Grammys fashion – good, bad and just insane!

Sunday night was a very busy night in the awards calendar. As well as the Baftas, The Grammys were also taking place, albeit on the other side of the Atlantic and in much better weather. The Grammys are renowned for interesting style choices, and this year was no exception. There were angel wings, extreme animal prints and Lady Gaga arriving in an egg! But there were also some absolutely stunning looks on display, along with some plain bad ones. Here they are in all their glory…

The Good.

Nicole Kidman has had mixed reactions for her style choices lately, but her beautiful mermaid style floral dress from Jean Paul Gaultier was the perfect choice. With loose flowing hair and glowing skin she looked totally gorgeous and was definitely one of the best dressed on the night. This dress suited her hair, height and figure.

The ever-shrinking Jennifer Hudson made an interesting choice in her gown with an asymmetrical midnight blue Versace dress. The dress fitted her like a glove and with sleek hair and make-up, she looked amazing.

Florence Welch wore three dresses on the night, two of which were fabulous. Unfortunately, neither of these were her red carpet choice. Florence wore an Elie Saab beaded dress to perform, proving yet again that she is the perfect ambassador for Elie’s dresses. The nude shade dress looked ethereal when teamed with Florence’s striking red hair and pale skin. She later switched to an Oyster YSL dress with draped sleeves which was a throwback to 1930s glamour. This was my favourite Florence look on the night.


Florence wearing Elie Saab



My favourite Florence look - YSL


Diana Agron from Glee is fast becoming one of my favourite new red carpet dresses. She wore a Vivien Westwood trademark draped strapless dress, and rocked a cute blond quiff. This was a totally appropriate look to The Grammys and was completely different from the demure Chanel she had sported at The SAG awards. Her co-star Amber Riley continued her strong run of great red carpet looks with a hand painted dress by Ema Savahl and an interesting necklace that extended to the shoulder.

Kelly Osbourne looked so pretty in her violet ruffled dress by Tadashi Shoji, whilst surprise winner Esperanza Spalding showed that green and pink can be a fun and effective colour combination in her ruffled dress.

Kerry Hilson was possibly the best dressed star on the night. Her blue Basil Soda dress showed that mini dresses need not be trampy or overly flesh revealing. With her neat blonde hair, soft make up and strappy heels made for a perfect glam Grammys look.

The Bad.

Ciara. A beautiful girl with a stunning figure. A glorious mane of glossy hair. Ciara should have looked perfect on the red carpet, but she chose what can only be described as a modern-day Wonder Woman costume that showed far too much flesh for the red carpet.

Rihanna. Again her hair and make up were beautiful, and nobody can deny that Rihanna has a killer body, but in the Jean Paul Gaultier column dress previously worn by Andre Pejic as the ‘bride’, all I could think about was the Andrex puppy, and whether she was wearing any underwear…

Lea Michele. Someone needs to tall that girl that she is short! She keeps insisting on wearing dresses that swamp her tiny frame. I did like this Pucci gown, but it was simply too long and too fussy on Lea. Now, if Ciara had worn this, it might have been a different story.

Miley Cyrus. There’s always the look of the great unwashed about Miley, and wearing a tacky dress by Roberto Cavalli was never going to improve this fact. Yes, it is the Grammys, but with those bracelets and her toes sticking out from under her dress,  she just looked slightly dishevelled and trashy.

Florence Welch. Two of her choices made the best dressed list, but the dress she wore on the red carpet did absolutely nothing for her. Kelly Osbourne had apparently picked out the Givenchy Haute couture dress as her choice for Florence to wear at the Grammys, but this was a slightly strange swan design that probably looked better on the runway.

And the just plain insane

Nicki Minaj. This was a hybrid of Cruella DeVille and some of the stars of big cat diary. Animal print overload, teamed with crazy Bride of Frankenstein hair. You could only admire the look and thank god that it was Nicki wearing it, and not you. To think this was Givenchy!

Katy Perry. Fast becoming a poor mans diluted Lady Gaga. ‘Zany’ Katy decided to wear angle wings on the back of her Giorgio Armani dress, and to bring her 90 year old granny along as an accessory. Trying to hard…and, lets face it, no woman married to Russell Brand has any rights to wear angels wings!

And finally…Lady Gaga. She was carried on the red carpet in an egg designed by Hussein Chalayan! What exactly can be said about the women who needs to be hatched before she can perform!

Christina Hendricks – A modern siren.

Christina Hendricks

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And so this week it happened.  A truly curvy, beautiful woman made the cover of Grazia Magazine. And whilst the photograph of Christina Hendricks at the Emmys that made the cover is beautiful, am I the only person who found the tagline and some of the comments used in the article slightly patronising?

‘Christina fever’ the headline screamed, ‘the week this size 14, 38e body stormed Hollywood’. And whilst it is undoubtably true that Emmy week did see an explosion of interest in Christina and other curvier beauties (Crystal Renn, Amber Riley etc), why did Grazia feel the need to splash her vital statistics all over the cover. Would it do that on a Kate Moss cover (size 6, no boobs to speak of) or over a picture of the now waif like Cheryl Cole. The picture of Christina gives all the information about her body that is re needed.

