The weekend’s best dressed: the SAG Awards

25 January 2010

On a considerably less soggy night in LA this weekend, the fashionistas of Hollywood were dressed to the nines, Mo'Nique kept her legs well hidden and even Mariah Carey had her Golden Globes under wraps. Yep, Saturday saw the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where brights ruled the red carpet with splashes of colour from vibrant emeralds to rusty reds. Our favourites? Kate Hudson was breathtaking in her slinky white jersey dress, while Diane Kruger looked beyond beautiful with a mustard and ketchup colour combo. But now we hand the judgement over to you, so behold the SAG’s rainbow of colour and its top key trends, then let us know who gets your best-dressed vote…


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Signaling the start of spring, white is the way to go for a fresh take on eveningwear, as proved by Marion Cotillard’s decision to ditch the glamour of a full-length gown and go instead for a shorter hemline to reflect the night’s more relaxed mood. The combination of a single structured shoulder, feathered hem and bead embellishments on her Elie Saab cocktail dress may make Marion look like a figure skater but she certainly brings a modern spin to the proceedings – and hey, it makes a changes from her usual Dior! We’re loving that emerald Chopard ring for a contrasting colour pop, too. Also looking a bit of all white was Marion’s Nine co-star, Kate Hudson, who continued to channel the bridal trend she sported at the Golden Globes by shimmying down the red carpet in an Emilio Pucci dress. She brought the perfect dose of sexy with a bare back accented by a tassel necklace and some crystal embroidery at the hip broke up the white. More of this please!


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Crimson dresses were the order of the evening, with Christina Hendricks looking sensuous in an asymmetrical Carolina Herrera number chosen by fans in an online poll and Mariah Carey redeeming her previous décolletage display with this ravishing one-shouldered dress. And although we’ve been hoping to see Carey Mulligan rocking a goth-glam gown to break away from her sweet doll-ish looks, we must admit that her raspberry Lanvin dress is quite simply dazzling. Accessorising with a Fred Leighton serpent brooch at the waist adds a youthful touch, and the twisted detail leading to a mermaid hem really creates some curves.


Over in the black corner, we have sleek and svelte silhouettes from Sigourney Weaver and one Miss Sandra Bullock. The best actress winner pulled off a rather regal Alexander McQueen gown enlivened by a simple yet seductive keyhole neckline embellished with electric blue beads, set off by a matching clutch. As for a somewhat sombre-looking Penélope Cruz in L'Wren Scott, we appreciate that the girl sticks to what she knows but did she not get the memo from the Golden Globes? No more black please!


Luckily, Hollywood’s new generation brought eye-catching chunks of colour to a sea of safe choices, courtesy of Gabourey Sidibe, who took her spin in the spotlight dressed in bold blue Pamella Roland, and Glee songbird Lea Michele, who wore an emerald green Malandrino S/S ’10 gown. This is one of our fave looks of the night because although the starlet is keeping it glam with the draped detailing and a plunging neckline, she maintains her youthful edge thanks to the ruffled sleeves and those loose locks. A-mazing!


So here we were thinking it’d only be barmy types (think Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness) attempting to pull off Alexander McQueen’s reptile prints, but step forward Anna Paquin of True Blood fame. Kitted out in a minidress from the designer’s S/S ’10 collection, Anna brought some edge and was positively hypnotic. And as much as we love those beyond-bonkers Armadillo heels, her black and gold trimmed sandals are the ideal addition.

That being said, every red carpet needs someone to defy the expected with a daring dress and, although this one didn’t see a stuffed swan draped on Björk or a wacky back-to-front suit à la Celine Dion, the quirky silhouette of Drew Barrymore’s Monique Lhuillier gown made a nice alternative. Ever the fearless fashionista, she caused some drama in this fitted bodice and tiered trumpet skirt that was trimmed with floral embellishments. Following the lead of Sandra Bullock in Bottega Veneta, Drew flashed a subtle hint of leg through the skirt’s sheer material and, although we wish she’d opted for more dramatic make-up, we’re giving top marks for originality. Also bringing us a pleasant surprise was Diane Kruger in a gown by her old favourite, Jason Wu. Mustard-yellow is a tricky colour to pull off but Diane does it was aplomb while staying true to old Hollywood glamour thanks to her bold red lip and complementing jewels. And that's quite some train!

- Jessica Vince


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