Normally, I start this post as soon as the awards show ends, but I knew that this year was going to take a little bit longer. In fact, I cleared the entire rest of my night to write this post because I wanted to take extra care of it. I also didn’t want to fuck this up. Before we get into what everyone wore, I want to say how difficult it is to write this post. Everyone. EVERYONE was extremely beautiful and elegant and this year, it wasn’t about the gowns at all because the color black symbolized something more. It was a movement of women who stood together supporting each other against sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender inequality, unequal pay for women, and so much more. Why is this list even as long as it is? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? We’re also not focusing on significant others and dates to the awards show because this year many actresses chose to bring along with them activists and strong women in this world who are leading these efforts everywhere.
This time around, we’re going to do things a little bit differently. What will stay the same – the photos and the designer. But I’m keeping my critiques to myself because I just don’t think that on a night like this and an award show as amazing as this one was this evening, that we need any more criticism towards women and how they are dressed. And maybe we’ll choose to continue to do it this way from now on.
What I’m really excited to focus on in this post is how these stylists and actresses rose up to the challenge of wearing these black gowns and making it their own. They added pops of color, accessorized, and emphasized their hair and makeup instead of letting the gowns speak entirely for them. Except in a way, they did – powerfully. It will be hard to select my favorites, which I’ll share on my Instagram Stories later on this evening.
And while this evening was moving and inspiring, it’s a reminder to me that there’s still a lot of work to do. That there are men in that audience that are not supporters and instead abusers that have not been called out yet. That while we shifted the focus on the red carpet to not ask about who they were wearing, reporters were not asking enough men about what they were going to do to support the #TimesUp movement or how they felt about it. Very few wore anything, but black on the red carpet, but is this the same “fall-in-line” culture just repeating itself again? Also, wearing a uniform black dress doesn’t solve the problem(s). In high school, these sort of things were just called spirit days. (sorry was that harsh)
There’s a lot to unpack probably in the coming months, but we don’t gotta do that tonight…
Tracee Ellis Ross in Marc Jacobs
Debra Messing wearing Christian Siriano
Can you believe that American Idol is already going into their 10th season? I had no idea that the show had been running for so long, but then you remember all of the contestants that have been impacted by the show – Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, etc. In its 10th season, the show is about to undergo some major changes, the first being a new lineup of judges. We have lost Ellen DeGeneres after one season, Kara DiGuardio after two, and Simon Cowell who has been with us from the start. Randy Jackson will still be at the judge’s table along with newbies Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez [who will be earning $12 million for her contract with the show.] American Idol has always been searching for “the next big superstar” so they are making sure they have all of their bases covered by lowering the age to audition to age 15. You never know how many Justin Bieber’s could be out there.
This year, American Idol also plans to allow auditions to be recorded and posted on MySpace. [I see we’re trying to bring this one back again.] From now until October 6th, contestants will be able to post a 40-second video of their audition, but are limited to just one audition video per contestant. They will be judged just like on American Idol and then receive callbacks to Los Angeles if chosen. If they are judged just like they are on American Idol, does that mean the judges will give criticism via…MySpace comments?!
Rihanna in Marchesa – 2.8 This looks like a crumpled up doily.
No way could I have forgotten this!
Yes Aaron Carter. You are the fiercest “comeback” bitch in town. 5!
Singer Kelly Clarkson looks great and happy. 4