Words by Red Mosiane | Images sourced from Getty Images
Music’s biggest night rolled around again on February 12th in the form of the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Every established and aspiring artist fortunate enough to get an invite flooded the red carpet in their Sunday best and as per usual there were hits, misses and everything in between. Here are just some of the looks for a few must-see celebs:
Let’s begin with the Prince of Motswako, Khuli Chana, who – thanks to Absolut Vodka – got to fly out to experience the big night first hand. He somehow thought this look comprising of a Simon & Mary hat and Maxhosa by Laduma cardigan was the right choice to represent Mzansi with. Unfortunately, no! There is too much going on as an ensemble. He should have kept the pants simple in all black and worn a black suede loafer or black leather brogues for balance and sophistication.
We guess singer and former Disney star Nick Jonas was going for the bad boy heartthrob look in this all black ensemble featuring a studded Balmain jacket from their Fall 2017 men’s collection. It was a smart move from his stylist to keep it simple and making the jacket the only statement piece. It is a well put together and, dare I say, sexy look but not for the Grammys. If this was a streetstyle snap or even a concert look, it would be a definite hit.
Singer Tory Lanez came out in formal mode complete with a metallic blazer. As much as we appreciate the fact that it isn’t a plain old tuxedo, the styling fell short. It is a very typical look at this point but had his stylist opted to remove the bowtie and/or instead choose a black shirt, the jacket would have looked less like tin foil.
Desiigner is one of the few rappers who make replacing a shirt with a huge chest tattoo and chains look completely acceptable. This time he showed up in a plum velvet suit and somehow still looks like he belongs. It’s slightly baffling yet borderline genius, really.
The ginger sax himself, Jidenna, showed up in a standout piece amongst a crowd of suits in this matching set of blue caftan and slim fit pants. He completed the look with a printed pocket square and red suede loafers. Undeniably a man with impeccable style, the rapper definitely delivered a clean African-inspired look, yet again.
Three time Grammy Award winning rapper (without selling a single song) Chance The Rapper, was the definition of cool with this fun take on the conventional tux by Thom Browne: pairing formal pants with a more casual jacket using a play on fabrication to tie them both together. It is a great blend of his personal aesthetic and what is expected for a first time Grammy winner on the red carpet. The only hiccup is that damn cap he’s probably worn every day since his latest album was released. It kind of works but at the same time it makes him look a lot like a mail man.
Album of the Year award recipient Adele wore a customized version of an olive green Givenchy dress from their Fall 2016 Couture collection. Since Adele always covers up, she chose to modify the runway version by adding sleeves dotted with beads and elevating the multi-textured piece to the next level. Even though there is a lot of detail, it works because it’s all one solid colour. The olive green looks elegant and sophisticated against her pale skin. The songstress topped it off with her signature winged eyeliner and deadly contour.
Jennifer Lopez showed up in a lilac Ralph & Russo gown from their spring 2017 couture collection – one of the most understated dresses she’s ever worn on the red carpet. It was a bit odd seeing JLo in a dress without any crystal embellishments but this is a welcomed change. It would have been perfect but the tulle neck piece was unflattering and shortened her neck and the hairstyle choice didn’t help. Her stylist opted for pin straight long hair instead of a bun, slicked back high ponytail, low chignon or a number of other hairstyles that would be better suited.
Grammy Award winning singer, Solange Knowles, wore a pleated gold Gucci gown. This look is right on trend with the return of 80’s disco diva chic in couture but this one feels a tad too dated; as if it’s the exact dress she grew up dreaming of wearing to her first Grammy awards. She tried to modernize it with mismatched earrings and Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes with PVC straps but it didn’t help much. The downfall of this look is the dress itself from the waist down. It would have been a true knockout had it been a high-waisted, wide leg, palazzo pants jumpsuit instead of a flimsy peplum and long skirt.
Certified fashion icon, Rihanna, never goes unnoticed on the red carpet and this time she chose to step out in a custom jewel encrusted Armani Prive halter neck crop top and an over-the-top ball skirt ensemble. As usual, this is clearly a look only Rihanna could pull off. The orange compliments her glowing skin so well, but for the sake of cohesion, it should have been a darker shade of orange to tie her upper and lower body together.