By Megan Frei
Everyone knows the Grammys are a night where anything goes. Hollywood turns out to serve original looks, enlisting designers to help create red carpet magic. The 62nd Grammy Awards were no exception, kicking off the new decade in dazzling style.
Wearing dewy makeup, a cat eye, and her signature ponytail, Ariana Grande owned the Grammy carpet in a slate gray Giambatistta Valli dress. The Cinderella-inspired tulle layered dress encouraged the singer to sit down on the red carpet, mid-strut, posing and stunning the cameras in a pile of her own flowing fabric. Given opera gloves have recently been seen on the runway at New York Fashion Week, Grande wore satin versions to complement her dramatic look. Time Magazine rightfully claimed Ariana’s dress “swallowed the internet”, setting off a flurry of tweets and memes praising Ari’s “lewk” as one of the night’s highlights.
Billy Porter’s Baja East blue jumpsuit, complete with a motorized lampshade hat, kept with the night’s biggest trend: sparkles. Smooth Technology, who have also designed pieces for Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, constructed the electronically powered lampshade hat for fashion superstar Porter, giving the controls to Porter’s stylist, who controlled the hat’s “open-and-close” function from the carpet sidelines.
Maggie Rogers, one of the “Best New Artist” nominees, sported vintage Chanel as an homage to the late Karl Lagerfeld. The simple silhouette highlighted the black tulle dress’ beautiful gold star-shaped beading and embroidery. As the 2020 Grammy’s unofficial poster woman for sustainability, Rogers brought along one important accessory: a gold Chanel reusable water bottle. Fully functional, with a chain strap and leather quilting, Rogers’ water bottle served as both function and fashion in one.
Lil Nas X, no stranger to bold statements, wowed in a bright pink Versace cowboy outfit. Wearing a pink harness and cropped jacket, complete with shoulder pads, Lil Nas channeled a Western-revisited fashion moment. Hot pink from head-to-toe, from his studded cowboy hat to his gold-tipped shoes, the singer dressed for the celebratory occasion, given he won his first two Grammys that very night.
In keeping with the glitter theme, “Best New Artist” nominee Lizzo stole the show by making Old Hollywood glamour new again, sparkling in custom floor-length Atelier Versace. The hand-sewn Swarovski crystals on Lizzo’s custom dress, which took two months to make, matched the singer’s metallic silver heels. Finishing her look with a faux fur stole and over $2 million worth of Lorraine Schwartz diamonds, Lizzo slayed the Grammy red carpet proving she is, indeed, 100% that b*tch.