Award season is officially in full swing, with our favourite stars and starlets making the rounds at varied red carpet events and parties. We kicked off the year in high style at the Golden Globes (that post is late but coming soon!), followed by the Producer’s Guild Awards, and last weekend, the Screen Actors Guild Awards. These awards honour work in Television and Film and so, for me anyway, it was a double bonanza. So much fashion happened – as a number of Hollywood’s most beautiful ladies and gents (although let’s be honest here, all men look hot in their penguin suits but after the first three, it’s a bit of a snooze) strutted their stuff and posed for the cameras.
Since I’m equal parts hard-pressed for time and lazy, I picked only my favourites of the evening. Counting down, here we go!
#10 Amy Adams in Brandon Maxwell
Amy Adams has her red carpet formula down to a fine art – and lately, it is almost always a fitted column dress that shows of her toned figure perfectly, with her gorgeous red hair cascading down her shoulder. She changed up the hair for this outing, but stayed true to her favourite silhouette. Then again, if it ain’t broke why fix it eh? That said, she did look lovely in her Brandon Maxwell LBD (long black dress) with its plunging neckline that walked on the right side of sexy. Factor in the smokey eyes and statement jewels, and it was another homerun for my favourite leading lady.
#9 Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji
Octavia Spencer continued her long running and very successful partnership withTadashi Shoji in a black lace peplum gown that also featured a sheer panel. She spiced up the outfit with pretty turquoise earrings and a statement ring.
#8 Talulah Riley in Galvan
I’d never heard of Talulah Riley before this evening – although Google just informed me that she’s been an actress for quite a while and I’ve probably seen her in Pride and Prejudice (the one with Kiera Knightley), and currently stars in Westworld (which I haven’t yet watched). I digress. I loved her flowery, textured Galvan gown that showed off her gorgeous figure beautifully. Factor in the slightly undone hair, the subtle sparkle via her silver sandals and rings, and the fresh-faced makeup she was perfect.
#7 Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton
Sophie Turner has been out and about a fair bit lately, and with each outing, she has managed to give us something different. I love her head-turning red Louis Vuitton dress which turns up the interest factor on a classic style with its asymmetrical neckline. Her red lips and blonde waves screamed glamour to me. Good showing, girlfriend!
#6 Sophia Bush in Marchesa
Sophia Bush has walked down quite a few red carpets in her time and knows more than a thing or two about making a style statement on them. For this SAG outing, she chose a stand-out fuchsia Marchesa gown which featured a draped detail on the waist – and added structure to otherwise simple dress. Pewter barely there sandals and clutch in the same colour were her accessories of choice. Risky fuchsia coloured smokey eye makeup completed the look, but I cannot decide if it detracted from the simple beauty of her dress.
#5 Kristen Dunst
At first glance, there was something about Kirsten Dunst’s Christian Dior gown that screamed ‘bridey’ to me (I hear she got engaged recently so perhaps that was at the back of my mind). Even so, I couldn’t look away, and more details caught my eye – like the cheeky embellishments on the straps of her dress that spell out the brand name, and the layered necklaces that made me think ‘Indian’, which added a little bit of edge to the ensemble. Dewey make-up with a classic red lippie and face-framing waves completed her very pretty red carpet turn.
#4 Annalise Basso
Annalise Basso hit the red carpet in a floaty, dreamy Bibhu Mohapatra creation with exaggerated sleeves that she had a fair bit of fun with. Featuring a crossover neckline and dragon fly embroidery at her tiny waist, it looked divine against her peaches and cream complexion. Letting her dress take centre stage, she added only a pair of dark statement earrings to the look, and pulled her lovely red hair back. All in all, this was a gorgeous showing.
#3 Nathalie Emmanuel in J Mendel
Danaerys Targaryen’s right hand lady made an appearance at the SAGs over the weekend, in an art deco inspired heavily embellished J Mendel gown. With the bold swirls of metal across the dress, no other sparkle was necessary, and Nathalie let the dress do all the talking, choosing to add only metallic sandals (which are so much better than the obvious black) and a black clutch. Stunning!
#2 Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen
Along with Natalie Portman, Emma Stone is probably the hardest working actress around as she’s been on practically every carpet there is, promoting her now Oscar nominated film, La La Land, a modern day fairytale musical that is a must-see. She has also picked up quite a few awards along the way for her performance as Mia, the singing aspiring actress/barista. And if this past year has shown us anything about Emma’s style, it is that she can be pretty unpredictable but rarely disappoints. For this latest red carpet turn, Emma did a total 180 from her starry Globes dress in an unusual, darkly romantic Alexander McQueen gown that featured floral embroidery. Added sparkle came by way of her coloured jewels and her sunny personality. Is this her best red carpet outing ever? No. For me, so far, that particular title belongs to an Elie Saab ensemble she wore back in 2015. However, it was definitely one of the more memorable style moments of the night.
#1 Gina Rodriguez in PatBo
I’m not the biggest fan of nude gowns. Having said that, I am deeply in love with Gina Rodriguez’s PatBo nude strappy number with its intricate honey bird and floral embroidery / embellishment. The colour is perfect against Gina’s complexion, and she wisely held back on the jewellery, adding only a pair of dangly earrings and two rings to her look. An undone braid completed her beautiful ensemble. Sigh!
Teresa Palmer in Valentino
Emily Blunt in Roberto Cavali