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Grammys 2014: Taylor Swift leads the red carpet metal brigade

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We saw gravity-defying hair, mother-and-son dressing and one batty hat, a striking wide-brimmed Smokey Bear-style worn by Pharrell Williams.

But fashion with a capital "F?" There wasn't much of it on the Grammys red carpet this year. In fact, it was kind of a bust.

One reason? Though she performed, style diva Beyoncé didn't walk the walk, neither did Rihanna. No Gaga or Miley either. But Taylor Swift did, and she was the best-dressed of the rest, leading the charge in the metallic brigade.

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Swift's Gucci gold lamé column gown was overlaid with so many crystals, she told E! Entertainment TV, "I think it's bulletproof."

John Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen, also sparkled, showing some killer cleavage in a strapless gold sequin gown by designer Johanna Johnson. A pregnant Ciara collaborated with Emilio Pucci's Peter Dundas on her copper-beaded, serpentine-looking style. Amber Rose shimmered in Naeem Khan with a maze of sequin details. And in a twist on the precious metal front, Rita Ora chose a short, woven metallic Lanvin cocktail dress in absinthe green with lavender undertones.

Going for a lighter touch, Katy Perry wore a gossamer-like gown, emblazoned with musical notes, that came down the Valentino Couture runway just last week. Kacey Musgraves chose an Armani Privé soft pink tiered tulle gown scattered with crystals that was reminiscent of spun sugar. And Paris Hilton made a grand entrance in a beaded white turtleneck gown with sheer scroll-patterned insets that showed her assets. The gown was by L.A.-based Haus of Milani, which was one of several under-the-radar labels flying high on the Grammys red carpet.

In the too-cute category, Madonna and her 8-year-old son David both turned up in Ralph Lauren tuxedos and black hats. (The queen mum of pop really piled on the accessories, adding a gold mouth grill, Maltese cross pin, crystal hand bracelet and walking stick.) Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon also wore matching lids.

Then there were the head-scratchers.

Williams, who routinely makes best-dressed lists, turned up in a red leather track jacket, jeans with a key chain swinging from his belt loop (as if he needs keys) and the aforementioned park ranger hat.

Other guys brought it though, sporting lots of color on the red carpet, including Macklemore in a plush, teal velvet shawl-collar tuxedo.

Thrift store find, perhaps? If so, we'll take it.

booth.moore@latimes.com

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