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Grammy Awards: Nicki Minaj's fierce feline Grammy look


It looks like a few other pop stars are really revving up their fashion game for this year’s red carpet -– trying to stay out of Lady Gaga’s shadow perhaps?

Nicki Minaj just emerged on to the carpet in a head-to-toe leopard print outfit (literally head to toe, the platinum hair close to her head was painted with leopard spots and a cotton candy-esque tower of more blond hair spouted up from that just like the Bride of Frankenstein’s signature 'do).

The tulip-shaped skirt and what seemed to be a patchwork type of top that revealed some skin on the singer’s upper body, was created for her by Givenchy. Minaj is also wearing leopard print tights and booties.

No sign of any claws, yet.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

 Photo: Nicki Minaj. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

Grammy Awards: Sexy and sleek rule the red carpet


The Grammy red carpet always has more sex appeal and well, skin, than the other award shows, but so far the ladies are managing to flash their legs and show some skin while still remaining tasteful.

Ciara is in a floor-length blue and white Emilio Pucci dress with angular cutouts at the top and at her back. This is how cutouts on a dress should be done –- unlike how Toni Braxton wore them in 2001.

Jennifer Hudson is showing off her amazingly slim figure in a navy blue Versace gown, complete with a corset-style top that holds her in but doesn’t look cumbersome. Hudson’s hair is long, sleek, straight and parted down the middle –- just like that of the dress’ designer, Donatella.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Ciara. Credit: Kirk McKoy / For The Times.

Grammy Awards: Florence Welch -- rock 'n' roll angel


While most of the women hitting the Grammy red carpet this afternoon are in dresses baring angular cutouts or loud animal prints, Florence and the Machine singer Florence Welch looks dreamy in a diaphanous Givenchy couture gown.

It’s mostly white with a few burnout areas that are subtly transparent. And the lower back has a pop of fiery red in a pattern that almost looks like a bird or feathers.

This dress fits Welch’s eclectic-vintage aesthetic and with her statuesque frame, she can certainly carry off a floor-length couture gown just like a model can, while putting a personal spin on it with her signature flaming red hair and shaggy bangs.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Florence Welch. Credit: Kirk McKoy / For The Times.

Updated - Grammy Awards: Lady Gaga is already giving the crowd something to talk about


The Grammy red carpet is just underway and already Lady Gaga is attempting to top her meat dress ensemble by arriving in a pod -- as reported by our celebrity blog Ministry of Gossip.

Rumor has it that she will be in an Armani creation that's 12 feet wide.

And just in case you can't seem to get enough Gaga, even after the sartorial stunts she'll be pulling this evening, the E! channel is trying to set a record for having the most "Lady Gagas" in one place. Hundreds of Gaga look-alikes are currently filing into the Nokia Theatre for a true Gaga takeover.

UPDATED - The “Pod” that Lady Gaga is “incubating” in was designed by fashion designer Hussein Chalayan.

 -- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Lady Gaga arrives in an egg on the Grammy Awards red carpet. Credit: Yvonne Villareal / Los Angeles Times


Keri Hilson’s tomboy style is sexier than ever

Believe it or not, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Keri Hilson was a tried-and-true tomboy as a teenager. Hard to believe considering the 5-foot-9, svelte and sexy Hilson looks stylish and model-esque in everything she wears.

From DSquared clothing to Grey Ant sunglasses, the highly sought-after singer (she’ll be performing alongside the Roots at the official Grammy after-party) can’t get enough of sharp and edgy pieces and her favorite print -– houndstooth, which she has been collecting for years.

Hilson appears in this Sunday’s Image section, which also happens to be the day of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards. All the Rage will be reporting on all the fashion, fierceness and over-the-top looks (Gaga) that afternoon.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Keri Hilson attends a private dinner hosted by Audi during Super Bowl XLV weekend at the Audi Forum Dallas on Feb. 5, 2011 in Dallas. (Photo by Michael Buckner / Getty Images for Audi)

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Two Gossip Girls and one Fonda

Taylor Momsen -- Sears (that's right Sears) is pairing up with French Connection for a line of clothing called UK Style. [WWD] (subscription required).

