The SAG Awards – Pick of the dresses

And the awards bandwagon rolls on. This time it was the SAG awards, which, traditionally, is a slightly more dressed down affair than the Golden Globes and The Oscars. On this occasion though, there were some really nice dresses, although nothing that would actually make you gasp. Very bright or black and white seemed to be the order of the night, although there were some notable additions of sparkle from Helen Hunt and a sizzling Naomi Watts. Here are some of the key trends, the style winners and losers from a glamorous night.

Glamorous Sparkle

Naomi Watts was a definite contender for best dressed. Wearing a silver strapless sheath from Marchesa, Naomi was the perfect vintage style movie star. Veronica Lake waves, blood-red lips and button diamond earrings completed the look, which did remind me of Marilyn Monroe crossed with last season Amber Heard.

Also doing the shimmering goddess very well was Helen Hunt. Her Romona Keveza gown was a masterclass in dressing a slim frame, her body looked just amazing and she accessorised perfectly with more bling. After her gorgeous Philip Armstrong dress, I think Helen is having a real style moment.

The ever beautiful Jennifer Garner also went for a glittering look, this time in a gold Oscar De La Renta column dress. If it had been the Oscars I would’ve said she was dressing to match the statuette, but as it was the SAG’s, I’ll just say she looked fabulous.

Mad Men’s Peggy, Elizabeth Moss, looked undeniably chic in her black Dolce and Gabbana dress. I adored her bobbed dark hair and think this is the best she has ever looked. However, I love to see a full length dress on the Red Carpet for major awards shows, so I sort of wished this was full length.

Colour

Colour featured heavily on this red carpet. There were blue and navy shades, red, lots of pink and shades of green. Jessica Chastain was positively Jessica Rabbit on the red carpet in a scarlet Alexander McQueen dress that was one of her best looks ever. She was absolutely flawless in a dress she could’ve been poured into. Nina Dobrev channelled simple elegance in her pink Elie Saab dress which was a definite hit. Frieda Pinto also went for a hot pink shade in Roland Mouret, but I thought that the draped neckline was both fussy and frumpy, making this a rare fail for both Frieda and Roland.

Marion Cotillard was just divine in another Dior creation, this one in mid blue and white. From head to toe, she looked incredible, and once again showed Jennifer Lawrence how to wear Dior. Jennifer was also wearing the designer, and also wearing blue, this time a navy shade, but this was a terrible choice. Containing lots of strange folds/tiers and looking a little unfinished, this was the case of great colour, bad dress.

Nicole Kidman also looked great in a Vivienne Westwood navy beaded sheath.  This dress reminded me of Cher wearing something by Bob Mackie in 1973…and yes, that is a good thing. Completing my blue group was the gorgeous Amanda Seyfried, who also scored serious style points in navy Zac Posen. The dress and hair were retro glamour (and frankly – how amazing is that hair!), but the long necklace added a youthful vibe to the look.

Black and White/Good and Bad

There were black dresses, there were white dresses, and then there were black and white dresses. Some were amazing, but some were not so, and that was surprising considering who was wearing them. Top of my frocky horror stars was Julianne Moore. She was so perfect at the Golden Globes thanks to Tom Ford, but when she turned to Mr Lagerfeld, who dressed her in a monochrome, floral monstrosity that was all wrong. A bad shape, and with a deep v front cut so low it looked like she had the dress on back to front. Also making me gasp in horror was Anne Hathaway. Wearing Giambattista Valli, this was all too sheer, making it look like she was wearing cycling shorts underneath. Another real disappointment was one of my style crushes, Claire Danes. Her 1990s inspired dress from Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy looked great in some pictures, but in others it gave the impression that her arm was in a sling – so not a good look. And I wasn’t convinced with her slightly scruffy hair and dark lip colour either – far too grungy for the red carpet.

But there were some beautiful looks too. Kelly Osbourne again showed why she is so well deserving of her style icon title in a 1920s style black embellished dress by Jenny Packham. And Kerry Washington chose a Rodarte column dress that required a closer look – the fabric was just so exquisite.

Who’s look did you admire from The SAG awards?

