Shailene Woodley seemed to have embraced that brief. The best supporting actress nominee in a limited series, for the HBO show “Big Little Lies,” wore a custom Ralph Lauren dress in witchy green velvet, its V-form neckline dropping to her waist.
Jessica Biel got a similar message, in a platinum-tinted Ralph & Russo gown slashed strategically to show a wide expanse of skin. Others followed suit, flaunting their assets, for better or worse, in diaphanous dresses gashed to the navel or provocatively slit at the hip. When it came to confecting an image, playing the sex card was, paradoxically, playing it safe.
Still, red-carpet veterans like Nicole Kidman had other ideas. Ms. Kidman, named best actress in a limited series for “Big Little Lies,” chose to underscore her stature as a worldly fashion muse. Deftly negotiating the wobbly line between steaminess and cool, she wore a scarlet ballerina-length Calvin Klein dress of silk gazar, demure except for its coyly slit neckline.
Image-savvy and by no means trend-averse, Zoë Kravitz of “Big Little Lies” reinforced her reputation as tastemaker in Christian Dior couture, the varicolored panels of her dress embroidered in tufts of feathers.