Powerful Women and Glam Frocks Ruled at the Golden Globes

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There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who watch award shows to see who wins, and those who watch to see what everyone’s wearing. We are decidedly in the latter category.  But before we get to the dresses, we want to take a moment to salute Sandra Oh for winning Best Actress (Series) for “Killing Eve,” and winning the night as the badass host we knew she would be, dazzling us with her scathing commentary and working the room in three different gowns which were all designed by women.

Serious kudos to Regina King who won Best Supporting Actress (Film) for “If Beale Street Could Talk” (based on the 1974 novel by James Baldwin). Recognizing that her acceptance speech would be seen all over the world, she courageously proclaimed: “I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years everything that I produce, I am making a vow — and it’s going to be tough — to make sure that everything that I produce is 50 percent women. And I just challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, in all industries: I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same.” Brava!

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And we must pay homage to Glenn Close who was named Best Actress (Drama) for her work in “The Wife.” Her acceptance speech addressed an issue close to the heart of women all over the planet: “What I’ve learned through this whole experience is that women, we’re nurturers. That’s what’s expected of us. We have our children; we have our husbands, if we are lucky enough; and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, ‘I can do that, and I should be allowed to do that.” Yessss! Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Personal empowerment is part of our DNA at ELYSIAN.

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Now that we’ve dealt with substance, let’s take a moment to visit our happy place: the world of style. Did Gaga’s powder-blue Valentino gown make you swoon?  Were you wooed by Regina King’s metallic Alberta Ferretti? Or perhaps Janelle Monae’s unique Chanel couture look rocked your world? In any case, it goes without saying that none of these frocks are available in stores. For the most part, red carpet looks are custom-made by design houses and loaned to A-list talent for the simple fact that one red carpet capture (which is broadcast, Instagrammed and published around the world) does more to build a fashion brand than millions of dollars in advertising.  In other words, when you see Lupita Nyong’o in her sparkly beaded electric blue strapless gown from Calvin Klein it’s supposed to inspire you to stock up on CK fragrance and underwear, if not $30,000 couture dresses. That’s the conventional wisdom in the fashion world, anyway.

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We like to use award show gowns as a starting point for our own formal looks. So whether you’ve got prom on the horizon, impending nuptials, or tickets to the opera, inspiration can be found on the red carpet, and you don’t have to be a celebrity to score these frocks.

If you liked Glenn Close in this black Armani Prive cape dress with rhinestone embellishments, you’ll love this Givenchy Cape Sleeve Dress ($8,340, modaoperandi.com).

Rachel Brosnahan was transcendent in a yellow Prada dress when she was named Best Actress in a Series (Musical or Comedy). You can expect to see lots more canary in the months to come on red carpets and runways, in the form of gowns and cocktail dresses like this cheerful Zigrino one-shoulder from Max Mara ($765, modaoperandi.com).

Penelope Cruz was nominated as Best Supporting Actress (Series) for her role as designer Donatella Versace in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” And she is a Chanel ambassador and well-known muse to designer Karl Lagerfeld. But her lovely Golden Globes dress wasn’t from Versace or Chanel. She chose a black ball gown from Ralph & Russo.

If you can’t get to London to be fitted for a Ralph & Russo couture gown, you can order this sequin embellished ball gown from Christian Siriano ($10,160, modaoperandi.com).

Model Irina Shayk hit the red carpet with her beau Bradley Cooper in a gold metallic Versace gown. We imagine Irina wearing this Rachel Zoe goddess dress for more casual events, like grocery shopping ($365, bloomingdales.com).

Nicole Kidman’s merlot sequined dress from Michael Kors collection is to die for. But we could live with this lovely embellished column gown from Adrianna Papell ($229, bloomingdales.com).

We’re not sure how she does it, but Taraji Henson always manages to be sexy and classy. We think she would look as fabulous in this Aqua dress from Bloomingdale’s as she did in her Vera Wang column gown at the Golden Globes ($288, bloomingdales.com).

Sandra Oh was effervescent in this white-hot Versace dress with an asymmetric neckline. We also admire Tadashi Shoji’s take on the formal white frock with a bow ($648, bloomingdales.com).

We searched high and low for an aquamarine embellished dress reminiscent of the magnificent number from Calvin Klein that Lupita Nyong’o wore to the Golden Globes–to no avail. But you can get the very same platform heels she wore online at Aldo. Even better news is that they’re just $45.