So far awards season has been a dud, but the SAG awards might be hinting at a shift in the winds. The gowns were exquisite and held their own superbly.
Clockwise from left– Amy Adams sleek look was enhanced with extra glamorous accessories. Jason Wu’s asymmetrical bodice worn by Brie Larson brought unexpected beauty with the most perfect, tasteful slit in the skirt. Stripes are going to be a 2017 greatest hit, and if we see similar looks to Michelle Williams, in Louis Vuitton, and Michelle Dockery, in Elie Saab, I don’t think we’ll have any complaints. Some said that Emily Blunt’s Roberto Cavalli gown looked washed out, but I disagree. I loved the color, the scoop neck and beaded embellishments. I also like the large feather embellishments and vibrant kelly green of Nicole Kidman’s Gucci gown. Octavia Spencer’s chic gown was elevated by the relaxed peplum and the sheer cover of the off shoulder style. Sophie Turner had a gorgeous red gown, and while I’m not usually a fan of differing straps, on this gown the extra textures visually add to the gown.
The boys of Stranger Things have such great style.
Another great whimsical and sleek stripe from Naeem Khan worn by Tara Shahidi, and Viola Davis looked stunning in Vivienne Westwood. I just wish the neckline was a little higher, I wouldn’t want Viola to have a wardrobe malfunction!
Annalise Basso also had a beautiful gown by Bibhu Mohaparta.
I liked these winter whites from Danielle Brooks, in Christian Siriano, and Natalie Portman, in Dior Couture.
The dresses that didn’t quite hit the mark for me first, was from Taraji P Henson. The color and skirt of this dress from Reem Acra are great, but starting with the tiny bow at the waist line, the dress just loses its traction on up. Where Taraji’s gown seemed to lose elements, Janelle Monae’s Chanel look seemed too busy. While it has a great color and skirt,the bodice and floral choker make it overdone. The floral bracelets were a nice touch, and a simple silhouette in black would have been sufficient. Thandie Newton’s Schiaparelli couture gown was not a favorite, with its unfinished shoulder and odd graphic print. The Dior dress Kate Hudson wore on its own wasn’t the worst, but the flower belt, dark lipstick, and stiff hair left something to be desired. A sophisticated cate eye and maybe a small clipped back strand would have given this look the 180 it needed. Sophia Bush’s Marchesa looked dated, and she could have been better off with a matching lipstick as opposed to the eyeshadow. While I don’t like Julie Bowen’s sheer dress on principle, the silhouette is pretty. If celebrities insist on wearing these sheer gowns, then maybe designers could put either a matching or contrasting opaque color under the skirt. Just a thought.
My least favorite gowns were this Alexander McQueen number Emma Stone wore. Honestly, they are both such influencers of fashion, I guess I just expected better from them. And this Malan Breton “dress” worn by Jessica Pimentel was flimsy and poor taste.
All things considered, these gowns were a major improvement from the last few award red carpets, but I’m at least looking forward to the Grammy’s in a few weeks.
Photos courtesy of New York Magazine and Variety