The event of the year for the music industry, last night’s GRAMMYs was as spectacular as ever both on the stage and the red carpet. Nominations this year were noticeably led by the boys with the likes of Frank Ocean and Fun fronting the pack; however our eyes were of course focused on the girls and their gowns. The stars were all about drama on the night, cutting striking silhouettes in a multitude of beautiful maxi dresses ranging from the super sexy (um, how much leg did J Lo want to show!?) to the experimental (note: Adele wasn’t wearing a black dress).
Without further adieu, here’s Team LBD’s top dresses from the night…
SCARLET WOMAN: RIHANNA
Get Rihanna’s look here: Gorgeous Couture Evita Maxi Dress, £238.
Rihanna surprised on the night in floor-length scarlet, a positively demure look in comparison to her usual wild style (even if her sheer gown did flash a hint of nipple ring, but by Rihanna’s standards that is tame). Flowing material, minimal jewellery and gentle curls softened the risqué starlet’s style creating a classic Hollywood look that had Team LBD suitably impressed.
Rihanna’s romantic Alaia dress was the perfect red carpet style one you can emulate in our red Gorgeous Couture dress, nipple rings optional!
GREEN WITH ENVY: KATY PERRY
Get Katy’s look here: CeMe London Lera Dress, £180.
This year the GRAMMYs made sure to send out a warning pre ceremony- amongst other things the one that has had our office doubled over in laughter is this sincere request: “Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered”. Katy Perry must have missed the memo as she arrived in this body-con Gucci dress. In a look that channelled a young Priscilla Presley, Katy kept her cheeky style intact with this peep hole gown that made the most of her enviable ‘assets’.
While flaunting her figure the pop star dipped her toes into the embellishment trend with ornate collar detailing the unusual apple shade of the gown which kept the look classy rather than brassy. Recreate Katy’s rebellious look with the CeMe Lera dress, a shorter version of her fruity frock.
DRAPING DIVA: JENNIFER LOPEZ
Get J Lo’s look here: Emba Delphine Maxi Dress, £65.
It seems after Angelina Jolie’s infamous leg pose went viral last year, Tinsletown has been all about the leg-flashing frock; so if anyone was going to create a show-stopping red carpet moment at the GRAMMYs with this trend, it was of course going to be queen of flesh flashing, J Lo.
Jennifer stole the red carpet in a higher than thigh split maxi dress with a dramatic draped sleeve. And she looked stunning in the Anthony Vaccarello design with futuristic accessories, showing that age is irrelevant when it comes to daring red-carpet style. For an equally theatrical style this Emba Delphine black maxi dress will do the trick- wear with slick-backed hair like Jen to keep it edgy rather than dowdy.
PRETTY IN PRINT: ESTELLE
Get Estelle’s look here: BlingDeenie Naomi Shirt Dress, £65.
Estelle can always be relied upon to wear something we want to write about and the prestigious awards evening was no different. Rocking a Genelle Brooks x Love Collins maxi dress, she made the most of the enduring print trend with this tribal inspired outfit. With a look this busy she didn’t need to worry about accessories, keeping it simple with glittery additions. Take inspiration from Estelle’s love of print and translate it to day time in this Naomi shirt dress.
SEXY SCALES: FLORENCE WELCH
Get Florence’s look here: Aftershock London Arketta Maxi Dress, £110.
Florence Welch has a reputation for her experimental style, something that grants her big fashion props on the one hand and huge missteps on the other. On paper a metallic, lizard green gown complete with a thigh split and dinosaur-esque nodules does not sound like the songstress’ finest hour and yet it somehow works.
Rather than straying into a Godzilla size disaster, she looks incredible in avant garde Givenchy which perfectly complemented her auburn hair and pale skin. In addition the matching clutch bag helped to maintain an accomplished look rather than resulting in looking too fancy dress. To test out your fashion scales like Ms Welch, this Arketta sequin maxi dress is marvellous rather than monstrous.
FAIRYTALE FISHTAIL: CARLY RAE JEPSEN
Get Carly’s look here: Aftershock London Doris Pleated Maxi Dress, Was £356, Now £251.
The Call Me Maybe hit-maker chose a strapless pewter Roberto Cavalli gown for the star-studded night which she wore with heavy bangs and dark nails to portray an altogether more sophisticated look then her bubble-gum tunes would suggest. She couldn’t resist however throwing some Disney in for good measure, saying the inspiration for the dress came from Ariel’s transformation moment in The Little Mermaid.
We see where she’s coming from with the on-trend fishtail hem and glittering bodice! Want to imitate an underwater Princess like Carly? We suggest this shining Aftershock number; with its glistening pleats and ornate beading you’ll look like you’ve just emerged from Under the Sea...
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