Cynthia Erivo Wows in Neon Green 'Scuba' Dress and 'Skyscraper' Heels at 2021 Golden Globes
The actress pulled out all the style stops to present at this year's awards show
The actress, 34, who presented during Sunday's telecast, debuted her bright and bold neon green tea-length Valentino Haute Couture dress and sky-high metallic silver platforms on Instagram. She topped off the ensemble with jewels by Wempe and Maria Tash.
Erivo's go-to stylist, Jason Bolden described the look as a "much-needed fantasy" — and he revealed that the actress actually didn't know anything about it before the show. "Cynthia knew nothing about this dress, but she trusts me and allows me to be creative," Bolden said during E!'s pre-show broadcast.
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Bolden tells PEOPLE that amid the pandemic, he and Erivo wanted to select a look "to just make us all smile."
"With colors like that, that's what it triggers. It triggers that emotion of happiness and joy. Right now, I feel like that's what we need. That's why I really wanted to lean into something that looked like that — bold and impactful. That's exactly what it did," Bolden says.
"The shoes are like skyscrapers! The color and the shape is so bold and why not to add some much-needed fantasy," he added during the E! pre-show broadcast. "The neon green tea-length dress reminds me of scuba fabric. Obsessed!"
When Bolden finally showed Erivo the ensemble — two days before the Golden Globes ceremony, to be exact! — her first reaction was pure bliss. "She's like, 'You know me.' She was beyond thrilled. [Cynthia's] a fashion girl, so anything that's out of the box and where most people would probably be nervous and be concerned, she takes that on and she likes that challenge," Bolden tells PEOPLE.
Since the look came together last-minute, Bolden was lucky that the Valentino Couture confection fit Erivo like a glove. "She tried it on, zero alterations. I got excited. It made me happy. We didn't try [on] anything else. That was the only dress I brought," Bolden says.
The two-time nominee joined a group of other A-list presenters, which included Anthony Anderson, Awkwafina, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Angela Bassett, Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones to name a few.
Erivo was nominated last year for best actress in a motion picture drama for her role in Harriet as well as for best original song in a motion picture for "Stand Up."
The star had many memorable fashion moments during last year's award season.
At the 2020 Oscars, she wore a head-turning white custom Atelier Versace one-shoulder bustier gown, featuring a crystal mesh bodice and front-slit detail revealing her white Stuart Weitzman platform heels. She accessorized with Piaget diamond rings and earrings, as well as Maria Tash earrings and mismatched blue and white nails.
She brought a splash of color to the SAG Awards red carpet in a strapless custom Schiaparelli Couture ballgown with red bustier top and pink voluminous tiered skirt. She paired the bold look with Roberto Coin jewelry.
The 78th Annual Golden Globes Awards are airing live on NBC from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET.