Grammy Awards 2017 – Key Looks

The Grammy Awards were dominated by two, very glamorous ladies last night, with Beyonce and Adele fighting it out for the biggest awards. The two ladies of song were also eagerly awaited on the red carpet too, although only Adele made an appearance. She was, however, joined by some of the most stylish ladies in music, making the red carpet event interesting to say the least, although, in the case of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, this was for all the wrong reasons.

There were some lovely looks though, with many of them giving us a sense of deja vu. The lovely Tori  Kelly had me thinking of Madonna in her ‘Like a Virgin’ era with her blonde tumbling curls, I loved her Spanish influenced green dress too, a great colour and the style was very pretty. Kat Graham’s dazzling stripes were so right for the Grammy’s and her sleek styling was pretty perfect too.

I loved Beyonce’s red sparkle, has ever a baby bump looked so perfect? But I couldn’t quite make my mind up about Adele’s dress. The colour was gorgeous, and I love the sheer sleeves, but was just unsure about the wrap style front detail – a layer too many for me. Paris Jackson showed she was all grown up in a disco style sari dress, and then there was JLo, super beautiful in Ralph and Russo, but I would love the dress even more without the candy floss style ruffle around the neck.

Bonnie McKee’s sequined suit was fabulous, a really good choice on a night when there was a tribute to the kings of disco, the Bee Gees, whilst Katherine McPhee was stunning in a black column dress with a sequin bodice.

And then, of course, there was Lady Gaga, and I have to say that, for once, words fail me. I described it as Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, and don’t think I can really better that – a little bit bondage, a little bit porn and totally Gaga.

Whose look did you love from the Grammy Awards?

Look how you’ve changed – Pop Stars and their image.

In these image obsessed times, the way a pop star look is almost as important as the songs they sing. The likes of Taylor Swift and Beyonce are renowned as fashion icons, feted for their fashion choices and often to be found sitting in the front row at New York Fashion Week. In reality, the link between fashion and music has always been there, with Debbie Harry, Madonna, Roisin from Moloko and Beth Ditto amongst those who have made their mark both for their music, and their unique personal style.

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Gear4DJs, theUK suppliers of DJ equipment and lighting, have put together a fun infographic that takes some of the current leading lights in pop music and shows how their style has evolved since they found fame. As well as the aforementioned Beyonce and Taylor Swift, the infographic also features another style queen in the form of Rihanna, as well as Justin Beiber, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.  In the case of Miley Cyrus in particularly, the transformation has been huge, from cute Disney princess, to punk style princess parading in little more than her underwear.

My personal favourite transformation from the infographic is that of Lady Gaga. From the barely there outfit of the ‘Poker Face’ era, to the infamous meat dress, Gaga has always known how to fascinate and shock in equal measures. But, with her transformation as a Golden Globe winnning actress and Oscar nominee, we are seeing a totally different side to the lady, one concerned with old Hollywood glamour, inspired by the goddesses Marilyn Monroe and Veronica Lake. Full length and fabulous dressing, platinum blond waves and a genuine hair of grown up sophistication are the order of the day, although, with her fixation on the late, great David Bowie, who knows what the style chameleon will come up with next?

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Who is your favourite musical style icon?

infographic - music artists and their evolving fashion

 

Swimwear trends for 2015

On a horrible day like today is (talk about blowing a gale) it is good to start looking towards holiday season. And, if like me, you’re lucky enough to have already booked your next getaway, you’ve probably already turned your attention to swimwear. Let’s be honest, unless you are Kendall Jenner, it is a minefield trying to choose the right style and design.

From bikinis to swimsuits, there’s so many styles, designs and prints to choose from. So, to help you select the best option for your shape, I’ve got an expert on board in the form of Danielle Kisby from leading lingerie and swimwear retailer, Bras Galore. Here are some hints, tips and expert opinion on this season’s hottest trends.

Fringing

Popular in the 80s and 90s, fringing has re-emerged in time for summer 2015. Shorter fringed bikinis are great for adding subtle detail to your swimsuit, while longer styles can create a more dramatic look.

Speaking of the trend, Danielle said: “Channeling boho chic, fringing is one of my favourite trends this season. It’s great for minimising the appearance of a larger bust, as well as disguising those pesky cellulite-prone areas on the hips. A fringed bikini is the perfect alternative to heavily printed swimwear. Choose a plain option to remain subtly stylish.”

Rihanna loves fringing

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High-waisted

Favourites with everyone from curvalicious Beyoncé to athletic Taylor Swift, high-waisted bikinis are a popular choice this season. Offering more coverage than your typical string bikini yet oozing sexiness, the style is reminiscent of 1950s pin-up girls.

“A 1950s-style bikini is perfect for showing off those va va voom curves!” says Danielle. “The high-waisted bottoms are great for highlighting an hourglass figure, and are incredibly flattering across problem stomach areas.

“If you are blessed with a larger bust, choose a bra- or halterneck-style bikini top. These are much more preferable to flimsy string designs, which can offer little support. Ditsy prints like polka dots are an absolute must for this style. You can wear them year after year!”

Freya Bondi High Waist Bikini Brief £24 click to visit Bras Galore

Freya Bondi High Waist Bikini Brief £24 click to visit Bras Galore

Sporty

Sports luxe has been a huge trend for a few seasons now, but it seems 2015 is the year it really starts to dominate the swimwear market. Sports bra-inspired high-neck tops complete with mesh detailing are big news, as are bright block colours with contrasting black trims.

Danielle says: “A sports inspired bikini is perfect for lazy days in the sun and splashing around in the pool. However, the shape isn’t for everyone. While they are incredibly flattering for athletic and boyish shapes, the high-neck cut can make ladies with a bigger bust look top heavy.

“If you do have larger breasts and you are considering this style, I’d advise choosing one with mesh detailing to reduce the coverage over your bust. That way, you can have the best of both worlds.”

Freya Active Swim Underwired Moulded Swimsuit £60 click to visit Bras Galore

Freya Active Swim Underwired Moulded Swimsuit
£60 click to visit Bras Galore

Plunge swimsuit

If you’re looking for something a little sexier, choose a swimsuit with a deep plunge neck. While you may think you’re covering up in a bathing suit, the plunge neck is sure to grab attention.

Danielle comments: “Plunge swimsuits are great as they can be worn by women of any size. Suits that offer little support around the bust are best suited to women will smaller busts. If you have larger breasts, choose a style that offers additional support to prevent squashing and provide an extra lift.

“Because the plunge adds detail to the swimsuit, choose a classic Ibiza-ready colour like black, white or red. Team with a floppy sunhat for ultimate glamour.”

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

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Which styles will you be hitting the beach in this summer?