Kids, I must begin by letting you know I am still in a state of Shookethness. It is all due to last week’s 61st Annual Grammy Awards, where the high-octane fashion moments, literally, became a buffet of over-stimuli.
Truth speak: It was so fantastic, I am seriously considering writing the Recording Academy a thank you letter. With that being said, let’s begin our breakdown of the most opulent of luxe lewks as the granddaddy of all awards shows, The Oscars, approach.
Shawn Mendes in Paul Smith
I just love Canada. You gave us Alanis, Degrassi, and now little Shawn’s killer red carpet moment. Ladies and gentleladies, welcome to my favorite color palette for the fellas. There is something sleek and rebelliously refined about a navy-and-black suiting combo that makes me twinge with glee.
Maren Morris in Galia Lahav Couture
This pint-sized Texas cup of sweet tea is just so darn sweet she’s giving me a tooth ache. Firstly, golf claps for that perfect high-pony. Secondly, we must address that citron shoulder to the citron shoe. Yus! She cute! And as far as naked dresses go, this one feels flirty and refined.
Ashlee Simpson Ross in Georges Chakra
Welcome back! I mean, come all the way through with your disco beaded drapery and plumed fringe fantasy. Yes ma’am! I have missed the younger Simpson sister, and this look is so fetch. I wash you of all the shame I assigned you for that random turn on the Melrose Reboot.
Cardi B in Archive Mugler
Listen, this isn’t a moment, this is a saga! From the 1995 Mugler couture collection, this is a literal Little Mermaid fantasy come to life — if the little mermaid was a high-energy rapper from the Bronx. Cardi B does not come to play on a carpet, and she is also not afraid to present you with a strongly confident lewk.
Janelle Monae in Jean Paul Gaultier
You can always count on Janelle Monae to deliver a strong appearance on a carpet. She’s a chameleon, who constantly gives you a stance, a vibe, and a face so gorgeous, I am not 100 percent convinced she’s not one of the angels painted in the Sistine Chapel. Also, let’s first clock, then appreciate this hat moment. Yus henny!
Michelle Obama in Custom Sachin & Babi
Oh, I have no words besides: Mobama in an embellished kimono. It’s a serotonin high I never want to come down from — evah.
About Last Night: @michelleobama rocks the house with a surprise appearance at the 61st Annual #Grammys in custom Sachin & Babi. Michelle looked absolutely stunning in our olive sequined pant suit and we are forever grateful to @meredithkoop for the amazing opportunity. Let’s go TEAM S&B 🏆 #SachinandBabi
Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo
I’m sorry, did sister just wear an embellished western hat — why yes, yes she did. There is simply no lewk this queen cannot pull off. If she was in a belted Hefty bag my only response would be, ‘Ohh, chic. So sustainable.’ Also, my new phone background is the photo of JLo and Gaga giving me power stance on the carpet. If ever I need empowering, I now have a place to go.
Miley Cyrus in Mugler
So, first things first, stunning. Secondly, whatever gave Miley the notion to stop wearing bras, I need to send it Tiff’s Treats, stat. It’s as if she woke up one day and said, ‘Ya know, I can sing like a siren and I married a Hemsworth, so I no longer mess with bras. No Mas.’ Like, she’s keepin’ it classy, seductive, and all-around appropriate (not to mention highly comfortable).
Lady Gaga in Celine by Hedi Slimane
Officially sending Gaga an Edible Arrangement for single-handedly changing my mind about the new creative direction of Celine. This is arguably the best she has ever looked. The hair skyrocketed to the top of my inspiration list, and she is giving you so much mood on that carpet, you feel like you’ve been living with a teenager for too long.
Kacey Musgraves in Valentino Haute Couture
Musgraves reigned supreme — and for darn good reason. She took the top prize of the night for one of the most magical albums I have ever listened to, and she looked angelic AF on this carpet, to the point that I give her my best dressed of the evening!
The subtle fan at the top of the gown is, of course, a nod to her album artwork — I almost needed said fan due to utter fashion geek shock the second she appeared on the carpet — and she chose the quintessential red-and-pink color combo to make me place her at the very tip top of this list.