Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards Style Recap

by Tracy James


The SAG Awards is the particular awards show that makes us non-actors a little envious of the esteemed club of which we are not a part. They do seem like a fun lot. Unlike at the Golden Globes, fortunately at this event, the "worst dressed" list is a little shorter. Opinions varied wildly among the style critics, with some listing the same dress among the Best that another media outlet deemed the Worst. Here's my humble opinion on the matter.

BEST DRESSED

1. Lupita Nyong'o in Elie Saab

What a gorgeous combination of color and print. I'm a big fan of print, and it's not super prevalent on the red carpet, so I get excited to see it worn successfully. This gown proves one doesn't have to show a ton of skin or curves to be dramatic. Another aspect of this style that I love is that hues and long sleeves is season appropriate for January, something that (understandably) in California and on the red carpet is overlooked.

What a gorgeous combination of color and print. I'm a big fan of print, and it's not super prevalent on the red carpet, so I get excited to see it worn successfully. This gown proves one doesn't have to show a ton of skin or curves to be dramatic. Another aspect of this style that I love is that hues and long sleeves is season appropriate for January, something that (understandably) in California and on the red carpet is overlooked.

2. Reese Witherspoon in custom Giorgio Armani and Tiffany & Co/Harry Winston jewels

Again the actress chose to go classic with her look, and again does so successfully. I would've liked to see some volume in the crown of her hair, making her ponytail look a little more special.

Again the actress chose to go classic with her look, and again does so successfully. I would've liked to see some volume in the crown of her hair, making her ponytail look a little more special.

3. Kaley Cuoco in Romona Kaveza gown and Forevermark jewels

A beautiful shade of red made this simply cut but perfectly fit gown a hit. That haircut is hard to pull off, but she does it with flying colors. My only complaint is the subtle but visible tan lines on her best. C'mon, Kaley, that's an amateur mistake! 

A beautiful shade of red made this simply cut but perfectly fit gown a hit. That haircut is hard to pull off, but she does it with flying colors. My only complaint is the subtle but visible tan lines on her best. C'mon, Kaley, that's an amateur mistake! 

4. Jennifer Anniston in Vintage Galliano 

Now THIS is what we expect from Jen...a glam but slightly bohemian look that shows off that fabulous body, sunkissed skin and beachy locks. Looking like a golden goddess in a gown covered in peacock-print beading from Galliano's Spring 1998 collection. She played up the plunging neckline with a long chain necklace by Amrit and earrings and a bracelet by Fred Leighton.

Now THIS is what we expect from Jen...a glam but slightly bohemian look that shows off that fabulous body, sunkissed skin and beachy locks. Looking like a golden goddess in a gown covered in peacock-print beading from Galliano's Spring 1998 collection. She played up the plunging neckline with a long chain necklace by Amrit and earrings and a bracelet by Fred Leighton.

5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Monique Lhuillier

Yet again, this funny lady (who I adore in VEEP) is spot on, choosing a dress that is flattering, age appropriate for a 54-year-old and fits absolutely flawlessly. 

Yet again, this funny lady (who I adore in VEEP) is spot on, choosing a dress that is flattering, age appropriate for a 54-year-old and fits absolutely flawlessly. 

6. Paula Patton in Aiisha Ramadan gown and Kimberly McDonald jewels

The actresses' olive skin glows in this gorgeous white beaded-head-to-toe gown.

The actresses' olive skin glows in this gorgeous white beaded-head-to-toe gown.

7. Sophia Vergara in Donna Karen Atelier

In a gown that showed off her jaw-dropping figure, Vergara and hunky fiancé Joe Manganiello definitely took the prize for Best Looking Couple. And check out that engagement ring!

In a gown that showed off her jaw-dropping figure, Vergara and hunky fiancé Joe Manganiello definitely took the prize for Best Looking Couple. And check out that engagement ring!

8. Danielle Brooks in Christian Siriano

Props to young designer (and Project Runway winner) Christian Siriano for designing such a lovely and well-fitting dress for a plus-size woman, a category oft ignored in the fashion market. Add to that the right hairstyle and makeup and you have an example of what it looks like when all of the pieces come together. The best part of Brooks' look is her shining visible confidence.

Props to young designer (and Project Runway winner) Christian Siriano for designing such a lovely and well-fitting dress for a plus-size woman, a category oft ignored in the fashion market. Add to that the right hairstyle and makeup and you have an example of what it looks like when all of the pieces come together. The best part of Brooks' look is her shining visible confidence.

