Monday, February 13, 2012

Divas and Darlings - The Grammy Awards 2012

Red Carpet Fashion
54th Annual Grammy Awards 2012

The Grammy red carpet played host to many interesting looks this year. There was many a sparkly gown, an overload of black dresses and a few colourful designs. And of course, no Grammy event would be complete without a few fashion faux pas.

The Darlings
No one had any idea as to why Paris Hilton was at the Grammys, but she looked surprisingly demure in a cap-sleeved white and gold Basil Soda gown with metallic belt. Katy Perry complimented her hair colour in a softer shade of blue, wearing a delicately floral embellished azure gown by Elie Saab. Carrie Underwood wore a luminous silver sequined gown, with long sleeves and open back by Gomez Garcia.

The Divas
Rihanna looked ravishing in a custom-made silk Armani gown with plunge-neck and high slit. She carried a Jimmy Choo clutch and wore heels by Christian Louboutin. Corinne Bailey Rae displayed a splendid ruffled design by Christian Siriano. Grammy winner Adele was graceful in a custom designed three-quarter sleeved Armani gown, paired with striking red lipsJulianne Hough put on a strapless Kaufman Franco gown with sequined spike design. Kimberly Perry from 'The Band Perry' prettier black gowns (of many) at the event, which features a sequin bodice and tulle skirt.

Kelly Rowland kept to a muted palette, wearing a gown by Alberta Ferretti with sheer silver embellished bodice. Taylor Swift never fails to bedazzle us with her red carpet choices. Here she wears a glorious gold encrusted, hand-embroidered Zuhair Murad gown with high collar and mermaid skirt. Country singer Miranda Lambert also opted for gold-tinged dress, hers in embellished lace by Pivoni

Latina songstress Mayra Veronica stepped out in a zany tie-dyed dress that dripped with rainbow shaded paillettes. Supermodel Lily Aldridge showed off her graceful maternity style in a black and blue floral print Gucci gown. Serbian model Nina Senicar donned a flowing polychromatic print gown. Grammy award winner Esperanza Spalding wore a strapless dip-dyed sheet-looking dress, made up of several different shades.

Silver Linings
Kelly Osbourne was impressive in a scintillating silver one-shouldered gown by Tony Ward. Jessie J cast her usually crazy style aside for a more suave look, wearing a gunmetal grey mirrorball dress by Julien MacDonald. Carly Steele also wore a disco ball inspired gown, hers in a shinier shade of silver. Classical singer and Grammy winner Joyce Di Donato wore a fairytale grey gown, adorned with threads of gold.

On The Short Side
Actress-turned-singer Malin Akerman wore a little white dress with cut-out neck-line by Cushnie et Ochs. Giuliana Rancic stepped it up in a black Georges Chakra mini dress with gold belt and stunning strappy Jimmy Choo sandals. Kate Beckinsale was alluring in a créme silk chiffon draped mini dress by Zuhair Murad, featuring a black velvet bow on the shoulder. Alicia Keyes merged edgy with elegance in a black Alexandre Vauthier dress with statement gold neckpiece. Newcomer Skylar Grey chose a tea-length lace dress, paired with red pointy heels. I don't think the styling fits in with the goth-pop persona she is portraying.

Bordering on Bad
Scandinavian singer Robyn is known for her quirky style, but this white mullet skirt and bulky platforms are giving me some serious Spice Girl deja vu. Porcelain Black (not her real name) looks like she's posing poolside at Cannes, not the Grammy red carpet. Cyndi Lauper in something black - can't figure out what it is yet, but the black and blonde hair is evocative of Cruella Deville. Latina singer D'manti piles on sequins and feathers in all the wrong places.
Style Circus
Nicki Minaj left everyone at a loss for words when she irreverently showed up in an outlandish red hooded Versace dress, with a 'pope' for a date. Bonnie McKee's yellow and gold futuristic fringed dress left much to be desired and could have been considered a tripping hazard. Fergie was hugely disappointing in a blinding neon orange see-through lace dress, with black undergarments in sight for everyone to see. Nice to know you own some Fergie, but this is in very tacky taste. Russian singer Sasha Gradiva filled in the ludicrous space Lady Gaga left wide open at the Grammys this year. She was literally 'armed' with machine guns, which inappropriately sends out a war-fueled statement to billions watching worldwide.


Dearest Lou said...

I totally agree with you. Katy Perry looks absolutely stunning!


Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Wow I love all the bejeweled dresses - demure, but still styling!

LifeStyle Journal said...

