By Elana Katz
Now that I have finally forgiven the Carters for not bringing baby Blue on stage at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, I feel prepared to unpack the three and a half hours of music and glamour.
Last Sunday, some of the biggest names in music gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a night filled with Lorde’s questionable dance moves and LL Cool J’s poorly-written jokes.
While many consider the performances to be some of the best moments of the evening, the red carpet should be a contender as well. Much like other award shows this season, E! News host Giuliana Rancic and TV personality Ryan Seacrest took to the red carpet. As per usual, Rancic asked hard-hitting questions, such as, “How do you feel about fashion?” Well, Giuliana, I have a lot of feelings. Thank you for asking.
Much like the Golden Globes, red was a favorite on the red carpet on Sunday. Grammy nominee and acrobat P!nk wore a beautiful shade of red. Her traditional gown was a huge hit amongst E!’s “Fashion Police.” P!nk tends to wear punk-rock inspired looks, but this time she traded that in for a bit of glamour by Johanna Johnson. Even her classic pompadour hair was toned down. Overall, P!nk cleaned up very nicely for the award show.
Colbie Caillat was another star in red. She paired an Ezra Santos dress with Claude Morady 1930s vintage diamonds and Jimmy Choo shoes. She had all the makings of a top look. Also in a simple scarlet dress was singer and Best Country Artist nominee Miranda Lambert in Pamella Roland. While the dress fit beautifully, Lambert’s turquoise accented hoops stole the show. Other stunners in red were Toni Braxton, Gloria Estefan, Mary Lambert and Cyndi Lauper’s hair.
Shades of blue had a big fashion moment on the red carpet as well. Grammy winner Macklemore sported a teal velvet tux paired with spiked loafers. Seacrest sported a deep navy blue Burberry tux, proving that navy may very well be the new black.
Anna Faris also wore navy blue; her elegant Firtriani dress looked beautiful against her skin. The fit was seamless and the train added a nice touch of old-school glamour to her overall look. Grammy nominee for “Roar” Bonnie McKee wore a midnight blue Gustavo Cadile gown. The style was simple but the fishtail train added that extra spark.
However, the best blue ensemble of the night was undoubtedly Alicia Keys in Armani Prive. The saturated blue silk jersey hugged her curves in all the right places, creating the ideal hourglass shape. Her plunging neckline showcased just the right amount of skin. Keys was on fire in that gown.
My favorite look of the evening goes to the star who most closely resembled a disco ball: Taylor Swift. As one of country music’s most polarizing singers, Swift’s tailored Gucci dress gave everyone something to talk about. The dress featured sequin mesh netting, which created her embellished look. Though Swift described the dress as being like a “suit of armor,” this dress still resembled Saturday Night Fever’s main attraction. Even though she wanted to be considered a knight in shinning armor, do you really think T-Swift could make it in medieval times?
Nevertheless, the modest style was a refreshing choice for Swift, who, over the last few years, has matured when it comes to her sartorial choices. Swift paired the dress with Jimmy Choo heels and a clutch. She accessorized with beautiful Lorraine Schwartz jewels, which glowed beautifully alongside her delicate ponytail. Overall, Swift was absolutely the best dressed at the Grammys this year.
Honorable mentions go to Ciara in a gold Emilio Pucci dress, Anna Kendrick in a blush Azzaro dress featuring a dramatic slit and Rita Ora in a long-sleeved metallic Lanvin number.
Lastly, the most confusing look of the night goes to Pharrell Williams and his now infamous hat. His ensemble was not only one of the most casual — and, therefore, inappropriate — looks, but also truly befuddling. Maybe he was drawing inspiration from the Canadian Mounties or maybe he was simply hiding Lord Voldemort under it. Either way, nothing about his hat made sense. Also, the red tracksuit jacket did very little to enhance this ensemble. Generally, it was disappointing and a ridiculous choice for a Grammy winner.
By the time the Grammys started his curious hat already had a Twitter account. That is an impressive feat and without a doubt one of the biggest successes of 2014. Good job, America. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for the Oscars.