SAG Awards 2023: The best red carpet fashion, from Zendaya to Emily Blunt

Left to right: Paul Mescal, Zendaya, Jenny Ortega and Emily Blunt at the 2023 SAG Awards.
Left to right: Paul Mescal, Zendaya, Jenny Ortega and Emily Blunt at the 2023 SAG Awards. Photo credit: Photo illustration - Newshub; Images - Getty Images

By Oscar Holland of CNN 

As Hollywood's biggest names gathered for the 29th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, it soon became clear that they were out to have fun. Sunday evening's red carpet was alive with playful detailing, sparkling sequins and saturated colour.

Among the night's best-dressed was Zendaya, who wowed in a Valentino bustier dress custom-designed by the label's creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli. The strapless gown was embroidered with almost 200 silk roses that formed an elegant train behind her.

The Euphoria star wasn't the only attendee to opt for florals, which ranged from the bold flower embellishments of Emily Blunt's figure-hugging Oscar de la Renta gown to the subtle print of Stephanie Hsu's Carolina Herrera look. Paul Mescal got in on the trend, too, with a sheer overcoat embroidered with bejewelled petals.

Sequins and metallics meanwhile brought some sparkle to LA's Fairmont Century Plaza - whether it was through the glittering hand-embroidery of Danielle Deadwyler's ombré Louis Vuitton gown or the fringed gold decoration of Michelle Yeoh's Schiaparelli haute couture gown. Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph shone in a shimmering Tadashi Shoji gown and Aubrey Plaza also impressed in a bold midriff-baring sequined look by Michael Kors.

Wearing a flowy Valentino dress, The White Lotus star Sabrina Impacciatore was - along with Ariana DeBose, in an outsized Prabal Gurung pantsuit - among several actors to sport hot pink. Others opted for eye-catching shades of yellow, including Viola Davis, also in Valentino, and Dahmer star Niecy Nash-Betts, who wore a strapless Vera Wang gown.

Some of the evening's best menswear also embraced colour, with Austin Butler and James Marsden putting their own spin on the black-tie dress code in, respectively, maroon and baby blue tuxedos. And Eddie Redmayne brought some welcome extravagance to the red carpet in a dramatic Saint Laurent blouse and wide-legged velvet pants.

See below for some of the evening's best looks.

Austin Butler arrived on the red carpet in a maroon tuxedo by Gucci.

Jenna Ortega, nominated for her performance in Netflix's Wednesday, wore a vintage leather and silk gown from Versace's Fall-Winter 1994 collection. 

The White Lotus star Beatrice Grannò in Valentino with Tiffany and Co jewellery.

Angela Bassett in a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture yellow tulle dress with mermaid skirt and ruffled sleeves.

Danielle Deadwyler, nominated for her performance in Till wore a hand-embroidered custom white and pink ombré gown by Louis Vuitton.

Aubrey Plaza in a bold midriff-baring sequined look by Michael Kors. 

Paul Mescal's sheer Simone Rocha overcoat was embroidered with bejeweled detailing. 

Michelle Williams in an elegant navy Dior dress with a velvet bow. 

Eddie Redmayne wore a dramatic white blouse and wide-legged velvet pants, both by Saint Laurent.

Everything Everywhere All at Once star Stephanie Hsu wore a floral Carolina Herrera dress with an extravagant train. 

Emily Blunt, pictured with husband John Krasinski, opted for a figure-hugging design by Oscar de la Renta. 

Viola Davis (left), wearing Valentino, poses with The Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood (centre) and co-star Sheila Atim (right). 

Ke Huy Quan, nominated for his turn in Everything Everywhere All at Once, accessorised his navy tuxedo with a statement broach by De Beers.

Jamie Lee Curtis wowed in a red floor-length Romona Keveza gown with a plunging neckline.

Claire Foy in a custom Prada dress with a triangular Prada clutch.

Julia Garner in an eye-catching metallic gown by Gucci.

Michelle Yeoh turned heads in a black silk column dress with a fringed gold sequin panel from Schiaparelli's Spring-Summer 2023 Haute Couture collection. She completed the look with Moussaieff jewellery.

Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph looked regal in a sequined Tadashi Shoji gown and Fernando Jorge earrings.

The White Lotus star Sabrina Impacciatore wore a flowy pink Valentino gown. 

Niecy Nash-Betts arrived in a strapless custom gown by Vera Wang. 

Amanda Seyfried's green custom Prada dress featured an unusual rectangular train.

Kathryn Newton was one of several stars to impress in Carolina Herrera and wore jewellery by Cartier. 

Model Cara Delevingne wore a dress from Carolina Herrera's recently unveiled Fall-Winter 2023 collection. She completed the look with De Beers jewellery and a pair of platform sandals by Casadei.

Meghann Fahy in a cutout dress from Ralph Lauren's Spring-Summer 2023 collection.

Nominee and presenter Zendaya's custom Valentino gown was embroidered with 190 silk roses.

Ariana DeBose in a hot pink Prabal Gurung suit that comprised an outsized jacket and flared pants that covered her Jimmy Choo shoes.

Haley Lu Richardson wowed in a Carolina Herrera gown dripping with pearls.

Jenny Slate in a daring look by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad.