Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Red Carpet Review: 5 Best Looks from the 2016 SAG Awards

With only 20-something years under its belt, the Screen Actor Guild (or SAG) Awards have a reputation for being the most ho-hum awards show of them all. The ceremony doesn't even begin to discuss the behind the scenes efforts of each highly-acclaimed movie, plus it's on TBS -- and this year, it aired on a Saturday night. While the event itself was one merry after school special -- cheers, Queen Latifah and Uzo Aduba for you motivational acceptance speeches -- the red carpet was far from flat. From jumpsuits, to sultry beadwork to even a frock from Alessandro Michele's reinvented Gucci,  there was a decent dosage of fashion moments. Here, we break down the five best looks from Saturday's 2016 SAG Awards.

Brie Larson in Atelier Versace: Can we say "shipwrecked chic?" While the sailor knots, high slit and tied waistline on this gown easily resemble deteriorating Greek goddess garb, the look was actually cool and event-appropriate. As a major frontrunner in this year's Oscar race, it would be too frilly to sport a full-skirted gown. Instead, this look was youthful, fun and solidifies her position as the season's resident fashion girl. And for that obviously necessary cool girl flair that bright orange back strap -- not pictured-- adds a jolt of energy to her look. Paired with a neatly parted bun and drop earrings, the final results looked more Hollywood starlet than Kylie Jenner territory. 
Kiernan Shipka in Erdem: What were you doing when you were 16 years-old? Studying up for your driver's test? Or maybe you were going ga-ga for that senior... you know, the all-star lacrosse golden boy who wasn't even aware of your existence? But regardless, you most likely weren't already a red carpet darling like this Mad Men star. In award seasons of yore, Shipka has been noted for wearing girly tea-length frocks; however, the stylish teen upped the ante on Saturday with this gown by British designer Erdem. Between the floor-length hemline and the gloomy color palette, this was more adult than her previous looks without sacrificing her youthful aesthetic. Plus, a thin chain shoulder bag instead of a clutch? That has cool girl written all over it. 
Kristen Wiig in Roland Mouret: Once upon a time, the red carpet was strictly filled with debutante-worthy, full-skirted gowns in girly pastels. But now? We are (on occasion) graced with slimmer silhouettes or, if we're really lucky, an offbeat pantsuit. Rejoice, dear reader: the evening's jumpsuit kudos belonged to this former Saturday Night Live star. Without sounding completely stereotypical, and suggesting that funny woman can't be stylish, it's rare to see many of them drift away from the confines of a column dress. A quirky asymmetrical design, this partially embellished outfit fits the Bridesmaid star like a glove: it covered Wiig in all the right places and those pants were cropped to perfection. And, for a finishing touch, the ensemble was accessorized with chunky, rock-n-roll gems.
Rooney Mara in Valentino: In the world of red carpet glamour, consider Rooney Mara the quiet, goth girl that everyone (not-so) secretly wants to be. This plush Valentino dress completely embraces that high school-esque stereotype. "What's so great about this?" you're probably thinking right about now. "Haven't we all seen a black dress with a plunging neck?" You're right. In theory, this isn't anything special; however, this number fits Mara's almost ballerina-like stature perfectly and though minimal accessories with such a plain dress can be risky, it actually works here. And, on the beauty front, that slick ponytail is perfect for such a sexy silhouette.

Claire Danes in Stella McCartney: During her reign in Homeland, the award winning actress has made fashion risks a plenty: army-inspired Marc Jacobs, tactile Valentino and Miuccia Prada's paillette overload. In a turn of events, Danes opted for a simple, blue number from Stella McCartney on Saturday. Is anything about this look that's reinventing the wheel? Not particularly; however, the two-toned element creates an illusion of a trim (yet athletic) frame. Though a less costumey bracelet would've modernized this number, the long waves breathed some life into her otherwise unassumingly stylish getup.

Which looks from the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards did you love? Sound off below

Photos courtesy of Glamour.com and UsMagazine.com


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