Saoirse Ronan wore clashing red and pink Gucci to the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala last night to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award. I like the colour-clashing. I hate the material. It really doesn’t photograph well. It photographs really cheap. OK but, seriously, how cute are these two? 

Anyway, the last time Saoirse was a contender it was two years ago, for Brooklyn. Here’s what she wore to the Oscars – that spectacular dark green sequined Calvin Klein, remember? 

Duana named Saoirse her Best Dressed at the Oscars 2016. For Duana, a Best Dressed selection is almost never, ever a black dress. Duana loves colour. Duana loves a good orange, a fresh yellow, and always a sharp green. None of which we expect to see on Sunday. Which is why, perhaps, we’ll be seeing a lot of colour at everything BUT the Golden Globes. 

Here’s Gal Gadot in bright yellow last night also in Palm Springs. Gal’s style, as I’ve said before, never excites me. And she could wear just about anything. This yellow dress, however, is promising. Gal has been announced as a presenter at the Globes on Sunday. She will likely be in black. And I don’t mean to sound like I’m not onside about the initiative, about being in solidarity. I am. I respect the spirit in which the all-black movement was made. At the same time, fashion is one of the few areas where actresses have an edge. The actresses are the ones who are signing major brand partnerships, who have more social media earning potential, and using that earning potential to take better advantage of their acting opportunities. With the income from a brand partnership, more and more actresses have the ability to turn down roles that aren’t right for them, wait for roles that they want, and create the roles that they believe in. The actresses overwhelmingly are getting more of these opportunities than their male peers. It’s a business asset – and it’s not embarrassing, it’s not beneath them, and it’s on the red carpet that many of them have been able to seize this advantage. This is why, for example, The Hollywood Reporter created their annual Power Stylist list. This is why so many actresses work with stylists on press tours, and why that relationship is presented as a value-added feature to movie studios as part of marketing campaigns. It’s a resource that actors, even the biggest blockbuster stars, don’t have and, over time, over the last 15 years, we’ve seen this resource, more and more, being reclaimed by women as a skill, leveraged for their own gains. Even though they still seem reluctant to admit it.