The Ironic Reason Why Adele’s Givenchy Grammys Gown Didn’t Work

Posted on February 13, 2017


We’ll admit that there’s a lot to recommend this look. It was by no means a disaster and if we were putting it up to a vote, we’d find it hard to push the imaginary “OUT” button.

Walk with us.


Let’s start with the evergreen statement that Adele’s hair, makeup and jewelry are all on point. They almost always are, as befits a gal with a slight drag sensibility in her public style.



We’re thrilled to see her in such a bold and slightly unusual color. It’s a rather difficult one to pull off effectively (which makes us respect the choice even more), but it works for her. It’s always a good thing to see her in color at all, because she spent years defaulting to one black dress after another on the red carpet. Even if she couldn’t pull off this green, we’d be inclined to thumbs-up the choice for getting her out of her comfort zone once again.



And the fit and shape are both gangbusters.



The problem here is that there are simply far too many design elements in this dress. It’s a bit overwhelming. We like almost all of them, from the checkerboard pattern in the bodice to the pleating and blocking in the skirt. The only one we don’t much like on its own or paired with the other elements is the sleeve design. It all almost works, but even with the unified color scheme, there’s a lot going on.

We were batting all of this back and forth this morning, clearly reluctant to say to each other that we didn’t like the dress because it didn’t quite feel true, when Lorenzo summed it all up perfectly.


“I think if this was black, it would be flawless.”



Style Credits:
Custom Givenchy Olive Green Bead-Embellished Pleated Couture Dress
Lorraine Schwartz Jewelry

[Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Kyle Rover/]

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