Fashion, awards shows, and the artists who wear and receive the awards are so forever linked in a dance of cross promotion that its hard to figure out what is more important the artist, or the look- the image they are selling. Really great artists meld their style and their art. No one does this better than musicians, which is why the Grammys are one of my favorite award shows at least from a fashion perspective, because it seems to make sense-the focus on the image of the artist as well as their artistry.
Here are some of my favorite style moments from this year’s Grammy Awards:
BEST OVERALL: KELLY ROWLAND
Always understated in comparison to Big Kahuna of Destiny’s Child, aka Beyonce, Kelly has come into her own with a stunning Georges Chakra cut out dress and the body to go with it. Black, 90’s body con and cutouts seemed to be trends at this years show, and Miss Rowland put them all together to a stunning effect.
Runner up: Model Karlie Kloss in powder blue body con Michael Kors with cutouts.
BEST HAIR/MAKE-UP: RIHANNA
Sugar cane, tourism and drop dead gorgeous Rihanna are just a few of the things that have come from Barbados. Lovely in almost every look she has sported in her short career, Rihanna was breathtaking in wavy golden “post-ombre” locks and classic red lips. Rihanna is in custom Azzedine Alaia.
Runner up: Adele (make-up), Katy Perry (hair)
BEST OVERALL MALE: BRUNO MARS
Two other big trends as of late are tailored vintage suits,boleros and fedoras. Bruno Mars looks as if he was born wearing a fedora. Although he seems to have just burst on the scene, the stage veteran looked particularly self-assured and dapper tonight. His bolero/fedora seemed a little larger than usual and it looked fantastic. Gold chains added street flair. His and his bands suits and shoes are from Gucci. Special props to Sting for always looking good in a suit and rocking the high tops.
Runner up: Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford.
BEST COLLECTIVE TAKE ON THE SILVER LAKE HIPSTER LOOK: FUN.
The very musically gifted band Fun., is just well fun and so is their take on the (dressed up) Silver Lake Hipster. The Silver Lake Hipster look is a very carefully crafted one, and with nary a handlebar mustache in sight, Fun. got it right. Take 30’s-50’s mens hair cuts, ill fitting retro suits, no socks and oxford shoes mix them together and sprinkle with skinny ties, neutral tones and checkers and you have Fun. at the Grammy’s looking as if they just stepped out of Intelligentsia Coffee at the Sunset Junction after Sunday service.
Runners up: Mumford and Sons.
BEST AT GIVING JOHNNY DEPP A RUN FOR HIS MONEY: Dr. John
Is that a spirit hood or Aughra from the Dark Crystal on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Dr. John’s head? I dunno, but during his performance with the Black Keys the demure Dr. seemed to steal the gypsy right from under the Deppster. And you know Johnny’s had a lock on that look for awhile.
Runner up: George Clinton (in absentia).
BEST LOOK A DISNEY PRINCESS WOULD WEAR IF SHE WERE A GRAMMY NOMINEE: Kimbra
Ariel, if she were finally ready to stand, would be at home in the delectable from the sea look the “Somebody That I Used to Know” chanteuse wore as her Grammy look. The lovely Kimbra wore Australian designer Jamie Lee Major-no Flounder required.
Runners up: Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood.
BEST DON’T: Sean Paul
Jersey Shore meets Kid N’ Play. ‘Nuff said.
Runner up: Chris Brown.
BEST TAKE ON A SPARKLY JAWA: Prince
I saved the one, the only for last. No one can wear a sparkly cane, Star Wars hood and armored breast-plate necklace and make it look as natural as pajamas as the great mysterious purple one. Prince usually has his clothes custom made and for his Welcome 2 America tour many of his and his band’s eye catching stage wear was created by Project Runway Season 11 contestant Richard Hallmarq. I’m sure Hallmarq had a hand in Prince’s Grammy outfit, although with the forever ageless one you can never be too sure.
Runner up: Are you kidding?