The 2023 Golden Globes Was the Year’s First Menswear Vibe Check

As an institution, the Golden Globes is many things, but as the first major awards show of the calendar year, it is a valuable, multi-purpose litmus test: Hollywood industry watchdogs use it to predict how the rest of awards season may go, and other industry watchdogs (like yours truly) see it as a useful barometer to gauge what the big formalwear trends of the year may be—which, in turn, may inform what we non-celebrities might end up wearing in the coming months.

Delightfully, menswear was one of the highlights of the night—and if 2022 marked a record run for new formalwear (suits got slouchy, no shirt became the new shirt, and everyone just generally threw out the rulebook), then now, eleven days into the new year, it seems we’ve hit the ground running. There was even one notable capital-F Fashion during the telecast when host Jerrod Carmichael, in one of his mid-show outfit changes, slipped into a beaded vest by Bode, with designer Emily Bode’s surname conspicuously visible on the hem.

So, we kicked the tires on the 2023 Golden Globes vibe check, and picked out five trends to look for this season:

The New Classic

Since the new rule is no rules, we saw tons of exciting shapes on the carpet last night, which leaves lots of room for fun storytelling. House of Dragons actor Emma D’Arcy, who paired a hulking tuxedo jacket with a slim column skirt worn over pants, even came prepared with a narrative: “The vibe is like a child piano prodigy and maybe the recital’s not gone well,” they told E!, adding, “Nothing says nonbinary like wearing both a skirt and trousers.” 

Donald Glover did stepping-out-for-a-cigarette-at-the-after-party luxury in a silky YSL pajama set with an oversized tux jacket, while Abbott Elementary’s Best Supporting Actor winner Tyler James Williams went for streetwear matador in a trippy, cropped Amiri look.

Tyler James Williams in Amiri

Daniele Venturelli