It’s a Sunday in January, which means there’s a good chance there will be an awards show happening somewhere. Indeed, actors of both the big and small screen gathered for the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards on this chilly and rainy L.A. day, and, as we get closer and closer to the Oscars, the red-carpet fashion just keeps getting better.
By now, we’re familiar with the sartorial direction the top contenders are going in, and seeing them take risks, play it safe or totally surprise us with each carpet is what keeps us from going totally crazy having to work every Sunday night.
The SAG Awards carpet was all trends, with two looks in particular taking up a lot of the spotlight. The first was navy, with Female Actor in a Leading Role winner Jennifer Lawrence leading the pack in a form-fitting, strapless Dior Couture gown and Chopard jewelry. The slinky dress, which looked almost sewn onto the actress’ body, created a classic Hollywood feel, particularly because Lawrence complemented it with cascading, wavy brown hair parted deep on one side — a very Veronica Lake, classic Tinseltown look that was the second most popular trend of the night. Finishing the look with a deep oxblood lip, Jennifer is clearly gearing up for the ultra glamorous Oscars she has to come.
In a nearly identical navy-blue gown and 1940s hairdo, Amanda Seyfried wore a showstopping Zac Posen with a massive train, joking that she hoped her “Les Misérables” castmates wouldn’t win their Best Cast in a Motion Picture Actor because she didn’t “want to get up onstage,” adding, “You know what I mean? It’s a lot of steps in front of a lot of people.” Seyfried’s gown differed from Lawrence’s, with its sweetheart neckline and layered fishtail hem. And with her platinum-blond hair, lightly berry-tinted lips and smoky eye, the actress nailed both of the night’s biggest trends.
Also wearing the deep side part was Tina Fey, who paired flipped hair with a black Oscar de la Renta gown, and later with the SAG Award that she won for Best Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role as Liz Lemon on “30 Rock.” Jessica Chastain also went the Hollywood-bombshell route, channeling Jessica Rabbit in a bright-red Alexander McQueen gown that hugged her body and was a serious departure from the less form-fitting Calvin Klein she wore on the Golden Globes red carpet . Whoever said redheads shouldn’t wear red was dead wrong, and Chastain’s look is proof.
The ladies weren’t the only ones pulling out all the stops on the carpet, with Bradley Cooper riding the navy trend in a Tom Ford tuxedo with a contrasting black lapel and pocket detailing. Justin Timberlake made his first appearance post-“Suit & Tie” drop, and took a big risk by eschewing the classic black in favor of a fawn and brown plaid, by his most trusted Tom Ford. It didn’t stop at the suit, though — Timberlake kept the fashion risks rolling by pairing his suit with a pastel-brown checked shirt, navy textured wool tie and a pocket square.
There were also two actresses who went completely against all the trends with wonderful results. “Mad Men” actress Alexis Bledel showed off a brand-new cropped haircut, which reminded me a lot of Karlie Kloss’ headline-making chop, which is, apparently, the most popular haircut of the year, in which case Bledel isn’t so off trend after all. But I digress: Bledel paired the easy, loose waves with a dark green Rena Lange gown and House of Lavande Vintage necklace and looked absolutely stunning. Claire Danes was also a standout in a black one-shoulder Givenchy gown and dark plum lips that called to mind her moody teenage years as Angela Chase on “My So-Called Life.”
There were so many standout looks on the carpet Sunday (January 27), but there were five looks that were by far my favorites. With so many nods to classic Hollywood and the fact that the Screen Actors Guild Awards are about just that — actors — I looked to which actors had managed to look both modern and classic, not just copies of looks we’ve been seeing for years.
Screen Actors Guild 2013: My Picks for Best Dressed
Claire Danes: Maybe it’s my love of Angela Chase, and the ’90s in general, but everything about Danes’ look was working for me. Her gown, which is Givenchy, is that perfect mix of high fashion and sexiness, with a thigh high slit accentuated by a black and white geometric panel, and an exaggerated dolman sleeve. The cut looks almost vintage, but with Danes’ very of-the-moment dark plum lip and loose, easy up-do, it’s by far one of the most modern looks of the night.
Amanda Seyfried: There are a number of factors at play in making Seyfried’s outfit totally stunning. The first is, of course, the dress. Zac Posen’s navy fishtail gown is all about the details, with structured, flowing pleats that hold their shape while also looking like they could occur in nature, and a detailed sweetheart neckline. Combined with her blond waves, this look could have been pure Veronica Lake, but the addition of a long Lorraine Schwartz pendent that looks almost rosary-inspired makes the look super fresh.
Jennifer Lawrence: The big news about Jennifer Lawrence was that apparently she was sick with walking pneumonia. At the top of the red carpet, there was speculation that she might not even make it to the ceremony, but then word got out that she was going to fight through her illness after all. She seemed in great spirits on the carpet and in her acceptance speech (even thanking MTV for getting her SAG card!), but she also looked incredible. Lawrence’s navy Dior Haute Couture gown was very similar to Seyfried’s, but, as they say, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. Lawrence also wore her hair in a cascading side part, but amped up the glamour with a rich red lip.
Justin Timberlake: I can’t get enough of “Suit & Tie,” so I’m a little biased on this one, but as someone who also loves menswear, I can say that Timberlake’s tartan Tom Ford (say that three times fast!) was the standout suit of the night. It’s a risk to go a little dandyish on the red carpet, but with a 1920’s side part and exquisite accessories (a gold tie clip and pocket square), Timberlake looked pure Gatsby.
Who are your picks for best dressed at the SAG Awards? Let us know in the comments!