Fashion is so often seen as this frivolous ‘thing’ that means nothing.

This ‘thing’ that is dismissed because a lot of people just don’t understand it. That it is trivial, indulgent, boring. But no. Just no. Like sporting events, music, entertainment and film, fashion is incredibly big business. It is popular. It is essential. It is copied and worn by most of us, whether we like it or not.

Whenever we wear anything – whether it’s the t-shirt we threw on, that has been hanging over the end of the bedhead in the morning, the cossie you’ve decided to wear to the beach or the first outfit back to work today, you are making statement.

It is a multi, multi billion dollar business so that is why, as we peruse the Hollywood A-listers in their black dresses today, this is one small step in a bloody important movement.

By wearing a black gown or pants (as many did) to the Golden Globes, those who chose to do so – and I reckon it was around 99.99999% of guests – it was one dramatic way to draw attention to what has been going on within the entertainment industry for years. The sexual misconduct and appalling behaviour shown by those who should have known better is something that will continue to be uncovered over the following years. And ‘yes!’ to that.

It is being forged by a group of high-profile women who want to show their solidarity. It isn’t tokenism. It is a very large group of humans basically standing up to say ‘we are not going to take this crap anymore’.

Sure. There are naysayers. Yeah. Yeah. Wear one black dress and that’s the end of the story. Somehow, I don’t think this will be the end of the story – it is actually bigger than a one picture deal, which, once made in its entirety will possibly make the biggest blockbuster ever.

In the meantime, the rats have to be smoked out of the ranks and by the look of it, both here and globally, that is definitely happening.

Melissa Hoyer