DUBAI: Awards season is here and while it does bring the glamour and glitz back to fashion, this year things are a little different. Due to the ongoing pandemic and strict safety restrictions in place, celebrities are dressing up to the nines in the comfort of their own backyards and posting their glamorous get-ups via social media. The award season continues with the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2021, and the one-hour pre-taped ceremony had some memorable fashion moments despite the lack of a physical red carpet.
First up, there was British-American actress Lily Collins who presented an award wearing a pastel pink mini dress from Lebanese couture house Georges Hobeika that we could easily picture her “Emily in Paris” character wearing.
The A-line gown featured a high collared neckline with short sleeves. The heavily-embellished dress also featured an explosion of pale pink jewels and floral embroidery that shone bright. Upon closer inspection, there was a pair of beaded wings stitched on the waistline.
She completed the look with strappy Casadei heels and Cartier jewels.
“Puttin’ on the glitz for the @sagawards,” wrote Collins, who appeared from her home ahead of the pre-taped ceremony. “Might be a little dressed up for the location, but so excited to be a (virtual) presenter tonight! See you soon,” she added.
The sparkling gown was plucked from the Beirut-based brand’s Spring 2018 couture collection and was the brainchild of the label’s co-creative director Jad Hobeika, who reposted the 32-year-old actress on his Instagram feed and wrote: “@lilyjcollins wearing one of the first dresses I drew for @georgeshobeika.”
The fashion house’s Spring 2018 couture offering paid tribute to the cultural richness of ancient Greek civilization. Presented during Paris Fashion Week, the collection spilled over with strategically-placed laurel leaf appliques, crystal embroidery evoking Icarus’s wings and ultra-feminine diaphanous gowns.
Collins wasn’t the only star to champion Lebanese talent during the awards show, however.
American actress Jurnee Smollett wore a bordeaux taffeta, off-the-shoulder, high-low gown from Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad’s Pre-fall 2021 ready-to-wear collection. She paired the dramatic, plunging gown with diamond and ruby jewelry by Bulgari.
Elsewhere, Broadway star Merle Dandridge opted for a heavily-embellished Georges Chakra jumpsuit with a bright blue bow tied around the waist.