Last night’s Screen Actors Guild award ceremony marked the beginning of the red carpet season. Metallic dresses in silver, bronze, pewter and gold ruled the show. There was also quite a bit of black and, to my surprise, not much colour. I was pleased to see that strapless styles and half shoulder styles were in abundance, which makes a refreshing change to the “Grecian Goddess look” that’s been popular the last few years.

Overall, I wasn’t wildly excited, but three fabulous ensembles stand out:

  • Javier Bardem was smooth and perfect in his tie-less tuxedo, patent shoes and swept back hair. He gets my vote for best dressed person of the night. And his acceptance speech was brilliant.
  • Ruby Dee was an inspiration accepting her award at age 83. If you can look as graceful and elegant as she does at that age, you’re truly stylish.
  • Cate Blanchett, who is usually among my favourites at any red carpet event, blossomed beautifully in her very pregnant body. Florals are one of the biggest trends for 2008 and who other than Cate to sport it with style.

Debra Messing, Eva Longoria and Ellen Pompeo all looked nice. A little too sparkly for my taste, but I liked the cut of their dresses. Let’s hope that the Grammys and Oscars provide a better selection of fabulous gowns.

Javier BardemCate Blanchett Eva LongoriaEllen Pompeo

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