SAG Awards 2017 – Best Dressed

Awards season is now in full swing, last night saw the turn of the Screen Actors Guild, or SAG, awards. Sometimes called the more relaxed awards, this is the awards ceremony that can often see trouser suits, jumpsuits and tea length dresses, amongst the more formal gowns.  Last night’s red carpet showed pink to be a surprising front runner for hot colour trend, that old Hollywood was alive and kicking as Rachel Evan Wood continued her morphing into Marlene Dietrich, that playing Jackie Kennedy has totally influenced Natalie Portman’s maternity wardrobe, and that the bat sh*t crazy spirit of Bjork on the red carpet is still alive and kicking, as Nicole Kidman turned up as a parrot, a beautiful Gucci parrot. And I, for one, loved it.

Best dressed? I loved Bryce Dallas Howard totally owning those curves in a dress that apparently cost around $300, and Viola Davis who was a vision in white. Viola’s dress was everything, and then when she opened her tiny clutch bag and showed off her folded up flats, I think my girl crush hit around 100. I loved Emily Blunt in an Eastern inspired dress, although I still prefer her with darker locks if I’m honest, and I was so pleased to see Sofia Vergara do something so different in her prom style and sleek hair.

Then to the dresses that polarised opinions. I LOVED Michelle Dockery in her cool stripes, this dress wouldn’t work for the Oscars, but looked sleek and elegant, with a touch of fun, at the SAGs. I was also a little in love with Kerry Washington, but wished it was tailored better, with shorter sleeves and less skirt. Thandie Newton’s whimsical dress is the sort of thing I expect to see on Marion Cotillard, but it is just so exquisitely beautiful and unique that I was so pleased to see Thandie totally own it. And Nicole. Well, she was a stunning bird of paradise, one part parrot, 1 part Shirley Bassey, 2 parts Vegas showgirl. Haters gonna hate, but it is hard to hate Nicole having so much fun with fashion.

A special mention must go out to the Game of Thrones ladies. Maisie Williams is having a storming awards season so far, and the delicate pink and dark lip was another winner. Natalie Emmanuel opted for tea length art deco styling, and the glorious Gwedoline Christie was awe-inspiring in Vivienne Westwood. I walk past the lady once on Oxford Street and she is very tall, very beautiful and a total goddess, so I am bowing down to her.

What was your favourite look from the night?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (8137126bh) Cara Buono The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (8137126bi) Michelle Dockery The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

Michelle Dockery

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 Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Thandie Newton attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_009 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TNT)

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Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Emily Blunt

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Selma Hayak

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Viola Davis

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Naomie Harris

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Natalie Portman

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Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Gwedoline Christie

Gwedoline Christie

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

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Kate Middleton – Latest Outfits

It’s been a busy week for Duchess Kate. The state visit of the Chinese President has seen Kate attend her first state banquet, and she has also met Jackie Chan and attended multiple occasions in Scotland. For lovers of Kate’s style, it has been a real fashion bonanza, because she has, quite frankly, looked amazing for every occasion, with the Dolce and Gabbana Marsala dress being one of my favourite Kate looks ever.

Here are three outfits from this week in a bit more detail.

Look 1 – State Banquet.

Red is always a great colour for Kate, and the Jenny Packham dress was a beautiful, formal choice. This dress did remind me of the sort of styles Princess Diana opted for in the late 80s for some reason, and I did think that Kate played it just right for the occasion – with red being a perfect colour for China, and the dress being elegant and demure.

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Red is a great choice for Christmas formal occasions and there are some stunning red looks around if you want to take inspiration from Kate for the upcoming party season.

VIVIEN ONE SHOULDER DRESS £195.00 click to visit Coast

VIVIEN ONE SHOULDER DRESS
£195.00 click to visit Coast

GIUGLIA DRESS £95.00 click to visit Coast

GIUGLIA DRESS
£95.00 click to visit Coast

SANDRINA DRESS £169.00 click to visit Coast

SANDRINA DRESS
£169.00 click to visit Coast

REEVA LACE MAXI DRESS £109.00 click to visit Coast

REEVA LACE MAXI DRESS
£109.00 click to visit Coast

Look 2 – Dolce and Gabbana Lace

This is one of my favourite Kate Middleton looks ever. Some have commented that it is a shame Kate didn’t opt for purely British designers during this week, but this marsala lace dress was a spectacular triumph for Kate, with the lace managing to be both classic and totally modern. It is just the epitome of chic, and totally what a 21st century princess should be choosing to wear.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping State Visit to London, Britain - 21 Oct 2015

 Dolce & Gabbana floral lace midi dress £1,850.00 click to visit Farfetch

Dolce & Gabbana
floral lace midi dress
£1,850.00 click to visit Farfetch

With this shade being the colour of the season, and lace being a style staple, there are lots of ways to incorporate this sort of look into your wardrobe.

