Stars made their way down the red carpet for last night’s Grammy Awards. See which looks rocked and which looks hit a sour note.
Best: Taylor Swift
Taylor donned her most mature look on the red carpet, sparkling in a silk Zuhair Murad mermaid gown. “It’s one of my favorite dresses I’ve gotten to wear,” she told Seacrest before the show. “I saw it months ago, and I said ‘We’ve got to save this for the Grammys.'” We can see why!
Worst: Nikki Minaj
Nikki’s goal has to be to appear on every worst dressed list! Her scarlett Versace cape with striking black beading was daring, but that’s the only nicety we’ll give her! With a pope look-alike on her right arm, all we can think is – How sacrilegious can you get? Oh wait, then there was her Grammy performance…
Rihanna’s latest tattoo and recent reports that she went back to Chris Brown had us worried she was headed for a breakdown. If she is, you would never know it by looking at her. She was an absolute knockout in a Giorgio Armani dress she helped design. If this is what going crazy looks like, sign us up!
I love wearing statement necklaces and layering chic jewelry to infuse style into my daily outfits– which are what I like to call “successories.” A successory (see my quote on page 107 of this month’s People Style Watch) is a special accessory that is successful at taking your look from good to glam in record time! A successory can be a great leopard bag or a fab pair of earrings. The necklaces below certainly fit the bill and here are my favorite for the season:
Dannijo Medine Necklace, BUY NOW, $495
The fabulous sister team behind Dannijo create the most gorgeous and unique statement necklaces. Their Keira Bib style is an antiqued Copper chain with marble resin beads, and the taupe and turquoise color palette make for perfect spring shades. I love the versatility of this piece from dressing up a simple white tee to a sexy cocktail dress. Dannijo is a favorite of Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Alexa Chung, Michelle Trachtenberg and style blogger “Man Repeller” Leandra Medine.
Jennifer Miller Swarovski Crystal Horn Necklace, BUY NOW, $295
I am obsessed with my Jennifer Miller Crystal Horn Necklace and like to wear it with my Ramy Brook dresses, or with jeans and a silky top. The yellow gold-plated necklace is on a 36” link chain and falls in just the right spot. It’s chic style finishes off any outfit! Jennifer Miller has cultivated a celeb following including Beverly Hills Housewives Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump, New York Housewife Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Angelina Jolie.
T.Cyia “Atomic” Gold Multi Chain Scarf Necklace, BUY NOW, $205
The T.Cyia handmade Multi Chain Necklace is a stylish and versatile piece that can be worn as a scarf, tied in a knot or double wrapped. Mixed metals make it on-trend and easy to wear with everything including gold and silver jewelry. The talented LA-based design team Tim McElwee and Cyia Batten create these beautiful pieces that are incredibly artistic. They are also favorites of Jennifer Lopez, Kate Walsh and Melissa George.
By Jennifer Wright
One of my all time favorite movies is Ninotchka. Haven’t heard of it? Don’t worry – hardly anyone has. It’s a great movie to watch if you love hats, though. It was filmed in the early 1940’s, and tells the story of a hardened communist envoy named Ninotchka (excellently played by Greta Garbo) who visits Paris for the first time. She sees a cocktail hat in a shop window and declares that a civilization which allows women to wear such frivolous things cannot be far from collapse. Needless to say, by the end of the movie, Ninotchka is wearing that very hat, and . . . well, I won’t spoil it for you.
So I was thrilled when Pamella Roland announced that her fall collection was inspired by Ninotchka! Perhaps Paris and Nicky Hilton love the movie as much as I do. They were sitting in the center of the front row, right next to Nigel Barker. Amanda Bynes was in attendance as well as Kelly Pickler of American Idol fame.
