Now, I know very well that this here is a very, very superficial angle to approach this year's Golden Globe dresses from. These ladies chose to wear black - indeed in many cases despite it fearfully clashing with their complexion and colouring - for a noble and respectable reason, and not in order to end up on fashion blogs. However, please forgive me -- I could not help but jump at the golden [ha!] opportunity they gave me to demonstrate how different, creative, unique and varied simple black dresses can be. And for this, ladies, I doubly salute you.
I bring you below an array of black dresses - all fully black: only those that did not feature other colours made the selection - and see how designers have made them different, imaginative, unusual and gorgeous in their simplicity.
One of the simplest dresses of the night - Zoe Kravitz's statuesque strapless velvet gown is an absolute stunner:
Reese Witherspoon's classic, fuss-free fishtail dress is rendered unique by a single flap at the neckline in a slightly shimmery fabric:
Emilia Clarke's otherwise very simple dress features a daring yet classy neckline and a girly bow at the waist to cool down the effect:
Gillian Anderson's seemingly simple column dress manages to tick off two trends in one go with the asymmetric neckline and exaggerated single sleeve:
Whilst Kristin Cavallari's amazing dress - possibly my favourite of the night, although probably not the most practical for dinners - features two exaggerated sleeves as its sole embellishment:
Madeline Brewer looks effortless in a spaghetti strap number decorated with sexy but laid-back fringing:
Yvonne Strahovski goes for a shimmery mermaid effect in a wet-look strapless gown:
Whilst Renee Bargh glitters from head to toe:
Gal Gadot channels the bull-ring in a simple, ruched creation topped with a dramatic cropped blazer with a contrasting sheen:
Angelina Jolie is the epitome of Hollywood diva in this classically cut dress with sheer details and show-stopping cuffs:
Velvet again on Viola Davis, with a gorgeous neckline that oozes classy glamour:
Penelope Cruz does subtly super-sexy [yes, this apparently is possible] in an off-the-shoulder lace number with contrasting satin train:
Nicole Kidman combines demure lace and frills to a fairy-like effect:
Kate Hudson dazzles in an edgy, see-through, macrame-inspired gown:
Naomi Campbell is elegant in a column dress with delicate ribbon-like detailing:
Salma Hayek manages to make her simple, flowing high-neck gown look outrageously sensual:
Whilst Alicia Vikander is modesty itself in a subtle, high-neck lace dress [until she turns around]:
And finally, to follow all the sober silhouettes, let's finish with an exuberant, beaded-embroidered-feathered hi-lo gown courtesy of Heidi Klum:
Now - who says black is boring?