She wasn’t the first actress to swap her long skirt for a pair of well-tailored trousers this Awards Season 2019 – Julia Roberts won than honour when she stepped out in Stella McCartney at the Golden Globes – but Emma Stone’s look at the SAG Awards showed what ‘wearing the pants’ means in 2019.
Gone are the strong power suits that dotted red carpets in 2018, an admirable side effect of movements like #FutureIsFemale and #MeToo.
Rather, the skirt-free looks that ruled the SAG Awards red carpet are softer, more feminine, more embellished and far more frivolous. The perfect example: Emma Stone’s elegant wide-legged black Louis Vuitton trews, which the Oscar-winner teamed with a one-shoulder, Victorian era-inspired top and simple black sandals.
On paper, it sounds far too under-dressed for a formal dress code Hollywood awards event, especially one in which the wearer was a high-profile nominee. (Stone was in contention for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in Television Movie or Limited Series for Maniac).
In reality, the beaded detailing and bow-tie neckline were stand-out enough to send an entirely different message.
Of course, Stone wasn’t the only attendee to stand out in cocktail-appropriate feminine designer pants.
Black-ish star, actress and model Yara Shahidi looked angelic in a ballet-like Fendi Fall 2018 Couture creation that featured a sequinned pants suit under tulle skirt that was as beautiful as it was a powerful statement. Nothing about her look said power-suit, but there was no arguing it was amongst the strongest looks on the SAG red carpet.
Television host Karina Banda wore a black pants suit with floor-length top overlay much like Julia Roberts recent dress-over-pants award season looks.
Banda’s two-piece from American bridal designer Angel Sanchez’s Fall 2018 Rare Bird collection, was an ideal choice for a high-profile entertainment journalist working the carpet. Like Stone, her one-shoulder top added a femme fatale touch.
Actress Aubrey Swander, who joined her husband, Pretty Little Lies and GLOW star Wyatt Nash on the SAGs red carpet, was another to step out at the awards in a pants-under-dress outfit reminiscent of a classic circa 1990 Versace runway look. Even without her recently-cropped long blonde hair, Swander looked bombshell in the satin bustier jumpsuit with a floor-skimming skirt.
Were all of these well-heeled women inspired by Grand Dame of the Hollywood awards circuit Roberts? Possibly so, but this is one cocktail-hour formal trend for 2019 that already had legs.