Women Wear the Pants this Awards Season

Posted January 8, 2018 12:13 a.m. EST

Black was the indisputable trend of the Golden Globes, but pants were a close second. Pants have a tendency to appear at least once or twice on most award show red carpets, but given the homogeneity of color at the Globes, shape became the place to diversify.

Among the pants wearers was Alison Brie, nominee for best performance by an actress in a television series for her role in “Glow,” who wore skinny black pants ... under a voluminous sleeveless dress. “Tonight is about women wearing the pants so I chose to literally wear the pants,” Brie said.

Debra Messing, an eight-time Golden Globe nominee and an actress on NBC’s “Will & Grace,” paired her floor-length black pants with an equally long sparkly black-and-silver dress that had a wide opening in the front. “I am wearing black to thank and honor all of the brave whistle-blowers who came forward and share their stories of harassment and assault and discrimination,” Messing told E! commentator Giuliana Rancic. “To stand in solidarity with my sisters all over the globe.”

Then, in a moment that shook the internet, she added: “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-host the same as their male co-host,” Messing said. “I miss Catt Sadler, so we stand with her. And that’s something that can change tomorrow.” Sadler is a former E! host who left the network in December because she said her male colleague, Jason Kennedy, was paid twice as much.

Lena Waithe, the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and a member of Time’s Up, wore a shiny black suit with a black shirt and a black bow tie. “It may be a small way of showing solidarity, but to me this is extremely important,” she said to InStyle magazine. “If someone looks back and wants to know where I stood, they’ll see that picture of me on the red carpet wearing nothing but black.”

Ryan Michelle Bathe arrived with her husband, Sterling K. Brown, in a black suit with dark-black stripes down the sides of the pants. “I may never wear a dress ever again,” Bathe said. “She wears the pants in our family so it’s only apropos that she wears pants,” Brown said.

Another fan of the suit was Susan Sarandon, who attended with Rosa Clemente, a community organizer and journalist. Christina Hendricks took a page from the dress-slash-pants book, while Alexis Bledel and Maggie Gyllenhaal opted for jumpsuits, one black and white, the other shimmery and sleeveless.