Sunday, January 31, 2016

New York Fashion Cool-Aid ® by Laurel Marcus


SAG Awards Support Diversity of Actors and Fashion

SAG Award Winners Idris Elba, Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah

Last night’s 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards offered an antidote to the chatter regarding the upcoming Academy Awards, once again trending as #Oscarssowhite. In fact, the hashtag #SagAwardsnotsowhite was suggested to describe the inclusion of a diverse cast of nominees and winners covering both race and gender.

Not to be outdone, the fashion was equally diverse with those who really brought it (werq!) and those who probably should have stayed home in their sweats. One of the big trends of the night was the color green, in varying hues, which is not always so common on the red carpet. The verdant hue can be a hit or a miss and is by no means as “safe” a color as most shades of blue, red, white or even yellow.

Those critical of the usual red carpet fare also acknowledge that it can be risky to venture too far astray lest you appear to be at the wrong awards show altogether. IMO a few of the more cutout dresses may have made their debut about two weeks too soon as they skewed more appropriate for the "anything goes" Grammys. Fashion Police’s Brad Goreski who styled Kaley Cuoco in one such egregious ensemble, I’m looking at you!


Without further ado here are my picks:

Alicia Vikander

Best Dressed: Alicia Vikander in a sequined patchwork Mondrian-esque Louis Vuitton long sleeved gown. WOW! I love this look on her so much more than the boring white dress she wore at the Globes. The styling is totally on point from her hair to her earrings. The only small bone I have to pick with this is that when she was standing at the podium accepting her award and framed in a close up shot, I questioned the placement of the white square by her shoulder in the typical “name tag” spot. Otherwise it was pure perfection which is about as rare as a unicorn sighting.

Viola Davis

Runner Up—I really liked Viola Davis’s Zac Posen gown and am undecided on what to call the hue. At any rate, the purple/mauve/taupe/cocoa color along with the structured style hit that sweet spot between a unique yet flattering look for Ms. Davis.

Rachel McAdams

Too Try-Hard—Rachel McAdams in matronly Elie Saab. I really wanted to like this black bead embellished point d’esprit A-line number on Ms. McAdams but I felt that it aged her immensely. The short sleeved top was ill fitting and made her appear round shouldered and uncomfortable.

Nicole Kidman

Also, trying hard and missing the mark was Nicole Kidman in an iteration of a trompe L’oeil striped Gucci look that we’ve seen on Dakota Johnson recently—also more Grammy friendly.

Julianne Moore

Worst Dressed—It’s nearly impossible to make gorgeous redhead Julianne Moore look bad but this chartreuse beaded Givenchy cutout dress managed to accomplish that difficult feat. I don’t even know where to start with this one – the color, fit, style are all conspiring against Ms. Moore and she should immediately fire her stylist, if she has one. She looked ill at ease, as well as a bit lumpy and schlumpy while she posed awkwardly. Actually she looked just as bad sitting in her seat during the show. Which brings me to the next category…


Carol Burnett

It’s Not Easy Being Green—Among the actresses who went for the color of money were Uzo Aduba, Kate Winslet, Lifetime Achievement Award winner Carol Burnett, Marisa Tomei and Eva Longoria. I definitely think that Ms. Burnett rocked the emerald tone by mixing it with a black beaded shell under her two-piece ensemble. A footnote—she sported gray Ugg slippers on the red carpet but changed footwear to accept her award from an almost unrecognizable brown haired Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

Laverne Cox

Ubiquitous trend of the night-- What Sarah Hyland referred to as her "Angelina Jo-Leg" pose, also adopted by many including Brie Larson, Laverne Cox, Ana Faris and Joanne Froggatt

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- Laurel Marcus









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