The Grammy red carpet is my favourite red carpet!!! There are always a few crazy unpredictable looks... In my opinion, the dress for Grammy should not look like the dress for Oscar... so, I don't like a pretty dresses like Hilton's, Underwood's, Lambert's, etc.
Big YES to Mika Newton, Alicia Keyes, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dmanti and Bonnie McKee. Those girls know what people want to see on the Grammy red carpet!!!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Oh Em Gee, Fergie WTF?!?>!

Ember Drake said...

Taylor Swift looks stunning as usual - her dress is amazing!


Daria said...

omg! Taylor looks like a queen, so beautiful (and I'm not even a fan of hers)

And Fergie...I didn't get it. hahah

Daria, the Fashionsurfer

DXiredDiamond said...

Katy Perry looks stunning from head to toe! Carrie Underwood looks cute. Rihanna looks super sexy in her black dress! Adele looks gorgeous! Great post! :)

Anonymous said...

Nicki Minaj looks outrageous; I don't like the way she tries to hard to be outstanding! :(

As for Taylor Swift, she looks gorgeous as always. <3 Love this post! (:

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Zoe said...

wow!! Those last dresses are so rare!!!! But I love them!
Have a great week sam!;)

Olya Khorosh said...

gorgeous dresses :)

Love Sushi and Fashion said...

Love Taylor Swift dress! have a lovely week <3<3

Denise said...

I loved Kate Perry's outfit and also Adele's - kind of simple, just a black dress, but very elegant. Then the Bejewelled ones and... what about the Circus? What was that? They missed the right place! It was realy strange!

Laura said...

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fashionhypnotised girl

Punctuation Mark said...

I think rihana was just stunning!

karin said...

Adele and Giuliana Rancic are my favorites.Great post!!Kisses from

Elin Kling said...


Squared said...

oh my god, the style circus... too funny!

VintageDanielle said...

I love the photos, great post!!!


I loveee Taylor Swift and Katy Perry the most! The baby blue gown by Elie Saab is just STUNNING! <3

Anonymous said...

Man there were some REAL misses at the Grammy's...good heavens. I did love Adele and Katy, but hated Taylor's outfit. Adele looked iconically classy, Katy actually looked totally sweet and gorgeous, but Taylor looked incredibly stiff.

<3 Cambria

Marianne M. said...

wow the end of the world must be really coming i mean i can't believe my own eyes!! paris hilton looking rather elegant???? and with nicki minaj and sasha gradiva bringing a whole new kind of crazyness to the world, yep the world is ending for sure.
the good parts of the grammy's? adele looking as beautiful as ever, her face is seriously stunning!!! kate perry wearing a beautiful elie saab dress and kind of ruining it with her hair but ok let's ignore the hair and focus at the dress..

Mandy@OrangeAutumn said...

There were a lot more beautiful dresses at the grammy's than crazy ones, it was pretty awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing a lot of the dresses :)

Cinnamon and White Chocolate said...

Some great, beautiful dresses, but those "bad" were really awful! :)

Heaven said...

Beautiful womans :)

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Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Wow! Paris looked great. I didn't see her. Oh gawd, bad was bad and circus was crazy! Those are outrageous even for the Grammy's. haha

Marie Martell said...

Yes, Paris did look great! I was surprised also! Katy, Carrie, Rihanna, Aldele, A Keys looked beautiful. So many great dresses.

The Sunshine District said...

I'm surprised how much I like Katy's look. Wasn't a fan of the blue hair, but the look as a whole is awesome
xo Jac

hope in high heels said...

Taylor Swift looks divine... classy and elegant all over. Kate Beckinsale also caught my eye - she looked gorgeous in that sweet mini!

Ivory said...

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I think Paris Hilton looked the best!! And that Guiliana Rancic needs to eat something... seriously!

Ivory xx

Golden Cheer Grahams said...

I really love Kate Beckinsale's dress !
Paris Hilton's oneis also wonderful !
i really love your blog ! ;)

Jayme and Mendi said...

Most everyone looked great. I have to say that I was also disappointed in Fergie. Great rundown!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Fashion-Bridge said...

I was absolutely surprised by paris. She looked so sleek and polished! beautiful dress!



Victoria West said...

Nice pictures. :)

Happy Valentine's Day my dear!

Gillie said...

I Loved all the glitzy looks this year, particularly Adele and Kelly Osbourne, so gorgeous!

xo Gillie

Alexandria said...

Taylor Swift looks really nice in this gold tone gown

ELVIA said...

I love Alicia Keys' hair & I've been dying to know who designed Taylor Swift's dress, so thank you so much for this post! :) Love the images & credits!

Question: Do you just blog or are you also a freelance writer? Just curious.