SAG Awards 2018 Red Carpet Review: Fashion Slinks Back, Sort Of

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The Golden Globes' red carpet blackout may be over, but the blackout on discussing fashion isn't.

Glamour evoking the high-flying 1980s Dynasty and G.L.O.W. era dominated the red carpet at the SAG Awards on Sunday night, where Hollywood’s female stars stood out in sequins, power shoulders and pink, and Hollywood men were mostly muted.

But it wasn’t entirely back to normal on the first major red carpet since the Golden Globes, where on Jan. 7 actresses made an all-black fashion statement in support of gender equality. Red carpet banter was limited to discussion about the movement, and the Time’s Up pin was the accessory of the night. 

E!’s SAG Awards red carpet show had Giuliana Rancic joined by Nina Parker, and the questions centered around performance, not presentation. (This Is Us’ Sterling K. Brown was the exception, offering up that he was wearing an Armani suit, and then turning the tables and asking Rancic, “Who are you wearing? Can I ask that?”

You can, and we wish they had. Without it, the red carpet pre-show was pretty much a snooze. How many times do we have to hear about Gary Oldman's hours of makeup to play Churchill? The best moment was Millie Bobby Brown talking about wearing Converse with her Calvin Klein dress. "I'm always dancing," she mused.

Otherwise, there was little discussion of the designers who made the red-carpet creations on loan to stars, leaving fashion fans searching social media (where most stars were happy to tag the designers who had dressed them). When it came to top looks, big houses Dior, Gucci and Louis Vuitton were upstaged by lesser known labels, including London-based couture house Ralph & Russo, which dressed Lupita Nyong’o in a midnight blue embroidered gown with tulle overlay and ombre feathers, Allison Williams in a 1920s-esque fringed and embroidered number and Tracee Ellis Ross in a white silk cady draped gown with glass beading that was a marvel to look at up close.

Giorgio Armani is a longtime Hollywood red-carpet pro, as evidenced by the brown sequin gown with a shoulder twist rosette detail he made for Big Little Lies winner Nicole Kidman. It was the best of many sequin looks on Sunday night.

Alison Brie channeled her flashy G.L.O.W. wrestling costumes in a red Dundas gown with colorful zigzag sequin trim. And Maika Monroe nailed the powerful athleticism of Valentino’s spring collection, wearing a red halter gown over what might be described as a glam sports bra.

Playing the diva like only she can, Mary J. Blige was a goddess ready to take flight in Beirut-based designer Jean-Louis Sabaji’s black-and-white gown with feather motif and David Webb black-and-white earrings to match, and Allison Janney’s glam warrior Yanina Couture look reminded me of something Nolan Miller would have designed for Linda Evans in Dynasty, with long sleeves and power shoulders. Tough chic for tough women — too bad there wasn't more talk about it.

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