A night when actors celebrate the talent of their peers, the Screen Actors Guild Awards calls for expressive fashion. Tonight at Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger, the attendees went all out. After 2021’s virtual ceremony, the atmosphere was jubilant and the style steeped in references to cinema’s golden age.
Respecting history doesn’t mean replicating it, and the stars who won the evening managed to channel the past in inventive ways. Selena Gomez’s Oscar de la Renta column gown had puffed sleeves and shoulders big enough for Joan Crawford, but its sleek silhouette rendered in matte black velvet was utterly modern. That blingy Bulgari serpenti choker flecked with 37 cts of diamonds pavé certainly didn’t hurt either.
Likewise, Lady Gaga’s refined Armani Privé was the right mix of past and present. While it would have looked right at home on Veronica Lake, the white column gown with its crystalized bustier and curve accentuating design had just enough outré flair to please Mother Monster.
Even the industry’s newest names nodded to old-school stars. Squid Game’s HoYeon Jung can carry off Nicolas Ghesquière’s boldest pieces, but the silver beaded spaghetti strap dress he created for her first trip to the SAGs was a classic ingenue. Personalized by adding a custom LV version of a Korean daenggi ribbon, it allowed Jung to make a dazzling debut.
Vintage vibes were de rigueur on the red carpet, but nothing can stop Cynthia Erivo from doing her own thing. Arriving in a custom red vinyl Vuitton gown with a crimson faux fur slung over her shoulders, the Genius: Aretha star looked like she’d beamed in from the next millennium. Few would dare attempt a look with such glossy gravitas but Erivo’s style gave the crowd a thrilling glimpse of fashion’s future.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith in Gareth Pugh
Lady Gaga in Armani Privé and Tiffany & Co. jewelry
Venus Williams in Dolce & Gabbana and Gismondi 1754 jewelry
Sandra Oh in Carolina Herrera
Selena Gomez in Oscar de la Renta and Bulgari jewelry
Rosario Dawson in Oscar de la Renta and Chopard jewelry
Caitriona Balfe in Saint Laurent and Van Cleef & Arpel jewelry
Kirsten Dunst in Erdem and Jesse Plemons
Cynthia Erivo in Louis Vuitton
Ariana DeBose in Valentino Couture
Julianna Margulies in Narciso Rodriguez from Shrimpton Couture
Hoyeon Jung in Louis Vuitton
Naomi Watts in Fendi Couture
Vanessa Hudgens in Atelier Versace
Fran Drescher in Reem Acra
Emilia Jones in Givenchy Haute Couture
Helen Mirren in Dolce & Gabbana
Benedict Cumberbatch in Berluti and Sophie Hunter in Christian Dior
Hailee Steinfeld in Miu Miu
Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé
Elle Fanning in Gucci
Kelsey Asbille in Commission
Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Row
Nicole Kidman in Saint Laurent
Kerry Washington in Celia Kritharioti
Originally published in Vogue.com