A Golden Year for Women on Screen

This film awards season is set to be a great one, especially for women. The last year has seen many actresses and female writers excel artistically in the film world, inspiring movie-goers all over. One of the current darlings of cinema, Jessica Chastain, is dominating the American box office – with the political thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty, and the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror Mama both riding high recently.

Elsewhere in La La Land, everyone is talking about Lena Dunham and her surprisingly addictive TV series, Girls. The show might not sound so inspiring to begin with – it tells the stories of four twenty-something girls struggling with life, love and fledgling careers in contemporary Manhattan. However, the girls look like real girls, not flawless Hollywood starlets.

Lena Dunham took to the red carpet at the Golden Globes wearing a deep plum-coloured dress by New York designer Zac Posen that has divided fashion critics. But at the peak of her career and with so much obvious talent, does it really matter what she wears?

Another red carpet triumph was comedy actress Amy Poehler. As one of the two female presenters of the ceremony – alongside Tina Fey – she went through a few costume changes. But she ascended the red carpet wearing a black tuxedo by Stella McCartney – classic Diane Keaton style! Their presenting of the ceremony was hailed as a success, though it is rare that an awards ceremony presentation is entrusted to two women. Amy and Tina showed the film industry what they’ve been missing.

Of course, we do love the fashion, and it has been refreshing this year that for women in film, the fashion is just the icing on the cake of general fabulousness. To get some fashion inspiration for yourself, take some time to find that glamorous party dress to set you up for New Year success. The wonderful selection of evening maxi dresses from isme will inspire you to look your most glamorous, and maybe to be a bit more confident in your everyday life too.