Last night’s best dressed: Grammy Awards Special

01 February 2010


Nude hues hit it big on Sunday’s red carpet parade with some of our favourite style muses wearing shades of buff and beige. First up, it’s lady of the night and glittering golden girl, Beyoncé. After joining Cheryl Cole in support of David Koma’s quirky designs, Bey followed in the Geordie’s fashionable footsteps once again with a Stéphane Rolland A/W ‘09 gown. Exaggerating her killer curves with geometric piping and a cleave-flashing zip, it’s the ideal diva dress. The chunky gold accessories are pretty fierce, too and perfectly complement her bling bling hair. Looking very spring like and channeling the bridal trend, Rihanna opted for this dynamic ivory gown from Elie Saab’s Couture collection and that high-neck + open back + feather accents = guaranteed show stopper. The gathered detail at the hip creates a beautiful shape while the chiffon appliqué turns her into red carpet royalty, and we love how she’s toughened up the femininity with her trademark two-tone quiff. Also working a soft neutral palette with delicate floral embellishments was RiRi’s bestie and future Mrs Brand, Katy Perry who took her recent trip to India as dress inspiration (check out the exotic bindi accessorising her forehead). The pale flesh tone of her Zac Posen S/S ‘10 floor-sweeper is tres sexy but when punctuated with the gold metal embroidery and a colourful elephant-shaped clutch by Judith Leiber, it becomes perfectly playful.


It wasn’t only Gaga going galactic. Jennifer Lopez looked like a shimmering goddess thanks to her silver Versace micro-mini under a floor-length chiffon overlay with chain-mail inserts for a futuristic touch, and Heidi Klum continued the metallic trend with her thigh-grazing Emilio Pucci number. We LOVE the pale pink, gold and bronze combo of her S/S ‘10 frock and those crystal sequins, as well as a plunging neckline, knock 10 years off the super-mother of four. Pink also brought some splashes of silver in her dramatic Tony Ward Couture strapless gown with bejeweled bodice that flared out into a fishtail skirt. How fab to see her looking so glam and the multi-coloured scallop layers are ever so elegant but just like Rihanna, the platinum hair 'do accessorised with a glistening slide brings that signature rock 'n' roll twist.


Taylor Swift has made shimmering sparkles somewhat of a trademark but for the Grammy’s, she decided to go all lady-like with a little less golden glitz. So rather than a girly princess gown, the country darling opted for this custom-made Kaufman Franco sheath with subtle sequins. The dress’ deep blue hue is just spellbinding and the off-the-shoulder neckline is the ideal showcase for those Lorraine Schwartz statement earrings. Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman played it safe in a simple black satin halter-neck by Prada. The crystal detailing on the neckline and waist brings a point of interest while her poise perfectly creates the elegant silhouette we’ve long admired.


Bringing a bright splash to the event was Mary J Blige looking curvilicious in a fuchsia Gucci column dress and Fergie in a cobalt blue strapless dress from Emilio Pucci’s S/S ‘10 collection. Top marks for that arching swath of silver snaking down the Black Eyed Pea’s bod.


After Ciara took a FROW spot at the Givenchy Couture show, it was no surprise to see her rocking a dress direct from the collection - and what a dress it is! Complete with lace covered crystals, sheer panels to reveal a pair of black pants and enviable pins and topped off with a patchwork tailcoat embroidered with jet tubes, it was a surefire way to cause a stir. Also courting controversy was Britney Spears back on the red carpet in a see-through Dolce & Gabbana dress over a black bodysuit, which again begs the question: are transparent gowns the new way to do sexy? Let us know your thoughts below!

- Jessica Vince


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