There were feathers, frills and flashes of sequins…

Awards season is in full swing, with the Globes behind us and the Academy Awards fast approaching.

And the annual period of ultimate glitz and glamour saw another noteworthy event held in California last night—the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Unlike the Golden Globes earlier this month, to which stars wore black to stand in solidarity with victims of harassment and abuse, the SAG red carpet was awash with colour.


Many of the night’s stand-out looks came from the Middle East, with Arab designers scoring spots left, right and centre on best-dressed lists.

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One of our particular favourites came courtesy of Beirut-born couturier Reem Acra, who dressed The Handmaid’s Tale star Madeline Brewer for the occasion.

With an exquisite tailored bodice and Fifties-inspired silhouette, the number blended romance and a retro sensibility with effortless ease.

(The contrasting orange lip ensured the whole thing still felt very of the moment, too).

Also turning to a Lebanese label was This Is 40 star Leslie Mann, who sported a cobalt floor-length gown from Zuhair Murad.

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Encrusted in beads and boasting sheer sleeves and a key-hole neckline, the slinky dress moved with an uber-feminine fluidity on the red carpet.

Dialling up the drama on the night was Jackie Cruz, who created a sartorial stir in a theatrical feathered gown by Lebanese-American designer Rami Kadi.

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With expert ombré and seriously luxe texturing, the strapless number ensured the Orange is the New Black actress stood out from the crowd.

Rounding out the Lebanese labels stealing the show at the SAGs was Jean-Louis Sabaji, who dressed Mary J Blige in a monochromatic one-shoulder gown.

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With contemporary detailing and a form-flattering fishtail silhouette, the Mudbound star perfectly toed the line between avant-garde and elegant.

With plenty more awards left in the season (finishing up with the Oscars in March), we can’t wait to see which Middle Eastern designers continue to dominate the red carpet.

In the meantime, here’s what the rest of the SAG red carpet looked like…

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Mandy Moore in Ralph Lauren

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Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive

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Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph & Russo

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Laura Dern in Dior

Margot Robbie in Miu Miu

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Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen

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Yara Shahidi in Ralph Lauren

Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein

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Saoirse Ronan in Louis Vuitton

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Kate Hudson in Valentino

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Halle Berry in Pamella Roland

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Kristen Bell in J. Mendel

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Allison Williams in Ralph & Russo

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Laura Linney in J. Mendel

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Dakota Fanning in Prada

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Tracee Ellis Ross in Ralph & Russo

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