Sorry for the lateness of this post, but after the resonating snores of the Golden Globes fashion, I was pleasantly surprised with a veritable plethora of awesome looks at the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, and it’s taken me awhile to pare it down to a manageable level. As I said in the previous post, the Globes is like the warm-up carpet– rarely does much stand out, it’s usually quite bland and beige; the game starts stepping up at the SAGs. (I realize I skipped the Critics’ Choice Awards, but they suffer much the same problem as the Globes, while also coming across a bit too casual, like the Peoples’ Choice Awards, making for a mixed bag that is less fun to critique because no-one really seems to care.) Anyway, since there was SO much going on this time around on the carpet, let’s get to it.
MOST IMPROVED (TIE)
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY AND JULIANNA MARGULIES
Keira’s unflattering butterfly-print Golden Globes getup was one of the saddest maternity looks I’d seen in ages, so I was pleased to see her embrace the bump with something a little more fashion-forward, a royal purple Erdem lace gown with a plunging illusion neckline and ribbon detailing at the shoulders. Julianna has been an ugly-print aficionado since, like, ever, which makes her come across as dowdy and prematurely aged. So this electric blue draped Giambattista Valli creation is a breath of fresh air.
MAISIE WILLIAMS AND SOPHIE TURNER
Game of Thrones’ Stark sisters hit the carpet in some adorable dresses! After a lot of Googling, I was able to discover that Maisie’s laser-cut lace-effect candy-apple red number is by Self-Portrait, a newer London design house that features this dress in white on the front page of their website, for those who are inclined to steal the look for themselves. Sophie is wearing an asymmetrical black Osman dress with waist cutouts, accessorized with the cutest Louboutins ever!
BIGGEST RISK (THAT PAID OFF)
Lots of online hate for this Charbel Zoe Couture dress, but I happen to think it’s amazeballs and Vicky’s rocking it. The neckline alone is one of the most creative things I’ve seen on the carpet in many moons, and the mix of patterns and cutouts actually works.
BIGGEST RISK (THAT MISSED THE MARK)
I want to like Rashida’s Ungaro dress. I almost do. She’s a previous Fluffy Award winner, for Pete’s sake! But somehow it puts me in mind of what Cruella de Vil’s fashion project might have looked like had her dalmatian-napping gone unfoiled, and while it’s flattering and pretty, I keep thinking of dead puppies. Not a good thing.
THE FAIRY PRINCESS AWARD
This Georges Hobeika gown is a frothy, ethereal delight. Gradient pinks and greens of the palest variety, accented with ribbons and flower petals, make this look magical.
THE ARM CANDY AWARD
Sofia is always on point on the carpet, and this fire-engine-red Donna Karan Atelier is no exception. But the big story here is her recent engagement to gorgeous True Blood alum Joe Mangianello and that ginormous rock!
As Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, Gwendoline is usually dressed in armor and a layer of grime, so it’s easy to forget how beautiful and statuesque she is. Fortunately, her boyfriend, UK designer Giles, didn’t forget, and outfitted her in a scarlet halter gown that’s to die for.
Lupita is everything. So is this Elie Saab ballgown, which juxtaposes stripes with a watercolor floral pattern in a look which might not work for anyone but the beaming, confident and gorgeous reigning queen of the carpet.
THE BLUE RIBBON
Jen took to the carpet in a vintage gold Galliano dress with a snakeskin print. A plunging neckline that revealed more than it concealed and a unique Amrit necklace contributed to the boho feel of the outfit, complemented by loose, wavy locks and sunkissed makeup by Chanel.
THE LITTLE MERMAID THAT COULD
Joanne is luminous in this Honor mermaid gown, simple in its lines to make her lovely face the focus of attention. Sometimes it’s the most unfussy of designs that creates the most dramatic look, and this outfit is the perfect example. Loving that cuff bracelet too!
Kelly can pull off outfits nobody else could, and this Elisabetta Franchi ensemble is proof. A leopard print low-high skirt and black crop top, accessorized with strappy platforms and a fun clutch with a “hand clasp”, topped with her signature lavender hair worn in an exaggerated pompadour, makes for a whimsical rockabilly look that suits her perfectly.
THE EFFORTLESS AWARD
The greatest thing about Julianne’s look is that it doesn’t even look like a look. The sparkly, emerald green Givenchy is so simple, yet so perfect– it looks as if she just threw it over her head, brushed her hair, and went out. Easy-peasy, and so pretty.
