Golden Globe Notes on How to Look Smashing in a Black Evening Gown
We’ve said it on a number of occasions wearing a black evening dress can work beautifully or terribly.Last night’s Golden Globes with Hollywood’s finest decked in black (in solidarity with victims of harassment in Hollywood) was the perfect opportunity to explore what works and what doesn’t when it comes to black evening gowns.
1 || Don’t Hide The Details
There is something to be said for details in the back of an evening dress.It exudes sexuality and confidence, but is not ideal for black dresses.Dakota Johnson looked ravishing last night when she gave us her back.The Gucci frock was encrusted with hundreds of diamante rhinestones in the back, which forced her to give us her back and turn her neck to face us while on the red carpet.
2 || Bring In The Light
Sheer fabrics were made to be worn in black, otherwise you may occasionally appear like a Disney Princess.Jessica Biel’s Dior masterpiece is the perfect example of fabric manipulation, and a reminder that sheer doesn’t need to be see-through.The sheer panels and bodice of her dress were not see-through but added light and texture to black evening number.
3 || Details
Nicole Kidman’s Givenchy dress was a really great example of detail.Attempting to count the number of fabrics and details has proven very difficult indeed.The point is, she was able to pull it off because black doesn’t always show the work. So keep in mind that you need a substantial amount of details or an elaborate silhouette to make an entrance in black.
4 || Silhouettes
Speaking of silhouettes, you need to make a decision on which direction you need to go in, either detail or silhouette.Trying to manage both is tricky.Kendall Jenner in her playful Giambattista Valli gown got the formula right with a dramatic silhouette yet single detail, the feathery pleats.What we need to caution you of, is the fact that only Kendall and other twenty-something year old models that are tall and skinny can pull off a high-waisted puff skirt.Do not attempt this at home!
5 || Definition
Just because we can’t wear a high-waisted puff skirt doesn’t mean we can’t wear pleats or lots of fabric.It just means we need to make an effort to define our bodies.Case in point Diane Kruger’s Prada masterpiece, which was incidentally our very favorite. You can see that the outlines of her silhouette are almost draw for us with that gorgeous beadwork.It has been intelligently placed in all the right places so we are looking at the waist, the shoulders and the actual silhouette of her body by way of the cape.Seriously, wow!
6 || Play With Textures
Another way to define your silhouette in a black gown is to play with different textures and fabrics.It’s more creative than just wearing something tight-fitting.A great way to prove this point is when we compare Zöe Kravitz’s Saint Laurent dress to Dakota Johnson’s.Both plain, velvet, fitted dresses, Dakota’s train in the contrasting tulle fabric takes the dress to new heights, even before we see the stunning detail in the back.
7 || Show Some Skin
Black evening wear and skin go really well together.The naked skin certainly lightens things up, and secondly and perhaps more importantly, skin can create definition. It draws the eye to certain areas and creates illusions.Kate Hudson’s Maison Valentino dress is a great example of this.The deep U-shape neckline guiding out eye towards her chest area, and ultimately her waist.Then we see the shorts and the sheer panels.The nudity in this dress acts as a guide to the eye, it’s quite marvelous.
8 || Hair
The general rule of thumb is, the hair shouldn’t touch the dress. So if your shoulders are bare, you can let your hair down, otherwise keep it up and capitalize on the bare neck and neckline.A quick glance at Kerry Washington’s winning look, in comparison with Salma Hayek’s and Ashley Judd and the difference is clear.