Screen Actors Guild Awards Style: Capes and Trains

11:31 AM 11/15/2018

by Lindsay Weinberg

Ahead of the 2019 show, flashback to this year's SAG Awards trendsetters: Yara Shahidi, Laura Linney, Tracee Ellis Ross and more.

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Not all heroes wear capes, but the knockouts at the 2018 SAG Awards sure did. Flowing fabric was the trend on the red carpet, whether in a regal train or elegant shoulder piece. “For awards shows, I think it’s nice to add some drama that is usually too much for just a premiere,” stylist Kate Young says of going the whole nine yards — and using just as much fabric. Yara Shahidi, Halle Berry, Margot Robbie, Millie Bobby Brown, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uzo Aduba and Laura Linney were among the best dressed at the SAG Awards this year with their capes and trains.


  • Margot Robbie

    The I, Tonya actress (this year in the race with Mary Queen of Scots) wore a pink Miu Miu gown with embellished feather waist and silver detail. Robbie completed the look with accessories from Tiffany & Co. and Jimmy Choo. She and stylist Young chose the dress minutes before hair and makeup: “The shape and color were super flattering and pretty and the feathers felt unexpected,” Young says. 

  • Uzo Aduba

    The Orange is the New Black star didn’t go for orange or black with the SAG Awards, but for pink — in custom Christian Siriano with Chopard gems. “I never wanted to be a princess. They never reign,” Aduba wrote of her regal look.

  • Halle Berry

    Rocking a high ponytail, Berry donned a V-neck sequined dress with a breezy black tulle skirt. She paired the custom Pamella Roland gown with Ruthie Davis platforms and Yael Sonia Kite SLS earrings ($4,250).  

  • Yara Shahidi

    Shahidi won the train game with her strapless Ralph Lauren, customized from an archive dress to become a pantsuit. Her flowing black train and bow was detachable, so she could take it off and dance. The Grown-ish star added a blazer and carried the train “like a clutch” the rest of the night, says her stylist Jason Bolden. “There is nothing serious about it,” Bolden said. “It’s one of her most iconic looks to date for me.” It had its challenges, however, as Bolden had to frantically lint-roll it on the car ride to the SAG awards. 

  • Millie Bobby Brown

    The Calvin Klein darling went casual with the white Converse, but Repossi jewelry and her hi-low pink sequin dress kept it elevated. Brown, then 13, showed her age with two space buns tied with black ribbons. The Stranger Things actress praised designer Raf Simons for the look: “[He] just knows my style too well,” she wrote on Instagram.

  • Laura Linney

    Nominated Ozark, Linney was drawn to the “unusual” full cape on her pink J. Mendel gown with feather detailing. “It’s a strong look because of the cape and clean color palette,” says stylist Jeanann Williams, adding that the “fresh” gown changed Linney’s “whole posture and presence.” 

  • Tracee Ellis Ross

    “We just loved the elegance. It felt fresh to do something so Hollywood glamorous!” stylist Karla Welch says of Ellis Ross' white Ralph & Russo gown with a cinched waist and side-swept cape. Though Ellis Ross kept her pointed Louboutins and Jimmy Choo clutch pure white, her red lips matched the Lorraine Schwartz earrings for a pop of color. 

    This story first appeared in the Nov. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.