As an alternative of the same old parade of cleavage, peekaboo thighs and sheer materials, the crimson carpets of the upcoming Hollywood awards season are going to look extra just like the set of “The Nun’s Story.”
The normal show of self-importance and paid-to-wear frippery is getting a blackout within the #MeToo age.
The Hollywood Reporter and different information shops revealed final week that actresses are uniting in help of sexual-misconduct victims by sporting all black and extra modest robes to the yr’s first huge awards bash, the Golden Globes, on Jan. 7.
“I began getting calls from stylists a couple of month in the past,” a rep for one of many largest designers of red-carpet robes instructed The Publish.
A supply near the Hollywood International Press Affiliation, which hosts the Globes, mentioned the group’s officers had nothing to do with the creation of the black-gown motion — nor had been they conscious of it till not too long ago — “however are 100 p.c supportive.”
“But,” the supply added, “they nonetheless count on this to be the get together the Globes all the time is.”
That could be true, however Hollywood company CAA — which parted methods with agent Cameron Mitchell after he was accused of sexual assault in November — has canceled its annual Globes bash and can use the cash to start out a authorized fund for victims of sexual harassment and abuse.
A Globes insider mentioned the black-gown thought “began with the actresses who got here collectively on this. However they aren’t in mourning. It’s a present of solidarity and sisterhood with girls in every single place.”
The black-gown motion was ripped by actress Rose McGowan, one of many first girls to accuse pervy film mogul Harvey Weinstein of assault — in her occasion, an alleged rape.
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who fortunately labored for The Pig Monster, are sporting black @Golden Globes,” McGowan tweeted, in reference to Weinstein.
“YOUR SILENCE is THE downside,” she mentioned of Streep, who has mentioned that she and others didn’t know in regards to the producer’s predations.
“You’ll settle for a faux award breathlessly & have an effect on no actual change,” the tweet continued.
McGowan concluded her screed by name-dropping the style model of Weinstein’s now-estranged designer spouse, Georgina Chapman: “I despise your hypocrisy. Possibly you must all put on Marchesa.”
One concern amongst Hollywood superstar stylists now could be, what number of black robes do designers even have available? The spring 2018 collections, which is what stylists would usually pull from, are all about lavender, pink, huge florals, ethereal whites and art-infused prints.
A rep for one of many largest showrooms of worldwide designer robes mentioned it was besieged with requests for quieter clothes, no frills — and naturally, black.
“We’re scouring the archives of designers for black, and so they’re prepared to [design] new robes for A-list actresses,” the rep mentioned.
A staffer for certainly one of Hollywood’s largest designers mentioned: “The robes might be extra modest, however sturdy — a robust shoulder, all about energy.”
Marilyn Heston of the MHA fashion-publicity agency in Los Angeles, mentioned: “There’s all the time a last-minute scramble for higher clothes — simply this yr, they’ll be black. I’m certain there received’t be as a lot strapless as standard, and the jewellery might be toned down. We’ve had a ton of requests for black footwear and black night clutch baggage.”
Tarana Burke, who based the #MeToo motion, mentioned she wasn’t contacted by anybody relating to the black-dress effort however thought-about it a daring assertion of solidarity.
“That is what #MeToo is all about,” Burke mentioned. “It speaks to the whole gravity of the occasions.”
There isn’t but a #MeToo ribbon for celebs to put on, however Burke mentioned stars had been more likely to pin on the teal ribbon conceived for April’s Sexual Assault Consciousness month, created years in the past in relation to campus sexual violence.
The Globes are referred to as “Hollywood’s get together of the yr,” and first-time host Seth Meyers can have quite a bit to do with the night’s temper.
The late-night TV host not too long ago mentioned he would virtually definitely tackle the sexual-harassment scandals in his monologue however “the perfect jokes might be written inside every week of it.”
An individual in his camp instructed The Publish: “Seth’s very good. He’ll make respectful remarks about sexual abuse originally, then at the least a number of Harvey Weinstein jokes later. In any case, Harvey was the king of the Golden Globes.”
The Display Actors Guild is staging its personal protest for its awards ceremony on Jan. 21, by having solely feminine presenters for the 13 appearing awards.
Kathy Connell, govt producer of the SAG Awards, has a daughter who works aiding sexual-assault victims and helped affect the choice.
“This transfer was not nearly sexual assault however equality on the whole,” Connell mentioned.
The query nonetheless stays as to how the Oscars will deal with its huge elephant within the room: Whether or not final yr’s Greatest Actor winner Casey Affleck, who has been accused of sexual assault by a number of girls (and has denied the costs), ought to be presenting Greatest Actress, per Oscar custom.
“Both approach, it’s not nice,” mentioned a significant expertise agent. “If he goes, he might get booed. If he doesn’t, it’s clear he was not wished there. Casey’s publicists are very involved about it, consider me.”
There’s at the moment a petition, signed by 15,000 members, asking that Affleck be barred from presenting.
Daybreak Hudson, Movement Image Academy CEO, mentioned the academy’s officers are mulling a call.
Affleck’s publicists didn’t reply to requests for remark.
No matter else occurs, trend historian Bronwyn Cosgrave predicted one secure wager:
“One factor you might be certain of, nobody might be sporting Marchesa!”