Claire is one of the most reliable presences on the red carpet– she always brings her A game, her riskier looks always work for her, her play-it-safe outfits are still memorable, and she has an inimitable cool-girl aura I’ve envied for years. This hunter green Marc Jacobs has the playful edge Claire’s known for, with its keyhole/twist/halterneck bodice and structured-patterned panel detailing, and she looks perfect.
The Donna Karan Atelier gown with a navy crisscross bodice and cape train makes Khaleesi look the part of a regal queen of the night. It has a weirdly Morticia-lite vibe that I’m digging, and I’m a fan of the coordinated jewelry too.
Anna is wearing a deep apricot Escada gown with a bright-white structured bodice. This is a little-seen color on the carpet and for good reason, as orange is quite easy to abuse, but this is exactly the right way to do it.
THE SHINING STAR
THE DAZZLE AWARD
The beautiful Shameless star has a penchant for metallic gowns, and this Armani Prive creation is one of the best I’ve seen her wear. It’s a stunner, bedecked in Swarovski crystals all over the silvery lace overlay, and offset with a glitzy diamond necklace for added wow factor.
THE DIVALICIOUS AWARD
At first glance I was like “Oh, NO.” But then I saw a higher-resolution photo and was like, “Ah, YES.” It’s not a half-sheer, it’s a very hip jacket over a completely-sheer, and a bold choice from a star who knows she can make it work.
THE GODDESS AWARD
I just love this half-sheer Vionnet gown. Check out the skirt– it’s a fingerprint! As if that wasn’t cute enough, the top of the dress is a modern take on the Old Hollywood look, a winning combination of whimsy and classy that makes Laura look like a gorgeous angel.
…Except that this Dennis Basso tulle-and-chiffon column is probably too hot for Grandma! It has a definite 1920’s feel with the flutter sleeves, sweep train, and sequin details, like something from an Erte` print, and the theme carries into her styling, with an easy chignon hairdo, red lips, and statement earrings. While it walks dangerously close to the line of mother-of-the-bride wear, it manages to look kind of thrift-store chic in an upscale way.
I have a love/hate relationship with Dior. How can the same house that makes Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone look so reliably stunning land so often in the worst-dressed slot? And when they do, it’s a doozy– like, nothing else on the carpet even comes close to the awfulness of that one outfit they throw at someone. Previous offenders included an orange thingie Marion Cotillard wore at the 2013 Golden Globes– I can only call it a thingie because I still don’t know what it was supposed to be– and an orange jumpsuit with weird dress panels they pawned off on Emma Watson at the 2014 Globes. At least they decided to give up on orange as the new black, perhaps due to the ubiquity of the show of the same name, and just gave Rosamund a black-is-the-new-black monstrosity. Sometimes I think that the designers at Dior just enjoy pranking celebrities. When the majority of their work is love, but an occasional wacko piece pops up, you’ve gotta think that somebody is just having fun and seeing who would actually wear something so God-awful, and having a private laugh at someone’s very public expense. So here we have this black lampshade with a mullet train and what appear to be tulle tumors. I can’t explain it any other way. Sorry, I’m trying to be a kinder, gentler Fluffy, but this is just NO. Nuh-Uh. Nope. #sorrynotsorry
This Donna Karan column could be considered a safe choice for Mrs. McConaughey, but just look at it. That color is simply amazing– it’s the perfect purple, with the perfect fit, the perfect draped sweetheart strapless neckline, the perfect train. It’s so perfect it doesn’t even need accessories! How many times have I said perfect? Let me get it out of my system. Perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect. There.
THE VERY SPECIAL FLUFFY AWARD
The Very Special Fluffy Award is actually the biggest compliment I can give, as it is awarded to the outfit I would have chosen for myself– the best representative of my own personal aesthetic. Natalie’s watercolor Naeem Khan is so awesome I can’t even. The colors– pink and lilac and peach are personal faves– fading into the perfect, sort-of pleated white ballgown skirt. The one-shoulder asymmetric bodice that’s sexy but not too revealing. It’s so ME. Pure love.
More apologies for my tardiness, but as I said at the beginning there was SO much going on that I had to prune my post. There were a lot of worthy styles I had to leave out, as there were just too many to include here. Now to begin the search for my Oscar gown…