By Allene Abrahamian
Music’s biggest night, the 57th Grammy Awards, premiered on Feb. 8 and brought out everyone’s favorite stars. Many awards were given out for musical talent, but there were also some winners (and losers) in the fashion department.
A huge trend this year is the colors black and white, which inspired my three best-dressed nominees.
Jessie J wowed in an all black Ralph & Russo gown that complimented her sleek hair and dark red lipstick. Between the perfect amount of sheer from head-to-toe and the glistening embellishments, the dress was perfect for her figure and for the occasion.
A bit of a risky choice bought Jeannie Mai best-dressed in my book. The fashion expert and TV personality turned up the drama on the red carpet in a see-through black sheer Ali Younes gown. The black-feathered skirt brought a glamorous aspect to the look while the sharp gold embellishments on the sleeves brought an edgy vibe.
Kat Graham, in Yanina, arrived in a black sheer gown with a floral vibe. What I like about this dress is that the white floral pattern comes together and cinches right at her waist, securing her figure in a big dress. The contrast of black and white, the subtle shadows of the patterns that reflect onto her legs, and the black undertones of her bodysuit earned her a shout out. Kat also demonstrates one of the rare times when white heels are both necessary and lovely.
The one question on everyone’s mind at the Grammys was: what on earth is under Rihanna’s Giambattista Valli gown? Flawless in her hair, makeup and jewelry, Rihanna unfortunately made the worst dressed list with her over-the-top princess gown. Personally, as a huge fan of Rihanna’s music and how she carries herself, the look surprised me when compared to her hard personality and previous edgy red carpet looks. The dress could have worked if there was more fabric at the top and if the puffiness emerged from the middle of her waist. Rihanna redeemed herself later in the night with her performance outfit, an ultra-chic black Maison Margiela suit.
Madonna turned heads in Givenchy, but unfortunately for the wrong reasons. The music legend strutted the red carpet in an outfit that had the Internet exploding with “matador” comments. I applaud her for the bold choices she makes for her age, but I was not into the costume.
I was disappointed by Zendaya’s Vivienne Westwood gown. The beautiful songstress could have chosen a better dress, but chose one with washed out colors that clash and a pattern that distracts from her great body. The pixie cut has been a bold trend that many leading ladies have perfected, but Zendaya’s bangs are out of date when paired with her pixie cut that she chose to debut specifically for the red carpet.
Honorable mentions go to Gwen Stefani in Versace and Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell. Beyoncé, who easily made my best-dressed list for the 2013 and 2014 Grammys, chose a Proenza Schouler gown this year that was gorgeous, but not a showstopper like her previous years. Like Rihanna, Beyoncé’s performance dress had more heads turning.