There weren’t many traffic-stopping moments at the Grammys this year (no one arrived in an egg, or wearing wings). In fact, neutral gowns seemed to be the theme of the evening, as you’ll see below. But that doesn’t mean there was nothing worth discussing from the red carpet. Quite the contrary. Our style team picked the five star looks that will be in their No. 1 spot when they share their “Best Dressed” list to Facebook later.
Whitney Little, Associate Producer Kacey Musgraves is hardly a red carpet newbie, but this Armani Privé gown — and that beautiful side-swept updo — made me finally sit up and take notice of the country star. The nude tulle was a refreshing twist on the popular sheer trend, while also adding just the right amount of edge to a glamorous dress. And I love how sophisticated she looked (seriously, this look could have been spotted on the Oscars red carpet!) before tapping into her country roots in those crazy light-up cowboy boots.
Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: Here‘s how Taylor Swift felt about her Gucci Première gown. And here‘s how I felt. It was striking. It was classic. It was incredibly glamorous and super-simple all at the same time.
I’ll be honest, my first inclination when I saw “gold lamé with crystal mesh overlay” in the Gucci press release was to pinch myself to stay awake, since that describes pretty much any dress Taylor wears. But when Ryan Seacrest helped her onto the podium to chat, and I saw how perfectly it fit her and how happy she was in it, I was totally sold.
(Caveat: This is my favorite dress of the night. I was less crazy about the hair and makeup. But her exuberance overrode any reservations I had in that arena.)
Brittany Talarico, Associate Editor: Overall, the Grammys fashion was pretty tame. (Maybe that’s because Miley Cyrus and Rihanna didn’t show. Sigh.) Then Beyoncé hit the stage to perform “Drunk In Love” with Jay-Z, and my heart started to race a bit. And then Bey debuted her main look of the evening, which was the show-stopping style moment I had been waiting for. Her white curve-loving gown, with its peek-a-boo sheer detailing, stole the show. I’m still trying to figure out how everything stayed in place so perfectly. Plus, her hair and beauty look was fierce. Of course.
Andrea Lavinthal, Beauty and Style Director: How often does someone’s plus one make it onto the best dressed list? Chrissy Teigen didn’t just steal the spotlight when she arrived with husband John Legend in a dazzling gold Johanna Johnson gown — she grabbed it and refused to let it go, even when the actual Grammy nominees showed up. The strapless design featured a plunging neckline that showed off the model’s assets, plus a dramatic front slit and a train. She also nailed it with her wavy hair (love the side braid) and bronzy makeup.
John Soper, Edtorial Assistant: My top red carpet maternity moment has always been Natalie Portman’s white Azzaro column dress she wore to the 2011 SAG Awards – until now. My favorite dress of the night was Ciara’s metallic Emilio Pucci gown. She proudly showed off her baby bump in this custom made gown, admitting that it took four fittings to get it just right (but that didn’t stop her from eating a club sandwich and fries right before the show).
She kept the rest of her look beautifully natural, and I had a hard time figuring out which was more radiant — her dress or her face. I think Kelly Clarkson summed up Ciara’s good vibe best in her tweet: “In my next life I definitely want to look like Ciara pregnant and not how I look right now, which is a hot swollen mess hahaha!”
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