SAG awards to finally let red-carpet fashion shine

Wed Jan 23, 2008 5:15pm EST
 
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By Alexandria Sage

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The lack of Hollywood awards shows this year due to the screenwriters' strike leaves not only spotlight-craving stars in the lurch but means a lot of designer gowns hanging unworn and unloved in closets.

The good news for fashionistas is that the red-carpet glamour parade outside the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday will bring stars such as Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett back into the spotlight.

After the Golden Globe Awards were scaled down to a news conference -- and with the fate of the Oscars still unknown -- the SAG awards may be this year's only chance for Hollywood to reign over the fashion world.

"This town is eager to show up. This town is eager to dress up, and they're going to," said Hal Rubenstein, fashion director for InStyle magazine. "It's got to matter more because there's been nothing to look at."

The strike by Hollywood writers, now in its 12th week, has crippled the local economy, halting TV production, delaying movies and putting people out of work. While other awards shows were canceled, SAG received a waiver from the striking Writers Guild of America.

Designers like Los Angeles-based Kevan Hall, whose gowns appear regularly on stars such as Felicity Huffman, Katherine Heigl and Vanessa Williams, have felt the impact of the strike.

Hall said he chose not to design any one-of-a-kind couture gowns exclusively for one actress. Instead, any gown of his will come from his existing collection.

"From the very beginning, no one was clear as to what would happen. It made it difficult as to whether we wanted to commit to making and creating these gowns that would not be worn."   Continued...

 
<p>Actress Cate Blanchett arrives at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in this file photo taken January 28, 2007. After the Golden Globe Awards were scaled down to a news conference -- and with the fate of the Oscars still unknown -- the SAG awards may be this year's only chance for Hollywood to reign over the fashion world. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files</p>