MOST IMPROVED 

Rosamund Pike in Dior Haute Couture dress and shoes

Compared to the Golden Globes surgical mask DIY disaster of a dress, this billowed hi-low frock featuring floral appliqué and a detailed train is a step up. Clearly the actress wants to stand out from the crowd on the red carpet, and - for better or worse - she achieved that in this dress. One could speculate that the desire to tent her figure stems from her giving birth less than 2 months ago, although knowing Hollywood, her stomach is probably as flat as ever. I do applaud her for keeping her shoes simple, showing off her pretty legs. Simply put, this is one of those dresses that I can't decide whether it pleases or disgusts me - either way, it was memorable, thus worth mentioning.

Compared to the Golden Globes surgical mask DIY disaster of a dress, this billowed hi-low frock featuring floral appliqué and a detailed train is a step up. Clearly the actress wants to stand out from the crowd on the red carpet, and - for better or worse - she achieved that in this dress. One could speculate that the desire to tent her figure stems from her giving birth less than 2 months ago, although knowing Hollywood, her stomach is probably as flat as ever. I do applaud her for keeping her shoes simple, showing off her pretty legs. Simply put, this is one of those dresses that I can't decide whether it pleases or disgusts me - either way, it was memorable, thus worth mentioning.

SAME SONG, SECOND VERSE 

Emma Stone in Dior

I didn't think Stone deserved being on the Worst list, as - like she did at the Golden Globes by wearing a black and silver jumpsuit with a train - I admire her effort to be edgy and different. But that's just the problem - this look has too similar of a feel to that look, thus making it not that different at all. I would have been more impressed to see Emma Stone in a colorful gown (like her 2011 Golden Globes peach Calvin Klein), which would've showed her ability to be a chameleon.

I didn't think Stone deserved being on the Worst list, as - like she did at the Golden Globes by wearing a black and silver jumpsuit with a train - I admire her effort to be edgy and different. But that's just the problem - this look has too similar of a feel to that look, thus making it not that different at all. I would have been more impressed to see Emma Stone in a colorful gown (like her 2011 Golden Globes peach Calvin Klein), which would've showed her ability to be a chameleon.

WORST DRESSED

1. Amanda Peet in J.Mendel

Yet again, Peet easily makes the Worst list. Please, Amanda, do your career a favor and fire your stylist.

Yet again, Peet easily makes the Worst list. Please, Amanda, do your career a favor and fire your stylist.

2. Naomi Watts in Balenciaga

In fairness, I am usually not a fan of off-the-shoulder silhouettes such as this one, even on a narrow frame like Watts'. But what really landed this dress on the Worst list for me was the tinsel-like edging on the neckline. For the record, I love her accessories. And the navy color. The tinsel just kills the look for me.

In fairness, I am usually not a fan of off-the-shoulder silhouettes such as this one, even on a narrow frame like Watts'. But what really landed this dress on the Worst list for me was the tinsel-like edging on the neckline. For the record, I love her accessories. And the navy color. The tinsel just kills the look for me.

3. Amy Ryan in Honor

This feels like an ensemble for a lawn party at Lilly Pulitzer's house, not a red carpet. Throw in the unflattering shape and - oh dear - white shoes with bows (???), and this look quickly goes down the tubes.

This feels like an ensemble for a lawn party at Lilly Pulitzer's house, not a red carpet. Throw in the unflattering shape and - oh dear - white shoes with bows (???), and this look quickly goes down the tubes.

4. Jared Leto in a black tuxedo a Louis Leeman loafers

Leto's look can be summed up in the same way as all of his other looks of late: "For the love of God, cut that hair and beard!" 

Leto's look can be summed up in the same way as all of his other looks of late: "For the love of God, cut that hair and beard!" 

5. Joan Collins in a sequined...something

First of all, Joan Collins is still alive? Second, this look is not convincing me of that.

First of all, Joan Collins is still alive? Second, this look is not convincing me of that.

FREAKY FRIDAY

Julie Bowen and Ariel Winter

As in the 1976 classic Jodie Foster flick, I wanted Julie Bowen and her Modern Family daughter Ariel Winter to switch places for the night. Bowen's sweet pastel floral appliqué Georges Hobeika Couture gown seemed much too juvenile for the 44-year-old, while 16-year-old Winter looked well beyond her years in a Zac Posen number, rockin' those curves and cleavage! To be fair, small-framed Bowen doesn't have near the figure to pull off Winter's dress, and Winter's full figure wouldn't look right in Bowen's dress...but nonetheless I would've liked to see both of them in something more age appropriate. 

As in the 1976 classic Jodie Foster flick, I wanted Julie Bowen and her Modern Family daughter Ariel Winter to switch places for the night. Bowen's sweet pastel floral appliqué Georges Hobeika Couture gown seemed much too juvenile for the 44-year-old, while 16-year-old Winter looked well beyond her years in a Zac Posen number, rockin' those curves and cleavage! To be fair, small-framed Bowen doesn't have near the figure to pull off Winter's dress, and Winter's full figure wouldn't look right in Bowen's dress...but nonetheless I would've liked to see both of them in something more age appropriate.