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SAG Awards Trends – Halter Neck Gowns


At the Golden Globes it was all about strapless gowns, at the SAG Awards halter gowns ruled the red carpet.

January Jones, Perrey Reeves, Julia Ormond, Diane Lane, Penelope Cruz, Taraji P. Henson, Freida Pinto, Jane Krakowski, Alison Pill and Olivia Wilde all wore haltered gowns in different guises. Some were criss-cross halters, some were embellished.

January Jones’ Andrew GN gown, was by far the most impressive on the night.


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Angelina Jolie’s Backwards Max Azria SAG Awards Gown

I was sent a message from a reader who said I was wrong to say that Angelina Jolie’s dress was backwards to how it was presented on the runway.

I’m sorry to say it, but I still do believe I’m right.

The dress has the same kimono style sleeves, the same deep-plunge, the same gathered elasticated waisted line, the two flaps on either side of the plunge, and the same detail on the skirt.

Angelina was never going to wear a dress with such a deep plunge, so wearing it back to front was her compromise.

These two dresses, which I was told were the same, are not the same in my opinion. Not even close.

I don’t even think the materials are the same. The sleeves are definitely not the same, and this runway dress does not have an elasticated waist.

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Judge for yourself.

UPDATE: Thanks to DolceLorenzo, who watched Fashion Wrap Up were Jennifer Rade – Angelina’s stylist – confirmed that she did wear the dress back to front.

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26.01.09

The Rest Of The SAG Award Red Carpet

Katie Holmes didn’t walk the red carpet as E! had promised. Instead she skipped to present Sean Penn with the Outstanding Actor Award.

I love how she interpreted this asymmetrical Jil Sander Spring 2009 dress, because the runway version was longer, and had cut-outs on each thigh.

She completed her look with leg lengthening nude Stuart Weitzman heels.

Perrey Reeves looked ethereal in her Monique Lhuillier Spring 2009 halter gown, which had floral appliqués on the hem of the skirt.

She matched her bronze clutch, with the bronze sash on her gown.

Keisha and Forest Whitaker gave Diane Lane and Josh Brolin a run for their money, in the best dressed couple category.

He was dashing in a black 3 piece suit, whilst she was divine in an Rafael Cennamo silk emerald green one shoulder gown.

Amy Adams didn’t exactly wow me in her strapless purple Giambattista Valli gown, which had a corseted bodice, and gathered detailing on the front. But it was a refreshing colour for her, as she has worn a lot of black lately.

She completed the look with a classic updo, black peep toes, and glittering H Stern jewels.

Brown has never been my favourite colour on the red carpet, so when I saw Andrea Bowen I was initially turned off, but her Rafael Cennamo dress grew on me.

The dress had a brown taffeta bubble hem skirt, with a sequin bodice and leather waistband. She did not try to over dress. Instead she looked her age, and the interesting shape of the dress was not what we would normally expect.

Katrina Bowden wore a dress by Christian Siriano.

The dress would have been better suited to the Grammy’s or the MTV Awards, but she looks so hot it in, that I am sure that will be overlooked.

Laura Linney looked amazing in a coral one-shouldered Michael Kors gown.

She is always so gracious on the red carpet.

Jane Krakowski’s Roberto Cavalli red gown plunged dangerously low.

January Jones did not follow the spring-like colours, nor the red and white trend on the red carpet last night. The Mad Men actress wore an ornate, Grecian-inspired Andrew GN Spring 2009 haltered gown.

I adored the gold detail, which made this black gown really stand out.

Miss Jones seems to have this red carpet thing figured-out.

Taraji P. Henson was absolutely gorgeous wearing white silk jersery Herve Leroux figure-enhancing halter gown.

Christina Applegate went for laid-back glamour wearing a very vivid green Emanuel Ungaro gown.

The colour of this gown is amazing, as it draped loosely around her stunning figure.

Her hair was pulled back to show off her stunning Lorraine Schwartz jewels, and she also carried a Daniel Swarovski clutch.

