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The Grammy Report: The Gowns of Music’s Most Recognized

The Grammy Report: The Gowns of Music’s Most Recognized

Last Sunday, the 54th Annual Grammy Awards delivered record-breaking ratings! While some of music industry’s top talents such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, J. Lo, and Kanye West were absent at the event, the red carpet still managed to produce monumental fashions—both good and bad. With New York Fashion Week coming to an end (my review to come in a couple days), choosing red carpets gowns off the runway is a stylist’s biggest challenge. Before I make my nods of best and worst dressed of the night, I thought it would be fun to distinguish six red carpet looks in comparison to the runway presentation. Who do you think wore it better?

Fergie- Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture

I’ve heard a lot of negative feedback towards this outfit but with a body like that how can you not flaunt it? This is a prime example of fashion forward styling on the red carpet that is not always translated positively with the general public.

Katy Perry- Elie Saab Haute Couture

The intricate detailing of this gown is incredible. Although it isn’t shown in the photograph, the embroidering of this delicate dress is mind-boggling and when it walked down the red carpet it sparkled like a firework!

Taylor Swift-Zuhair Murad Couture

This Rococo style dress simply floated on the runway. The sheer detailing on Taylor was removed with a nude slip ultimately diminishing the drama within the gown. While I love Taylor, the neckline and the colour just did not fit with her personality. The dress aged her and I think washed her out quite a bit.

Kate Beckinsale- Zuhair Murad

As an actress at a night dedicated to music I think Beckinsale played her cards right with this choice. The silk drapery commands a sense of elegance while her legs, I mean do I really have to say anything?

Paris Hilton- Basil Soda Couture

It’s been a while since I’ve seen this hotel heiress on the red carpet. While the dress is a clear knock-off of a Givenchy couture gown, Paris has never looked better. But just like Paris, the look is just a bit boring. Do you love it?

Corinne Bailey Rae – Christian Siarano

This British sensation showed up wearing the designs of Project Runway winner Christian Siarano. I’m not familiar with her music, but showing up in Heidi Klum’s most successful prodigy is okay in my books! And alas, the moment you’ve been waiting for…


Rihanna in custom made Armani

Removing her mop of red hair was the best style decision she’s ever made. This sleek simple black dress left no room for imperfection. Rihanna glided down the red carpet and effortless posed for the camera. PERFECTION.

Kelly Rowland in Alberta Ferretti

With Beyconé out of the picture, Kelly stood out on the red carpet as a musical entity of her own. Her hair perfectly complimented the fit of the gown while and the colour just worked perfectly with her skin tone.

Adele in Georgia Armani

This girl could have worn a paper bag and still look amazing. Her personality evokes a confidence that is infections. Yes she’s wearing a little black dress, but when you win every award you are nominated for, you can wear whatever you want.


Nicki Minaj in Versace


When Lady Gaga makes a statement it usually revolves around an artistic commentary of contemporary society. This is just embarrassing. If attention seeker was to be defined in one image, it would be this one. She looks like Little Red Riding Hood—but worse.

Sasha Gradiva

This Russian singer arrived with an arm full of artillery. I wonder what the person sitting next to her though of this? The dress is mediocre at best but the guns are just…No.

Robyn in Calvin Klein

I love Robyn. She has an incredible voice and is a veteran in the music industry. I don’t even believe that this can be a Calvin Klein creation because it’s so bad. I mean this is the Grammy’s and she looks like a roll of toilet paper.

Studying Media Information Technoculture at the University of Western Ontario, Joseph strives to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Having interned at Fashion Television, Joseph's unique flare for style is highly recognized. As a freelance stylist and personal shopper, he is excited to share his knowledge of fashion and style to fellow readers.

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