Grammy fashion veers from sublime to ridiculous

If the Golden Globes are the sophomore dinner dance of awards season, and Oscars are the senior prom, then the Grammy Awards red carpet should be the raucous house party. But with few exceptions, this year’s Grammy red carpet produced more blahs than aaahs. There were pretty frocks and pretty big messes, but overall what should be a fun night of sartorial experimentation felt as edgy as a butter knife. Katy Perry — never a fashion wallflower — arrived in a delicate Valentino princess gown that was sadly covered in too-literal musical notes. We get it, Katy: It’s a music awards show. Sara Bareilles wore a mullet gown adorned with what appeared to be dehydrated sea anemones, and Alicia Keys channeled Amy Adams in “American Hustle,” but with even more décolletage. Unimaginable but true. On the bright and twinkly side were gowns worn by Ciara and Kacey Musgraves.



Taylor Swift:

  • Just when all seemed lost, Taylor Swift swooped in and saved the night in an incredible Gucci column gown that resembled chainmail. Aside from Jared Leto’s ombre hair, the men seemed to have an easier time finding the right tone. We’re looking at you Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.


Rita Ora:

  • British pop wonder Rita Ora abandoned her fondness for red carpet formalwear with a glittering Lanvinparty dress. Along with her vampish 1930s coiffure, she showed the rest of the attendees how to dress for a musical event.



  • It looks like a simple red dress. But Pink’s multi-paneled silk gown was actually a minor work of symmetrical art. It was an ideal contrast to Pink’s tough-as-nails persona.



  • After a rather bland red carpet, Beyoncé finally turned up the sex appeal when she took to the stage with husband Jay Z. She looked like the best-dressed dominatrix at the party. Thank you.




  • It used to be that Madonna would end up on best and worst dressed lists because she was fearless in her trend-setting ensembles. Now it feels as if she’s looking for any attention she can get. Madonna, please return the cane to Mr. Peanut and try again.



  • Maybe he thought, “I contributed to two of the biggest songs of 2014, therefore I can wear whatever I like.” But as charming, talented, and handsome as he is, even Pharrell Williams couldn’t pull off that hat.

Christopher Muther can be reached at
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