Whoopi Goldberg has never been one to chase trends, and in character has worn everything from a nun’s habit to doctor’s scrubs, but in recent years Goldberg has been recharging the battery of fashion by becoming an unexpected style icon.
Dressing down in brands like Vetements and being spotted amongst the throngs of fashion’s elite on the front rows of shows for Chromat, Marc Jacobs and Prabal Gurung, she’s ideally situated to offer an authoritative opinion on the looks on parade throughout NYFW. And with her acerbic wit, we couldn’t resist asking her thoughts.
Throughout NYFW, Goldberg will be reviewing a handful of select FW18 shows. Here, she waxes poetic about Christian Siriano’s FW18 collection—a designer known for elegance and drama who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his label this year—at The Grand Lodge in the Flatiron District.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I thought Christian Siriano’s 10th anniversary runway show was spectacular. It’s wonderful that Christian chose to show in a place that’s different than the typical fashion week venue. The red carpet and the gold accents … It’s beautiful here. I got to sit by Laverne Cox and Cardi B. It was really nice because I don’t get to see a lot of people very often. So it was very nice to be able to catch up.
The fact that he showed all the clothes in various sizes was heaven. Every woman sitting in this room thought to herself, “I could wear that.” Everybody thought it because you saw your body type there. It’s one of the greatest things about him—he understands how women’s bodies work, and how to make a woman’s body look sexy.
There were so many colors in the show that were absolutely stunning. There were the reds, teals, greens. In my mind, I have everything on. These pieces are so elegant, I would want to wear them to an awards show.
I loved all of the black evening dresses from the show, too. That black off the shoulder dress was off the hook! When I first saw it I thought, “Well that’s how it looks on a really nice thin girl.” But then the girl with the butt and the breasts came out and I thought, “There I am.” And then there was that beautiful dress in black fabric that looked diamond encrusted. I loved that because it has a beautiful high neck and your arms are covered. And it’s elegant. It’s very old Hollywood.
This is what fashion should be. It should be inclusive and make everybody feel like they could look like a million bucks. I feel like we could all put every piece on and look as amazing as we could possibly ever look—and what’s better than that?