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Red carpet styles – SAG awards
As stars trod the red carpet at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the flavour of the night became clear. Dark colours, sheer cut-outs and fishtailed trains were most common, with a combination of strapless and plunging-V necklines on display.
A standout by all accounts, Anne Hathaway rocked an Audrey Hepburn style dress in black, with a sheer neck cut-out, fitted bodice and sheer, full skirt.
Continuing the dark, edgy theme, Modern Family’s Julie Bowen matched her soft, blonde up-do with a black leather dress flaunting a plunging neckline and sparkling shoulder embellishment.
Fishtailed bottoms on sweetheart strapless dresses lent a curvy, elegant finish. Most notably, Les Miserables star Amanda Seyfried paraded a fitted, midnight blue gown that descended into a layered fishtail train, a look completed by a heavy silver pendant on a long-chain necklace.
Sheer cut-outs were a hit, adding sexy allure to countless gowns. Downton Abby’s Michelle Dockery revealed modest cleavage through the sheer sides of a simple black gown. While lace strips added subtle, eye-catching detail to The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev’s bright pink number.
The night’s makeup commonly partnered dark, striking eyes with lips finished in nude or matt colour. Hair long, wavy and worn to one side was most popular, softly framing and highlighting the face. A striking exception was Mad Men lead January Jones’s fierce up-do, defined by a bouffant fringe – a look accentuated by striking lipstick and a high-neck collar.
Statement jewellery was minimal as necklaces, heavy or light, were rare. Drop earrings and thick cuffs were the most popular accessories.
To review the night’s charm, celebrity stylist Mary Alice Haney spoke to People Magazine. Having dressed stars like Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence and Sarah Jessica Parker, her critique stems from experience.
“Many of the women walking the red carpet looked like they were either a) going to the prom or b) a contestant in the Miss America pageant. Not necessarily a bad thing, as it turns out,” she said.
Mary’s favourites included Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman.
The successes and failures seen on the SAG red carpet are only an appetiser for those to come. With Oscars and Golden Globe awards approaching, more daring, exotic and varied styles are promised to reveal themselves.