Award season is in full swing with the Grammys taking place Sunday night. Obviously, the biggest story was the controversy over Adele winning Best Album, beating Beyoncé who many thought deserved to win for her critically praised album, Lemonade – including Adele. It was a charming moment when she broke her Grammy in half so she could share it with Beyoncé. I can’t say the red carpet this year was particularly exciting or that there was any one look we’ll remember for years to come (like Jennifer Lopez’s legendary plunging Versace in 2000). If I had to choose the night’s style winner, I’d probably go with Rihanna – but that’s mostly because of her brilliant bedazzled flask.
Adele in Givenchy Couture
The night’s big winner once again charmed us all with her sincere personality. But I can’t say I was a huge fan of this dress. Adele knows what works for her and often chooses a similar silhouette which is fine but this colour seemed off. It’s not a nice green. In fact, what was that colour? Maybe it was nicer in person but I don’t think it came off well on camera. And there were too many contrasting patterns. Her black embroidered long sleeve Givenchy dress last year was much cooler. But it’s Adele and she’s amazing so it doesn’t really matter.
Rihanna in Armani Privé
Rihanna pretty much looks cool in everything (like a green fringe jump suit). Only she can even make Armani look fashion forward. An orange crystal-embroidered crop-top and billowing back organza skirt doesn’t exactly scream Armani. And while it’s not my favourite look (I loved the layered pink Giambattista Valli Couture gown she wore in 2015 way more), she of course managed to pull it off effortlessly. I also wasn’t loving her hair – it felt a little dated. But the video of her drinking from a crystal-encrusted flask while sitting in the front row was totally legendary.
Beyoncé in Peter Dundas
Beyoncé didn’t walk the red carpet which wasn’t surprising because I don’t think she has in a couple of years. Her gold performance look was somewhat controversial (people take everything so seriously) and the legendary performer who’s pregnant with twins looked amazing in her fitted low-cut red sequin Cavalli dress as she sat in the front row. How many women would be willing to wear a dress like this while pregnant?!
Celine Dion in Zuhair Murad Couture
We don’t see Dion at awards shows very often but she knows how to play the game. And this year at the Grammys, she came to play! She stunned in this emerald low cut, high slit, long sleeve crystal embellished gown. Loved the slicked back hair and nice job with the jewels and shoes. I didn’t even mind the bow.
Solange Knowles in Gucci
I’m guessing most people weren’t feeling this one-shoulder pleated dress but I thought it was all kinds of amazing. It was interesting and very Joan Collins circa Dynasty era. I love how creative and subversive Solange is with her style choices. She would NEVER wear anything remotely similar to something Carrie Underwood would wear. Which makes me like her even more.
Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo
It pains me not to love Jennifer Lopez at an award show because she’s always one of the best ones to watch. Whether you like her style or not, she always gives it 100%. And while this wasn’t as bad as some thought, it wasn’t great. Bubble gum pink is rarely a good idea. I think if this dress had been a different colour (silver maybe?) and she had super dark rep lips, it would’ve worked way better.
Chrissy Teigen in Roberto Cavalli
Teigen usually makes some pretty impressive red carpet style choices but I can’t say I cared about this particular look. It seemed so obvious for the Grammys and there was too much going on. Too bad Peter Dundas left as creative director of Cavalli after only three seasons in October. I felt like he would have taken the brand in a fresh and needed new direction.
Faith Hill in Zuhair Murad
The country singer stunned in this long sleeve crimson gown. Super flattering and chic. Loved the red lips and tousled hair. Normally I wouldn’t be a fan of the matching bag clutch and heels but someone how it all worked together well. Hard to argue with this look.
Katy Perry in Tom Ford
This dress didn’t make any sense for the vibe she was trying to portray. And the feathered skirt feels too long. Of course I’d never tell Tom Ford that because he look me up and down and then dismiss me, because what the hell do I know?! Either way, not a great dress for the Grammys. And Perry seems like kind of a jerk, which is never attractive.
Kimberly Schlapman in Greta Constantine
Had to give a special shout out to this look because Schlapman’s plum gown is designed by talented Canadian design duo Greta Constantine, who celebrated their 10 year anniversary in April. It was a cool look well-suited for the Grammys. And her wild blond curly hair couldn’t have been better.
Taraji P. Henson in Marc Jacobs
Henson is normally a winner on the red carpet but this didn’t work. First, it looks like Jacobs is trying too hard to emulate exactly what Alessandro Michele is currently doing at Gucci and second, it doesn’t fit. This looks like one of those last minute decisions where she decided against the original option.
Laverne Cox in Bryan Hearns
Of course I admire Cox for so many reasons and all she’s done for the trans community. But this dress is just bad. It looks like something from a sex shop on Christopher Street in NY or something Pamela Anderson would’ve worn 10 years ago (essentially the same thing). Either way, not a good look.
The Oscars red carpet recap is coming soon! Thanks for reading.
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