SAG Awards 2013 Best Dressed
We’re midway through awards season, which is one of the few things putting a little brightness into my days during these very grey months of winter. Last night was the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. This is my favorite awards show because it’s really short–2 hours max, on account of ONLY acting awards being presented. None of the sound, costume, screenwriting, lighting, etc, just acting. Though I did enjoy the show this year, I was surprised by the subtlety and restraint of most of the gowns. Black and navy blue were the dominant colors, and most silhouettes were streamlined and plain. January Jones was the only celeb who really took a fashion risk, though Julianna Margulies‘ dress had an unusual waistline and slit with a statement shoe and Morena Baccarin wore….something….confusing. I wished there was more risk-taking and trend-setting, but there were still some gowns that scored big points.
Naomi Watts was a clear winner for me. She had the complete look–beautiful wavy hair, flawless (and light) makeup, pretty jewelry, and a jeweled Marchesa dress. I loved the light icy colors in this look, from her platinum blond hair to her diamonds to her white dress. Plus, she wore a bright lip to give a focal point for the look. I think this also prevented her from looking washed out since she has such pale skin.
Michelle Dockery is a newcomer to the red carpet, having recently broken out in the PBS hit Downton Abbey. She was one of the first people on the carpet and I went crazy for her Chado Ralph Rucci gown. The video above doesn’t give a great view of the dress, but this photo is much better. The dress is incredibly simple–just black satin–but it works because it fit her perfectly, flattered her slim, boyish figure, and took just one risk–the sheer paneling on the side of the bust. Paired with black and gold accessories, pretty makeup and on-trend hair, it’s a home run.
I was really glad to see that some celebrities eschewed the dark colors that are trendy right now, and wore pops of color instead. Nina Dobrev in bright pink Elie Saab looked amazing. Again, an example of a really simple dress without much embellishment, but it fit her, it flattered her, and that tone of pink is perfect against her skin. I especially loved the skirt of this gown. It was completely straight and streamlined, and it went all the way to the floor. It made her look really tall and lean.
Tina Fey has struggled in her red carpet looks in the past, appearing in frumpy and unflattering gowns. But the past year, she’s been killing it. I loved this Oscar de la Renta gown with it’s sweetheart neckline, beautiful draping, and modern belt. The ONLY reason she didn’t make the best dressed list? That hair. Too much volume on top, it just doesn’t work with her face.
Appropriately, I’d also place Amy Poehler, Tina Fey’s BFF, in the Runner Up category. Loved the black piping on her simple gown, which was also SO flattering on her small, curvy figure, and her hair was lovely. No videos available of our Ms. Poehler but this is a good photo. Other kudos to Nicole Kidman, who wore a Vivienne Westwood gown in navy blue. She looked beautiful, no doubt about it, but I feel like we’ve seen this look from her before, so I wasn’t excited by it. What I loved was her stick straight hair against the flowery, bedazzled details of her gown–a great choice to give some contrast and avoid too frilly a look. My other favorite hair of the evening was Amanda Seyfried. She looked like Hollywood glamour with her long blond hair down in waves and pulled to one shoulder. I wasn’t as crazy about her gown. She made everyone’s best dressed list but her Zac Posen dress was just…blah. Yes, it was a beautiful shade of blue and it fit her well, but there wasn’t anything interesting about it. Plus, we’ve seen that mermaid silhouette again and again and again. Give us something new!
What did you think about the SAG awards fashion?