SAG Awards 2015: The duds, thuds and wows on the red carpet
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SAG Awards 2015: The duds, thuds and wows on the red carpet

We saw dull (Felicity Jones in a blush-pink, off-the-shoulder Balenciaga column), dowdy (Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a subdued black Monique Lhuillier gown with long black lace sleeves) and disappointing (Julianne Moore in an emerald-green beaded Givenchy that lacked that extra oomph).

And we saw more plunge fronts than a water park in high summer.

We also saw a lot of just plain dark outfits, a veritable blackout on an 80-degree day. Lorelei Linklater looked as if she were auditioning for the role of Morticia Addams in a black velvet Honor gown with bell sleeves. Why so serious? It's January in L.A., not New York.

And poor Rosamund Pike, pilloried for her side-scooped white Vera Wang gown at the Golden Globes, didn't even stop to talk to the TV cameras about her ruffled blue high-low Dior gown.

But the SAG Awards red carpet wasn't a total dud.

Reese Witherspoon looked modern and confident in a one-shoulder white Giorgio Armani gown with matte sequin detailing and a deep scoop back. The...

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SAG Awards 2015: Fashion had its highs and lows

The Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet started off kind of dull on Sunday, Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore reports. [Los Angeles Times]

But Emma Stone, Keira Knightley, Reese Witherspoon, Claire Danes, Lupita Nyong'o and a few others provided fresh moments. [Los Angeles Times]

Meanwhile, Danielle Brooks, Jackie Cruz and Alysia Reiner of "Orange Is the New Black" all wore custom gowns by Christian Siriano to pick up their awards. [People]

And the men on the red carpet stuck to tone-on-tone dressing, The Times' Adam Tschorn reports. [Los Angeles Times]

In other fashion news:

Gap-owned online retailer Piper Lime is closing down. [Fast Company]

Michael Kors plans to open a 7,800-square-foot store in the Ginza district of Tokyo that will be the first in the world to carry all of his product lines. [WWD]

Teresa Giudice of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey" is still wearing makeup in prison, where she's serving a 15-month sentence for fraud. [Page6]

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SAG Awards 2015: Felicity Jones' knotted 'do took some work

At first glance, the hairstyle Felicity Jones wore on the SAG Awards red carpet looked pretty simple. It gave the illusion that she'd stepped out of the shower, slicked her hair back and twisted it into a knot in the back that kind of reminded me of cartoon character Olive Oyl's signature look.

But no, red carpet looks are never simple. A lot went into this style, created by celebrity hair dresser Alex Polillo to complement the neckline of Jones' Balenciaga gown.

Polillo used John Frieda products, and here's how he got "The Theory of Everything" co-star ready,  according to a company news release:

Polillo applied three pumps of John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz-Immunity Primer to wet hair. 

Next, he used a Mason Pearson brush as he blew-dry hair away from Jones' face, spritzing John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray at the crown for some added texture.

Once the hair was dry, Polillo layered John Frieda Frizz Ease Clearly Defined Holding Gel   through the sides...

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SAG Awards 2015: The men go tone on tone, the young guys step up

Adding to the subdued vibe of the Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet was a definite trend toward the tone-on-tone look on the men’s side -- a sea of dark suits, black dress shirts and black neckties.

Among the men in mostly black were Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”) in a black  Dior Homme two-button, notch-lapel suit, black dress shirt and navy blue necktie, Kunal Nayyar (“Big Bang Theory”), "Boyhood" director Richard Linklater and presenter Lenny Kravitz -- who, in true rock-star style, opted for no necktie and an unbuttoned shirt collar. And there was Adrien Brody, who went tone on two-tone with a silver, double-breasted, peak-lapel Dolce

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SAG Awards 2015: 5 good red-carpet moments

The SAG Awards red carpet wasn’t exactly a blockbuster for fashion, but there were a few bright spots. Here are five:

1. Reese Witherspoon’s ponytail. Her simple, sleek, one-shouldered white Giorgio Armani gown called out for an equally modern hairstyle. And the ponytail, with a strand of her own blond hair wrapped around it, was the perfect choice.

2. Jennifer Aniston’s bravado. The “Cake” star chose a vintage gown by John Galliano because she fell in love with it, she told E! It’s been a while since we’ve seen a high-profile star wear vintage on a major red carpet, which was a big trend in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was great to see her taking a risk, and a risk on Galliano too. The disgraced designer, who lost his job at Dior after being caught making racist comments via a camera phone, recently restarted his career at Margiela. And Aniston proved that when it comes to fashion, she is her own woman.

3. Keira Knightley’s pregnancy chic. Pregnant or not, Knightley was one of...

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SAG Awards 2015: Armani a bright spot on lackluster carpet

So far, the SAG Awards red carpet fashion has been lackluster.

We’ve seen dull (Felicity Jones in a blush pink Balenciaga column gown), dowdy (Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a heavy-looking Monique Lhuillier gown with long black lace sleeves) and disappointing (Julianne Moore in emerald green Givenchy without that extra oomph).

But when you need to get it done on the red carpet, you can always turn to Giorgio Armani.

Reese Witherspoon looks modern and chic in a one-shoulder gown with matte sequin detailing and a deep scoop back.  The gown is fitted to perfection. I also like that she wore her hair in a no-fuss ponytail.

Sarah Paulson also looks reliably great in Armani, a custom gown with a white cape top and black crepe skirt.

Other Armani-ites tonight? Emmy Rossum, Richard Linklater, Eric Dane and Pedro Pascal. 

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