This year's red carpet at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards was dominated by a unique elegance. The celebrities and their stylists departed from the cocktail dresses of the past in favor of long, magnificent gowns to make the ultimate statement on the carpet leading into Music's Biggest Night.
Exquisite ankle-skimming dresses gave the perfect opportunity for our female stars to ooze iconic confidence as they walked the infamous red carpet of the GRAMMY Awards.
I caught up with Katy Perry, who said her full-length dress (an angelic-themed gown designed by Armani and coated with Swarovski Crystals) made her feel special. I love the way she teamed it with playful fairy-like wings and kept her style fun and mischievous, yet 100 percent gorgeous. I looked down to see the most incredible set of Casadei platforms — great accessorizing, Katy!
Rihanna also had a lot of fun in her dress on the red carpet and proved that long dresses can still be sublimely sexy. She told me that her mermaid-style dress had been designed especially by Jean Paul Gaultier. Lucky girl! Nicole Kidman also looked stunning in a Jean Paul Gaultier fishtail dress.
Another gorgeous classic beauty who beamed in a full-length gown was Florence Welch (of Florence & The Machine), who wore a Couture Givenchy sheer-panel dress with swan decorations. When I spoke to her stylist, Aldene Johnson, she explained that the right dress for Florence was one that exudes wisdom and classic beauty with a touch of the ethereal. The Couture Givenchy gown was a great choice and truly unique.
Miranda Lambert, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, Heidi Klum, and LeAnn Rimes all rocked sparkly gold full-lengths that looked incredible and were a popular choice at this year's awards. Ciara brought the full-length gown bang up-to-date with her cut-out Emilio Pucci number. The crowd went wild for it and she looked every bit a true star as she strutted her stuff on the red carpet.
Far from conventional was a leopard-print-clad Nicki Minaj, whose head-to-toe Givenchy ensemble was accessorized with leopard-print dyed hair. I love the attention to detail. Nicki told me for once she wanted an outfit that was really comfortable, as well as stylish, and her leggings with extended pockets made for a fun change from the typical dress. Go Nicki! The crowd adored it. Jennifer Lopez, who later presented the award for Record Of The Year with husband Marc Anthony, took time out to talk to her admirers as she showed up in a glamorous silver Emilio Pucci number with Cartier jewelry and Christian Louboutin pumps; the perfect touch of elegance for the GRAMMY red carpet.
"Glee" star Lea Michele wore a black-lace show-stopping dress by Emilio Pucci with a nod to the '80s in the latest comeback trend — the thigh-high slit. Lea received a rapturous reception from onlookers, and there's no doubt that won't be the last we see of this definitive style. Jada Pinkett Smith wore a silver chained dress by Amanda Wakeley, accessorizing with her cool husband and even cooler daughter, Willow Smith, and son Jaden Smith, who was equally stylish on the GRAMMY stage in leopard-print pants during a performance with Justin Bieber.
Keeping things funky and stylish on the red carpet was Keri Hilson, who wore a Basil Soda dress and gorgeous jewelry by Emsaru, Carrera Y Carrera and Le Vian. Keri later wowed the audience with her performance at the GRAMMY Celebration, The Recording Academy's official after-party.
GRAMMY performer Jennifer Hudson showed off her amazing new figure in a demure and elegant Versace gown, teamed with a sexy corset. Dancer Julianne Hough looked vibrant and sophisticated in a Malandrino ruffled frock, and Jewel wore a soft yellow, one-shoulder Pamella Roland gown, making for a red carpet full of floor-sweeping, classic elegance.
It is so exciting to see the world's biggest stars dressing with such iconic, timeless style, making the red carpet at this year's GRAMMY Awards extra special.
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