The Grammys is a fashion risk-taker’s paradise.
And where would we be without risk? We wouldn’t be able to make fun of Pharrell Williams’ Indiana Jones-meets-beekeeper hat that was compared on social media to everything from Seinfeld’s urban sombrero to Arby's restaurant logo. The accessory in question even had its own Twitter account, which by midday Monday, had close to 16,000 followers.
Yes, indeedy. Let’s hear it for the world’s biggest music stars Sunday night. There was barely a sartorial yawn in the whole Nokia Theatre Sunday night. The glitzy attendees paraded around in outfits you’d never see at the more staid Oscars. Though a few managed to channel their inner princesses with aplomb. A roundup of the more noteworthy:
Wide awake, indeed: Katy Perry ditched her cartoon character vibe and kept it classy in a Valentino gown adorned with musical notes from Verdi's La Traviata.
Hot mama! Beyoncé went for a white lacy Michael Costello and, with that flawlessly toned body, it worked.
Make yourself comfortable: Paris Hilton tried slinking around in that throat-hugging, sheer House of Milani but ended up looking like a Dynasty reject.
Oh, Madonna; oh, dear: Not sure where you were going with those accessories. Her Ralph Lauren tuxedo was paired with a half-glitter glove, crucifix tie pin and creepy black hat and cane (granted, for a foot injury). At least her matchy-matchy son David came out smelling like a rose.
Shine on: Rita Ora, who flew in from the “sexy” Vancouver set of Fifty Shades of Grey, went for a shorter length dress because the ceremony started in the late afternoon, she told E!’s Giuliana Rancic, who replied, “Not long and boring,” like the reporter’s Alex Perry number. Boring Ora’s shimmery Lanvin was not. But what was up with all those ready-to-rumble rings?
Still innocent: Ariana Grande also chose cocktail length with her dainty, floral Dolce & Gabbana. Thank goodness the local teen isn’t vamping it up — yet.
Pregnant pause: Ciara dressed up her burgeoning bump in a beautifully beaded Pucci.
Hear her roar! Paula Patton’s animal instincts must have picked this Nicolas Jebran zebra striped dress that had two lions on the décolletage. The actress and husband Robin Thicke, in a bespoke velvet tux and signature shades, were all smiles despite rumors the crooner has a wandering, um, eye.
Hot mess: Sara Bareilles’ stylist needs to not only be fired but cast out of the entire industry. The singer’s ratty braids were inspired by Katniss in the Hunger Games, she said, but yikes, get a mirror! What a waste of a lovely Blumarine dress.
Ladies in red: Pink crammed that acrobatic body into a gorgeous Johanna Johnson gown; Miranda Lambert wowed in a satin belted Pamella Roland; and Tamar Braxton did justice to her Michael Costello.
Pop legend: Cyndi Lauper can wear whatever she wants at this point, but her vintage Alexander McQueen cape and leggings ensemble suited her to a T; the chunky King Tut necklace stole the show.
Plain Jane: Speaking of jewelry, where was Alicia Keys’? The plunging Armani Prive was nice and all, but the lack of dazzle took away from the overall effect.
Dress code: casual: Never known for her style sense, only surgically enhanced body parts, Kathy Griffin failed to launch in a confusing, snakeprint Sophia Petrillo that looked snatched out of a hotel gift shop.
We saved the best for last: Taylor Swift chose wisely in that chainmail-ish Gucci. “It weighs a lot; it’s like armor!” the singer told Ryan Seacrest. Small price to pay to be so fabulous.