The Golden Globes set the stage for Hollywood glamour. The Oscars represent the pinnacle of red carpet royalty. So what then to make of the Screen Actors Guild Awards? The ceremony is easily overshadowed by its more popular and better known siblings. Making matters worse is the depressing acronym — SAG does not bring to mind fun and fashion. The fact that it doesn’t air on a major network makes matters even worse. SAG is strictly basic cable (and that, my friends, is perhaps the saddest sentence I’ve typed all week). But its underdog status results in some fun and downright risky fashion extremes. As a result, SAG offers up one of the best nights of award show fashion. The good, the bad, and the lazy. Here’s a look at the risks that paid off, and those that clearly didn’t.
Risks that paid off
Jennifer Lawrence After wearing a gown with a bizarre bustline to the Golden Globes, the “Silver Linings Playbook” actress stunned in a tiered navy gown from Dior Couture. And no, the dress did not malfunction.
Jessica Lange We’re always rooting for the “American Horror Story” star who won outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series. After many sartorial flops, she finally shined in a J. Mendel gown.
Nicole Kidman Another winner in navy, Nicole Kidman’s Vivienne Westwood Couture dress offered a hint of sexiness with peek-a-boo details and a bit of leg. Her breezy styling balanced the elaborate beading.
Sofia Vergara The white liquid lame gown marks a turning point for the “Modern Family” actress. The dress may not have been ideal, but at long last the focus was on the dress rather than her décolletage.
Julianne Moore This Chanel Haute Couture gown would be too flowery for the Oscar red carpet, but at the SAG Awards the floral applique detail and plunging neckline were a playful nod to the less stuffy proceedings.
Risks that went awry
Julie Bowen She should know better than to wear leather. But sitting in what may have been a hand-me-down from Joan Jett was punishment enough.
Jane Lynch Four words that should never appear together in the same sentence: Studded leather harness gown.
Sigourney Weaver Did Weaver improvise this gown by stitching a black satin pillow sham to a sheet?
Jessica Chastain In the Twitter universe, there were Jessica Rabbit comparisons galore, but the main reaction this Alexander McQueen gown elicits is a yawn.
Justin Timberlake Normally dapper in a Tom Ford tux, Timberlake showed up looking like he was ready for a cameo appearance on “The Hour.”