Sunday, January 29, 2017

Screen Actor's Guild Awards 2017: White Hot

This year's Screen Actor's Guild Awards not only celebrated amazing performances in television and movies, but also freedom of speech. While so many nominated roles mirrored real people (past & present) and true stories, it was also easy to draw parallels from the films to the current political upheaval. In keeping with that theme, some of the red carpet fashion reflected the protests happening around the globe. Overall, a message of unity and activism was present, with many stars choosing winter white as their color of choice to the SAGs.

Brie Larson chose a gown by Taiwan-born, Canada-raised and current New York resident designer Jason Wu. The asymmetrical neckline and side slit added to the crisp look.

Natalie Portman continued her empowered maternity-style red carpet reign in a Dior dress fresh off the Spring 2017 couture runway in Paris. 

Vivienne Westwood's signature structured bustier neckline was featured in Viola Davis' white column gown, set off with a dazzling diamond necklace.

Dior's semi-sheer sparkling-white creation was a take on a modern bridal gown with a chic lingerie-inspired top. Newly-engaged Kirsten Dunst's styling with beachy waves and a layered necklace was chic. Perhaps she was road-testing her non-traditional wedding style?

Kerry Washington wore a safety pin on her custom Roberto Cavalli gown in solidarity with those fighting for human rights and equality. The pin featured quite elegantly with her bell-sleeved, off the shoulder, embellished gown.

Also in winter white and with a political message: Jocelyn Towne with her husband Simon Helberg. She chose the perfect strapless cut-out dress to highlight the message written across her chest: " Let them in". Simon held a sign welcoming refugees.

Fashion statements don't always equal political statements, but in this era we are quickly seeing 'art imitating life imitating art'. As it should, fashion is echoing the times, and if the SAGs have anything to say about it, activism is white hot. 

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