Monarch Style: Best Dressed at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards
The red carpet fashion at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards was filled with daring, subtle, political and classic ensembles from several prominent designers. Some celebrities decided to play it safe with form-fitting evening gowns and classic suits, while others came clad in gold masks, satin track suits, leather and metallics.
Singer-songwriter Adele made a statement during her acceptance speech as well as with her fashion. She arrived in a long sleeved Givenchy Couture gown by Riccardo Tisci. The gown was custom made with satin, silk and Swarovski crystals. The emerald green hue, micro-pleating and unique lattice work on the bodice made for an elegant presentation.
Both of singer-songwriter Beyoncé’s ensembles were hits. She made a dramatic entrance for her stage performance with a gold crown to reaffirm herself as “Queen Bey,” complimented by a sequined floor length dress. Later in the evening, she transitioned to a plunging neckline body-con gown, covered in fiery red sequins.
A more daring look was worn by singer Halsey. Rather than wearing a floor length gown, she opted for a satin cobalt blue open jacket and matching pant tracksuit. Both pieces were loosely fit. Designer Christian Wijnant created the inspiring ensemble, but Halsey ditched the undershirt and braved the red carpet with her jacket open instead. She appealed to the individual style of red carpet fashion.
For a more classic approach to red carpet wear, singer Charli XCX arrived in a solid, bright red gown by Vivienne Westwood. The dress was strapless, had a deep sweetheart neckline, subtle stitching and a slightly tapered hem in the front that revealed a darker red pointed heel. The stunning gown matched the red carpet and still made a statement with its elegant simplicity.
Country singer Kelsea Ballerini also wore a romantic dress. The fitted sheath gown, adorned with pastel colored 3D fabric flowers and a lengthy train, was designed by Ines Di Santo. The princess gown gave Ballerini a dreamy look but was later swapped out for a colorfully embellished pantsuit by Nicholas Jebran for her stage performance with singer Lukas Graham.
The award show got political with Joy Villa’s controversial dress that read vertically, “Make America Great Again,” designed by Andre Soriano. It even read “TRUMP” in silver sequins along the train. This blue mermaid fit dress was designed to show support for the president, and according to Villa, love.
“You can either stand for what you believe or fall for what you don’t. Above all make a choice for tolerance and love,” Villa said on social media.
Finally, one of the most outrageous fashion moments at the Grammy’s was CeeLo Green’s, golden body costume, nearly replicating the Grammy’s statue. A golden metallic gown complete with gloves and a face mask covered him from head to toe. Trying to reinvent himself with his new identity as “Gnarly Davidson,” he made a bold fashion statement.
Twitter user @ItsTheReal even went a step further by tweeting, “Cee-Lo showed up looking like an angry Ferrero Rocher.”
The Grammy’s fashion always breaks the mold of habitual red carpet apparel, offering an individual approach to creativity expressed through fashion. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards certainly presented a stunning variety of colors and ingenuity. Whether made for a political statement or simply to be a nicely fitted dress, the red carpet fashion was inspiring.