Stylist: Law Roach
Outfit: custom Etro
Makeup Artist: Carola Gonzalez using Neutrogena
Hairstylist: Johnny Wright
Manicurist: Kim Truong using OPI
Shoes: Loriblu
Jewelry: Bulgari

Kerry Washington brought out her best flapper girl look for the 2021 virtual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Who would have thought that an award show could be that fun?

Washington wore a custom Etro royal blue silk velvet dress with entirely embroidered Swarovski crystals and a matching one-of-a kind headpiece, Bulgari jewelry and blue velvet Loriblu sandals.

Kerry‘s stylist Law Roach was interviewed by InStyle via telephone and was able to share his inspiration for the look: “Her look is really inspired by two periods in time, the Roaring 20s and also the Harlem Renaissance. The whole thing was, I think, very deliberate. I took references to Etro. I told them what my vision was and then it became a collaboration between us.”

“There was Tamara Dobson, who was a Blaxploitation star from the 70s. She wore a really similar [look]. I’m honestly just obsessed with Pam Grier and all those girls that starred in those movies in the 70s. So when I got the opportunity [to collaborate with Etro], I was like, ‘OK, we’re going to do something that feels a bit like this.'”

As for the jewelry, he explained: “I wanted something that would complement it, but wouldn’t get lost. I went straight to Bulgari because I know they have those types of pieces.”

[Writer’s note: Blaxploitation films were 1970s movies that featured Black actors in a transparent effort to appeal to Black urban audiences.]

When it came to makeup, Kerry‘s MUA Carola Gonzalez used Neutrogena as a brand of choice, quite an obvious one since the brand has “tapped the actress for help with creating long-form content in order to lower the barriers posed to consumers due to race, health care access or their socioeconomic standings.”

According to a recent article by WWD, “Neutrogena is also taking a long-form approach to education with the launch of Neutrogena Studios, an entertainment division of the brand. Its first film, “In The Sun“, centers around the need for sun care. It was produced by brand ambassador Kerry Washington“.

Everything in an effort to educate and motivate people to take care of their skin.

But there’s more. In an interview for Byrdie, Gonzalez explained where she gained her inspiration from: “I just got these mermaid, flapper, synchronized swimmer vibes.”

Here’s a beauty breakdown:
“- Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation in Cocoa #115 as a base;
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Cream Concealer in Mocha #03;
Gonzalez accentuated the blue eyeshadow by lining her eyes with the Neutrogena Intense Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black #10 and applying a few coats of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Plumping Mascara;
Gonzalez finished off with the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Setting Spray.”

Manicurist Kim Truong was probably largely inspired by the beading intricacies of the dress and the head piece, and she followed this process:
“- she first applied OPI GelColor Stay Strong Base Coat;
– she then painted two nails on each hand with OPI GelColor in Passion.
– Next, she painted the remaining nails using OPI GelColor in Tile Art to Warm Your Heart.
– To finish the look, Truong created a thin, blue French manicure on the remaining pink nails and added a blue crystal to the center of each. 
– For the blue accent nails, she applied clear crystals in a swirl pattern, and sealed everything in place with the OPI GelColor Stay Shiny Top Coat.”


Kerry Washington was nominated in the category Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for her role as Mia Warren in Little Fires Everywhere.

Little Fires Everywhere is an American drama streaming television miniseries, based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Celeste Ng. Washington is also an executive producer.

Set in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio during the late 1990s, it features Reese Witherspoon and Washington as mothers from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

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