So if you haven’t read last week’s article reviewing the upcoming Oscar Awards nominees (or, ya know, made the New Year’s resolution to live under a rock for a few months) you’re probably aware that it’s awards season! A time where we look back at the year’s greatest performances in all things media related. But, more importantly, it’s also a time to see what fashionable feasts for the eye’s the industry’s top performers have styled for us, the masses, to behold and take note. Some think of this as a way to see ‘who wore it best’ or was the ‘worst’ dressed for a night, however, as this space is as WYV editor-in-chief Ravneet Vohra would put it, a “bitch-free zone”, I’m taking the opportunity to compile a list of what I saw on the 2015 SAG Awards red carpet this past weekend that inspired me, and will hopefully inspire others to take a few fashion risks this new year and, in the true spirit of fashion, feel more comfortable and stylish than ever before. So here are some red carpet trends from the 21st Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards with a few tips and tricks on how to channel your inner everyday red carpet moment.
This was a big one for the red carpet this year. The sexy halter gets a delicate red carpet twist quite literally, with several dresses opting for a subtle structural detail that turns a basic strappy dress into an award winning look. The height added to the neckline with the simple criss-crossing of straps adds an air of sophistication to a look and can really make you more aware of your chest and posture.
Segueing from one criss-cross to another, these ladies decided to go for a more dramatic crossbody structure that completely accentuates the top half of your body. The just-off-the-shoulder neckline is très chic and the effect the shape of the dress has as a whole is insanely flattering (especially if you need a little help in the boob department). You’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of this style of dress (and separate tops) come Spring. Trust.
Another way to accentuate or achieve shape is to play up cleavage in a fun, classy way. Whether it’s your actual cleavage (Maggie Gyllenhaal) or it’s just the illusion of cleavage (Anna Chlumsky), finding different ways to show off a little cleave either with an unconventional square cut or pop of color/print really creates a focal point and can give balance to a look in its entirety.
Some people often shy away from drawing attention to their curves, but we here at WYV are fully on board with showing off all your curves, edges and perfect imperfections (thank you John Legend). These looks did that perfectly with smooth and seamless luxe fabrics that are draped to perfection. Camila Alves in particular does this look full justice (in Donna Karan Atelier) with the addition of a beautifully side-swept train that comes out at just the right spot on the hip. I mean… Come on… Orange is the New Black co-stars Kimiko Glen and Danielle Brooks also apparently got the note about hip accents. Whereas the only hip accesory Sofia Vergara needs is her dreamy ass husband Joe Manganiello.
Column How I See ‘Em
Again, sometimes it’s best to let your body and the fabric speak for itself, without all of the glits and glam and fussy silhouettes. Opting for a straight forward column dress can be a bit daunting, but with the right styling anyone can pull it off. The addition of a sweet belt (Kaley Cuoco) OR a cropped bustline (Sarah Paulson) can break up the silhouette just slightly enough to add a bit more definition to a column dress look (think empire waistlines; the higher, the better)
These two are always my favorites to see during awards season because they sort of throw the rule book out the window. A few weeks ago on the Golden Globes red carpet, I was dying over Emma Stone wearing pants and a jeweled crop top. And this week I still can’t get over this oversized blazer and sheer skirt combo. Seriously, with a little experimentation with volume and pairing separates to create a cohesive look, it’s not that hard to look like you know a thing or two about fashion. Julia Roberts opted for the more daring option in my opinion, going for a full jumpsuit look. Jumpsuits can be tricky, but it’s honestly a matter of sizing and fit. It can take a few alterations and adjustments for a look that’s seemingly super effortless (it’s literally one piece) but the end results can be simply stunning and completely unique.
And last but not least, the queen of the big screen, the award show red carpet darling, Lupita Nyong’o is serving up one of the best trends of all time and teaches us one of the greatest fashion lessons which is to always wear your voice loud and proud. Go big, go bright, go bold, but whatever you do, be yourself, and you’ll always look good, regardless of the outfit or occasion.