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Fashion News: Grammys 2012 showed glamour with a touch of wack

Katy Perry
The red carpet at Grammys 2012 on Sunday had its share of glamour but mixed in some wackiness too, our Melissa Magsaysay reports. Think of Katy Perry's aquamarine Elie Saab gown, with her hair dyed to match, or Nicki Minaj's ruby-red Atelier Versace nun's habit. [Los Angeles Times]

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First Lady Michelle Obama wore a blue floral dress from the Jason Wu for Target collection when she visited a family in Florida over the weekend. [The Cut]

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Photo: Katy Perry in Elie Saab gown and dyed-to-match hair at the Grammy Awards 2012. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Grammys 2012: A refined wackiness

There have been plenty of mouth-dropping moments this evening, but not because someone's dress was illuminated with LED lights or arrived in a blazing chariot. The edginess and wackiness that has come to define Grammy fashion was in full force, but done in an elevated and sophisticated manner.

Katy Perry is a perfect example. She managed to work her love for bold color and whimsical detail into her look (a turquoise Elie Saab gown with a train and hair dyed to match), but kept the silhouette elegant and relatively conservative.

Jessie J


Fergie did the same, though a little more risque, in a neon orange Jean Paul Gaultier Couture fitted gown that revealed high cut black underpants and matching bra. She kept her makeup neutral and accessorized with gold, goddess-like Neil Lane jewelry.

More artists working the long silhouette (all with the drama of a train) were Jessie J, in a disco ball of a gown by Julien Macdonald. She admitted it was heavy, but loved the disco ball quality. She offset the traditional silhouette of the dress with her signature sleek black ponytail and heavy bangs.

Rihanna, in a black silk custom Giorgio Armani gown with a plunging neckline and high-leg slit that seemed like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen, also donned a long, mermaid silhouette. She collaborated with Armani on the dress' design and said she was inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer's character in "Scarface": "simple, sexy but gangsta at the same time" she told E! host Ryan Seacrest. The singer accessorized with Neil Lane's diamond and gold snake armlet, wide gold cuff, diamond rings and geometric diamond and gold triangle earrings, which sound like more jewelry than there was dress. But, thankfully, no wardrobe malfunctions ... yet.


Adele in Armani

Nicki Minaj, the nun?

Katy Perry in head to toe turquoise

Host LL Cool J is dapper in black velvet

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from left: Jessie J, Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times; Rihanna, Larry Busacca / Getty Images; Fergie, Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

Grammys 2012 : Nicki Minaj, the nun?


Nicki Minaj

And here we go! The afternoon's fashion game has been relatively tame (nothing even close to Gaga's egg stunt) until Nicki Minaj emerged from her limo wearing a ruby Atelier Versace ensemble that seemed to be inspired by a nun's habit.

The hooded portion of the outfit is studded with black grommets and there's a sparkly, black crystal Medusa head on the front of the skirt.

And forget a minaudiere or spikey Louboutins, Minaj's accessory of choice is a man dressed as a Bishop.


Host LL Cool J is dapper in black velvet

Adele in Armani

Katy Perry in head to toe turquoise

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Nicki Minaj arrives at the 54th Grammy Awards. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

Grammys 2012: Katy Perry in head to toe turquoise



We're used to seeing Katy Perry wearing plenty of candy-colored clothes. And for tonight's awards she's focused in on one saccharine hue, for a monochromatic look that packs plenty of punch.

Perry, a nominee for best pop solo performance, is dressed in a bright turquoise gown from Elie Saab with the hair to match. Her blue hair is pulled back tight into a French twist, making the entire silhouette actually very sophisticated and a tad matronly considering the wacky hue of the hair.

--Melissa Magsaysay


Nicki Minaj, the nun?

Host LL Cool J is dapper in black velvet

Adele in Armani

Katy Perry in head to toe turquoise


Photo: Katy Perry arrives at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Grammys 2012: Host LL Cool J is dapper in black velvet

Not surprisingly, we're seeing quite a bit of black on the 2012 Grammy Awards red carpet so far. Black is of course a quintessentially rock 'n' roll color, but musicians and attendees seem to also be expressing the somber sentiments surrounding Whitney Houston's death.




Each member of Sum 41 is garbed in a skinny black suit, E! host Giuliana Rancic chose a satin, asymmetrically draped cocktail dress by Georges Chakra Couture, country musician Joy Williams -- from the band Civil Wars, nominated for country duo/group performance -- is in a black crepe gown with a Chantilly lace single sleeve from Edition by Georges Chakra and Corinne Bailey Rae is wearing a floaty, black dress with a ruffled black skirt by Christian Siriano.


But this is the Grammys, and there are bound to be some pops and flashes of color, sparkle and quirky details to come.

The awards host LL Cool J (the Grammys' first host in seven years) has been the most dapper man (dressed in all black) to hit the carpet, wearing a black velvet Giorgio Armani double-breasted evening jacket with grosgrain lapels along with classic evening pants. He's also rocking his signature newsboy cap, which he's managed to seamlessly elevate to work with his rich ensemble.


