Judging from the barrage of texts/emails I received between last night and today, many of you are seeing red. And I am not talking about the color of the SAG carpet. The consensus seems to be that you are largely underwhelmed by the looks that were trotted out for last night's SAG awards. Even the heavy-hitters disappointed (EMMA STONE - AHEM!). I agree by-and-large but still feel there were a few truly stand-out looks that justified the 2.5 hour tv binge it took to glean them. Case and point: my absolute favorite of the evening was Yara Shahidi. Irrespecitve of her clothing, she is an ethereal beauty but add this resplendent Naeem Khan and she is singing in a choir of angels. The intricate beading was arresting and made this gown the perfect choice for SAG because it had a sense of occasion and yet didn't take itself too seriously. The stripes and color brought levity at a time when it is much needed. The way she worked this piece was extraordinary. Take a peek:
While we are on the topic of stripes (one we are not going to depart from anytime soon), allow me to present my second favorite:
Michelle Dockery was topping my chart until Yara showed up at which time I had to bump her down to number 2. Even as runner-up she is glorious, and for many of the same reasons I cited for Yara - the color, the stripes, the levity! Perfect choice. She looks refined and sophisticated and completely on point for the SAG red carpet thanks in large part to Elie Saab for designing this beauty. Standing O!
Apologies for the redundancy but stripes were the hot ticket last night. Witness Michelle Williams:
I adore a liquid metal dress and she/Louis Vuitton are using this concept to great effect. Her figure looks flawless as does her make up and hair (which, magically, seems to weigh in between a gold and silver color). She is almost achingly beautiful and when I reflect on her performance in Manchester By the Sea, the word devastating comes to mind. It's applicable to this look and to that role in equal measures. My only criticism is the choker. I've never been a fan, and while I think that it does break up the real estate between the deep v and her head, I would've liked to see some sort of long and delicate chain instead. At any rate - Standing O!
There's simply too much negativity in the world right now and so I am opting out of a Hell No. Instead, let's evaluate a look that seems to be stuck in everyone's craw (pun absolutely intended):
I refuse to climb aboard the hate train where this Gucci gown is involved. I fully support a red-head in green and this particular shade is glorious! I also truly dig the feathers on her shoulders - they are luminous and unexpected and lovely. And I'm not mad at her for the parrot heads - they are fun and shimmery and represent a risk which, I argue, paid off. If I could tweak any part of this, I'd have made that a tight fitting straight skirt with a slit but these are minor details. I love that she chose this dress at this time for this event. She certainly has the wattage to carry it off. Therefore I would like to request that everyone get OFF OF HER BACK (AND SHOULDERS!!) FOR GOODNESS SAKE!!!!! Initially I was on the fence about giving her a Standing O but feel I need to come out strong on this one since there is so much dissent. So let me go on record: Standing O for keeping it interesting!