Grammy Awards fashion: Here are the showstopping and jaw-dropping looks
Let’s press pause on the regularly scheduled awards-season programming. That’s because it’s Grammys Sunday, and that means a carnival of show-stopping and typically over-the-top looks have come down the red carpet of the 61st Grammy Awards, which honored the best and brightest in the world of music.
While the film and television carpets bring us plenty of glamour and a glimpse of couture, the Grammys, which are back in Los Angeles after last year’s New York showing, provide respite from the expected by taking us on a walk on the sartorial wild side with a mix of high-low and outrageous looks.
Unfortunately, several regular sartorial red-carpet darlings weren’t in the crowd: Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Beyoncé, to name a few. With this being the final big red carpet before the season’s looming apex, the Academy Awards, on Feb. 24, here are plenty of unexpected theatrics that verge on costume and stage clothes.
The Los Angeles Times Image section examines the red-carpet looks at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Some are beautiful showstoppers; others are jaw-droppers.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Bebe Rexha found the right fit in this voluminous chiffon cherry red gown featuring multi-layered ruffles and deep plunging neckline by Monsoori as she arrives.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Miley Cyrus is pure glam in Mugler’s pre-fall 2019 oversized black jacket with fitted and flared trousers as she arrives. Grounding the look are custom shoes emblazoned with a single gold metal “M” and “C.”(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Dua Lipa goes for a sleek look with her silver and blue metallic gown by Versace. The backless frock and its luxe fabric layering down into a train definitely lands her on our show-stopping red-carpet list at the 61st Grammys.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
St. Vincent brings her avante garde style to the Grammy red carpet in a floral one piece coupled with a caped train from Giambattista Valli Couture (with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes).(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Smokey Robinson shows the younger generation what style cred looks like in a red silk jacket with black pockets.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Mark Ronson (in a black-and-white double-breasted jacket by Celine by Hedi Slimane), Lady Gaga (in Celine), Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando win our showstoppers award for the most stylish grouping of stars.(Jordan Strauss / Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Quincy was definitely a standout among the men in a printed graphic lettering jacquard jacket, matching trousers and a mandarin collar jacquard printed dress shirt from the fall/winter 2019 Ermenegildo Zegna XXX collection.(Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Beck is dapper in a navy checkered Gucci blazer and trousers on the Grammys red carpet in Los Angeles.(Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images)
Cardi B might have Diet Prada posting away on Instagram as she mines the archive of Thierry Mugler in this show-stopping, over-the-top gown from the label’s fall 1995 couture collection at the 61st Grammys on Sunday in Los Angeles. This look definitely will ensure her a place among the most-talked about of the night’s red carpet.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
It couple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez strike a pose – she in a straight-from-the-runway embroidered Ralph & Russo gown with a matching wide-brimmed hat -- as they arrive at the 61st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Lady Gaga takes a break from her silver-screen red-carpet duties for Grammy night. For music’s big night Gaga, an Academy Award nominee, stuns on the Grammys red carpet in a hand-embroidered silver sequined gown with pearls and side ruching by Celine by Hedi Slimane.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
For the Grammys, H.E.R. ends up on our showstoppers list thanks to a custom Coach embellished purple jacquard jumpsuit with more than 25 types of crystals and paillettes, which, according to press materials, were hand-applied by eight artisans in the brand’s New York atelier.(Nina Prommer / EPA/Shutterstock)
Jon Batiste, bandleader and musical director for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” looks ready to strike it up at the Grammy Awards with this fresh nod to marching band fashion. Here he’s wearing a blue band jacket, black turtleneck, moto pants and Chelsea boots from Coach’s spring 2019 collection.(Neilson Barnard / Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Margo Price proves her star power in this feminine yet powerful Kimberly Parker Atelier gown with a V-neck and a thigh-high slit at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.(Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Kacey Musgraves is pure elegance in a baby pink tulle Valentino Couture gown with a red sash and a chic fan detail.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Camilla Cabello dons a sequined, floor-length Armani Privé showstopper with a dramatic open back.(Neilson Barnard / Getty Images)
Leon Bridges represents his home state in this head-to-toe homage to Texas from New York designer Bode. His look also contains shout-outs to Ford Motor Co., being single and more.(Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images)
Katy Perry looks like a slave to the rhythm in an extra plus plus Balmain gown. We can’t decide if this confection resembles a pink lightbulb or an elongated cupcake.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Janelle Monáe gets credit for dropping one of the most interesting albums of 2018, but this hyper-plunging V-neck look with power shoulders from Jean Paul Gaultier seems overly ’80s. It might be a bit too Dominique Deveraux-Alexis Carrington from the old “Dynasty” for its own good. Then again, it was a night of ’80s-inspired fashion worn by many stars.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Kylie Jenner shows more of the giant shoulder detailing often seen during much of the 61st Grammys. Here, she’s in a pink Balmain haute couture jumpsuit, but, as with the others, we were not amused with this overdone look.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Heidi Klum might have hit the ’80s cocktail cart a little too hard on Sunday for the Grammys in Los Angeles. Klum, often a red-carpet-fashion favorite, opted for a winged look that reminded us of something left over from a Victoria’s Secret Angel’s closet.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Charlie Puth has us wondering what went wrong in an ill-fitting cognac kid mohair double-breasted suit by Prada as he arrives Sunday at the 61st Grammys in Los Angeles.(Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP)
Ricky Rebel apparently went to the same sartorial shop as Joy Villa. Escorting Villa to the Grammys, he wore a jacket that recalls a gown Villa wore to the Grammys in 2017. For her part, Villa dressed this year as a border wall.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Joy Villa makes her political leanings known once again on the Grammys red carpet – this time in what appears to be a reference to President Trump’s desire to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
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