GRAMMYS newcomer Sam Smith looked dapper in a white bow tie and Madonna
rocked one of the season’s most eclectic red carpets last Sunday in a bedazzled
two-corner black hat and burlesque-esque corset with matching thigh-high
Fashion is always a little crazy at the Grammys, guys included, but
first-time winner Smith soaked it all up in a more traditional tuxedo as he
managed his nerves going up against some of his idols.
Madonna’s big-shouldered shorty outfit was custom Givenchy Haute Couture by
Riccardo Tisci. She wore not much underneath, flashing a black thong and
fishnets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She wasn’t a hit with some in the
Twitter peanut gallery: “Just got a glimpse of Madonna arriving. Seems to be
channeling some mix of the Duchess of Windsor and Mae West,” one chimed in.
Rihanna dashed into the live show at the last minute in a tiered pink
confection of silk and tulle from Giambattista Valli that had some online
comparing her to a party cupcake. She was dripping in Chopard diamonds.
Beyonce and Miley Cyrus went for black ‚— Cyrus in strategic, sexy cutouts
and the queen in a low V-neck embellished gown with a train from Proenza
Schouler. Also in black was Gwen Stefani in a stunning strapless black Versace
Atelier jumpsuit with a structured spiderweb swirl up top.
Audacious singer-actress Joy Villa was encaged in revealing bright orange,
and it was unclear how Sia could see under her huge shaggy white wig.
Brandy Clark showed off a killer pair of metallic silver Prada pumps under a
sparkly, second-skin silver-and-black gown, while Nick Jonas chatted, hands in
pockets of a light gray tweed suit with a touch of yellow and ultra-skinny
Among Clark’s tasks in handling newfound fame and regular everyday life:
“Squeeze myself into this dress, for starters,” she said.
Ariana Grande had her signature high ponytail in place, wearing a
white-and-silver, one-shoulder Versace with a cutout back — Big Sean by her
side. “I’m wearing Saint Laurent man, head to toe,” he added.
Black-hatted Aloe Blacc went with a patterned bow tie and edgy royal blue
tuxedo trimmed in black from the Danish fashion house Sand Copenhagen. Known for
leg-baring, Pharrell Williams didn’t break from tradition. He was dressed in a
gray short suit, matching bow tie and shoes, from Adidas.
Tuxedos aren’t just for the dudes these days. Charlie XCX did her white
tailed-tux trouser look justice from one of her favorites, Moschino, paired with
a bright pink bow tie and blush fur stole.
“I hate boring fashion so I wanted to do something ‘80s and fabulous,” she
said. “I like unpredictable.”
Meghan Trainor brought the bass — and her dad. She wore a tight sheer
miniskirt under a full black, long-sleeve overskirt adorned with black lace for
her first Grammys walk.
Katy Perry’s tousled lavender hair popped against her silver backless sheer
dress. It fell below the knee and had long sleeves and swingy crystal fringe —
fresh from the Paris runway of Zuhair Murad. She wore a US$2 million canary
yellow diamond ring from Harry Kotlar.
“I just want to shine like a diamond,” she said, referring to one of her
Perry’s caped performance gown drew comparisons to the Stephane Rolland
wedding gown of Solange Knowles.
Perry was greeted on the red carpet by Nicki Minaj in black Tom Ford, her
decolletage out in a front slit cut to her waist. Ford also dressed Jennifer
Hudson in a stunning bright white strapless dress that fell just below the
Lady Gaga went gray-for-gray with date Tony Bennett. On their heads, that is.
She showed off a high slit in her silver gown by Brandon Maxwell, Lorraine
Schwartz diamonds in place with a touch of emeralds.
Taylor Swift’s turquoise Elie Saab red carpet gown drew some online snark:
“curtains over a mini dress,” one tweeter offered of her sleeveless
short-under-billowy, long look.
Kim Kardashian’s gold John Paul Gaultier screamed bathrobe, but her new
shorter ‘do looked great. No matter.
“I love how sparkly it is,” she said. “I love it.”
Iggy Azalea’s hair? Not so much. It was a thick braid wound around her head
like a crown against a tight-tight bright blue custom Armani Prive gown.