Laura Dern arrived wearing a black custom-made Burberry gown, with embroidered detail on the top half of the gown, and a single pleat in the full skirt.

This picture does not do this dress justice, as it looked amazing on her.

Julia Ormond wore a navy Azzaro gown, which had a jeweled halter neck, and a jeweled detailed on the hip.

Holly Hunter wore a strapless fuchsia Reem Acra Spring 2009 gown, which had a long train.

I didn’t think she did the gorgeous gown justice.

There is a distinct trend for red heads wearing green dresses on the red carpet. Isla Fisher and Amy Adams have all worked this look, now Alison Pill.

Her fiery red locks complimented her racing green Jason Wu Fall 2008 halter dress with a crisscross bodice perfectly. Not sure about the shoes, but the dress is a great pick.

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Who Wore Dolce & Gabbana Better? Rihanna or Rosario Dawson


Looking at Rihanna wearing the same Dolce & Gabbana gown as Rosario Dawson, I hope this better illustrates the point I was making about how I was surprised Rosario curves did not quite hug the gown as it should.

Rihanna wore this dress over a year ago, when she attended the 2007 World Music Awards which was held in Monte Carlo.

Rihanna is not nearly as voluptuous as Rosario, but RiRi looks much better in the gown.

The gown is also too long on Rosario, so Rihanna wins this very easily for me.

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26.01.09 Best Dressed

2009 SAG Awards – Best Dressed

Best Dressed Award
Wearing the colour of the season – electric blue – Kate Winslet is the only actress that made me say wow last night.

The British actress was truly outstanding wearing a stunning Narciso Rodriguez body-con gown, which hugged her in all the right places.

The deep v-neck proved again that Kate is not afraid to show off her cleavage.

She completed her look with Chopard jewels.

I particularly loved her earrings.

Best Runner Up Award
Had it not been for Kate, Evan Rachel Wood would have won Best Dressed wearing this stunning teal Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2009 off-the-shoulder gown.

She accented the gown with a eagle brooch, which worked well with rest of her antique looking jewelry.

She completed her look with purple Sergio Rossi heels, and a matching clutch.

Most Dramatic Award
I like drama on the red carpet. And Teri Hatcher certainly provided that last night wearing this Monqiue Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2009 gown, which had an asymmetric bodice, folds on the skirt, a train, shoulder detail, and a black belt to finish off the look.

It all sounds to much, but it worked perfectly. Teri more than did it justice as she literally bounced with joy down the red carpet, looking particularly pleased with herself.

Most Undecided Award
I went back and forth a lot with Eva Longoria in this Jenny Packham Spring 2009 dress.

I like the dress, the colour, and the gold crystal and turquoise embellished neckline. But I really dislike Eva’s hair, and the nude mesh part of the dress.

Best White Award
There were many white gowns on the red carpet last night, but Anne Hathaway’s was the most exquisite. The actress wore a white Azzaro gown with crystal embellished neckline and belt.

This dress sees the classic beauty return to her outstanding red carpet form, we have long been admiring.

Her look was complete with Cartier jewels, and Christian Louboutin heels.

I Know You Probably Hate It, But I Love It Award
No red carpet is complete without a Elie Saab gown, and Marisa Tomei did not disappoint in this canary yellow Elie Saab Spring 2009 gown with satin floral detail.

The floral detail started on the shoulder, then cascaded down her back.

She is on fire at the moment.

Back On Track Award
After Freida Pinto’s disappointing Golden Globes gown, she was back to her best wearing a pale blue Marchesa gown.

She completed her look with a Roger Viver box clutch, and Martin Katz jewels.

Best Dressed Couple Award
Diane Lane and Josh Brolin together always make me swoon.

He was gorgeous wearing a black on black suit, whilst she shone, so elegantly, wearing a red David Meister halter gown.

Most Vibrant Award
I have not seen any movies with Viola Davis, so she was not really on my radar, but she surely grabbed my attention wearing a vibrant yellow David Meister draped stretch charmeuse one shoulder evening gown.

The colour really popped against her skin.

