The Grammys are often less about fashion than they are about serving a dramatic well branded moments for pop stars. Rare is the moment when someone manages both at the same time: high drama and high-fashion.
Ariana Grande in Giambattista Valli Couture
Leave it to Miss Ariana, who clearly never met a huge gown she didn’t immediately want to wear. Miss Thing not only showed up to walk (and sit on) that Grammys red carpet in a stunning and gigantic gray Giambattista Valli gown; she went inside, changed into another massive gray ballgown and hit the carpet a second time:
Ariana Grande in Schiaparelli Couture
You might call her the Queen of Extra (we did), but you’ve got to respect her game. If you are stepping out on the biggest red carpet of your year, why not flood the zone with as much fashion as you can bear, if only to keep those red carpet commenting bitches overloaded and unable to rag on your choices? To borrow a phrase from our fairy blogsisters, well played, girl.
But we are not so easily distracted and we have things to say. If we had to choose our fave it would definitely be the Valli, just because that skirt is so dramatic and theatrical and photogenic. The gray color and slight ombre effect do a lovely job of playing down the exuberance and raising the sophistication level. We noted last week that opera gloves may be coming back in style but they will always have the whiff of Miss Piggy to us and these looks haven’t changed our minds. Still, she gets credit for serving the best high-fashion moment of the night and for grabbing that spotlight and never once letting go. That’s how a star does it.
First Look: Custom Giambattista Valli Couture Strapless Gown with a Layered Tulle Skirt | Lorraine Schwartz Jewelry | Christian Louboutin ‘Cleo’ Sandal in White
Second Look: Custom Schiaparelli Couture Satin Top with a Crystal-embellished Trim and Full Skirt
Styled by Law Roach
[Photo Credit: Media Punch/INSTARimages.com, Getty Images for The Recording Academy]
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