Fashion recklessness abounded at the 2012 Grammy Awards as the music industry’s finest attempted to don designer labels without losing their street cred.
The red carpet (naturally overshadowed by the death of legendary Whitney Houston) gave us everything from high fashion à la carte to fashion I’d rather see carted away.
As to be expected, attendees like Fergie, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj tried to upstage and out-strange one another in a color war to rival the L.A. gang scene.
Most of the ladies formed two teams: Color and Sparkle. Another trend of the evening was long trains like the one Taylor Swift preceded in her extravagant but elegant Zuhair Murad gown.
Somewhere in the middle of the extremes was perfection. Black appeared to be the color of success with top picks being Corinne Bailey Rae (winner for Best R&B Performance) in an exuberantly playful black Christian Siriano dress and Adele (winner of just about everything else) looking gorgeous in a black, dazzling Giorgio Armani. Adored both their looks — not a misstep in either one.
Lest you think the men didn’t represent, Bruno Mars did red carpet style his way and wowed in a suit by designer Thom Browne. And who could deny the refined swagger of Grammy host LL Cool J?
For me, this is when Grammy fashion is at its best: the rules of red carpet amped-up to reflect the artist’s personal style. No cookie-cutter-couture for these rebels.