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Why is everyone wearing black dresses to the Golden Globes?

A scene from Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" (left) and Sistine Stallone, Scarlet Stallone and Sophia Stallone at the 2017 Golden Globes Awards.
A scene from Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” (left) and Sistine Stallone, Scarlet Stallone and Sophia Stallone at the 2017 Golden Globes Awards. (George Kraychyk /Hulu; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Even though the first footfalls on this year’s Golden Globes red carpet won’t take place until later today, we’re just going to go ahead and get the whole trend-spotting thing out of the way: The vast majority of the women in attendance will be wearing black dresses. The men, most of whom would usually pair a white shirt with their black tuxedos, will favor dark ones to create a tone-on-tone formalwear look. The on-trend lapel accessory of the season will be a Time’s Up pin.

Inevitably, a few — but only a few — fashion mavericks will be enthusiastically oppositional by dressing in bright, focus-pulling colors. Exposed skin — plunging necklines and daring leg slits — will be at a minimum and red-carpet talking points will be at a maximum. And no one will end up on the evening’s “worst-dressed list” because there simply won’t be one.

We know all these things, of course, because they’ve been explained in great detail in newspapers across the country (including this one) over the last week, as well as parsed, dissected, criticized and generally bandied about across social media. In short: The call to wear black dresses is an effort to highlight the issues of sexual assault, harassment and gender inequality.