Tonight’s Best Dressed were not the usual suspects. With Beyonce on Mommy duty and Kanye West not in attendance, there was room for newcomers and unexpected divas to get the attention they deserve. But before I jump into the list, I have to single out some of the “whoa, huh, what?” moments.
As usual there was a lot going on in terms of fashion at the Grammys. Nicki Minaj hit the red carpet shrouded in a voluminous, hooded crimson get-up embroidered with what looked like the Versace crest. Her date? An impersonator of the Pope. Meanwhile, Fergie, who picked up a Grammy for co-writing Kanye and Rihanna’s hit “All of the Lights” showed up in black underwear covered by a completely see-through lace dress by Jean Paul Gaultier. I think nude underwear or even undies the same color of the lace would have been way more appropriate, or how about a slip? We did not need to know Fergie wears granny panties.
In terms of trends, three-quarter sleeves, and embroidery/embellishment were huge, gladiator-reference jewelry too with Alicia Keys and Gwyneth Paltrow rocking a heavy gold neck plate and belt, respectively. And now, without further adieu, here are my Top 10 Faves. As always, let me know who I left off the list.
Going into the telecast with six nominations, Adele is the bride of the night, and every bride looks gorgeous on her wedding day, no matter what she wears. From the thick tumble of curls framing her face to the slash of red lipstick to her glittering three-quarter-sleeved custom Giorgio Armani gown, she has never looked better. What’s even cooler about the look is that it remains true to her trademark penchant for retro black dresses. It would seem hard to keep such a classic look fresh, but she pulled it off.
2. TAYLOR SWIFT
Adele looks magnificent in this glittering, three quarter-sleeved black maxi gown
Taylor Swift tops my list just for ditching her usual Shirley Temple ringlets and princess dress. With her hair swept up and away from her beautiful face, her high-collared embroidered Zuhair Murad gown looks even more stunning on her.
3. KELLY OSBOURNE
Taylor Swift in a departure from her usual Shirley Temple ringlets & princess dress
Perhaps she just doesn’t want to hear it from E! Fashion Police co-host Joan Rivers, but this Red Carpet season Kelly Osbourne is 3 for 3. From the sharp-shouldered Zac Posen stunner she wore to the Golden Globes to the elegant white Badgley Misckha gown she donned for the SAGs to tonight’s sparkling one-shoulder gown by Tony Ward, she keeps getting better and better.
Kelly Osbourne keeps topping herself this awards season
4. PARIS HILTON
This Basil Soda gown was made for Paris Hilton! The cap-sleeves show off her long, toned arms, and the elongated mermaid really silhouette flatters her shape. Who knew Paris Hilton had a little Sofia Vergara going on?
5. CORINNE BAILEY RAE
Paris Hilton in a Basil Soda gown
Corinne’s Christian Siriano dress perfectly evokes the spunk of the Grammy Awards.
Corinne Bailey Rae in Christian Siriano
6. GWYNETH PALTROW
Between her slicked back ponytail and the cut-out detail of her Stella McCartney gown, this is one of my fave looks on Gwyneth. Ever!
Gwyneth Paltrow backstage at the Grammys
The Best R&B Album nominee hit the awards show in a gorgeous sequin gown with herringbone detail.
Love herringbone detail on Ledisi's dress
For tonight’s live telecast, Rihanna let go of the red and returned to blonde, channelling Michelle Pfeiffer’s Scarface character Elvira Hancock in this gown she co-designed with Giorgio Armani. “We’ve been working together a long time, he trusts me now [sic],” Rihanna told Ryan Seacrest on E!’s pre-show. The gold cuff and clutch perfectly accessorize the look.
Rihanna says she was going for "Elvira Hancock"'s look in this "gangsta" Armani gown
9. KATY PERRY
This embroidered Elie Saab dress could have felt bridesmaid-y because of the bow and color, but with the blue updo, Katy Perry is rocking.
Katy Perry in blue Elie Saab with matching updo
10. MARSHA AMBROSIUS
Between her embroidered silver mini with matching metal pumps, and her curly red bob which matches her manicure, Ambrosius looks more than ready for her close-up.
Grammy nominee Marsha Ambrosius
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