If there’s a Grammy Awards red carpet stereotype, it’s surely the skintight outfits taking the trashy look to its ultimately fabulous conclusion. However, this year’s Grammys saw a wind of change blowing away the skimpy frocks, replacing them with a more modest, reality-based fashion sense which set the tone for the evening. This year’s great music artists took instead to dramatic trains, with long sleeves, neat tailoring and haute couture in abundance.
Here’s a rundown of some of the more notable red-carpet fashions on show:
Eccentric rapper Post Malone instantly caught the eye with his take on the chic country-rock star look. His Western-style waistcoat suit, designed by his stylist Catherine Hahn, draped him in head-to-toe baby pink. Worn with a white undershirt, the leather jacket and pants shone with dozens of sparkling rhinestones, adding a part-cowboy, part-matador vibe. Talking about her inspiration for the look, Cathy explained she spotted a 1980s vintage ladies’ suit in studded leather and knew she’d just found what she wanted for the Grammys night.
An artist who doesn’t know how to disappoint, Lady Gaga made the red carpet her own in a show-stopping strapless Celine by Hedi Slimane metallic dress which included a trademark sculpted accent and a fabulous thigh-high slit. Worn with premium jewellery from Tiffany & Co., Lady Gaga’s outfit perfectly complemented her mood. Sporting that perfect poker face, she has the natural look of a star who loves to watch the spin of the casino roulette wheel.
For anyone not realising a class act had just climbed on the stage, the 25-second standing ovation Michelle Obama received the moment she began to speak immediately set the record straight. Closely accompanied by Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez, the former first lady modelled a glittering sequinned suit in charcoal tones which she wore with a pair of metallic gold sandals. As well as this classy Sachin & Babi jumpsuit, the 55-year-old mother of two dressed up the outfit with a little more glitter provided by some signature earrings and several rings. She finished her speech with: “Is that right ladies?” – the response said it all.
Travis Scott & Kylie Jenner
Along with Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner took to the red carpet wearing a bold looking pastel-pink pant-suit with cross-over draped sleeves. Something of a break from her usual outfits, this Balmain Haute Couture jumpsuit with its criss-cross top was finished off with wide trousers, a silver belt and elegant full-length gloves (also in pink). Travis, meanwhile, chose a clean “Cactus Jack” Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello suit in a plain black colour.
Despite being genuinely surprised when she received the news of her Best New Artist Grammy nomination, British soul singer Jorja Smith from Walsall, England, looked very much at home in her stylish, gold-coloured dress by Balmain. To complete her outfit, the 21-year-old added some tasteful Bvlgari jewellery. As one headline put it: “Wear the gold to get the gold.”
Even though he missed out on a music award this time, Leon Bridges undoubtedly stole the show with his highly individual BODE corduroy suit. The suit was styled in a yellow material, but the visual effect was all about the custom Bridges detail which overlaid the whole outfit. Celebrating his own work as well as his Texas heritage, the Fort Worth R&B artist sported items like a lawman’s star-badge, a pair of horseshoes, the words “Leon” and “Texas”, and a whole lot more besides.
Looking totally elegant in a stunning sleeveless floor-sweeping gown, British R&B star Ella Mai took to the red carpet wearing a beautiful midnight-blue dress complete with an ultra-stylish lace train. Overcome by her ‘Best Song’ award for her track with DJ Mustard, Ella could only say: “No one has ever seen me in a dress before.”