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More Golden Globes: a plus size do, and a don’t

Glee‘s Amber Riley pulled out all the stops at the Golden Globes last night, proving – in case anyone was in any doubt – that plus size needn’t mean invisible, or, you know, impossible to dress. This Oliver Tolentino dress …

Mon, Jan 17, 2011, 12:56

   

Glee‘s Amber Riley pulled out all the stops at the Golden Globes last night, proving – in case anyone was in any doubt – that plus size needn’t mean invisible, or, you know, impossible to dress. This Oliver Tolentino dress was an amazing choice: one-shouldered, yes, floor-sweeping, yes, but such fun with the all-over, look-at-me silver, and the perfect black contrast belt detail to accentuate Riley’s curves and wipe any kind of muu-muu ideas out of our heads. Leading on to:

Gabourey Sidibe of Precious fame wore Marc Bouwer for her red carpet moment and, I’m afraid to say, this is a big let down for me. The fabric swamps her, the print is way beyond her tender years – it’s far more Golden Girls than young-lady-about-town.

But I wonder (and tell me if this is insensitive): does Sidibe look a bit rubbish because she’s a good bit bigger than Riley? Because, though they are both plus-sized, they’re not the same size, and it’s easier to dress a smaller plus size than a larger one? What could Sidibe have worn that would make her “acceptable”, in the same way Riley is?

For my part, I’d have liked to see her in floor-length. A similar neckline and sleeves could work in a more luxurious, draping fabric, and perhaps empire line would be quite flattering, without reminding me of a nursing home in Miami. Thoughts, if you will.