Grammys 2018 Style Report: Miley Cyrus Tries Good-Girl Drag On

Posted on January 29, 2018

We’ll never have a problem with a star who executes a brilliant image-change or image-management campaign. Miss Miley, however, is not an example of one, we’re afraid. From her thirsty twerking and tongue-thrusting of a few years ago to some sort of turn as Grace Kelly singing a duet with Elton John, we’re spinning from the about face. Sure, she’s been toning things down for quite some time now, and we’re not even averse to some of her style choices here, but…well. See for yourself:

 

Miley Cyrus in Jean Paul Gaultier Couture

To be fair, this is pretty great. It’s got a strong vibe and a chic fierceness to it. The sandals are kind of awful and terribly chosen, but that’s kind of perfectly Miley in a way. Of course she’d pick some honky-tonk shoes to wear with her couture. The yoke/shoulder treatment is weird, but it works for her. We’d rather she work a little bit of weirdness and a little bit of glitter into even her couture getups. It feels true to her.

It’s what she wore on stage that really had us confused:

 

Miley Cyrus in Zac Posen

Make no mistake: she looks really pretty. And while we tend to have issues with the way Zac Posen overdesigns his dresses (and this one’s a clear example of that), there’s a real sense of sweep and drama to it that makes it great for stage and for pictures. But for Miley Cyrus singing with Elton John at the Grammys? This is what you wear for your duet with Tony Bennett. Why show up looking like a torch song chanteuse for a duet with a man in a mirrored tuxedo? Especially if it’s so far off from your rather recklessly cultivated image? We certainly wouldn’t expect her to come out in a PVC dress and start licking the piano, but surely there’s a happy medium between that and stepping out in a Jessye Norman gown.

 

 

Style Credits:
First Look: Jean Paul Gaultier Black Jumpsuit from the Fall 2007 Couture Collection
Second Look: Zac Posen Tulle Dress from the Pre-Fall 2018 Collection

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages, vogue.com, Courtesy of Zac Posen]
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