Before the SAGs last night, I told Sarah I was curious whether or not the fashion would be scaled back because of what’s happening in Ukraine; it’s happened before. No judgment either way, I was just trying to anticipate all angles of what we might see at the first major Hollywood award show of the year after months and months of celebrity restraint.
There was no restraint at the SAGs. They came with jewels and the dresses and the hair and the makeup and the cleavage and the everything. Let’s start there with Cate Blanchett.
This is Armani Privé with whom she has a longstanding relationship:
Incredible design features here with the embellishments framing her chest but for me it’s the skirt, how it overlaps at the waist with the wrap-around fold that somehow is staying in place. And then the accessories, big rings in every shade to go with the blocks that line the dress. Excellent styling.
From black taffeta to bright yellow… and this is not typically a material that I love on a red carpet but it’s all in the details and the construction. And also, well, Law Roach. Law Roach isn’t giving you basically prom taffeta. On Kerry it’s a corset and then a dramatic taffeta wrapped skirt so that you’re only getting that taffeta effect from the hips down. And since there are so many different textures incorporated, the visible wrinkle factor is scaled back. Because, of course, Law would have accounted for that. This is spectacular:
Staying with colour, Cynthia Erivo in red Louis Vuitton – a red strapless latex column dress and I prefer it with the jacket over top but I also appreciate that one of the jacket’s purposes is to set up the reveal. It’s just such a great f-cking jacket with the two tiers and the two materials:
Cynthia works with stylist Jason Bolden, who was also behind Vanessa Hudgens’ look last night. It’s one her red carpet all-time best:
But… they weren’t all winners, sorry. Salma Hayek wore Gucci to rep House of Gucci and…between the colour and those clothes and the hair, it’s one of those looks like celebrities look back on 15 years later in those “my first red carpet” interviews – with regret.
Is it better to regret or not remember at all?
This is how I feel about Reese Witherspoon. And if my only choices were Salma’s look or Reese’s, I would go with Salma’s because at least it has some personality. Reese’s dress has zero personality but the attempt with the moustache swirl on the two sides of the bust makes it worse. Because it feels lazy, offensive in its unoffensiveness. Also I cannot stress how much I hate that baby blue sash.