The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild awards took place Sunday night. And similar to the Golden Globes, it’s always a fun red carpet to watch because the stars don’t feel as much pressure as they do at the Oscars so they take more risks. It was a politically charged night (no shocker there due to the frightening events happening right now south of the border) but many stars still had fun on the red carpet. Like Nicole Kidman – her green Gucci gown was everything.
Nicole Kidman in Gucci
I don’t care what anyone says about this dress – it’s incredible. The emerald green sequins, the ruffled draping at the sides and don’t get me started on the parrot embellishment on the shoulders (complete with feathers). It’s a polarizing look but it’s also what makes watching fashion fun. And most fashion people loved this dress. It reminded me of back in the late 90s and early to mid-2000s when Kidman made a memorable statement every time she appeared on the red carpet. Remember the game-changing dress she wore to the Oscars in 1997 from John Galliano’s first couture collection for Dior? Or the one-shouldered Tom Ford for Gucci dress she wore to the Met Gala in 2003? I think this will be one of those dresses people remember.
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
As a brand ambassador, it’s a given Williams will always be in Louis Vuitton on the red carpet. Sometimes the gowns are OK but not spectacular (see the dress she wore to the Golden Globes) and sometimes it’s amazing. Like this metallic sequin column gown. Silver, gold and gunmetal work beautifully together. This is why I’m always telling people to mix metals. Also, the hair and makeup were perfect for this dress.
Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen
Love Emma Stone and usually love her style. She’s had some very cool and memorable red carpet looks over the years (click here to see). But it feels like this season she’s not into as much. I want to love this dress but I don’t. It’s a good example of “almost but not quite.” But I can’t wait to see what she wears to the Oscars. The beaded chartreuse long-sleeve Elie Saab dress she wore to the Oscars in 2015 was one of my faves.
Kerry Washington in Cavalli Couture
I often say Washington chooses her red carpet looks wisely. I think this off-the-shoulder embroidered dress is lovely and Washington looks incredible and confident. And while I like the sheerness of the sleeves and the bottom half of the dress, I can’t help but think the whole look is very Kardashian. Not just the dress but also the hair and makeup as well. It’s like Washington said to her stylist she wanted to look like Kim Kardashian on the red carpet, which I find interesting…
Kirsten Dunst in Christian Dior
Dunst looked beautiful and fresh in this relatively simple white layered gown, which I thought looked more like Chanel couture than Dior. It’s hard to argue with this look because it’s light, feminine and timeless. The beaded straps were also a nice detail that added a nice touch. And that diamond Fred Leighton necklace was unbelievable – it was vintage and 42 carats! That is fancy.
Taraji P. Henson in Reem Acra
Pastels and full skirts were a big trend on the red carpet and Henson definitely made an impact (reminding me a bit of Jennifer Lopez) in this embroidered blush sheer gown. It wasn’t my favourite look but she pulled it off well – as she usually does. But with everything going on with this dress, I don’t think the small black velvet bows at the neck and waist were necessary. In fact, they kind of annoyed me. But her hair looked cool.
Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra
Like at the Golden Globes, Woods went against the norm with an Altazurra suit instead of a dress (aways welcome to see). This time she rocked a blue velvet (another key trend of the night – Judith Light was amazing in blue velvet Tom Ford). It was simple, chic and super good looking. But I wasn’t a fan of the satin Salvatore Ferragamo heels. I would have gone with these Prada suede sandals instead. Better right?!
Tracee Ellis Ross in Ulyana Sergeenko
Ross is amazing and one of the coolest people around. She’s smart, funny and she makes unique choices on the red carpet. She doesn’t dress like everyone else – which I love. And she nailed the accessorizing (once again) with that incredible braid, pink eye shadow and stunning pink gemstone tassel earrings from Narcisa Pheres (who I need to learn about).
Sarah Paulson in Vera Wang
Paulson’s green jeweled Prada was legendary at the Emmys in September but her Marc Jacobs sequin dress was less exciting earlier this month at the Golden Globes. She was back on top of the game is this very chic tailored column dress. It has a elegant and timelesss quality that I love. Also, her Nirav Modi (20.5-carat) diamond wreath earrings were the stunning and thumbs up on the red lipstick.
Chrissy Teigen in Dsquared2
A similar look to Paulson’s, this tailored tuxedo-inspired black dress with high-slit was sexy and super chic. I wouldn’t have guested this was DSquared2. The model nailed the whole look with her long side-swept hair, dark red lips and the perfect accessories. This was a well-styled outfit.
Janelle Monáe in Chanel
Most people aren’t going to get a dress like this but it’s very Chanel couture and suited the singer-turned-actress. The whole look is subversive fashion and it works on Monáe. She pushes boundaries which I like.
Viola Davis in Vivienne Westwood
Davis often wears a similar silhouette on the red carpet but she knows what works for her. I liked she chose to wear a Vivienne Westwood gown although it fell a little strangely at the bottom. But check out that incredible 32-carat Nirav Modi grand celestial necklace set in 18k white gold, which she said was supposed to represent hope.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Lela Rose
Louis-Dreyfus, who seems like she wins every award possible, knows what works for her on the red carpet. She’s not one to ever make a huge statement but she always looks lovely. She gave an awesome and passionate acceptance speech about the immigration ban that’s worth checking out if you haven’t seen it already (click here).
Bryce Dallas Howard in Dress the Population
Howard has mentioned a few times that she buys her own red carpet dresses. And this one deserves a special shout-out because it cost $308! Good for her right?! Also, she looks great. It’s fits her beautifully, the colour is lovely with her red hair and the necklace couldn’t have worked better. Well played.
Brie Larson in Jason Wu
I feel like we’ve seen this cut of dress many times and that neckline never seems to work. I see how in theory as a sketch it would be interesting but look how lopsided Larson’s boobs look – which I’m sure they’re not. So that’s a design flaw, right?
Kate Hudson in Christian Dior
I appreciate that Hudson was trying to do something different from her usual midriff bearing Versace dresses she seems to be such a fan of but…there was way too much going on here. Why so many different elements? It looked like they just kept adding one detail after the other. And what’s with the Dior underwear you can see popping up from the skirt?! Nice job on the hair and and dark lips though.
Salma Hayek in Gucci
Few people in the industry have the same access to the world’s best designer clothe as Hayek. She’s married to François-Henri Pinault, a French billionaire who’s the CEO of Kering, which owns Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent and Gucci – among many others. Like, Hayek is faaanncy and very connected. So why she chose this yellow one-shoulder Gucci dress that resembles an unfortunate bridesmaid dress in 1980 is beyond me.
As always, thanks for reading. More red carpet coverage to come!
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