The 2014 SAG Awards – All the best looks

Last night I stayed up very late to watch the 2014 SAG Awards (actually it was early this morning, but I’m not going to confuse matters. The SAG Awards are another in the stream of pre-Oscars events that often give pointers to who will win at the big event, and as such, the Hollywood a-list turn out in force.

Traditionally the SAGs have been seen as a more relaxed affair, but that did not seem to be the case last night. Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams both sported their best looks of the award season so far, in Dior and Antonio Berardi respectively. Cate Blanchett was a vision in pink Givenchy, whilst Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad looked fabulous in midnight blue. Lupita Nyong’o, was, as ever, breathtaking, this time in embellished Gucci that fitted her like a second skin.

Here are some of my fave looks from a stylish night.

Camilla Alves in Donna Karan.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci

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Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi

156_2331_350Laura Dern in Roberto Cavalli

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Sofia Vergara in Donna Karan Atelier

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Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

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Anna Gunn in Monique Lhuillier (and a Breaking Bad Clutch – wow!)

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Sandra Bullock in Lanvin

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The Golden Globes – my fave looks.

It was the Golden Globes last night, awards season finally started. But, to be fair, It wasn’t a vintage night style wise. So many of my favourite ladies (Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Drew Barrymore and many, many more) wore dresses that made me despair and say aloud ‘All those dresses and you chose that.’

Paula Patton came dressed as a giant marshmallow. Lena Dunham picked a Zac Posen dress of a beautiful citrus yellow shade that looked so tight and uncomfortable she seemed unable to stand up straight in it. It reminded me of the Granville/Arkwright exchange in ‘Open all Hours’ when Granville calls his outfit something he just ‘threw on’, and Arkwright quips that he missed. Usually reliable Taylor Swift and Hayden Panettiere were safe and boring in Carolina Herrera and Tom Ford respectively. And Emma Watson, gorgeous, fun Emma Watson, turned up in something that looked suspiciously like a pair of leggings. So not a good look. Ever.

I could go on in this vein, but instead I want to focus on some of the dresses I really, truly loved. Starting with the wonderful, exquisite and frankly blow everyone else off the red carpet perfection of Lupita Nyong’u in Ralph Lauren.

golden-globes-rexfeatures-3497506gkTomato red, with minimal accessories, and a cape effect, this was the dress of the night. Nupita is fast becoming the one to watch on the red carpet. This did remind me of when Gwyneth wore a cape to the Oscars in 2012, and with Amy Adams also rocking a cape on the Golden Globes carpet, and Sharon Stone also sporting the look recently, I’m seeing the start of a very elegant trend.

Gwyneth's look at the Oscars 2012.

Gwyneth’s look at the Oscars 2012.

Amy Adams also in a cape from Maison Valentino.

Amy Adams also in a cape from Maison Valentino.

Next up is the almost regal elegance of Cate Blanchett in gothic black lace from Armani Prive.Cate is very much a ‘movie star’ in the old sense of the word, and a true fashion original. On the night she won the award for Best Actress for her role in Blue Jasmine, Cate reminded me of Joan Fontaine, in both dress style and with her chic blonde hair.

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Cate reminds me of Joan Fontaine in this image.

Cate reminds me of Joan Fontaine in this image.

Olivia Wilde was another lady who was definitely a smash hit in her Gucci sequined gown. The pregnant actress went for a glossy and glamorous ‘blingy’ look and just glittered and glowed on the red carpet. Again, there were elements of deja vu to this dress. The very classic style reminded me of two previous Golden Globe dresses, this time worn by Angelina Jolie and Anne Hathaway. In fact, if these two dresses matted, I think you’d get Olivia’s dress.

Olivia’s dress

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Angelina Jolie

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Anne Hathaway

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Another pregnant lady = another hit. The lovely Kerry Washington went for custom made Balenciaga. Her look was simple, fresh and had an early 1960s vibe. Another hit.

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The E! Channel coverage didn’t really feature Kate Beckinsale, but the Zuhair Murad metallic showstopper was both beautiful and fitted the actress perfectly. With Sofia Vergara opting for a ballgown, Kate was the Queen of the fishtail on Golden Globes night.

golden-globes-rexfeatures-3497488fiNaomi Watts is always a safe guess for best dressed on any awards night. She looked sensational in a shimmering nude/gold dress from Tom Ford. Minimal accessories and sleek hair completed a great look.

golden-globes-rexfeatures-3497505gyI just love everything about Sofia Vergara, but this years dress was actually a pleasant surprise, as the actress went for a princess style ballgown rather than her trusty fishtail silhouette. She was divine in classic black Zac Posen, and adding a dramatic necklace in turquoise was a masterstroke.

golden-globes-rexfeatures-3496764apI know opinions were divided about Zooey Deschanel, but I loved the romance and vintage feel of her Oscar De La Renta ‘mullet’ gown. The beading required you to look again and again. Prettiness personified.

golden-globes-rexfeatures-3497505ctMargot Robbie may have had quite a few people shouting who? before the ceremony, but one slinky walk up that red carpet, in that impeccable Gucci dress, and that is most certainly no longer the case. The dress and the look had me thinking this is the modern version of the Hitchcock Blonde.

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More Fabulous Frocks

Camilla Alves in Dolce and Gabbana

Camilla Alves in Dolce and Gabbana

 

Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham

Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham

Emma Roberts in Lanvin

Emma Roberts in Lanvin

Taylor Schilling in Thakoon

Taylor Schilling in Thakoon

 

Melissa Rauch in Romona Keveza

Melissa Rauch in Romona Keveza

Michelle Dockery in Oscar De La Renta

Michelle Dockery in Oscar De La Renta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

70s style returns with ‘American Hustle’

The year’s first must-see film is released today, and could bring Studio 54 style into the mainstream once again. ‘American Hustle’ is set in 1978, and features an amazing cast of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. And whilst I must be honest and say the hot men are looking decidedly ropey on this occasion (Bradley Cooper with a tight, curly perm…Christian Bale with what can only be described as a paunch…) The women look fabulous. Jennifer Lawrence is smouldering in the publicity posters in a white dress that seems to be chanelling Debbie Harry from Blondie in those ‘Parallel Lines’ album covers, but it is Amy Adams who really stands out.

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American HustleFor Amy’s style, we are talking full-on seventies glamour. Large, Jackie O style sunglasses, Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses showing more than a hint of boobies, teamed with strappy sandals, fur trimmed coats and floppy Fedora hats. And her hair is just stunning too, either in lush dark curls, or that ultimate 70s disco style, crimped. (I slept in plaits when I was young trying to achieve this look, not to much success mind.) Think Faye Dunaway in Network and Laura Mars, crossed with disco diva’s like Diana Ross and Donna Summer, and you get the general idea.

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rs_560x415-131212112358-1024.Amy-Adams-American-Hustle-Fur-Hat.jl.121213‘American Hustle’ has been critically acclaimed and is set to be one of the most talked about and admired films of the year. In terms of style inspiration,  I think Amy’s glamorous retro looks could have us reaching for the sequins, crimpers and that can of Elnett all over again.