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SAG Awards red carpet: Red and blue, plus purple for the early arrivals

January 23, 2010 |  4:26 pm

The stars are putting the red in the red carpet at the SAG Awards.

"An Education" actress Carey Mulligan is wearing a strapless red satin Lanvin gown with a sweeping skirt and a diamond brooch at the waist. It's far from the most interesting design I've seen from Lanvin's Alber Elbaz, kind of disappointing actually in its lack of drama. Meanwhile, Mariana Klaveno of "True Blood" is in a red ruffled chiffon gown with an asymmetrical bodice by L.A. designer Ina Soltani.

Others are revisiting the purple theme of the Golden Globes red carpet. Anna Kendrick is in a boysenberry-colored strapless Alberta Ferretti gown that looks dangerously low cut. And "30 Rock's" Tina Fey is taking on the critics of her quirky Alexander McQueen Golden Globes dress. "Did you take a steaming dump on me last week, too?" she asked E!'s anchor Giuliana Rancic. For the SAGs, Fey went with a forgettable indigo sheath by Ferragamo.

On the other end of the color spectrum, Christina Applegate's ice blue tulle Roberto Cavalli gown scattered with beads, with a plunging back, reads a bit bridal. Vera Farmiga, whose teased hair is defying gravity, looks like she is wrapped in a cloud, in a crystal-blue silk mousseline J. Mendel gown with tulle cap sleeves. It's pretty and understated, which seems to be her personal style.

Meanwhile, do the celebs arriving at the SAG Awards not realize that the TV camera lenses reach all the way to the top of the red carpet? Right after they step out of their cars, they are tugging at the tops of their strapless dresses and fussing with their hair. I wouldn't be surprised to see someone picking at their Spanx.

Talk about breaking the spell.

--Booth Moore


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Photos: Carey Mulligan (left) and Christina Applegate. Credits: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times