Natalie Portman, star of “Jackie,” wore a very Jackie Kennedy-esque pouf-sleeved Dior ensemble to the 23rd Screen Actor Guild Awards on Sunday.(Matt Sayles / Invision )
Among those who dressed in classic back dresses were Amanda Peet in Michael Kors, from left, Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji and Kathryn Hahn in Adeam.(Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images)
Among those in white were, from left, Brie Larson wearing Jason Wu, Danielle Brooks in Christian Siriano and Natalie Portman in Dior.(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Stars who hit the SAG Awards in looks that combined black and white included Thandie Newton in Schiaparelli, left, Rami Malek in Dior Homme and Janelle Monae, who has made the color combination her sartorial signature.( Alberto E. Rodriguez (left and right) and Neilson Barnard / Getty Images)
Natalia Dyer in Miu Miu, from left, Annalise Basso in a red goddess gown by Bibhu Mohapatra, and Sophia Bush in pink Marchesa, were among those bringing pops of color to the SAG Awards.(Alberto E. Rodriguez (left and right) and, Neilson Barnard (center) / Getty Images)
Mahershala Ali holds his SAG trophies for male actor in a supporting role and for cast in a motion picture for “Moonlight.” He was also a winner in the trend department (and our best-dressed list) in his white silk, one-button, shawl collar tuxedo and navy satin bowtie.(Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman in Gucci, left, Tituss Burgess in Malan Breton and Bryce Dallas Howard in Dress the Population (accessorized with an Irene Neuwirth necklace) brought pops of color to the SAG Awards red carpet.(Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images (left and center), Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times (right))
Maybe it was a reflection of the political climate beyond the red carpet, but the stars turning out for the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday seemed to break down into two stark contrasts — black and white — with a few black-and-white ensembles thrown in for good measure.
Those who made a statement in black included Tracee Ellis Ross; Amanda Peet in a black crepe-sablé gown with floral-sequined embroidery from the Spring 2017 Michael Kors Collection; Kathryn Hahn in a black velvet gown from the Fall 2016 Adeam collection; and Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji.
Those who wore all (or mostly) white included Kerry Washington in a white, off-the-shoulder floral-textured Roberto Cavalli gown; Natalie Portman (in a very Jackie-esque pouf-sleeved Dior ensemble); female actor in a supporting role winner Viola Davis (in a fitted Vivienne Westwood); Danielle Brooks (“Orange Is the New Black”) in a white Christian Siriano pantsuit; Brie Larson in a form-fitting Jason Wu gown; and one of the night’s best-dressed men (and supporting actor winner), Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”), who turned out in a white silk, one-button, shawl collar tuxedo, white shirt and navy satin bow tie by Ermenegildo Zegna Couture.
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Annalise Basso (“Captain Fantastic”) turned out in a red Bibhu Mohapatra goddess gown making her on trend and landing her on our best-dressed list.(Jordan Strauss / Invision / Associated Press, left; Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
The boys of “Stranger Things” are among the best dressed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. From left: Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp and Gaten Matarazzo. Finn wore a green number by Topman. Caleb wore a bespoke tux by Bookatailor. Noah wore a blue velvet suit by Mango. Gaten wore a classic black J. Crew suit.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Viola Davis is wearing a white strapless Vivienne Westwood gown. She paired her gown with a sparkling statement necklace by Nirav Modi, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and a Tyler Alexandra Ellis clutch. She is among the best dressed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.(Paul Buck / European Pressphoto Agency, left; Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Emily Blunt is wearing a Roberto Cavalli dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, Lee Savage clutch, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Blunt’s ensemble lands her on our list as one of the evening’s best dressed.(Jordan Strauss / Invision / Associated Press)
Millie Bobby Brown is wearing a look from the spring/summer Emporio Armani collection customized for her by Mr. Armani. It was worth the effort since it lands her on our list of the evening’s best dressed.(From left: Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press; Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)
Mahershala Ali is wearing a Ermenegildo Zegna Couture white shawl collar tuxedo. He is one of the best dressed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.(Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press; Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times, right)
Thanks to her body-hugging Jason Wu gown and Repossi jewelry (a pair of white gold earrings set with marquise and pear diamonds and two white gold rings set with diamonds) Brie Larson was a natural pick for our SAG Awards best-dressed list.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Michelle Dockery is on the best-dressed list at the SAG Awards. She is wearing an Elie Saab gown, Jimmy Choo shoes, Niwaka jewels and is carrying an Amanda Pearl bag.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Yara Shahidi is on the best-dressed list at these awards. Shahidi wore a Naeem Khan dress, Ade Samuel shoes, an Onna Ehrlich clutch and jewelry from Jane Taylor and Swarovski.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times; Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press, right)
Taraji P. Henson is wearing a Reem Acra dress with Nirav Modi jewelry. Something about the sheer bodice didn’t work for us, making for a rare appearance by the actress on the worst-dressed list.(Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press)
Gwendoline Christie, in Vivienne Westwood Couture, is in one of the looks we felt missed the mark at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.(Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press)
Claire Foy is wearing a sheer floral Valentino dress, and though we’re a fan of both the actress and the label we felt this look sort of missed the mark.(Jordan Strauss / Invision / Associated Press; Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images, right)
Splitting the difference — in outfits that combined black and white — were Rami Malek in a Dior Homme ensemble that included a black dress shirt, black tie and a black-and-white tuxedo jacket; Emma Stone in a black asymmetric draped dress with lily-pad embroidery from the pre Fall/Winter 2017 Alexander McQueen collection; Sofia Vergara in a fully embroidered silver and black strapless tea-length dress from Zuhair Murad’s Spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection; Sarah Paulson, who wore a white jacket over her black strapless Vera Wang gown; Thandie Newton in a white Schiaparelli gown with black animal embroidery detail on the skirt and a futuristic armor-like piece jutting off her right shoulder; and double-nominee Janelle Monáe (in all fairness, though, the singer-actress has long made the black-and-white color combination her sartorial signature).
But it wasn’t all a study in black, white and black and white, thanks to the pops of color — most notably shades of red and pink — as worn by young Millie Bobby Brown (a custom, red Emporio Armani dress); Sophie Turner (in a stunning Louis Vuitton dress); presenter Sophia Bush (in a pink, strapless Marchesa confection); Annalise Basso in a red goddess gown from the Bibhu Mohapatra Fall 2016 collection; and Bryce Dallas Howard, who opted for a sparkly maroon number from L.A.-based label Dress the Population. Spinning the color wheel for the fellows was Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), who made an impression in a bright blue Malan Breton suit and matching necktie. And two of the evening’s best-dressed women went with brightly striped dresses — Yara Shahidi in Naeem Khan and Michelle Dockery in Elie Saab.
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