins and pass judgement on the outfits.

For anyone who didn’t tune in, Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for Joker, the best film categories went to 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and FJ fave Phoebe Waller-Bridge took home not one, but two wins for Fleabag.

And, while we had no say in dishing out those prizes, we can’t resist the opportunity to highlight what we think were the best fashion moments of the night.

And the winners are…

Awkwafina in Dior


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Awkwafina arrived on the red carpet looking like a dramatic little vampire and I could not have been happier. The ruffles, the shoulders, the red lip. This is exactly the kind of flair needed when accepting a historic win, marking the star as the first Asian recipient of a best leading actress award.

Billy Porter in Alex Vinash


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Billy Porter never, ever fails me. Decked out in head to toe white, feathers and over 4,000 Swarovski crystals, this was Billy’s night. Even if he didn’t win. Apologies to every other man in attendance whose slick but unexciting suits faded into Billy’s shadow – but I’ll give a special mention to Andrew Scott and Chris Evans for at least trying out a new colour.

Beanie Feldstein in Oscar de la Renta


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Midnight blue was clearly the colour of the evening – also donned by Knives Out’s Ana de Armas and eternal icon Glenn Close. Nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy for her performance in Booksmart, Beanie Feldstein was equal parts striking and darling in sparkling navy pleats and the cutest earrings I’ve seen in a hot second.

Kaitlyn Dever in Valentino


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Also doing it right was Feldstein’s co-star Kaitlyn Dever – nominated for best performance in a limited series for Unbelivable – in an insanely beautiful Valentino gown. I could count the amount of printed textiles in attendance on one hand. Which is probably a good thing if this is what they would have been up against.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Fendi


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Everyone’s favourite lightly problematic rich hippie, Gwyneth Paltrow, wore one of the most visually interesting pieces of the night. Had this sheer Fendi fairy-princess-cum-dirt-queen moment been in any other colour it might have been boring, but its unconventional shade managed to redeem and elevate it.

Cynthia Erivo in Thom Browne


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Cynthia Erivo may not have won the best performance crown, but this glittering, figure-hugging Old Hollywood homage couldn’t lose. After seeing this dress, every other black and white look of the night felt like an unfortunate imitation.

Saoirse Ronan in Celine


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I know slinky chain dresses that are seconds from showing off your naughty parts are nothing new, particularly at award shows. But Saoirse Ronan is so attractive that I’m left saying nothing but “oh, shiny” and losing my train of thought. Bravo!

Lulu Wang in Thom Browne


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Turn away from all these glitzed-up actors and appreciate the corseted glory of director and writer Lulu Wang. This look is what Harry Styles should have worn to the Met Gala, snatched waist and all.

Zoey Deutch in Fendi


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Bold crayon shades were certainly popular this year, but nobody went with anything quite as joy-inducing as Zoey Deutch’s sunflower yellow jumpsuit – yes, those are pants. I checked, and I’m absolutely thrilled.

Helen Mirren in Dior


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Matching the carpet was another big trend for 2020, pulled off most effectively by scarlet queen Helen Mirren. Seen swishing her beautiful big skirt around and flashing a bit of collarbone, Mirren should be congratulated for taking full advantage of a glamour moment.

Maeve is the Editorial Assistant at Fashion Journal. She writes about movies, hot people, pop culture and everything in between.

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