The red carpet of the 19th annual SAG Awards took a dark turn from the vibrant ruby and cherry hues that dominated the gowns worn to the Golden Globes two weeks ago. Black and midnight blue were the colors du jour, an interesting departure from the jewel tones that seemed to be a shoe-in for this awards season.

Jessica Chastain was one of the only actresses to opt for red with a stunning Alexander McQueen — perhaps its part of a reverse-Obama effect that afflicts only Hollywood. Anne Hathaway, Elisabeth Moss, Amy Poehler and Jaimie Alexander are few of the ladies who went with a classic black gown. Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” spiced up an otherwise safe silhouette and color by wearing a leather Johanna Johnson dress with embellished cap sleeves.

January Jones likewise was a little more fashion-forward in a Prabal Gurung gown with a modern neckline.

Amanda Seyfried was a clear fashion standout of the night in a deep blue mermaid gown by Zac Posen. The gown was stunning — Giuliana Rancic couldn’t stop gushing — though it clearly wasn’t made with ease of mobility in mind.

Jennifer Lawrence suffered from a similar situation — her elegant, navy Dior gown straight from last week’s runway show gave her some trouble as she approached the stage to collect her actor for best female actor in a film. The bottom part of the tiered gown seemed to slip down as Lawrence walked forward, revealing a layer of mesh before the actress adjusted.


Even the men embraced the midnight blue hue. Bradley Cooper chose a navy Tom Ford for the evening, looking every bit the part of “Sexiest Man.”

Bradley Cooper attends the SAG Awards. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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