(The Recording Academy has formed the GRAMMY Glam Squad, a diverse group of online influencers who will lead the discussion on beauty, fashion and lifestyle during GRAMMY Week in February. The squad will provide exclusive VIP access to select events, including the highly anticipated red carpet for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Stay tuned here for more tips on how to be inspired, be connected and be noticed.)
When in Hollywood ….
Back in December when I penned my first GRAMMY Glam Squad entry, Music Marrying Fashion, the idea of the duo was fitting. With GRAMMY Week officially here, my schedule is packed with parties, performances and fetes, and my tune has changed a bit. The GRAMMYs marries more than music and fashion. The awards show (and the week leading up to it) is about a full-on GRAMMY Glam experience: the beauty, the food and people, the fashion, and an electric energy.
A bit jet-lagged but looking forward to gorgeousness, my morning on Feb. 7 began bright and early. In preparation for the week’s kick-off event, the first official GRAMMY Glam party, I made my way to the cult-favorite Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel for a SpaRitual manicure and pedicure and effervescent facial with rock star aesthetician, Dallas. I left with my hands and feet feeling as smooth as silk, my nails gleaming a fire-engine red and skin with a goddess glow. Beauty? Check.
From there I headed to the laid-back Hollywood hotspot, the Ivy, with a friend who’s own beauty is all movie-star. We sipped cocktails and chatted (with one another and our neighbors) about our GRAMMY predictions (I’m not telling), and how to stay cool during the fray (the red carpet can be dizzyingly busy). I exhaled after each savory fork full of lobster salad. Divine! Epicurean delight? Check.
As I made my way back to my downtown hotel, I considered my look for the evening. Would I go for a chic but edgy look? Style goddess, or urban sophisticate? I needed a look equal parts glam and statement. The thought of the all-star female DJ lineup at GRAMMY Glam featuring the Jane Doze, Erykah Badu, aka DJ Low Down Loretta Brown and Spinderella was enough to make me want to cut a rug. And they didn’t disappoint.
The Jane Doze kicked off the event at 8 p.m.; Badu brought the old-school funk around 9:30 p.m.; and Spinderella spun classic hip-hop and R&B until well past the time her set was scheduled to end. The style mavens with beehives, bright-red lips and mini-dresses took to the dance floor while others caught the live fashion photo shoot featuring models decked in tulle skirts and sky-high Christian Louboutins.
Got fashion? Check. Got electric energy? Check. Was it a GRAMMY Glam night to remember? Check!