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Old Hollywood glam pops up at the Grammy Awards in New York

Hailee Steinfeld at the 60th Grammy Awards in New York.
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Of all the awards shows, the Grammy Awards are typically where artists’ glam teams take the most liberties, try new trends and create out-there beauty looks. (Hello, Lady Gaga.) But at the 60th awards ceremony in New York on Sunday, stars’ makeup and hair appeared subtler and slightly more muted than on red carpets past. Those standouts who displayed a stronger point of view seemed to take inspiration directly from the past — old Hollywood, to be specific — and put a distinctly modern spin on it.

Hailee Steinfeld, one of the evening’s best dressed, wore a strapless, slit-to-there white Alexandre Vauthier gown, stunning in its simplicity and modernized with metallic violet boots also from the designer’s spring/summer 2018 collection. Her deeply side-parted mane referenced Hollywood glamour as she showed viewers the right way to wear electric blue eye shadow.

“The idea was an effortless ’90s supermodel look à la Cindy Crawford,” says hairstylist Gregory Russell, adding, “I think it’s important to keep a modern texture to the hair, something effortless and undone.”

While she donned a totally contemporary leather-esque dress, Katie Holmes’ hair, styled in a ’20s-era finger wave, transported her back in time. Audra Day’s beehive and Miley Cyrus’ side-parted, softly waved ’do were also of another era.

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Katie Holmes arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards in New York.
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More ensembles took cues directly from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Camila Cabello was sophisticated beyond her years in a plunging scarlet Vivienne Westwood Couture gown (and matching nails in Deborah Lippmann Lady Is A Tramp lacquer) paired with a glamorously undone updo. G-Eazy collaborator Bebe Rexha’s nude balconette-bust La Perla dress harked back to that same time.

Perhaps the best example of the intersection of old Hollywood and the modern music scene was Rita Ora’s black velvet Ralph & Russo Couture gown (straight from the runway at Paris Couture one week ago), asymmetrical and lined with metallic silver foil-like detail.

It revealed a Grammy-worthy amount of upper thigh and featured a dramatic off-the-shoulder sleeve providing the perfect place to pin her white rose, showing solidarity with the Time’s Up movement. Appropriately, Ora’s majorly glam swept-back, softly waved hair, cat-eye liner and Rimmel London red lip are as relevant today as they were 60 years ago when the very first Grammy Awards were held.

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