Wednesday, 13 February 2013

The 2013 Grammy Awards

Not even the strict wardrobe regulations could stop the music industry's hottest stars from killing it on the red carpet. In true Grammys spirit, a slew of sick pieces were culled from the masses and paraded around Los Angeles's Staples Center. However, not all ensembles were spectacular. It's the Grammys after all-- style mishaps are a necessary evil! Never fear, fashion groupies, I'm here to break down the good, the bad and the absolutely insane.

The Worst.

Jennifer Lopez in Anthony Vaccarello: No stranger to provocative  Grammys attire,  Jenny from the block truly pushed the envelope this year. I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little sick of the superstar sporting these revealing ensembles. As a mother of two, she needs to know when her sexual peak is over. And I think it's almost over. To end on a positive note, I must say that topknot is gorgeous.
Kimbra in Jaime Lee Major: Um, what? This is just awful. It's like Chanel's Spring 2012 took a tragic turn. I'm not sure if she was trying to give Britney Spears's controversial "Toxic" ensemble a feminine twist, but this gown should be sacrificed to the fashion gods. But let's be honest, they'd probably reject it.

Keltie Colleen: Color blocking can be lovely; however, it's a major faux pas when used and abused. Example? This outfit. Though canary yellow shoes would look stellar with a cobalt blue mini, that disgraceful slit ruins whole look. And doesn't that glitzy bodice remind you of Dancing with the Stars? Maybe the dress would be better if it was in black? No, I take that back. This should cease to exist.
Adele in Valentino: Stepping away from her trusty black frocks, the Grammy winner took a risk and sported a quirky dress. Though Adele's boisterous persona and soulful voice are enough to charm basically anyone, this outfit failed to score a high note with fashion critics. While I support taking a risk (regardless of a style maven's size), this Valentino number was not flattering. Instead, it draws a little too much attention to her hips. I think Adele should try a bright hue again, but perhaps stay away from the busy print. Not to menton the matching shoes are a little too much.

Lisa D'amato: In what world is this okay? From the clashing (not to mention cheesy) prints to the glitzy heels, this totally horrid. Someone, make it stop! 
John Mayer: The ladykiller has officially taken creepy to the next level. A plush blue jacket with baggy pants? You got to be kidding me. Either ditch the flashy jacket or get those pants fitted! Quincy Jones, are you pointing to the singer because he's the worst dress man of the night?

Ashlee Keating: Though this awards show is the perfect time to show some skin and sport some sparkle, Ashlee Keating takes this sartorial invitation too far. First of all, multicolored sequins are never okay. Paired with the awful yellow hair? Keating resembles a life-sized Barbie doll, and not in a good way.
Nicole Kidman in Vera Wang: There's a fine line between dressing young and hot  and trying too hard. Though I loved Kidman's Golden Globes ensemble, this dress is not jivin' with me. The yellow hue does not work with her complexion, plus the sheer lace overlay is not refreshing. Instead, it makes the Paper Boy star look a little too old. Also, lace for the Grammys? Instead, sport some sequins. 
Katy Perry in Gucci: The former Mrs. Russell Brand knows how to make a scene, but that's not always a good thing. While boys go crazy for the "Candy Queen's" revealing ensemble, fashion snobs are no amused. I'm not loving the light green hue, especially with the jeweled cutout. People aren't lying when they say less is more. 
Esperanza Spalding in Eden Diodati: Never a sartorial wallflower, the talented musician sported a matching dress and cape. While this would've looked sick in a vibrant color, this print is a little too much to stomach. Spalding's infamous locks only add fuel to the fire. Something's got to go-- preferably the cape. 
Florence Welsh in Givenchy: For the Florence and the Machine front woman, there's no such thing as too far.  I love Welsh's passionate for trying something new, yet it seems as if she has turned into fashion's new Green Goblin. The artificial spikes and deep lip is a little too theatrical for my liking. Florence, please stick to the Riccardo Tisci's ethereal pieces-- we like you much better that way.
Carly Rae Jepsen in Roberto Cavalli:  Everyone knows that most black dresses are universally chic; however, this pop princess is looking a little gothic in this Roberto Cavalli creation. The jet black hair, the semi-sparkling dress and the black nails? Way too much! In fact, she looks a little creepy. Call me maybe? In that ensemble, probably not.

The Best.
Allison Williams in Kaufman Franco: Nicole Kidman, this is how an actress properly infiltrates the music scene. The Girls actress, as well as up-and-coming fashion fixture, shimmered in this fitted Kaufman Franco number. The lack of eye-popping jewels and funky makeup makes this intricate dress truly pop. Also, her hair is absolutely divine! 
Drake: This is Grammys menswear done right. The oh-so-fresh rapper took a fashion risk and played it safe at the same time. How? So glad you asked. While the classic tuxedo is a go-to for any stylish gent, the navy and black color combination is so hot right now. The former Degrassi star finished this look with some scruff. Ladies, I order you to swoon. Now.
Rihanna in Alaia: For one night only, the "good girl gone bad" ditched her controversial threads and revisited her chic, island girl roots. Fashion slaves, now is the time to rejoice! From the halter neck to fairytale train, this gown perfectly blends Rihanna's edgy present with her delicate past. The middle part, coupled with soft waves, and vibrant pout offers the perfect dash of drama. Flawless! 
Fun (Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Anatoff): Perhaps I'm a tad biased, but the indie trio absolutely shut it down. Sticking to their alternative styles, the bandmates paired jazzy shoes with quirky suits. Never playing it safe, I love how the band always achieves a cohesive look whilst pleasuring their personal preferences. They made it rain-- literally, figuratively and sartorially.

Taylor Swift in J. Mendel: All angst aside, I'm completely enamored with the man slayer's rockstar outfit. Whether the country-turned-pop star will ever ditch the angelic hue is unclear; however, she totally revamped her traditional look. The architectural bodice marks the (potential) end of Swift's lackluster strapless tops. Not to mention that slit commands attention. With the ethereal updo, Swift looks like a sultry Game of Thrones character. And that's definitely not a bad thing! 
Beyonce in Osman: Goodbye "Freakum Dress," hello chic pantsuit. As per usual, the megawatt diva wowed everyone with this alternative ensemble. The modern getup is perfectly paired with a funky red lip and a relaxed ponytail. On the accessories front, I'm obsessed with the coordinating jeweled cuffs-- so major! 
Chrissy Teigen in Joy Cioci: John Legend's beau brought her a-game to the red carpet on Sunday. Though this skin-baring dress would be inappropriate on some, Teigen is absolutely smoldering in this Joy Cioci number. The basic black creates a blank canvas for the extravagant trim. Additionally, the mint clutch and chandelier  earrings give this edgy dress a feminine twist.


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