When wearing black isn’t enough…

This year was a first for the Golden Globes- the women chose to wear black to protest the rampant sex abuse that was brought to light in recent months. The Time’s up campaign, that 300 actresses have signed up for, have teamed up with the National Women’s Law Center and have raised $15 million over the weekend.

The awards started the dialogue too with Debra Messings questioning E! on gender pay gap, to Natalie Portman calling out the all male best director nominees, to Oprah’s speech that many termed presidential. It was a defining moment for an evening that focused on glitz and glamor and the outfits to take on something real.

But something about this felt very hollow to me. It didn’t connect at all, firstly because the issues brought to light weren’t breaking news, everyone knew about Harvey Weinstein being a pig and yet fawned over him. I get that he was powerful and you don’t mess with that, but no leading lady came to support the first accusers until there was enough media attention. Other examples: Roman Polanski got a standing ovation when he won the Oscar for Pianist, and Woody Allen got a free pass for being a genius. Yes, there is finally a united voice but in some ways, the leading ladies didn’t lead by example in the protests.

The other part is wearing black as protest almost feels like a themed party- it isn’t like a protest T-shirt where everyone is wearing the same slogan. If we are protesting the focus on dresses, maybe the solution is a boycott to “what are you wearing” questions, and if we are focusing on the sex abuse prevalent, then maybe discussing that would be a start. Instead the attention is focused on the black dress and the message is lost.

One amazing idea I saw online was if the women wore suits instead with the message they are taking the power in Hollywood. That would have been a powerful message, and one that was echoed through the evening.

It’s a step in the right direction to bring this issue to light, but let’s move past the token gesture of wearing black and have a meaningful dialogue. Let’s move the discussion forward, but real steps not fashionable twirls!

My favorite Golden Globes 2012 gowns

Yesterday marked the beginning of the my most eagerly awaited time of the year: Award season! I haven’t seen Joan Rivers fashion police yet, but I must say this year’s award season is very ho-hum–same colors and trends. One strong color trend was the white– some of the gowns looked more like bridal gowns!

My favorite gowns for this year:

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I love Sofia Vergara, and in this fishtail gown by Vera Wang with Harry Winston diamonds, she looks absolutely heavenly. I am never a fan of fishtail gowns, and I didn’t think it would work on a curvy woman, but it fits her like a glove. Blue is such an awesome color on her!

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As one of the young and happening starlets, Emma Stone was the centre of attention. She attracted attention in this gorgeous plunging berry gown, with contrasting red accents and dramatic belt by Lanvin. Mi amore!

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Jessica Alba looks radiant in this stunning Gucci beaded gown with a hint of pink and the right amount of bling, courtesy of Bulgari jewels. What a comeback after her second baby!

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Speaking of yummy mommies, Natalie Portman looks like a knock out in this pink and red gown by Lanvin (a popular favorite this year!)

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One of my red carpet favorites is the ever-graceful Kate Beckinsale. Keeping with the popular bridal trend, Kate looks gorgeous in this white strapless gown by Roberto Cavalli. Bridal chic indeed!

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Taking a break from her usual dark hues, Angelina Jolie stunned in a stunning ivory number with contrasting blood red accents by Atelier Versace. Sparkling change!

My favorite Oscar 2011 gowns

Actually I should label it as my new wishlist… Anyone willing to donate/gift them to me?! Of course I would need to work out like crazy for the next year, and find occasions to wear these gorgeous gowns, but a girl can dream!

My favorite is the first gown which Anne Hathway wore while hosting the awards. This vanilla-colored bustier gown–Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci is Hollywood royalty all the way!

This is almost tied as my favorite gown, and its Anne Hathaway again. This burgundy silk chiffon gown by Atelier Versace is so striking it takes your breath away.

At this point I must say the overwhelming style icon this year has been Anne Hathway. Although there were lots of bright reds at the Oscars, my favorite one was this one by Valentino.

Mila Kunis has been a style hit this whole award season, and this gorgeous lavender gown by Elie Saab gown is so beautiful!

Glowing  Natalie Portman radiated in this gorgeous gown by Rodarte.

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