Sure, you can watch the Golden Globes for the tipsy acceptance speeches, or for Taraji P. Henson handing out cookies on the way to the stage. But let's be honest: Most of us tune in for the amazing style, living the glamorous life vicariously through Jennifer Lawrence. Even if the only Oscar party on your radar consists of you, your sofa, a bottle of champagne and a wedge of brie, these are the red carpet trends you need to know.
1. Dark metallics
Gold is nothing new on the red carpet, likely as some sort of award-winning actualization tactic for nominees, but this year's gowns featured that signature sparkle in a darker palette. Case in point: Julianne Moore's sophisticated yet sexy column of shimmering navy, Jenna Dewan-Tatum in resplendent Zuhair Murad and Melissa McCarthy's perfectly draped midnight blue sheen.
2. In the mood for Marsala
Whether you call it oxblood or marsala, this universally flattering deep red hue has been a style staple for a few seasons now, yet it still feels dramatic and fresh. Rocking memorable marsala looks were Zendaya in dramatic three-tiered lace by Marchesa, Olivia Wilde in a shiny plunging halter and Amber Heard, whose gown blended the hue in to add richness to the gauzy, multi-tonal frock.
3. Daring cleavage
Here's a fun fact that will make you feel old: It's been 16 years since Jennifer Lopez introduced the world to boob tape in that iconic plunging green Versace at the Grammys. These days drawing attention to your neckline requires a bit more complications. One assumes Kirsten Dunst had to be sewn into her surprisingly modern-feeling Valentino, Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggett daringly mixed plunging and strapless, while Jaimie Alexander reminded us that a deep V and a bold print still gets the job done.
4. White hot
The days of avoiding white dresses because they feel too bridal are dead and gone; the color (technically non-color) was everywhere on the red carpet. White can be tricky to get right on camera (any subtle details get lost in the light) so the most successful versions were the minimalist column dresses on Laverne Cox and Taraji P. Henson, visible texture like the ephemeral pleats of Alicia Vikander's Louis Vuitton stunner and subtle sheen in a classic shape, as seen on Lily James and Saoirse Ronan.
5. Capes and capes
If there was a break-the-internet dress on the Globes' red carpet it was Jennifer Lopez's body-hugging citron stunner by Giambattista Valli, whose eye-popping appeal was only heightened by the inclusion of an elbow-length cape. When it comes to declaring trends of the night, the cape earns inclusion on the strength of this outfit alone, but note the capelet-like lines of Cate Blanchett's pale pink fringed Givenchy gown, Jennifer Lawrence's faux crop top and in the tulle-like shoulder coverings on Sarah Hay and Emilia Clarke.