-- Also in the decline of Western civilization category: Tim Gunn had a few choice words to say (to E! News) about Taylor Momsen. Among them? She is "pathetic" and a "diva." [The Cut]

-- Speaking of Gossip Girls, Christian Louboutin (no... wait, we know he's not a member of the cast!) has named a shoe after Blake Lively. [People]

Gucci, in the meantime, has made a deal with the Recording Academy (the folks who bring us the Grammys) to preserve "milestone" musical recordings. [WWD] (subscription required).

-- Models who participate in London Fashion Week now have access to employment contracts that establish minimum rates of pay and a minimum age (16) to participate. [Vogue UK]

-- And, finally, Jane Fonda is back in her leotard with two new fitness videos that will be released later this fall. Did we mention that she's 72? And that she's looking pretty darn great? Feel the burn. [NY Daily News]

-- Alice Short

Photo: Taylor Momsen. Credit: Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

Kings of Leon don Burberry for Grammy trifecta


When I wrote about the Kings of Leon / Surface to Air clothing collaboration last month, I noted that it was timed to hit shelves on Jan. 25, which meant the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, held a few nights later, might be a good opportunity to catch the Kings kitted out in their new wares.

Luckily, we've been spared a round of hipster-hatted hand-wringing; the brothers Followill decided to suit up in Burberry instead (apparently it was something of an 11th-hour decision, judging by the time we received the final press confirmation).

It turned out to be a stroke of product placement genius for Burberry since the group ended up taking home trophies in three of the four categories for which they'd been nominated -- record of the year, best rock song, and best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals, all for "Use Somebody."

Seeing the boys with their arms full of gleaming Grammys last night reminded me of something I'd noticed at the recent Burberry Prorsum Fall/Winter 2010 runway show in Milan: the label sure looks good accessorized with all that hardware.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Kings of Leon members Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill and Matthew Followill, all in Burberry, pose with their awards backstage at Staples Center at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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Grammys beauty: Presenter Kaley Cuoco is golden in a sexy black dress

She may be a TV actress, but presenter Kaley Cuoco stood out among a sea of singers in a sexy Nicole Miller gown, complete with a plunging deep V neckline that rivals Jennifer Lopez's memorable green Versace gown.

Cuoco's makeup artist Spencer Barnes was inspired by the simple but sexy black dress to highlight her skin with gold and copper accents.

"I kept her skin beautiful and buttery with peach cheeks and a bronze glow," says Barnes, who used Armani Luminous Silk foundation along with Aqua foundation from Kohgendo -- a Japanese product especially for the unforgiving HD camera lens. For the bronze sheen, he applied Casino from Nars to her face and Deep Throat blush, also from Nars, to her cheeks.

A palette of coppery shimmers and browns was swept over her eyelids to add to the overall warmth of the look. 

"Because her dress was so low-cut, she wanted to keep hair and makeup simple, so it wouldn't look over the top," Barnes says. "We took a fresh, clean approach and kept things simple."

Good call.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Grammy fashion: At the Grammys, style doesn’t stop at the red carpet


The performance stage is a chance to rock a whole other outfit.

Lady Gaga channeled Peter Pan in a sparkly green body suit and booties by Giorgio Armani. (Elton John’s crystal-covered sunglasses were courtesy of Armani, too.) By the way, where does she get waxed?

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Grammys beauty: Jennifer Lopez's sexy '70s hair


Jennifer Lopez looked the part of '70s siren in a gilded Versace gown that had a peek-a-boo slit down her right leg. Her hair stylist Robert Vetica drew on the decade when it came to doing her hair, parting it straight down the middle and adding perfectly rippled waves throughout.

Volume and texture were hallmarks of the all-one-length look -- kind of a homage to the Guy Bourdin goddesses with light-socket volume and slightly frizzy waves.  

Vetica parted the hair down the middle, then used a 1-inch curling iron, curling each section and dragging curled spirals down. He started in the back working his way toward the front, curling in a direction away from Lopez's face. After the curled hair set, he finger-brushed the hair and applied Moroccanoil styling cream to hold the set and add additional texture. Vetica then brushed out the hair and back-combed from the underneath for even more fullness and volume. 

Too much back-combing and the look would be more shock than awe, but J Lo's dress and grooming came together with a sexy, '70s appeal.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photo:  Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy Awards/Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times.


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