Red Carpet Fashion Post Weinstein


A lot of necessary and thoughtful consideration is being paid to how awards shows, the red carpet, and fashion will be covered post-Weinstein: Is an all-black red carpet protest a good thing? Should best (and worst) dressed lists persist? (The Cut says no.) It wouldn’t make sense to think about Hollywood’s most celebratory events in that frothy and self-congratulatory light they are so often bathed in.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

The New York Times‘ Styles section has announced that, in addition to the usual style and culture reporters (fashion critic Vanessa Friedman and Hollywood reporter and Carpetbagger blogger Cara Buckley), Jodi Kantor, she of the Weinstein exposé, and numerous others, will also be contributing to red carpet coverage. But, but! The section will still report on and display all the “cool dresses and tuxedos.” Here’s the rationale: “We think this is more useful than exploitative, as red carpet coverage is mostly of women, about, by and for women. Two thirds of the online audience for pictures here of the 2017 Grammys and the 2017 Golden Globes were women.” See, women like red carpet fashion, they reason—the data shows it!

Getty

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

I think it’s great that the Styles section is devoting substantial resources to covering the red carpet this year. In fact, it just unveiled an impressive package devoted to it. What I take issue with here is what feels like justification for embracing fashion for fashion’s sake. As if that kind of coverage would otherwise be too fluffy or shallow to indulge in “in these times.” As if enjoying the fashion on a red carpet is just plain vapid, as Megan Garber asserts at The Atlantic. As if we, women, can’t appreciate a good dress (or cheer for an actress who clearly feels good in hers) and listen to that same actress speak out about the systemic sexism and racism plaguing her industry.

Fashion, and the ways in which women have used it, has always been worthy of rigorous, smart reporting. (Look no further than Robin Givhan’s Pulitzer-prize winning coverage of Michelle Obama’s style for evidence of that.) In part because women have not always been able to use their voices so freely, clothes have long served as a way to make a statement: consider the Suffragettes in white (and later Hillary Clinton signaling their efforts with her own all-white pants suit at the DNC), Black Panthers in militaristic garb and Afros, or Latinx women in quinceañera dresses on the steps of the Texas State Capitol to protest an immigration enforcement law. But that doesn’t mean we can’t revel in fashion, too.

And on ELLE.com over the coming months, that’s what we’ll do. We will report on what this black dress red carpet protest looks and sounds like, and reflect on its success. (The Times’ Jenna Wortham makes a great point about the incredible privilege of this kind of protest.) We will be closely following the nominations, watching for recognition for the work that women do behind the camera as well as in front of it. And we will still find occasion to celebrate the designers, stylists, and makeup artists who work hard to make beautiful things. At the Atlantic, Gerber writes that it would be a “dereliction of duty” for red carpet reporters to ask stars about “sequins and Spanx.” To be sure, the red carpet has an ugly tradition of focusing on the superficial when women walk down it, and it can serve as a platform to speak about more. (In fact, it has! See: #AskHerMore.) But far be it from us to shame the actress who feels fucking great in her dress and wants to talk about that and the next project she’s producing.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Getty

In her criticism of the black dress red carpet protest, Robin Givhan argues that wearing black “takes the fizz out of fashion” and is therefore “regressive.” Instead, she thinks women should “Wear red. Wear retina-searing fuchsia or yellow. Wear sequins and rhinestones.” It’s the time to be “seen and heard,” she argues. I’d argue for women wearing whatever the hell they want. And if wearing black en masse feels like an empowering moment of solidarity for women in Hollywood (as it does for nominees Saoirse Ronan and Allison Janney) and an occasion to raise awareness for Time’s Up, that’s great. And if another actor wants to wear sequins and feathers because that’s what makes her feel most like herself, that’s great too. Fashion is, at its core, about self expression. And so the clothes we put on are always statements in and of themselves.



Source link

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Who Is Adam Rippon? | POPSUGAR Fitness
Hot Guys Lifting Weights Pictures
The Funiest Fenty Beauty Product Reviews
I Let a Life Coach Re-Do My Dating Profile
Getting Raise With Stingy Boss

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *