I’m not here to provide you with an E! News rundown of Best and Worst Dressed on the red carpet (as much as I feel connected to Joan Rivers); but rather to tell you what’s good with fashion at the Grammy’s. Awards shows always bring out some interesting pieces being modeled by everyone’s favourite celebrities, so let’s get to the details.
RIHANNA’S QUINCEAÑERA DRESS
If you’ve seen any coverage of the fashion at the 2015 Grammy’s, I’m sure you’ve seen Rihanna looking like one of those Barbie cakes you might have had at your 5th birthday party. I’ve seen a lot of Twitter users drawing a comparison between her and a girl attending her quinceañera, and I’m totally feeling that comparison. In reality though, she is wearing essentially fresh off the runway Giambattista Valli Haute Couture (something I’m sure doesn’t usually get pulled out for a quinceañera). It’s a different look to what we usually see Rihanna sporting, and while I should hate this dress (mountains of pink fluff, empire waist and beading??) I find myself having the opposite reaction. I think this may be because I take Rihanna’s drastic dress as an indication that high fashion is bleeding more and more into pop culture. She wasn’t the only one rocking a straight off the runway look either, with Katy Perry clad in Zuhair Marad Couture, Miley Cyrus in Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture and Gwen Stefani wearing Atelier Versace. Haute couture is something that isn’t usually brought to the masses in such highly exposed settings, and I think it’s kinda cool that celebrities opting for these pieces showcases them to an incredibly huge variety of people.
Despite the couture featured at this year’s Grammy’s, a very everyday brand was a dominating presence. Adidas boasts collaboration with some of the biggest names in fashion and pop culture in general – Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Jeremy Scott, Big Sean and Rita Ora to name a few. In the past year and a half they’ve added Kanye West and Pharrell to their roster and you could tell when you saw the pair at the Grammy’s. Pharrell was sporting a custom-made 3M Adidas shorts suit, with his wife Helen Lasichanh sporting a one-piece jumpsuit with the brand’s notorious tri-stripe sweeping up the side. Kanye West used the Grammy’s to premiere the Yeezy 750 Boost, ahead of the launch of his full collection with Adidas. He also sported a velour sweatsuit (v Juicy Couture).
TAYLOR SWIFT’S TEAL GRADIENT
Although I didn’t particularly care for the overall 80’s vibe of Taylor Swift’s get-up (the earrings, the mullet dress and the neon pink clashing heels), the subtle gradient of her Elie Saab dress is a winner for me. We’re all too used to seeing B&W or dark and moody gradients, so this aqua/teal fade is a much needed step away from that, and into a realm of brighter colours. I speak on this as someone who preaches that you can never wear too much black, so it’s a big step for me to be labeling gradients in bright hues and ocean colours ‘What’s Good’.
PLAYFUL TWIST ON THE PANTSUIT
You know what’s really good with me? Pantsuits. Everyone knows about the ‘sexy’ reputation men in suits hold, but a woman in a tailored suit is bringing infinitely more to the style table, in my opinion. Although this example may be a little tacky for some, the Grammy’s saw Charli XCX wearing a playful look straight from the Moschino runway. A silky white tux, completed with a ruffled shirt and a baby pink fur throw created a fun outfit for the pre-show strutting, very much reminiscent of Charli XCX’s feature in the ‘Fancy’ music video, à la Clueless. Usually when we see women wearing pantsuits, they’re very structured and formal, generating an elegant and refined look. As much as I love a sharply cut pantsuit, it’s pretty awesome to see a new spin on things, straight from the mind of Jeremy Scott. Let’s be honest, there’s beauty to be found in the tacky and bizarre.
Although a quick Google search reveals exactly what singer Sia’s face looks like, she’s decided to go for the ‘anonymous artist’ life, where she remains faceless (and attends the Grammy’s with the adorable Maddie Ziegler). Much like Rihanna’s Giambattista Valli dress, the internet has been consumed with attempting to find the funniest thing Sia’s wig resembled. I like the idea of ‘faceless’ artists, as beauty so often influences our opinions of an overall outfit or someone’s work. In an interview with NPR, Sia acknowledged fame as being her worst nightmare, and explained she hides during her performances and appearances simply because she can. As a singer-songwriter, she survives by writing songs for popstars like Rihanna, and doesn’t need to focus on self-promotion to make a living. I like that hiding your face provides another opportunity for an accessory and asks people to focus on aspects of a person other than their face.
SPARKLES + BATHROBES
Kim Kardashian in Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture. I’m in love. Despite the fact this does resemble the bathrobe of an extremely wealthy old woman, I love the ridiculous opulence of it. The tacky sexiness, with the body-length slit in the middle paired with the extraordinarily adorned shoulder pieces and cuffs. This look isn’t for everyone, but it is for me. It’s like a gold-plated winter version of the kimono – a big trend in 2014. I wanna see a lot of robes and capes in 2015. Don’t be afraid to take a hint from Kim K (never thought I’d be saying that) and opt for the more-is-more approach.