24 January 2010

SAG Awards. Sigh.

I didn't actually get to watch the SAG Awards last night so I've just spent the past two hours catching up on footage in any way I could find it. And, wow, I don't even know what to say. Seeing people who are not just committed to the definition of being a "star" but who are genuinely and sincerely devoted to their craft, no different from any author, artist or musician, is truly truly inspiring and remarkable. You can feel the level of honor that just radiates in it's separation from the Globes and the Oscars as the SAG's are actually given by peers in the industry. The SAG's are kind of the Grace Kelly of awards shows -- a little more royal. It excites me and inspires me to devote myself more fully to those things I want to be good at -- now if I could just narrow that down to say two? Yes, two to start would be grand.

But I'm not here to pontificate about that. I'm here to talk about fashion and apparently all of the stars were lined up in perfect order last night because I am just really stunned by the beauty of Hollywood, and that's a very rare thing for me to say. Nights like this act as a flashback to what Hollywood was in its heyday, the kind of night an old movie junkie like myself would have given up a lifetime of good shoes for. I am at once insanely jealous of the frockery and completely enamored. Well done, Hollywood, well done.

And speaking of Grace Kelly...Christina Applegate in Roberto Cavalli. This definitely wins for "Best Dressed" for the SAGS in my book.

While I was not entirely interested in the front of Kate Hudson's Elie Saab dress, I have to say the back of it was well worth the choice. She looks more like herself in this type of design as opposed to the Marchesa she wore last weekend. It's sexy and playful which is obviously a gene she inherited in spades.

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen. This is a look that could have gone wrong very quickly on anyone else. It works for her not only because it's McQueen (drool, drool, salivate, drool) but she, like Meryl, has so much out pouring inner beauty that essentially she could wear anything. Take note, disbelievers, being beautiful is NOT just about looking cute.

I'm going to just put it out there...."Get on with your bad self, Jason Wu!" I'm sorry, it's just the first thing that popped into my head the moment I saw this photo of Diane Kruger (does she ever make a bad fashion decision?). What an excellent, amazing and draw-dropping design. And it's perfect for her, color and all -- and what a hard color to pull off.

So the jury was out on this "look" last I skimmed the internet about Vera Farmiga in this Jay Mendel gown. I have to say I love it right up to her perfectly coiffed 'do. She looks like Rudolph Valentino should be trailing right behind her in 1926. I love the draping, I love the color, LOVE the hair. It was risky, but if you look at it from that kind of cinematic historical perspective, you get it.

Carey Mulligan in Lanvin. The dress looks like satin curtains fell from atop the stage of the Opera National de Paris, someone grabbed a diamond encrusted brooch from the prop shop, swathed her in it, pinned it, and sent her on her way. And I mean that in a very, very, very good way. (I love you, Alber Elbaz, in case you didn't know).

Kyra Sedgwick in Vera Wang. I wish I could find a better shot of the train of this gown -- simply gorgeous.

There were a few questionable choices on the red carpet but I decided to leave those alone. Sometimes it's nice to just write, well, nice things. Besides, we are rounding the corner to the Oscars and I'm quite certain there will be plenty to talk about there (um, isn't there always?).


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