However, the glossy and beautiful Grazia cover is a breakthrough whilst the beautiful pictures on the inside feature show just why both men and women have fallen in love with Christina. She frankly looks amazing. Her beauty is from a different age, a cross between Rita Hayworth and Gloria Grahame, with a bit of Susan Hayward thrown in for good measure. She has a stunning, sensuous siren look and is possibly the only person who could make her beautiful co-star January Jones look like a boy.

Christina is the whole package, a women rather than the Glee clones and Gossip Girls that feature in Heat Magazine. She is not just about curves, her goddess hair and Marilyn Monroe -esque wardrobe are also to die for. This is no mean feat when you realise that she has to have her clothes custom-made with no chance of fitting into those sample sizes so beloved of most fashionistas. In the past she would have been a great muse for Rubens or Goya, whilst being the perfect muse for this seasons fabulous fifties/sixties Kennedy era collections from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Prada, all full skirts and nipped in waists, as well as the calf length pencil skirts and kitten heels that look so fab when they have curves to cling on to.

Christina is managing to be both things, an icon harking back to the past whilst being absolutely current. Imagine a remark of Butterfield 8 with Christina in the lead role. How amazing would she look poured into those slip dresses made famous by another curvy icon Elizabeth Taylor? With no harsh lines or taut muscles, Christina looks soft and womanly and utterly feminine.

But the Christina backlash is already beginning. Joan Rivers was particularly nasty on Emmy’s fashion police, basically describing her beautiful Zac Posen dress as something akin to Jim Henson’s muppets. In Grazia, stylist, creative director and Ugly Betty lookalike Grace Woodward says ‘…I don’t envy her curves.A figure like that is really hard to dress…’ and then, more annoyingly, goes on to say ‘…She hasn’t bowed to the Hollywood pressure to be a sample size – though there is a danger that going to this unobtainable extreme gives the message that being ‘big’ is OK.Curves are one thing, but glamourising fat as a change from super-thin chic can easily be misconstrued…’ Such a stupid comment when the super-thin have been, and continue to be promoted as glamorous (Victoria Beckham, Nicole Ritchie, Kiera Knightley and Kate Bosworth being just a few examples of this). Whilst the idea that the ‘fat’ can’t be glamorous is frankly offensive. Larger ladies can be glamorous, groomed and stylish – check out Amber Riley at the Emmy’s, whilst some super slim women can be mousey, ungroomed and unglamorous. Chic is about Style not size, and at least with the likes of Christina Hendricks flying the flag for larger ladies, there may be a chance to redress the sizing issues.


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Cute mad men style jumper from New Look inspire.

New look inspire jumper

Has plus size fashion finally broken the size barrier?

Toccara Jones at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atl...

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The last few weeks have seen a sudden explosion in the fashion world. Suddenly plus size fashion and fashionista’s are everywhere. At the Emmy’s the fabulous Christine Hendricks and Glee‘s Amber Riley shone like beautiful beacons of voluptuous style, totally at home in the company of equally beautiful, but noticeably slimmer stars. In the case of Amber Riley, praise for her lovely white Grecian dress came from no less a doyenne than the notoriously bitchy Joan Rivers on ‘Fashion Police’.

The amazing Crystal Renn is EVERYWHERE! Whatever magazine you pick up seems to feature something about Renn. ‘Elle’ magazine featured her in its Q&A session, Look magazine gave over both an interview and a fashion shoot to the curvaceous fashion star, whilst the news that she is the new face(if not body) of the latest Chanel campaign has raised more than a few fashion eyebrows.

Beth Ditto is talking fashion and her new collection for Evans in this months Marie Claire, which calls her ‘the unstoppable Beth Ditto’. The gorgeous, sexy new lingerie collection from Simply Be has had features in Reveal and Sunday magazines.

America’s next top model star Toccara Jones stars in today’s Sunday Mirror magazine modelling the fab new range from Evans clothing. Jones counts Jay z amongst her fans and is quoted in the accompanying interview as saying, “Plus means more, there’s more of me to love…” and later “look plus up in the dictionary and tell me where is the sadness or negativity…”

It’s been reported that Marc Jacobs is now going to expand its clothing range up to a size 16+.  Great plus size ranges continue to go from strength to strength, with Evans, new look inspire, Rogers and Rogers and Anna Scholz producing great new collections.

So why is this happening now. Who knows. Fashion is fickle, but I feel the recession has a lot to do with the new respectability afforded to the plus size fashionista. After all, when times are tough, can you really afford to cut out more than 60% of your possible market by excluding them from fashion trends? In addition, there are a few more plus size fashionistas out there, Christine Hendricks, America Ferreira, Toccara Jones, Crystal Renn, Amber Riley, Gabourey Sidebe, Nigella Lawson and Mia Tyler are all flying the flag for fuller figures, with Cosmopolitan magazine claiming more girls would now like to look like Christine Hendricks than Kate Moss. In addition, normal size girls are now getting more coverage, with the curvy figures of Holly Willoughby, Natalie Cassidy and Gemma Arterton in the public spotlight.

the lovely Mia Tyler, plus size model.

The battle is by no means won. Beth Ditto has a great article in Marie Claire, but the more conventional Blake Liveley from Gossip Girl is the cover star. Renn’s beautiful face is the star of the Chanel add, rather than her beautiful body. But lets accept small victories. Fashionista’s know she’s a plus size model, so does the press and most importantly, so does the fashion industry. And that must be a good start.