2017 Grammy Awards Fashion Critique
This year’s Grammy Awards certainly provided lots for us to look at—mostly lots of really terrible fashion. Thankfully they didn’t consider the artist’s fashion sense before handing out the golden gramophones. Let's take a look at some of the winners and a lot of train wrecks.
Adele glowed on the red carpet. Stepping away from her typical black outfit, her olive green Givenchy gown fit her perfectly. The different patterns work well together and her hair and makeup are flawless. She looks great and you can tell she feels it. She has never looked better.
I really had to take some time to digest Rihanna’s look. Then when I looked at everyone else that had come down the red carpet, I began to love it more and more. Her Armani Privé outfit consisted of a sparkly orange halter top and a voluminous black ruffled silk organza skirt. It was fresh, edgy and sexy. Truly an outfit that only Rihanna could rock.
Laverne Cox fit in with the rock-star crowd in this Bryan Hearns leather dress. This gladiator inspired number fits Laverne to perfection and provides enough drama to keep the rest of the look minimal. Her makeup was stunning and her eyes were bejewelled. Someone is ready for a great night.
Lady Gaga had quite the week. After being body shamed at the Super Bowl, she doubled down and gave everyone something to look at. While the look isn’t necessarily everyone’s taste, she was true to herself in a black leather crop jacket with rubber spines, black hot pants, fishnets and latex over-the-knee platform boots. Adding to her all black ensemble, she added some light pink highlights and a vibrant pink lip shade. This is the perfect outfit for when you’re performing with Metallica.
And another green dress makes the list. Celine Dion looked incredible in her plunging Zuhair Murad dress. The sexy dress was stunning on her slender frame and the colour was fresh and vibrant. She kept the makeup and hair simple and let the dress and the jewelry speak for itself. Strappy heels by Gucci and Dvani jewels.
Kat Graham had my favourite look of the entire evening. She turned heads in this dazzling Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture gown. The red, black and white asymmetrical dress hugged Kat in all the right spots. She looked poised, sexy, confident and relaxed. Wearing red can be tricky on the red carpet so a pattern like this is a great bet. Her makeup is fresh and clean and her hair is pulled back to let the dress speak for itself. Add her black platform heels, Le Vian earrings and a Swati ring, and you have the best-dressed look at the Grammys.
Carrie Underwood came in bright red, showed plenty of cleavage, plenty of leg, see-through panels that sparkled and swayed and I was still yawning. Talk about too much going on with the high neck, the cut out, the oversized bell sleeves, the high slit and the train. A red dress on a red carpet can be a curse at times. Carrie knows fashion and this Elie Madi gown was a big disappointment.
I think Tori Kelly looks perfectly appropriate in this Badgley Mischka dress—if she was attending her second cousin’s wedding. This is the Grammys and she could have done a whole lot better. I don’t dislike the gold accessories. Her makeup is beautiful and her hairstyle needs to be left back on the set of Melrose Place.
Nick Jonas is easily one of the hottest young stars out there. Yet for music’s biggest night, he decides to go head-to-toe in black Balmain. The suede jacket gives off a sad honky-tonk vibe. The hardware on the jacket is not edgy or worthy of a rockstar. It looks like he went to Michaels craft supply store and studded it himself. The shoes add no contrast to his pants. This is just sad.
Solange Knowles is no stranger to the red carpet. And when any designer is willing to dress you, this is what you decide on? There is way too much going on with this Gucci gown: pleating, high slit, peplum, no sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, side ruffle, off the shoulder, etc. And in case she needed more tricks to get our attention, she wore mismatched earrings. Don't even get me started on the plastic stripper heel. Her makeup is flawless….so there is that. Less is more Solange. Now go fire your stylist please.
Katy Perry is the perfect example of how high fashion can fail you at times. This Tom Ford gown could have been stunning on the right person, but not Katy Perry. First, it doesn’t fit her. Look at her pose and the gathering of fabric—it’s too loose. The rose gold sequins wash her out badly and the platinum locks don’t help either. The ombre feather skirt looks sad and limp. Sorry Katy, but Tom failed you this time.
Cee-Lo Green should have been turned away. This isn’t a costume party. You aren’t C3PO from Star Wars. I’m having difficulty describing this…a gold lamé faux ostrich robe with matching gold gloves. Mask inspired by the movie Prometheus. My only guess is he had some botched plastic surgery or chemical peel and couldn’t go out in public. Stay home Cee-Lo.
Girl Crush certainly shouldn’t be taken seriously. Decked out in a poorly constructed ball gown skirt that was adorned with balls from a local McDonald’s play pit, the performance artist looked ridiculous. The hem is falling down and her crop top is far too large. Too much bronzer on the face and too much bleach in the hair. Don’t expect to be invited next year.
Probably the most talked about outfit of the night is Joy Villa's (who?) dress. Her “Trump” dress received very mixed reviews, however, let's look at the actual construction. The sheer side panels don’t allow for her to wear underwear (so we don’t need to see your white lace thong). The placement of the lettering was amateur as you could never see the full statement or the full ‘TRUMP’ in the back. Her curvy figure skews the lines on the dress making it look sloppy. The white flower in the hair, the overdone jewelry, the peculiar clutch and the heavy makeup all add to the tackiness. Best to leave the political statements to the actors and actresses Joy. Oh—who is she again?