The 2014 Grammy Awards opened with a steamy performance by Beyoncé and her Hova hubby Jay-Z. From there, the Grammys went markedly downhill with relatively boring performances (despite the occasional gems like Taylor Swift headbanging on a piano or Pharrell singing with an Arby's sized hat on). The fashion of last night was in a similar vein: very boring and safe. I'll admit it was hard (like watching Lorde's awkward, uncomfortable acceptance speeches level of hard) choosing my best & worst dressed.
The queen of making surprises (as if we could forget her amazing album that dropped without a single notice), Beyoncé stole the red carpet without even stepping foot on it. She appeared in this Michael Costello gown after her simple performance looking elegant as ever. The jacquard pattern suits Queen B, especially in this radiant white shade. Her dramatic lips bring attention to her moneymaker, a.k.a. her "***Flawless" singing voice. The Costello construction showcases charismatic curves while the cutouts give a tasteful glimpse of Beyoncé's rich skin tone. Perfection.
Taylor must get tired of coming to award shows because she's invited to nearly every one on account of her wide breadth of talent (and popularity). That said, this superstar knows how to make a stunning statement every time she arrives at these events. This Gucci Premiere gown has all the elements of a Taylor triumph: sparkles, clean lines and a neutral color. I love her simple pulled back hair and effortlessly elegant makeup. When Taylor turns, you can see a sassy slit that rides up her leg in the back, a cute way to show some unexpected skin. Even though the country-pop crooner didn't take home any awards this year (she was up for Album of the Year with the riveting Red), she was all I could think about after an intimate performance of "All To Well" in another beautiful ballgown.
Even though Sara had an eventful evening highlighted with the milestone of singing "Brave" with legend Carole King, her dress didn't really leave a legendary impression on the red carpet. This Blumarine dress capitalizes on the high-low dress trend that's quickly fading back into obscurity. I won't sugarcoat it for Sara, her dress looks like a beige mullet. The fluffy fringe would have actually suited the dress well in smaller doses or if the dress remained a short length. However, the fringe on the bottom part of the back of the dress adds unnecessary volume to Sara's petite frame. The heavy eye makeup hides Sara's natural beauty, and her candy apple red accessories are nothing to write home about. Sorry Sara, next time I want to see you be brave on the red carpet!
There's not much to say about this ensemble except that she should have never put it on. Stevie is a legend, so she should be dressing like one. The clunky boots have a platform heel that's horribly outdated. This mess of a top has quite a bit of extraneous fabric. Her poor legs look like they are suffocating under her bunched, ill-fitting jeans. The cheap, mismatched brown sunglasses are probably what prevented her from realizing she was donning such dismal clothes. The jewelry looks like it's from Claire's. Newsflash: you aren't on the "Edge of Seventeen" anymore Stevie, you can shop outside of the 2003 juniors section of Walmart. I will compliment her great hair: it's great.
I didn't pick on or praise the boys' fashion this time around because nothing really stood out to me as really good or really bad. The men at the Grammys were all just a blend of mediocre suits I've seen before, so I won't bore you as much as I was bored watching the show. Hopefully next year we get some style surprises!