Hello my friends! Long time, no blogging. I’d love to say I’m back to blogging fulltime, but unfortunately, I’m not. I wish I had the same passion for it that I used to because I love writing so much, but at the same time, I feel so overwhelmed thinking about trying to maintain a blog and everything I’ve been doing with school over the last year. However, I did have a bunch of requests for my fabulous fashion consultant RobFam and I to do our best/worst dressed lists for award season, which I found so flattering to hear that people loved them so much. Of course, we are starting back up on the Grammys, which in my opinion are the trashiest award show of the season (as you will soon see in this list), so it was sort of ho-hum and disappointing looking through the red carpet pictures to even find ones to pull for y’all. That being said, there were so many randoms at the Grammys, so I decided to only pull singers that seemed to be photographed a lot on the red carpet for this list.
A bit on the formatting: Tumblr is not as friendly to these kinds of posts as Blogger is. Occasionally in order to see the full picture, you might have to click on it (otherwise it crops it to match the smallest size for aesthetic purposes). Also, it should be clear, but scroll down to read the posts in order (each number is posted as a separate post to keep with the spacing). My pictures are on the left & Rob’s are on the right.
So without further ado, back by popular demand for award season, Jamie & RobFam – best & worst dressed lists!
1. Carrie Underwood / Kelly Rowland
Jamie: This isn’t even a question for me. She is the only one that took my breath away when she walked out onto the red carpet. Long-sleeve is almost never my thing, but her Gomez-Gracia gown is absolutely flawless, and she couldn’t look more perfect. A+ Carrie, and A+ to Carrie’s stylist.
2. Rihanna / Rihanna
Jamie: While I don’t think Rihanna comes close to Carrie, I think she is definitely a firm second place. Her custom collaboration Armani gown (that she helped design herself with Scarface for inspiration) is exactly what she wanted it to be: provocative, sexy, simple, & a little ghetto. And I think she rocks it.
Rob: Fits like a glove. But for the hair, would have been number one.
3. Adele / Jessie J
Jamie: Like I said, I’m not really a long-sleeve dress person, & in all honesty, had there been more dresses I liked, this would be further down the list. But definitely in comparison, Adele’s classic, sequin-black, custom-Armani gown suits her & her figure very well. I’m also loving her new hair color.
Rob: Fun and an impeccable fit.
4. Katy Perry / Adele
Jamie: I really don’t want to like this at all. Again, this could easily be because I’m comparing it quite a few trainwrecks, but for some reason this Elie Saab is really catching my eye more than I would care to admit. Maybe it’s the light blue color (which is fabulous) playing off of Katy’s blue hair. Either way, I think her stylist managed to tame Katy’s usual costume-esque style into something more mature.
Rob: So true to herself, but glammed up a bit. She can do no wrong.
5. Kelly Rowland / Nicki Minaj
Jamie: I think I would have placed this Alberta Ferreti gown higher (maybe at number 3 even) if it didn’t have the sleeveless sheer overlay and it was just a strapless gown. I never like that on a formal dress, and this is no exception. That being said though, the rest of the gown is stunning, as is Kelly.
Rob: She wanted to make a statement, and she did.
6. Julianne Hough / Alicia Keys
Jamie: I really wanted to like this Kaufmann Franco gown and I wanted Julianne to blow me away because I think she is normally so gorgeous, but the whole package couldn’t be more meh. This kind of dress would normally be something I love, but it just seems to be hanging there on her, just like her very blasé hair.
Rob: Love the neck piece and the silhouette flatters her.
7. Miranda Lambert / Taylor Swift
Jamie: I actually don’t like most of her songs (something about her singing voice is whiny to me), but I absolutely adore her as a person and I love how her and Blake Shelton are as husband and wife. I also love that she is a curvy country singer and isn’t in the stick-thin singer mold. But I think I’m going to have to share RobFam’s sentiment from last year when she wore a similar-type dress to an awards show: Spanx are your friend. With a pair of those, I think this style Pavoni gown would be a lot more flattering on her, as I happen to enjoy the detail on it.