Nicki Minaj, the nun?

Host LL Cool J is dapper in black velvet

Adele in Armani

Katy Perry in head to toe turquoise

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from top: Giuliana Rancic, Joy Williams and Corinne Bailey Rae. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles

L.L. Cool J.  Larry Busacca / Getty Images

Grammys 2012: Adele in Armani


Adele, who aside from being nominated for several Grammy awards this evening will also be performing for the first time since her throat surgery, arrived at the Staples Center dressed in a custom Giorgio Armani gown with black sequins, mesh overlay and three-quarter-length sleeves.

The look is less '60s and voluminous than the Barbara Tfank and Oscar de La Renta dresses that have defined her style in the past. Her hair has also been hacked to shoulder length and is loose, a step away from the bouffant ponytail.

The singer's new, more natural looking hair is also showcased (albeit with plenty of volume and movement) on her recently released first cover for U.S. Vogue.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Nicki Minaj, the nun?

Host LL Cool J is dapper in black velvet

Adele in Armani

Katy Perry in head to toe turquoise

 Photo: Adele arrives at the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

Grammys 2012: Adele 'a little too fat'? Karl Lagerfeld thinks so

Karl Lagerfeld on Adele

Karl Lagerfeld had a little too much to say about British songstress Adele over the weekend.

When asked by Metro Paris about what he thought of singer Lana del Rey, the 78-year-old creative director and lead designer for Chanel also mentioned Adele.

"The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice," Lagerfeld told Metro. As for what he said about Del Rey, who is significantly thinner than Adele: "Lana del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful."

(Lagerfeld's outspoken comments regarding beauty didn't stop there. He went on to say: "If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very ugly. There are a few handsome ones, like Naomi Campbell's boyfriend, but there you see the most beautiful women and the most horrible men."

Perhaps Lagerfeld's constant exposure to rail-thin fashion models has skewed his sense of a "normal" female body size.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.


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Photos: German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges the audience after presenting his men's spring/summer 2002 collection for French fashion house Dior. Credit: Michel Euler / Associated Press.  Adele performs at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press.

Grammy Awards: Onstage fashion, the best and the worst


If the fashion that appeared on the Grammy red carpet seemed relatively tame, a handful of artists made up for it when they performed onstage during the awards ceremony. Lady Gaga led the pack with her arrival in a ÖHussein Chalayan-designed pod that was carried in the manner of an ancient Egyptian litter. She “hatched” from the egg-like structure wearing a transparent yellow raincoat-style jacket and a wide brim hat, and her cropped top and long skirt with a high slit allowed her to successfully sing and dance after she  emerged.


Other notable onstage apparel ranged from the feathered bird outfit with a rhinestone skullcap and silver chest plate worn by Cee Lo Green to Rihanna’s dramatic ball gown, which fit her dark performance with Eminem much better than the frothy white Jean Paul Gaultier confection she wore on the red carpet. (She reappeared later in the show for some bump and grind with Drake in an outfit that might best be described politely as a fringed, two-piece bathing suit.)

Katy Perry traded out the custom Armani gown she wore on the red carpet and appeared in a heavily beaded silvery dress while singing on top of a giant swing. And Mick Jagger, performing a tribute to Solomon Burke in a peacock blue jacket with black lapels and matching shirt, demonstrated that age is not necessarily a deterrent to a sense of style.

See a gallery of all the Grammy fashion on and off the red carpet in our Best and Worst gallery below.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


Photo top: Lady Gaga. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.

Photo bottom: Cee Lo Green. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.

Grammy Awards: B.o.B is dapper in Moods of Norway [Updated]


If anyone needed any proof that Moods of Norway has stepped up its fashion game, they just need to see Grammy-nominated artist B.o.B on the red carpet.

He’s rocking a dapper and slightly disheveled military-inspired look with a red jacket, white tux shirt and knit double-breasted vest, all by Moods of Norway. He’s wearing a white scarf with tassels and, of course, sunglasses because it wouldn’t be the Grammys without shades on the red carpet and a spin on traditional style.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

[For the record: An earlier version of this post attributed B.o.B's wardrobe to Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers. The pieces are by Moods of Norway.]


Photo: B.o.B. with his mother. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Grammy Awards: Lenny Kravitz' nomad-inspired look


Clad in layers of all-black leather and what looks like a fur or shearling collared vest, Lenny Kravitz is looking like a sophisticated rocker, especially with his clean-shaven head and black wrap sunglasses.

He attributed his look to “old friends” at L.A’s Church boutique, who helped him put together the ensemble, which he described to Ryan Seacrest as having a “nomadic vibe.”

Compared to the much more colorful boho-rocker vibe Kravitz has worn in the past, this look is totally pulled together and relatively subdued.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

 Photo: Lenny Kravitz. Credit: Kirk McKoy / For The Times.



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