Tuesday, January 31, 2012

SAG Awards 2012 Femme Fatale reigns the Red Carpet

 First, I am so glad that the designers, for the most part, are designing feminine gowns and the actresses wearing these gowns are embracing their feminine side! Good for you! There's bling and curves and trains and lace, oh my! And, the guys look good too! And, while we're seeing a theme of mostly "femme", like every award show red carpet proves, there's also some "fatale", with one or two or more, who just miss their mark.
 Personally, I feel badly for some of our thespians at times. I mean "entertainer" does not equal "fashion Icon". However, when one subjects themselves to the world of entertainment, there are plenty of "critics" to share their opinions, all of which at the end of the day mean... almost nothing. After all, THEY are the ones attending the award show because of their accomplishments, while we merely observe and critique, with all due respect.
  That said, in my humble opinion, it takes more than a good sense of humor and a flare for fashion to be a self proclaimed "expert-fashion-critic". But, if said celebrity can move past the scrutiny and invest a little, some critics, are worth learning from...the ones who have actual experience, the ones who design, or have worked with designers, the ones who understand garments and structure, body types, accessories and yes, personalities.
  Thankful for divine intervention, ...I mean, when I was younger, not only was I "matchy matchy",  I wore white high heels to class in high school, for crying out loud, yeah baby! (and, thanks mom) Who does that??  Eventually, I was fortunate enough to work in the fashion industry for over 20 years (yikes) with extremely gifted people, whom I've learned a great deal from and, though we all have our hits and misses, the experiences and guidance have been invaluable.
  Let's face it, it's the superficial world we live in, and when a celebrity scores high in the opinion of the masses, it can propel them and their career into super stardom, and the masses can continue to live vicariously in their perceived make-believe world...it's their connection to Hollywood and they want you to look good as they, I mean you, do it.
  So, here are my thoughts on the SAG awards...


Emma Stone, perfection in Alexander McQueen Head to Toe. I love this look! I think it's young, but not too young, hip, and feminine. I want those shoes!!!! (well, the dress too) 
Sophia Vergara epitomizes the term "femme fatale". Here, she stuns as usual, in a gown by Marchesa, Lorraine Schwartz jewels & a Thale Blanc clutch. Sophia's body is off the charts, so she can get by w/ a lot, but I'm glad she chooses a classy, sexy style and yet it's bold and pretty. 

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji, she looks comfortable and classy. Up-do's can be tricky,  it's a nice compliment here, right amount of jewelry, again, you notice her, in a good way. This is a great example of how to dress a non-model type. Head to toe, she looks spectacular! 
Julie Bowen in Temperley London, Martin Katz jewels, Christian Louboutin shoes. Love the color,  love the back, she looks comfortable, confident, hip and even a little mysterious. She's super nice too.
Ariel Winter is a good example of a young lady, here in an age appropriate red carpet look, she looks picture perfect in a Collette Dinnigan dress,  complete w/ a little bling and lace, Miu Miu shoes, and her hair and make-up look great! 
Kyra Sedgwick is a sexy siren in Pucci, not too much, not too little, fit is great,  makes a statement, stunning. Her hair and accessories are perfect, current, sleek.

Angelina Jolie in Jenny Packham,  w/ vintage House of Lavande Jewels, Louis Vuitton clutch.  Always my favorite on the Red Carpet, (though this picture doesn't do her justice) I like the fabric of this dress, very hip, but a classic cut. I love the way she has embraced her femininity. I would also love to see her embrace a cheeseburger, but she's still one hot momma!
Ashley Simpson looks amazing in this Jenny Packham dress, it's unique and it fits her personality, I love the detail, cutting edge, classic, pretty. Perfect for a girl who sings and acts.  

Rose Byrne wearing an Elie Saab jumpsuit,  Lena Erziak clutch. I go back and forth w/ this one, it wasn't my favorite and I didn't hate it. As a whole, I like the jumpsuit, but I think it would look better on someone taller. Charlize Theron could rock this jumpsuit. And, I think I don't know what to think about this hairstyle.

Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Couture, a look that many were on the fence about, I loved it. I like the tank underneath b/c it made this sexy, beaded, gown, edgy and earthy, w/o compromising the idea of the gown. She's eclectic and so is this dress. The back was beautiful!


I love this Balenciaga dress.  I love Kristen Wiig. I love Fred Leighton. But, here, Kristen choked. This choker DOES  NOT go w/ this dress...I would love to know who and why they or she chose it. Kristen was one of my best dressed at the Globes and had she not paired this necklace w/ this dress, she would've been on that list again.

Amber Riley chose great shoes, she has a great smile and a great big bow. When it comes to bows, I typically choose to bow out. I don't like most bows, this is one of them. In fact, I hate this bow. It's the first thing I notice, not her and that's a shame.

I like the jewelry and I like the hairstyle on Jessica Chastain, but this Calvin Klein gown falls short to me, it's a good color and yet I find it boring, yawn, and I don't care for the top of the dress, seems like it's from the 90's to me.
Mayim Bialik in David Peck, suffice it to say, this is not working,  for many reasons, too heavy looking, is not flattering, makes her look old. She could go "under cover" with this dress, no one would notice her.

Kaley Cuoco in a Romana Keveza mint colored gown, while it's not horrible, it's not my favorite. It makes me think Disney, not SAG awards. And, I'm not a fan of this "bottom" part of the dress which seems to be a small trend right now. One, it adds volume and two it looks like a wedding cake topper. 

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, she in Oscar de la Renta and Jimmy Choo shoes, Swarovski jewels and Pure clutch.  They are picture perfect! Stunning. Well done. And, we like them. I am green w/ envy. ;-)

All photos courtesy of People magazine: