Golden Globes Red-Carpet Fashion Blackout Puts Damper on Dealmaking
Instead of stylists taking money from brands under the table for their clients to wear the goods, or celebs taking money over the table, people are asking for a sizable donation" to Time's Up, says a fashion publicist.
The last-minute Golden Globes fashion blackout has designers, Hollywood stylists and showroom managers working overtime this week, and traditional red-carpet dealmaking is being replaced by calls for charitable donations.
Time’s Up buttons are being distributed to nominees and presenters, and some stars, including Shailene Woodley, are asking fashion brands they are considering wearing to make donations to the sexual harassment prevention initiative’s legal defense fund. “Instead of stylists taking money from brands under the table for their clients to wear the goods, or celebs taking money over the table, people are asking for a sizable donation to the group,” says one fashion publicist who asked not to be named.
Karla Welch, who works with The Handmaid's Tale nominee Elisabeth Moss, is donating her day rate on Sunday to Time’s Up. “Everyone has been really supportive,” she says of the fashion industry, which has not gone untouched by the wave of sexual harassment claims, with high-profile photographers Bruce Weber and Terry Richardson both accused. “Designers have remade dresses in black; it’s been pretty awesome.”
With the "bomb cyclone" storm set to hit New York City and its fashion center on Wednesday, designer Prabal Gurung and his assistants raced to beat the storm and ship more all-black looks to Los Angeles, where showrooms are already a sea of noir. “We are a brand that wants to support women, that’s something we’re proud of,” says Gurung, noting that he’d like to add "Time’s Up" to his repertoire of popular feminist slogan protest tees.