Grammy fashion – Who made the grade.

The Grammy’s is always interesting in fashion terms  (who could ever forget Gaga arriving in an egg?), but this year there was a sombre cloud hanging over the proceedings, following the death, just hours earlier, of Grammy winning superstar Whitney Houston.

But the show did go on, and there was one undoubted winner on the night, both in the music and style stakes. Adele looked so beautiful in a Giorgio Armani black shimmering gown, with long sleeves and a slightly low back. Her hair was lighter and fixed in 1950s movie star waves. She was perfection, and swept the board with six Grammy wins out of six.

Rihanna also wore Armani, and said she wanted to channel the sleek, sexy look of Michelle Pfeiffer in ‘Scarface’. She certainly achieved her aim, in a deep plunging fronted dress that was also backless. It was a fabulous look for the Grammy’s, the only thing not rocking my world was her hair. It looked like it was borrowed from Goldie Hawn…

Jessie J was another lady in a perfect frock with less than perfect hair. The stunning silver chainmail detailed dress was from Julian Macdonald, and it was like the prettiest disco ball you have ever seen. But I love Jessie with her sleek bobbed hairstyle, and this pony tail was just a little bit like Whitney Dean from Eastenders.

My first fashion miss was from Katy Perry.Her blue Elie Saab dress was beautiful, if  this was a wedding, and Katy was one of the bridesmaids. But this is the Grammy’s, and Katy just looked to staid and safe. The blue hair was another mistake, almost looking like a blue rinse, or a Bubble Guppy.

Kelly Rowland was a vision in a blush coloured dress from Alberta Ferretti. I adored the embellished detail on the bodice, and the streamlined shape. Kelly also scored high marks for her hair, which she kept naturally styled, and frankly made you wonder why she ever wears extensions, when her real hair looks that good.

After a fashion fail at the Golden Globes, Kelly Osbourne has really hit a run of fashion form. I love this dress by Tony Ward, which has a blingy 70s feel that is just perfect for the Grammy’s. It even looked good against that silver/lilac hair.

Nicki Minaj sported a red Versace Cardinal’s outfit.Words frankly fail me…

I’m a real fan of Taylor Swift’s style, and this gold, brocade dress from Zuhair Murad was simply breathtaking. I also adored her simple topknot hairdo. Taylor shows time and time again that you don’t need to flash the flesh to look amazing on the red carpet.

Corinne Bailey Rae was the first person on the red carpet who made me go wow. Her beautifully ruffled gown from Christain Siriano was wonderfully sculptured and looked great against her corkscrew curls. A fabulous red carpet gown.

What do you think? What was your favourite look on the night?

MTV Movie Awards – Thank goodness for the two Emma’s!

Sunday saw the MTV Movie Awards, with a host of favourite style savvy stars walking the red carpet. Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson, Leighton Meester and Blake Lively were just a few of  the fashion-forward stars that appeared at the event, which proved to be a bit of a fashion flop. Take a look at some of the outfits on display on the night.

Good

Emma Watson was the best dressed star on the night, in not one, but two fantastic dresses. Proving that  white is still one of the hot shades this year, she looked beautiful in a Marchesa dress, that was both age appropriate and elegant. She then changed into a fantastic lime green mini dress by the same designer.

Emma Stone also looked great (must be something about that name…). She wore a black lace dress by Bottega Veneta and was back to her much more flattering red hair colour. This is such a flattering way to wear sheer lace.

Mila Kunis continues her good run of red carpet looks in Balmain, which proved to be the hot designer on the night. Mila wore her embellished Balmain skirt with a slouchy style top which proved to be a really cool rock chick looks. She accessorised with Justin Timberlake.

Blake Lively looked like an American Classic in cool Michael Kors. This showed off her amazing body to perfection. I loved the cut, the colour, and the surprisingly sedate length. This was style that didn’t have to try too hard. The only jarring point was the purple shoes, which took colour clashing a bit too far.

Bad

Leighton Meester in Balmain. I don’t hate the dress, if JLo had worn it I would be in love, but on Leighton it looks all too casual, a bit like the little girl who raided glam mommy’s wardrobe. A fashion fail.

Amanda Byrne.

Yes it’s a Herve Leger dress, which I am so bored with, but it’s the shoes that put her on the worst dress list. They look like two of Jim Henson’s muppets taking root on her feet. And as for the Oompa Lumpa legs, all I can say is..Amanda – step away from the Fake Bake!

Kristen Stewart also sported Balmain, in a hot red mini dress. The problem is she always looks so uncomfortable in little dresses that I wish she hadn’t bothered. The dress is also just so-so.

Selena Gomez turned up in Giambattista Valli in an outfit that was just fine, for a summer barbecue. This just looked too daytime for an awards ceremony, even if it was for MTV. Still, it was cute and age appropriate, and may stop those who snipe that she looks more like the Bieber’s auntie than his girlfriend!

Nikki Minaj…word just fail me, bondage queen meets GI Jane. Just terrible!

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!