This is the second of my red carpet blogs this award season which has been tardy. The first time it was due to a large number of attractive dresses that I had to pare down to a manageable amount. This time, the Grammy Awards were totally upstaged by the return of The Walking Dead, and it was far more necessary that Fluffy watch Her Show than critique the fashions. (Like, three seconds of Norman Reedus? That is a subject for another blog, but still.) Anyway, the Grammys are sort of the redheaded stepchild of awards season– they have nothing to do with the Oscar race as they are a completely different field, and sometimes the concept of “red carpet” is lost on many attendees who show up looking either too casual or too outlandish. Since Fluffy has lightened up on the snark, this makes for a rather short blog, as I am Not Going There in regard to Sia’s wig, Pharrell’s short pants, or the bedpan on Madonna’s head and whatnot.
Iggy Iggy’s too biggie to be here stressin’, so this rather calm blue Armani Prive is a great choice for looking cool while standing out. The cutouts are remarkably tasteful, but it’s the braided updo that just kind of takes everything into the next level of adorable.
THE EFFORTLESS AWARD
BEST MENSWEAR LOOK
THThis Moschino suit is just the awesomest. It’s so over-the-top. With exactly the right amount of pink to make it pop. I need this outfit. Like, seriously.
THE DIVALICIOUS AWARD
(TIE) KIM KARDASHIAN AND ARIANA GRANDE
Two of my favorite ladies, with attitude to spare, looking crazy amazing. Kim is rocking a racy, J-Lo-esque Jean-Paul Gaultier gown with some majorly sparkly cuffs and epaulets– not to mention pockets! I love Kim for being unafraid to wear pockets. Ariana is wearing a fun flirty Versace column with a silvery metallic panel, strategic cutouts, and a plunging back. Both are totally on point.
THE DARE-TO-BARE AWARD
Miley is no stranger to showing off some skin, but this Alexandre Vauthier gown does so while being completely classy. The plunging neckline, peek-a-boo side cutouts, and even the back– bare but for crisscrossed spaghetti straps– make the look a showstopper.
THE SILVER MEDAL
(TIE) LADY GAGA AND PARIS HILTON
Gaga’s Brandon Maxwell stunner is certainly a change of pace from her days of wearing meat and popping out of eggs. I’m pleased to see that her newer, more elegant persona seems to be sticking around. Paris looks buff in a slinky Yousef Al-Jasmi number with cutouts and all-over beading. Has she been working out?
ON THE FRINGE
I’ve always been a fan of swingy fringe dresses with all the sparkle, and Katy’s almost-sheer Zuhair Murad is a great example. I’d have liked it better longer, but it’s still a lot of fun and totally cute.
WTF happened to Rhi-Rhi? At last year’s Grammys she walked off with best-dressed honors, but now she shows up in a crocheted toilet-paper cozy. At least that’s what it looks like. Or maybe one of those bundt cakes with a doll sticking out of the middle. Or a jellyfish (“I shall call her Squishy”). Time to fire the stylist who thought this Giambattista Valli disaster was a good idea. The sad part is that it would have actually been kind of cute if it had a waist. As is, it’s shapeless and messy-looking. No shade to Rhianna, who looks great from about her ribcage up, but I just can’t stand it when designers equate creativity with flat-out fugly, and when stylists think that fugly is cutting-edge.
(TIE) MEGHAN TRAINOR AND TAYLOR SWIFT
Two looks that couldn’t be more different, but each amazing in their own way. This is Meghan’s freshman outing on the red carpet, and she nails it in a Galia Mahav half-sheer that somehow doesn’t offend me. I’m not generally fond of half-sheers, but this design subverts the trend’s usual obnoxiousness with a sort of Gothic-meets-Old-Hollywood vibe that is just so cool and pretty. Taylor, on the other hand, is a seasoned red carpet veteran so it’s no surprise that her peacock-blue Elie Saab, a brilliant standout that pairs a ball-gown skirt with a peekaboo miniskirt underneath, would nab a best-dressed nod. The purple Giuseppe Zanotti shoes are a nice contrast for extra pop.
THE VERY SPECIAL FLUFFY AWARD
As we should all know by now, the Fluffy Award goes to the dress I’d have picked for myself, and Kat’s sheer Yanina Couture gown, embellished with a showstopping single flower motif, is nothing short of incredible. I can’t even. It’s just too wonderful.
So there we have it, folks. See you at the next carpet…