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The True Winners of the Golden Globes 2016

Photo: fashionsizzle.com
Photo: fashionsizzle.com

While most people were glued to their television sets (and phones) watching the Golden Globe Arrivals Special, to see the dresses and outfits the celebrities were wearing on the red carpet — and posting/tweeting about which were the best and the worst dressed — I noticed something else.

It was exciting to see the amount of new designers worn by some of the younger and older generation of talented Hollywood actresses. Now by “new,” I mean designers other than the usual household names … names not typically recognized by non-fashion followers. These “new” designers are now infiltrating the red carpet.

“New” designers are now infiltrating the stream of typical red carpet exclusivity.

Since the late, great Joan Rivers made “Who are you wearing?” the most famous phrase on the red carpet, celebrity arrivals for award shows have now become an event into itself.

The 2016 Golden Globe Awards were no different … except that the names of designers being mentioned in the media now included Reem Acra, Elizabeth Kennedy, Thakoon (you may recognize his name from the infamous The September Issue movie-doc), Genny, Jenny Packham, Paule Ka, Andrew GN, Roland Mauret, and Zuhair Murad.

Genny Spring 2016
Genny Spring 2016

Of the Golden Globes, Vogue said: “As the first big night on the Hollywood calendar, all eyes are perennially on the Golden Globe Awards to set the trends — both in red-carpet fashion and for the names to watch this awards season.”

If that statement holds true, then the fashion trend coming in Hollywood is to search out new talent and new creativity from designers who have incredible work … but may have not yet received the fanfare of a household name.

Or maybe the new visibility of fashion week, an increased awareness of the breadth of talent out there, and a heightened interest in fashion by the public is also playing into it.

No matter what’s fueling the trend, this is great news for all upcoming designers: to know they could have a shot to outfit an “A-lister” on the red carpet.

Congrats to all the designers who received prime placement on these A-list actresses:

Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) – Elizabeth Kennedy

Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abby) – Reem Acra

Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) – Thakoon

Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) – Jenny Packham

Jaimie Alexander (NBC Blindspot) – Genny

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) – Jenny Packham

Patricia Arquette (CSI Cyber) – Paule Ka

Malin Akerman (Billions) – Reem Acra

Calista Flockhart (Supergirl) – Andrew GN

Jenna Dewan Tatum (Supergirl) – Zuhair Murad

Eva Green (Penny Dreadful) – Elie Saab

Maura Tierney (The Affair) – Elizabeth Kennedy

Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) – Roland Mouret

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With love,

FWO