Doris Day – forgotten style icon?

One of the nicest things about taking a little time to chill over the Christmas period has been the opportunity to catch up on some television. I was delighted to see that one of my favourite channels, BBC 4, was dedicating some time to look at Hollywood Goddesses, the icons that still light up our screens today. Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Clara Bow were the main focus, but I was also really excited to see a documentary about one of my favourite stars, Doris Day.

I grew up loving Doris Day. My mom had a real love of her films, from ‘By the light of the Silvery Moon’ to ‘Love me or Leave me’. I grew up loving ‘Pillow Talk’, ‘Calamity Jane’ and ‘That Touch of Mink’. Doris seemed like a magical being, radiantly blonde and pretty, super talented, with an exquisite singing voice, and also a strange combination of prim and sexy. For I never understood why Day was described as a professional virgin, films like ‘Pillow Talk’ and ‘Move over Darling’ were sexy, and Doris was sexy in them.

And she was also superbly dressed, Her film wardrobes were always elegant and often spectacular (check out her showgirl costumes in ‘Love me or Leave me’, where she plays torch singer Ruth Etting), and they often featured the latest styles. Off screen, Doris could also look amazing. At the 1960 Oscar Ceremony, Doris wore a shimmering silver sheath style gown by Irene that made her one of the best dressed of the night. This style, coupled with her acting talent, comedic wit and beautiful singing voice, made Doris the World’s top female star by 1964, but by 1968 it was all over, and Doris retired, never to make another film.

If you haven’t checked out Doris Day, you really need to get some DVDs and set yourself up for the ultimate girls night in with the ultimate girl next door. Doris was a shining star who deserves to be both remembered and respected by future generations.

Doris Day’s 1950s/1960s chic

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Wallis Icon dresses – inspired by Marilyn, Grace, Audrey and Liz.

Wallis have finally unleashed their icon dress collection and it is so worth the wait. Inspired by the legendary leading ladies of Hollywood’s last Golden Age, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, these dresses are timeless classics that will slot seamlessly into your wardrobe, ensuring you have a dress to fit every occasion.

Here are the four dresses that have been introduced, along with the lady who inspired it.

The Halter Block Colour Dress

This dress, with its pencil skirt and halter neck style was inspired by the cool elegance of Grace Kelly, specifically in her role as model Lisa in Rear Window. Then the colour palette was green and white, Wallis has updated it to wearable neutral shades that will flatter most skin tones.

Halter Colour Block Dress Price: £75.00 click to visit Wallis

 

The White Halter Neck Dress

Possibly the most famous dress in movie history, Travilla’s sunray pleated dress, as worn by Marilyn Monroe as ‘The Girl’ in ‘The Seven Year Itch’ is a timeless classic that is as much part of American heritage as the Empire State Building. Wallis have kept the design very similar – a slightly smaller pleat perhaps, but still the very essence of Marilyn.

White Halter Neck Dress Price: £75.00 click to visit Wallis

White Halter Neck Dress Price: £75.00 click to visit Wallis

The Chocolate Lace Insert Dress

Elizabeth Taylor, famously hated her performance as Gloria in Butterfield 8, believing a tracheotomy that saved her life in 1961 won her the Academy Award rather than her performance in the film. But her sexy style in the movie was a big hit,  particularly the wispy silk slips she wore. Wallis has produced a gorgeous version in chocolate, with lace inserts. This little cocktail dress is definitely the sexiest in the collection – Elizabeth would have approved.

Chocolate Lace Insert Dress Price: £75.00 click to visit Wallis

The Black Fitted Shift Dress

No iconic dress collection would be complete without a tribute to Audrey Hepburn. And although she wore many iconic dresses, the black and white Givenchy dress from Sabrina springs instantly to mind, for most people, Audrey means Holly Golightly, and the perfect black shift dress as worn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. Wallis has created the perfect go-anywhere shift dress, complete with the sexy back cutaway detail, that is just perfect for any, and every, occasion.

 

Black Fitted Shift Dress Price: £75.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Fitted Shift Dress Price: £75.00 click to visit Wallis