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The Golden Globes – was it 2015 or 1950?

As our readers know, we will occasionally depart from the law and legal developments to inject our personal views on the intersection of fashion and culture. This post is purely personal commentary on fashion and culture. Don’t hesitate to comment! -Deanna

For anyone who knows my background, thanks to the recent Legal News article, you know that my initial appreciation of garments came from a place of necessity and utility. Fortunately, my life permits me the leisure of enjoying the aesthetics of a garment and the opportunity to use fashion for creative expression.

I tuned into the Golden Globes on Sunday night with more interest in what was worn than what was won. I of course enjoyed seeing some beautiful dresses. Kate Hudson in Versace was stunning, and what a fine example of one way of dealing with the absence of IP protection in the US for garment design – make something that required such precision that a quality copy is virtually impossible.

While lovely, beautifully dressed women were out in droves, I was disappointed by the sea of men wearing the black tux, white shirt “uniform.” At an event attended by so many creative people, and at a time when men’s fashion seems to be exploding, why the uniform? Common strayed just a bit from the uniform. Sure, he and many of the men looked good, but I found myself yearning for Macklemore in emerald green or the NBA draft. Pardon the rant, but when a braid in a man’s hair gets a surprising amount of attention, the guys need to step it up.

I must confess, I might have missed something great. I gave up and tuned out when I became frustrated by the disconnect between the talk and the wardrobe. Transparent (which I have yet to see) won awards, motivated moving acceptance speeches, and generated lots of applause.  In stark contrast, the attendees were, with precious little exception, emphasizing their gender in the most stereotypical manner. Women were wearing dresses made to display their …. let’s call it “femininity,” while making it impossible for them to walk without tripping or tugging, while so many men steadfastly avoided self-expression. Adding a Je suis Charlie button was a wonderful gesture, but the black and white uniform conveyed nothing but … well, just nothing.

In many instances, fashion defines and leads, or at least keeps up with, changes in our culture. Unfortunately, that didn’t appear to happen at the Golden Globes. Thanks to the few, the very few, who chose to wear something that was of the moment and conveyed a sense of self.  

Categories: Fashion, Intellectual Property


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