The Grammys are here, and therefore so is Fluffy; despite the fact that there was very little going on on the red carpet in the way of oohs and aahs, perhaps in the wake of sponsoring network CBS having issued a dress code mandating decorum, there were still some stars who managed to push the envelope, though a great many elicited a big “ho-hum” on my part. So anyway, I’m being a good sport and carrying on with the Fluffy Awards as usual…
CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED
I am so pleased to see Florence looking this awesome. She has previously displayed a tendency toward dresses which look like cheap curtains, but this Givenchy creation is pure wow. I’m reminded of dragons, which is always a good thing, and this shade of emerald is perfect for her. Love it.
Esperanza, much like Fluffy herself, has a sense of style all her own, and this Eden Diodati frock illustrates that beautifully. I love the sunny print, the flow of the dress and the capelet, and the way her statement earrings and natural hairstyle pull the look together into pure sweetness with more than a touch of the exotic.
CATEGORY: THE ARM CANDY AWARD
I like Nicole’s Vera Wang gown– normally I’m not into Vera, but this one is fairly sparkly and fun despite its simple lines. Of course, she has the best-looking date on the carpet in hubby Keith Urban, and it’s way cute how they look like they’re going to two entirely different functions.
CATEGORY: DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE NIGHT
J-Lo is known for making heads turn on the red carpet, and is never boring. Oops, never say never. This Anthony Vaccarello number just sort of hangs there, and not even the bold shoes and jewels can save the fact that this… is… just… a bolt… of cloth.
CATEGORY: RETRO GLAM
Katy is back on form in a 70’s-styled seafoam gown from Gucci with a dress-code-defying cutout bodice. The simple, body-hugging silhouette is offset by the major bling at the neckline, and flawless makeup (with a very retro pale lip) and voluminous hair complete the look, which she admitted was inspired by Priscilla Presley.
CATEGORY: MOST DRAMATIC
Alicia is wearing an Azzedine Alaia gown featuring a crisscrossed leather bodice that dares to bare without overstepping the boundaries or sacrificing the drama. The flowy, flared skirt contrasts with the leather in a truly showstopping way. Fabulous!
CATEGORY: THE EFFORTLESS AWARD
Beyonce chose to rock a black-and-white Osman pantsuit, and she looks amazing in it. The sleek hair, pretty shoes and coordinated yet unassuming jewelry come together for a look that is genius in its pure simplicity. I need this outfit.
CATEGORY: THE FAIRY PRINCESS AWARD
Kimbra’s stunning and unusual dress was designed by Jaime Lee Major. I’ve never seen anything quite like it on the red carpet, and I mean that as a compliment. I’ve seen plenty of god-awful half-sheer dresses this season, but this one is done absolutely right– from the flare of tulle at her shoulders which looks like fairy wings, to the pearl-embellished, mermaid-like train. And she gets to hang out with Gotye. Epic win.
CATEGORY: THE SWISS MISS CUP O’COCOA
LISA D’AMATOLisa’s had a rough time of it lately, coming off a nasty facial injury, so I can’t really blame her for wanting to look fun and funky, but this dress looks like Heidi going to prom. I’ve been unable to uncover the designer– who might be wise to just remain anonymous– but I shall refrain from further snarking and just offer Lisa a cup of Swiss Miss with marshmallows, and my sympathy.
CATEGORY: BEST BLUES
While the dominant hues of the event were definitely black and white, Kat shook things up in this cute ‘n’ quirky sequined Little Blue Dress by Vivienne Westwood. Loving the platform t-straps and cute gold jewelry also.
CATEGORY: BEST USE OF LACE
Carrie’s Roberto Cavalli red carpet gown may not have caused as much of a stir as her projection-screen performance dress, but it’s a great look and a bit of a change for her– while I still see some evidence of sparkle on the skirt, she’s not in her usual uniform of neck-to-carpet sequins, opting instead for a strapless bodice in lace patterned in such a way as to further accentuate her great figure and call attention to that stunning diamond necklace.
CATEGORY: GRECIAN GODDESS
Taylor’s J Mendel gown is really interesting structurally, and not just for pushing the envelope on the dress code. From the braided halo of her hair to the silvery cross straps to the pleats on the skirt (which remind me of angel wings!), this is a thoroughly divine look.
CATEGORY: MOST DARING
Nobody said “Whatever” to the dress code quite like Kelly Rowland. This Georges Chakra gown is very strategically peekaboo, leaving a lot less to the imagination than it actually covers up– but, that said, it’s amazing, and Kelly looks like a million bucks in it.
CATEGORY: WORST DRESSED
Adele is frequently my style heroine and has even snagged a coveted Fluffy Award, but alas, tonight is not one of those nights. Oh, dear. This festering floral slipcover of a dress– good God, are those POM-POMS?– is courtesy of Valentino. The whole get-up looks like it escaped from June Cleaver’s worst nightmares.
CATEGORY: BEST DRESSED
Rihanna’s beautiful, scarlet Azzedine Alaia gown just seems to flow with the red carpet itself, and the color is the perfect backdrop for her wavy, romantic hairstyle and pretty makeup. She looks like a princess, but the slightly sheer fabric gives the dress enough edge to keep it out of Disney territory. What else can you say about perfection?
SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD
As always, the Very Special Fluffy Award comes last because it is so very special– the dress I’d pick out for myself. Ashanti’s Tony Ward Couture gown is the way to do floral right. The lovely multicolored embroidery on the skirt is matched with beading on the sleeves and the cutout in the bodice is sexy without being trashy. Loving how this piece combines girly with glam, and is at the same time a ballgown and a leg-baring siren dress. It’s kind of everything all in one, and I love love love it!
Well, that’s a wrap for this edition of the Fluffies, but the Oscars are just around the corner, so yet another fashion blog will be coming your way soon. Who will nail it, and who will fail it? What will Fluffy be wearing for her second (imaginary) trip to cover the granddaddy of all red carpets? Wait and see…