Rob: The dress is stunning, but too mature for her and does not compliment her complexion.
8. Taylor Swift / Fergie
Jamie: I don’t know if I’ve seen Talyor Swift look this not good in a long time (or potentially ever). I hate high-neck dresses, and I think that with a different cut/sleeve, this Zuhair Muhad gown would be alright. I know she needed to wear her hair up because of the high cut of the dress, but that style is just way too tight on her face. Very unenthused by this, especially because she’s normally so classic and I can normally count on a pretty gown from her.
Rob: Rockin bod but she has the opposite problem as Taylor. Girl you’re almost 40. And what is with the high-waisted panty?
9. Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum / Robyn
Jamie: I’m not sure what it is about her because I think she has a very pretty face, but she never really gets it right on the red carpet. Honestly, I think I’ve seen her in velvet on multiple occasions, and I hate velvet. Ombre velvet doesn’t make it better, and I haven’t decided if it makes it worse or not, even if it is Monique Lhuillier. Either way, pretty face, bad dress.
Rob: Obviously ridiculous but I just love her and you don’t expect her to show up in Marchesa.
10. Alicia Keys / Carrie Underwood
Jamie: Alicia, how on earth do you mess up such a simple black dress? Don’t mind the Alexandre Vauthier LBD, because there isn’t much to it. However: hate the hair, hate the shoes (even though I think they are the same pair Rihanna is wearing and I actually really like them on her), and hate the necklace (I had to look at a bunch of different pictures to see if that was a necklace or part of her dress. I’m still not sure, but I think it’s a necklace). No, no, no.
Rob: She stole this from backstage at Miss Tennessee
11. Nicki Minaj / Miranda Lambert
Jamie: I’m sure people expected her to be last, but there are WORSE things than this custom-Versace Red Riding Hood cape, if you can believe that. I find it really weird, bordering on creepy, that she walked on the red carpet with a pope/bishop/whatever he is supposed to be. I also don’t really like this cape, obviously, nor did I appreciate her lack of respect for the Catholic church in her performance. However, I know it’s not supposed to be a gown like the rest of them; it’s clearly a statement. As a costume, it’s actually kind of cool, and if I look past what she’s wearing, Nicki’s face and hair are actually gorgeous. Either way, Nicki did not disappoint in strangeness, per usual.
Rob: Webster adding this pic to the 2012 edition under “meh.”
12. Fergie / Julianne Hough
Jamie: She tried with this Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown (straight from Paris, as she so aptly pointed out to Ryan Seacrest), but she did fail. This picture doesn’t do the color of the dress justice (which is a bright coral color; think OPI’s Cajun Shrimp) that I thought was stunning, but it very accurately depicts how the rest of the dress looks: see-through. And with a collar.
Rob: Shapeless and boring, which is a shame considering what she has to work with.
13. Jessie J / “Purple Monstrosity” (Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum)
Jamie: I have no idea how people liked her in this Julien MacDonald walking disco ball of a gown. I think it is absolutely hideous. Cut, color, style, all of it. Nothing good to say about it. Next.
Rob: Honey boo, if you’re hippy, the color goes on top.
14. Robyn / Katy Perry
Jamie:Do I even need to say it? WTF. I didn’t even bothering looking up who made this, because I’m embarrassed for them. But clearly, her boots are Timberlands.
Rob: This is what drove Russell away. Helen Mirren or Meryl should be wearing this to the Oscars. It does not belong on a 20-something. & that hair. I just don’t find her as charming as she finds herself.
Well, that’s it for best & worst dressed on the Grammys red carpet for 2012! Maybe if it’s requested, we’ll be back in two weeks for the Oscars. I’d much rather do those than the Grammys any day.
Love & sarcasm,
Jamie & Rob