Best Red Award
There were a lot of red dresses on the SAG red carpet last night, but I loved the silhouette of Claire Danes’ Nina Ricci gown.

The dress was also set apart with it’s asymmetrical skirt, and its sheer cap sleeves.

She completed her look with Fred Leighton jewels and Jimmy Choo heels.

Best Couture Award
Couture doesn’t have to be about highly structured pieces. It can also be about gorgeous floaty ultra feminine pieces like this Anne Valérie Hash Fall 2008 Couture strapless gown, which Jennifer Morrison wore last night.

The lace skirt and embellished neckline look beautifully delicate.

Best Snap Back Award
The last time I saw Amy Poehler on the red carpet she was pregnant, now she has snapped back to her fabulous pre-baby figure.

The comedian also wore white, and looked angelic wearing a plunge-neck Roberto Cavalli Pre-Fall 2008 gown with a brooch detail on the empire waist.

Silver peep toes and diamond jewels completed the look.

Va Va Voom Award
WOW. I have said it before, and I will say it again. What an amazing figure Christina Hendricks has. Her racy red Carolina Herrera ruffle neck gown, does nothing but enhance it.

Glorious.

Quietly Consistent Award
Jenna Fischer does not wear anything that screams “Look At Me”, but she always manages to look fantastic.

She did so again last night wearing a dove grey silk chiffon plunge-neck Pamella Roland gown with yellow and grey beading along the empire-waist.

Best Deja Vu Award
Lisa Edelstein is wearing a red Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2009 asymmetric gown, we have seen many times before. Mainly because there is a Resort 2009 dress which looks very similar which was recently worn by Gabrielle Union.

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26.01.09 Worst Dressed

2009 SAG Awards – Worst Dressed

Worst Dressed Award
I would really like to know what was going on in America Ferrera’s mind when she picked this Vera Wang gown.

The colour surprisingly washed her out, the draping on the hips is extremely unflattering, and the black tulle pieces that criss-crosses across her bodice was just annoying and only added to the overall disappointment of this gown.

Deja Vu Award
Penelope Cruz fails again with the same hairstyle as the Golden Globe Awards, and another dress that fails to wow me despite being by Azzedine Alaia.

Most Underwhelming Award
Angelina Jolie, we get it. We get that fact that you would look great in a potato sack. We also get the fact that you don’t care about how you look on the red carpet, and that you no longer try.

But you could have nipped in this Max Azria Spring 2009 gown just a tad to give it some shape.

Oh and sweetie, you have the dress on back to front. It was presented as a plunge-neck dress.

Non Supporting Actress Award
Emily Blunt’s Pamella Roland Spring 2009 silver dress sparkled. It was gorgeous.

But the top half just was very uncomfortable to look at. I know it would have been impossible to wear a bra with dress, but the twins lacked support.

Most Disappointing Award
Kyra Sedgwick always looks spectacular every red carpet season. This season, I have not been swept off my feet by her.

This vintage Chanel dress was very ill fitting around the bust for me. Hopefully she will wow me at the Oscars.

I Should Be Thankful It’s Not Black But…Award
But Rosario Dawson doesn’t wear this pewter Dolce & Gabbana mermaid gown well, which is surprising for someone with her curves.

The dress is very fussy around the bust area, and has also been worn by another celebrity much better.

Worst White Award
There was a lot of white on the red carpet last night, but Olivia Wilde’s was the least flattering. Surprisingly it was a Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 gown.

Too Dark Award
I love the dramatic nature of this Carolina Herrera strapless gown that Marcia Cross is wearing. But I just think it was way too dark for her.

This would suit someone like Dita von Teese, who can wear dark Gothic type gowns with her pale skin.

Worst Desperate Housewives Star Award
Nicolette Sheridan wore a sea blue asymmetric Roberto Cavalli Resort 2009 dress. I like the dress, but there is something about Nicolette that cheapens the whole look for me.

Too Casual Award
Tina Fey wore a black strapless Brian Reyes dress, which is cute, but it would have been even cuter on Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens or someone else around that age group.

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