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LOS ANGELES — After the deep freeze and whiteout at the Golden Globes, warmth and color returned in time for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday. Actresses paraded the red carpet in a cornucopia of shades — from bold brights, like Demi Moore in royal blue Alberta Ferretti and Joy Bryant‘s fire-engine red Valentino, to sophisticated darks, such as the steel blue Nina Ricci cocktail number worn by Reese Witherspoon and Ellen Pompeo‘s indigo Lanvin column. Jada Pinkett Smith, in hot pink, definitely got the color memo.

“I felt like I was going to come out with something bold tonight,” she said. “I had this in my closet and I was like, ‘C’mon, it’s vintage Bob Mackie! I’m gonna take a shot!'”

Of course, there also was plenty of sparkle: from Cate Blanchett and Diane Kruger in gold beaded Armani and Dior, respectively, to best-supporting-actress winner Jennifer Hudson‘s gold-flecked Michael Kors. Silhouettes took a varied route. On the short end, looks ranged from fun (Rinko Kikuchi‘s playful lace baby-doll Chanel Haute Couture) to sexy (Heather Graham in vintage Oscar de la Renta) and even sexier (Rachel McAdams‘ supershort number). Taking the long view, Eva Longoria (in Vera Wang) and best actress in a TV comedy series America Ferrera (in Badgley Mischka) stuck with lean lines in fluid fabrics — not a ballgown in sight. It was also a moment for contrasting accessories, like the yellow Prada clutch that double best-actress winner for movies and TV Helen Mirren paired with a navy Morgane Le Fay gown and Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ fuchsia VBH clutch and red Carolina Herrera frock.

As for hair and makeup, the runways dictated the styles: Pompeo took cues from Lanvin as well as the couture. “I loved the Valentino show last week. It was so clean and spring-like. This is my version.”

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But, like most men, Kyle MacLachlan seemed unruffled by all the fashion talk going on. “I am here just to sit at the table, eat food and have a good time,” he said. “No pressure there.”

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