The Grammys always push the envelope with fashion, and thats what Im doing, commented Teri Hatcher referencing her completely-sheer Jean Paul Gaultier.
Aside from Hatcher, however, the 48th Annual Grammy Awards seemed more ho-hum than hip. Much like the show itself, the Grammys green carpet style seriously lacked its usual luster, with nary a bright color or off-the-runway gown in sight.
Between performances from the likes of Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen and U2 and Mariah Carey stealing the show (and the awards!) this year was all about the industry pros.
Fresh from a break up, rock royalty Sheryl Crow truly sparkled in a ruffled black gown with intricate white embroidery; she may have a few years on, say, Kelly Clarkson, but Sheryl managed to outshine many of her fellow chart-toppers.
Speaking of fellow chart-toppers, a very pregnant Gwen Stefani didnt let her new shape put a damper on her eccentric wardrobe. True to style, she chose a one-shouldered cheetah-print gown with a very flattering beaded empire waist from her L.A.M..B. collection, accessorized with bold red nails, lips, and earrings.
Fiona Apple, back in the spotlight with the Grammy-nominated The Extraordinary Machine, looked amazing in a frothy pale pink J. Mendal gown. Worn with a glistening gold sash, a mix of gold jewelry, and long, loose waves, she was a dead ringer for Mary-Kate Olsen.
R&B queen Beyonce looked her usual glamorous self in a curve-hugging, metallic dress designed by her mother, head designer of House of Dereon. The other soulful singer of the evening, Mariah Carey, began the night in a lace-trimmed black gown and later performed in a very body-hugging cream number, which seemed to be minidress morphed into a gown with the help of a little chiffon.
Though Kelly Clarkson conquered as far as Grammy awards go, the 20-something singers choice of gown, a basic black strapless from Max Azria Atelier, was much too conservative this event (especially at her age!).
On the opposite end of the conservative spectrum, Alicia Keys raised eyebrows in a shockingly low-cut sequined black lace Armani Prive gown.
Hip hop singer Ciara, who usually chooses equally scant gowns, wore a rather angelic white Alberta Ferretti frock with a waist-defining rhinestone belt. For her Sly & the Family Stone performance, Ciara opted for a thigh skimming little black dress (emphasis on little!)
Famed for her soulful music and hippie-chic style, Joss Stone started the night in a graphic-print Roberto Cavalli, topped with diamonds and a daisy. She switched gears to a wild multi-colored striped gown for her performance.
On the male front, trendsetting Kanye West, who typically favors preppy Ralph Lauren polos, showed up in a chest-baring YSL outfit reminisce of Al Pacino in Scarface. Want particulars? The look consisted of a white blazer, red navel-baring oxford, black pants. To finish it off, Kanye chose a huge gold pendant, black leather gloves, and plastic aviator sunglasses. It wasnt a good idea in the eighties and certainly isnt a good idea now.
Outstanding Grammy Trends
- Neutral colors
Black and white were the two shades of choice; those feeling particularly adventurous, like Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, chose champagne or beige.
- Red details
Cherry red lipstick, dark maroon nail polish, and rubies jazzed up the otherwise colorless palette showing up on Beyonce, Gwen Stafani, Christina Aguilera, and more.
An waist-cinching corset is universally flattering, essential for look paparazzi-perfect. Madonna donned a shimmering purple version for her showstopping opening performance.
A huge trend from Fall 05, metallics had an enormous presence. Destinys Child, Paula Abdul, and India.Arie all glistened in gold.