Published on February 17th, 2016 | by Jayden Cross1
The Grammys: Music’s Biggest Night of Fashion
NOTE: the opinions in this article are the author’s own and not reflective of the Tertangala.
Music’s biggest night, the 58th annual Grammy Awards, has come and gone for another year, and it was filled with spectacular performances and of course some amazing outfits. Past Grammy winner, LL Cool J hosted the event, showing us yet again that he is the host with the most. The greatest thing about the Grammys is the viewers not only get to see what their favourite stars are wearing and the awards they win, they also get to watch an array of outstanding performances, with this year ranging from the likes of Adele to Kendrick Lamar to Lady Gaga. The red carpet at the Grammys has been home to some crazy outfits over the years, though this year was quite tame. However, it wouldn’t be the Grammys without a few statement outfits.
Show opener and Album of the Year winner Taylor Swift showed off her best physical asset, her supermodel-like body, on the red carpet in this custom-made, two-piece ensemble by Versace. Swift paired the look with a new short-bob hairstyle that included bangs and her signature red lip. Fashion aside, Swift made waves during the night by calling out Kanye West in her acceptance speech which you can see below, referencing a lyric from one of West’s new songs entitled “Famous”.
Lead singer of the Grammy-nominated Florence + the Machine, Florence Welch, looked effortlessly stunning in this pink sequin-embellished custom Gucci gown. Known for her whimsical style on-stage and on the red carpet, Welch’s look may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but fashion is about expressing yourself and Welch never disappoints. Although not a winner at the event, Welch was a winner on the red carpet.
I love a couple on the red carpet, and this award season has so far been very kind to me. The past years biggest new star, Abel Tesfaye, known famously as The Weeknd rocked the red carpet with his beautiful girlfriend, model Bella Hadid, making one of their first major appearances as a couple. Hadid looked stunning in her black, deep plunge Alexandre Vauthier gown. Usually this would be too much black in the one look for me, however, she is a model so can they ever look bad? Yeah I didn’t think so! It was The Weeknd’s big night, not only did he perform two of his hit singles, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “In the Night”, he also won the first two Grammys of his career. He also looked incredibly dapper in this suit by Givenchy, which is of course all black. How cute is that! They are matching!
Zendaya’s relevance at these award shows always confuses me, but she always hits it out of the park fashion wise. The 19-year-old Disney starlet looked oddly perfect in this suit by Dsquared2. The mullet weave works with the outfit, with the entire look being inspired by the late David Bowie.
“Anything when it comes to fashion, for me, I am definitely inspired by past things and taking past things and doing it in my own way.,” she said on the red carpet.
Taylor Swift brought a date to the Grammys this year and it was none other than her immensely talented best friend, Selena Gomez. I will admit to being a huge fan of her most recent album, Revival, however, I’m not a fan of this dress. On paper it sounds beautiful; a navy blue, sequinned cut-out Calvin Klein gown. But when I look at this picture I get an ‘eh’ feeling. I feel like cut-outs don’t suit Gomez’s body, and the dress overall makes her look short and shapeless. I love her hair down and her make-up, though, this look falls very flat for me.
Adele is beautiful and her music is timeless, but god, it’s time to give up on this tired look. For me this woman can do no wrong, her performance of the Bruno Mars co-written song, “All I Ask” was amazing even with the technical difficulties it suffered. But this custom-made Givenchy dress just makes me sad. I feel horrible speaking ill of Adele, but I need a big fashion moment from her, enough playing it safe.
Sweet Ariana Grande can be seen wearing a red gown by Romona Keveza. For such a petite woman, this gown swallows Grande. I’m never really a fan of a floor length red dress on a red carpet and this is no exception. The gown is far too elegant for Grande’s signature high ponytail and her eye make-up is far too heavy.
Demi Lovato showed her astonishing vocal ability in a tribute performance to Lionel Richie, though she also showed everyone how not to dress at the Grammys. While watching red carpet coverage, I saw Lovato’s Norisol Ferrari look from the waist up and thought that she had worn a suit that got me relatively excited. As the camera panned down, I was disappointed. From the waist to the neck, I think this look is amazing, but I would have loved to see her hair up as its black falling onto a black jacket. I also find the skirt to be horrendous, I’m not a fan of front leg slit like this one. Demi Lovato, please look at Bella Hadid and learn how to pull of ‘all black’.
My worst dressed is American singer and songwriter, Z LaLa. Personally I had never heard of her until today, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get written about. I understand that a look such as this is art, but it feels tired. We’ve been through this phase with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and many other artists, that now it’s just boring, unoriginal and just doesn’t look good. The only positive is those shoes, very nice.
Before I announce my best dressed, a special mention to country music star and nominee, Kacey Musgraves who I thought looked breathtaking in this colourful gown by Armani Prive. The best way to describe this dress is ‘peacock chic’. Everything about this look is perfect. The slicked back hair and makeup are stunning. If it wasn’t for this next look, Musgraves would have been my best dressed.
My best dressed is a personal pick so don’t go crazy. Lady Gaga stole the show for a second time this award season after winning big at the Golden Globes back in January. Gaga also paid tribute to her biggest musical inspiration, David Bowie with this custom Marc Jacobs outfit, with huge red platform heels and flaming red hair to match. Gaga also stunned audiences with her touching and high-energy Bowie tribute performance during the event’s telecast.