The show’s backdrop was a screen of an imperial Russian palace, and some of the elegant, almost regal styles made me think of a novel by Tolstoy. The collection wasn’t all about hats, but it did have a heavy dose of old Hollywood glitz and glamour. Pamella noted that, to some extent, she opted to forgo the elegant evening gowns for which she’s best known in favor of coats. There was a link to her gowns though – many of the coats incorporated her delicate use of chiffon (another one of her trademarks) offset by a plentiful amount of fur. And certainly, the gowns she did show were fit for a Czarina. I particularly loved this one:
Tommy Hilfiger also had a fair share of hats, though I have to admit, I didn’t love his collection quite as much as Pamella Rolland’s. The models strode boldly about in capelets, complemented by very tall, rounded, wide brimmed hats. Forgive me, Tommy Hilfiger, but I couldn’t help thinking of the man in the yellow hat from Curious George.
I did love his gowns though! Though – panic – I think there might have been a moment where one of the models stumbled. She pulled herself together incredibly quickly though, and marched on confidently in her pale pink gown. Thank goodness we avoided another interminable round of Internet and television reruns of the poor young model slipping at last week’s Herve Leger show.
She might have had extra cause to be nervous – the show was meticulously organized and the amphi-theater seating was divided into perfect sections. Beforehand, male models dressed in Tommy Hilfiger cardigans were serving china cups filled with hot chocolate and macaroons to the guests. Perhaps he did not want to be outdone by Betsey Johnson. Given his audience I’m sure he didn’t need to worry – Selma Blair was in attendance, as was Nina Garcia.
Ninotchka herself would have grown to love Fashion Week.
By Jennifer Wright
Remember that last column about how the economic crisis was taking a toll on Fashion Week? Well, seemingly not on everyone.
Maybe no one told Betsey Johnson about these dark times, because her show was too delicious for words. Little wonder as the theme was Betsey Johnson’s Sweet Shop. There was no sign of doom and gloom in this veritable candy land, in which the models channeled Queen Frostine in their perfectly puffed skirts. Well, perhaps Queen Frostine with a dash of 1980’s style punk rocker. Fatima of America’s Next Top Model fame did a great job.
Betsey herself led the guests in a dance and encouraged people to try the table of sweets provided by Sprinkle Society. Meanwhile, a video projected onto the wall showed Betsey “baking” by wildly throwing pink glitter at a chicken. She also appears to be generously providing the boys of Patrick McMullan with day jobs, as they were all there, dressed up as waiters and doling out mini hot dogs and sliders. It’s not every day you are served a vegetable burger by Liam McMullan.
I also want to say a special thank you to Betsey Johnson for the fantastic sunglasses in her goody bag. In my mind this was the most frivolous and fun show of the week.
Peaches Geldof was in attendance, giving Betsey’s punk style a run for her money in short shorts and garters. She was also ended at the Alice + Olivia presentation later, where I joined Ask Melissa founder Melissa Meyers and her daughter, Rachel Meyers. Rachel and Peaches are shown posing together below.
We quickly met up with the talented designer of Alice + Olivia, Stacey Bendet, there with her husband Eric Eisner and their adorable daughter Eloise. Stacey noted that the show this season was “all about characters, as shown by the puppets and the art.”
The models were in scarce supply. Stacey opted for artistic mannequins and fabulous pictures of the clothing instead, but the beautiful people abounded. Not only were Paris and Nicky Hilton in attendance, but so was 90210 star Shanae Grimes. Shanae was loving her specially made floral print dress by Alice + Olivia.
While I was enjoying the mini-cupcakes by Baked by Melissa (it was a day full of cupcakes), Teen Vogue took a picture of Rachel’s Marc Jacobs outfit, but cannot feature it, as Rachel is not yet 13. Fortunately, we have no such rules here. Here’s a picture of both the fabulous Meyers women with Kim and Khloe Kardashian.
The spirit of the shows may be different this season than in the past, but as long as Betsey Johnson and Stacey Bendet are around, the sense of playfulness that makes the week so delicious will not quite be lost.