ALLUREA LACE DRESS £119.00 click to visit Coast

ALLUREA LACE DRESS
£119.00 click to visit Coast

Nightingales Side RuchedLace Dress £55 Click to visit JD Williams

Nightingales Side RuchedLace Dress £55 Click to visit JD Williams

**Lace Bodycon Dress by Glamorous     Price: £35 click to visit Topshop

**Lace Bodycon Dress by Glamorous
Price: £35
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Lace Bodycon Dress £60 click to visit Next

 

Monsoon Molly Lace Dress £189 click to visit Next

Monsoon Molly Lace Dress £189 click to visit Next

Look 3 – Christopher Kane in Scotland

Kate wore one of the brightest stars of British fashion for a series of appointments in Scotland (Dundee to be precise.) The Christopher Kane coat and dress is another sleek and stylish look that is perfect in its minimalism.

kate-now--zA blue coat is a great alternative to classic black, it adds a little bit of colour to the wardrobe but seems to be a colour that suits most hair colours and skin tones.

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Jackson Oversized Wool Coat
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 LORILI Long wool wrap coat     £299 click to visit Ted Baker


LORILI
Long wool wrap coat
£299 click to visit Ted Baker

 Pied a Terre Hallie Funnel Neck Coat  £149 click to visit House of Fraser


Pied a Terre Hallie Funnel Neck Coat
£149 click to visit House of Fraser

King Charles lll reigns supreme at the Birmingham Rep

If Shakespeare was alive in the 21st century, and was thinking of expanding his history plays, he would have come up with King Charles lll, which is currently playing at the Birmingham Rep. Billed as a future history play, this play has all those Shakespearean elements, a central character who loves a good sollilique, ghostly spectres and a cunning, manipulative royal Duchess to rival Lady Macbeth. King Charles lll is a powerful piece of theatre where the lines are blurred between good and bad and right and wrong. It is frankly unmissable.

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Veteran actor Robert Powell takes the lead as the new King Charles lll, finally ascending to the throne, and a role he has been in waiting for all his life. He needs to be a king with influence, no mere figurehead, but he is almost immediately thwarted when he tries to change and influence a new bill dedicated to restricting the power of the press. Charles is troubled by the bill which he believes is censorship in the extreme, but the Prime Minister, played with passion and conviction by Tim Treloar, states that the bill is already agreed – Charles just needs to sign. This sets the stage for  a battle royal of which there can be only one outcome.

Robert Powell is frankly amazing. His portrayal of Charles moves the character away from the caricature that it could easily have been, and instead instills the ‘King’ with a sense of pathos. You genuinely feel that this is a man of principle – however misplaced. When he says the key line “Without my voice and spirit, I am dust” you cannot fail to be moved, and as the voice and spirit is diminished, Powell exudes exhaustion and despair as he searches his historical archives for answers.

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Photograph Richard Hubert Smith

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CharlesIII photo Richard Hubert Smith-

The supporting cast is uniformly excellent, with the beautiful Jennifer Bryden a standout as Kate. Charming and friendly on her initial appearance, she becomes more ambitious, manipulative and cunning as the play goes on. Jennifer has the Kate mannerisms to a tee – the hair twisting is almost uncanny, and she exudes a regal charm that belies the steely determination that lies beneath the glamorous exterior.

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CharlesIII photo Richard Hubert Smith

King Charles lll is a fascinating ‘what if’ of events of the near future and is highly recommended, whether you’re a monarchist, republican or frankly lie in the couldn’t care less catagory. Catch it before it moves to Broadway.

King Charles III

By Mike Bartlett

The HOUSE at The REP

4 to 19 September 2015

Click here for ticket information.