JESSICA CHASTAIN // gown by Calvin Klein
Longtime readers know I’m usually not a fan of Calvin Klein’s minimalist gowns, but Jessica Chastain proved it just takes a perfect combination of woman, hair, makeup, jewelry, and gown. Jessica brought it all to the table, and glowed in this stunning blue column gown. It fit her like a glove, making her look even more statuesque than usual, and the blue contrasted her red hair beautifully. She was wearing around $2.5 million worth of jewelry, and it was worth it. Check out the stunning earrings:
EMILY BLUNT // gown by Oscar de la Renta, shoes by Jimmy Choo
This was my Resort 2012 red carpet prediction for Beyonce, but I’m loving it on Mrs. John Krasinski over here. The little shoulder embellishment isn’t perfect, but the color is beautiful and the criss-crossed draping is super-flattering and chic. The accessories aren’t my favorites, but the gown itself is hard to beat.
EMMA STONE // dress, purse and shoes by Alexander McQueen
So close to perfection, it’s almost upsetting. The dress itself looked great on television, and the tea length is always awesome on Emma. But the bodice, paired with the clutch, paired with the frou-frouy shoes is just a bit too much. We all love our McQueen accessories, but they can be a lot of look, and those shoes are just a little too frilly and girly.
NAYA RIVERA // gown by Naeem Khan
Naya was effortlessly sexy and totally glam at the SAG Awards, resulting in her best red carpet look to date. Her (clearly fake) tits look amazing, her hair is gorgeous, and her jewelry is lovely. It’s not the most original gown on earth, but it’s clearly made for her.
JAYMA MAYS // gown by Reem Acra, purse by Judith Leiber
She looked fabulous, dramatic, and sexy as hell. We all know a gown in this silhouette and sparkle isn’t uncommon, but she certainly looked great in it. And then she turned around.
The lace cut-out? The ponytail? Come on, girl. There’s no need to bring that tacky mess into this lovely gown.
KRISTEN WIIG // gown and purse by Balenciaga
Fashion bloggers may not always agree on everything, but the blogosphere/twitterverse rose up as one and shouted, “STOP WEARING NEUTRALS AND LOSE THE CHOKER!” when Kristen Wiig hit the red carpet.
SARAH HYLAND // gown by Temperley London
Next time, try something with a little more color, that’s a little less sheer, and maybe doesn’t remind us quite so much of an old woman’s nightgown. Kthxbai.
DIANNA AGRON // gown by Carolina Herrera
Including Part 1 of the SAG red carpet, Dianna is the sixth star to attempt to rock braids in her formal hairdo. She was going for romantic and ethereal, but just ended up looking kind of sweaty with lots of flyaways. The color of that gown is virtually perfect on her, and it’s a step up from most of her red carpet looks, but we’ve seen plenty of gowns like this before.
JULIANNA MARGUILES // gown by Calvin Klein
She needs to pull it up an inch higher, and I feel like this is the only gown she ever wears, but it’s certainly lovely. I’m just not sure how this can be seen as anything other than a wedding gown. A beautiful wedding gown, but a wedding gown nonetheless. But the trend continued, and worsened, as the night went on…
KATRINA BOWDEN // gown by Amsale
It sucks for Katrina that Julianna wore such a similar, but clearly much more expensive, gown – the Calvin Klein on Julianna looks about a thousand times better than this does on Katrina. Katrina announced her engagement at the SAG Awards (she got engaged the night before), but isn’t it strange that she did so in a wedding gown? Even that purse is totally bridal.
JUDY GREER // gown by Collette Dinnigan
I am all about Judy Greer, who at least managed to offset the bride-ness of her white lace gown with a hot pink purse. I’m just not sure I like anything about this. Well, that’s not fair – the silhouette is great. But she also looks like she’s wearing a tablecloth, and that hot pink purse is just plain tacky.
ELLIE KEMPER // gown by Lorena Sarbu, purse by Kotur
The color of the gown is amazing, but it’s doing her body no favors. The silhouette is all wrong for her body, the purse is ugly, and the hair and makeup could be vastly improved. Also, jewerly? Has she never heard of it?
JENNA USHKOWITZ // gown by Rebecca Minkoff, purse by Judith Leiber
The third woman to rock side cut-outs tonight, I give Jenna props because she’s clearly lost some weight recently and looks super-duper-fantastic. The side cut-outs are actually the best part of this dress, which is not something I usually say. But this print is childish and dated, and you must know by now how I feel about a long sheer skirt over a mini-skirt. It’s one of my biggest fashion pet peeves.
JANE KRAKOWSKI // gown by Antonio Berardi
This looked positively ridiculous on television, and it’s only slightly better in pictures. There are dresses that emphasize your boobs, and there are dresses that create a shelf and picture frames for your boobs. This is the latter.
ZOE SALDANA // gown by Givenchy, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti
I hated this. I hated it the moment I saw it, and it hasn’t grown on me. I will concede that from hips to mid-thigh (i.e., the part of the skirt with the flower embellishments), it is completely, exquisitely beautiful. But the teeny-tiny tassels at the hem are ridiculous, the slit is strangely placed, and the hair is downright lazy. But we all know the real problem with this look: she’s wearing a sparkly poncho over a tank top. And I don’t care that it’s Givenchy Spring 2012 couture (meaning this dress premiered on the runway mere days before this event), I cannot condone a sparkly poncho over a tank top at the SAG Awards.
TILDA SWINTON // gown by Lanvin
Tilda Swinton, you are supposed to be immune from boring red carpet looks and trendy, unimaginative outfits. You are supposed to bring the androgynous alien glam aesthetic to everything and constantly surprise me, good or bad. This gray-beige long-sleeved gown? This is as unoriginal as it gets, Tilda. I expected so much more from you.
SOFIA VERGARA // gown by Marchesa, purse by Thale Blanc
¿Cómo se dice “drag queen” en español? This gown, while at least flattering in pictures, looked absurd on television. The bust created this weird double-layered effect around her tits that my friend called a “booby basin.” That giant purse is beyond tacky, and I hated the gaudy pink jewelry. In other words, it was exactly what I expected Sofia Vergara would wear.
MAYA RUDOLPH // gown by Naeem Khan
A dress like this is all about proportions, and the proportions on this did nothing for Maya. And she needs to fire her hair and makeup team ASAP, because she is so much more beautiful than they allow her to be. A better bra and some lovely jewelry would have helped things too.
ANGELINA JOLIE // gown by Jenny Packham, purse by Louis Vuitton
Ange, you clearly think you’re beautiful enough to show up at an awards show looking like a heroin addict wrapped in garbage bags. But I assure you, you are wrong.
Need more from the SAG Awards? Check out Part 1!