SAG Awards Fashion Underwhelms and We Think We Know Why

This past weekend, Hollywood’s biggest stars trotted out to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, and since this is one of the most important red carpet events of the year, here is a list of the best dre… oh wait, nobody cares who wore what the SAG Awards. This awards event doesn’t get nearly as much attention as the Globes or the Oscars (if you disagree, here’s our proof: DKNY PR Girl didn’t tweet about the SAG Awards), and we’ve always wondered why, but last night we began to think, more importantly, why is practically every celebrity dressed so hideously for the SAGs?

It could be because designers (read: their publicists) are too pre-occupied with the Fall 2011 show season at this point to bother dressing anyone, but we have a different hypothesis: Hollywood stars dressed horribly for this year’s SAG Awards because that’s the only way they could get any press for their look. A simple, elegant gown that would garner much praise and a spot on all of the best dressed lists after the Oscars or Golden Globes would go largely unnoticed at the SAGs. Proof positive: Kyra Sedgwick wore a gorgeously understated black gown by Thierry Mugler last night, and hardly anyone’s talking about it as far as we can tell.

Plus, if our theory does not hold true, how else would one explain Jennifer Lawrence’s Pepto Bismol-colored Oscar de la Renta dress paired with stripper heels and a bow no one over the age of 10 should wear? Or Hailee Steinfeld’s orange Prada stripes? Andre Leon Talley praised Steinfeld’s look, saying her lack of jewelry and relaxed hair style were the perfect touch to ensure she wasn’t trying too hard. We have a question for ALT: if one should try not to look like one tried hard to impress on a red carpet, then where else should one wear one’s best jewels and finest hair style? We’d be tempted to give Steinfeld a pass because, at 14, at least she was dressed for her age, but she did the not-too-adult, but still subtly glamorous thing so well at the Golden Globes that we just have to say no to her latest look.

We loved Claire Danes’ bright pink lipstick, which would have looked decent in contrast to a printed Louis Vuitton number, but an awkwardly placed belt made her overall style a bit too casual for our taste as well. And speaking of ill-placed belts: Lea Michele. Her Oscar de la Renta gown was gorgeous, but the extra accessory seemed unnecessary. January Jones’ Carolina Herrera embroidered gown was lovely, but overshadowed by an unflattering hairstyle, and, finally, Christina Hendricks, who normally takes a well-deserved place on every best dressed list, looked like she was wearing a bathrobe in her L’Wren Scott dress.

The one standout of the night was Mila Kunis in an Alexander McQueen dress designed by Sarah Burton that continued the red trend of the Golden Globes. The dress was the perfect color for her, and she looked stunning. Enough so that we’ll let the belt on this one off with a warning. Hillary Swank’s one-shouldered Versace dress was also quite beautiful but has been generating less press than Kunis’ gown. For almost everyone else, better luck next year – or in the next few weeks when we hope everyone will lose the belts and go back to unhindered glamour.

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