2018 Grammy Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

We are now in full-fledged in my wishes for the 2018 Grammy Awards red carpet this weekend. I am wondering how moving the ceremony from its home at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (where the Grammy’s have been held for the last 14 years) to New York City and Madison Square Garden. I am really excited to see what the stars will bring to this red carpet. Will the more urban setting give a distinct vibe to this red carpet? I guess we will find out when the stars show up on the red carpet on Sunday night. Beyonce is nominated as the featured artist on Jay-Z’s song “Family Feud” and I would bet that she and Jay will be on the red carpet together this weekend. Beyonce has been really up and down with her red carpet style for me. There was a time when I thought she could do no wrong, but her recent style shift hasn’t been something that I have been real excited about. I did keep some of that in mind when I put together my wishes for her to wear this year. I wanted to infuse aspects of what I used to love about her style and the hard edge that seems to be dominating her style recently. The one thing that I did do for Beyonce (and almost all of the stars who will attend the Grammy’s) was shun sheer gowns. They are so over played-out at this point that I really don’t want to see a single obviously sheer gown exposing bras and panties on the Grammy Awards red carpet, think it can happen? I picked two looks for Beyonce to wear this Sunday because she is definitely one of the women who is known to make a wardrobe change inside even if she isn’t performing. For the red carpet I turned to the Saint Laurent Fall 2018 RTW collection, kind of. I want to see Bey wearing a modified Saint Laurent Spring 2018 RTW gown in this black sequin column gown which features dramatic pleated ruffle details on the neckline and long sleeves, which was actually presented as a mini dress on the runway that I photoshopped into a gown to give a real idea of what I am looking for. This gown is a little more simple in shape than we are used to seeing Beyonce wear for the Grammy Awards red carpet, as she usually has some bit of a dramatic train, but I think that this would be a really beautiful and impactful statement. I think that the dress is a statement on its own but I think that if Bey paired it with a sleek high bun, smokey eye, red lips, a pair of black glitter Christian Louboutin ‘So Kate’ pointed toe pumps, and statement Lorraine Schwartz carved jade and diamond doorknocker earrings that this would be a really great moment for Bey to wear on this red carpet (especially since she is nominated as a featured artist and not the lead artist on the track.) For a wardrobe change out of the skin tight silhouette of the Saint Laurent gown I went to a more of a moody 80’s glam almost figure skater inspired moment with this black and silver Balmain Pre-Fall 2018 intricately embellished cocktail dress which features a zig-zag asymmetrical hem, long sleeves, a mock neck, a neck to hem zip up back, and zipper cuffs. I think that this is another really major moment, but one that I think is making a moment that will ensure that Beyonce has another great moment inside as she did on the red carpet. Add a pair of black satin ribbon Christian Louboutin ‘Tres Frais’ ankle wrap sandals, the same hair and makeup from the red carpet, a pair of Lorraine Schwartz diamond, emerald and sapphire statement earrings, and a selection of Lorraine Schwarz diamond, emerald, and sapphire cocktail rings to really ensure that Bey is perfection is head to toe.After dominating the second half of 2017 I have a feeling that the 2018 Grammy Awards are going to be really big for Cardi B. She is nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Bodak Yellow” and will be performing “Finesse” on the Grammy stage with Bruno Mars. I picked two looks for Beyonce, but I picked three for Cardi. I wanted one look for the red carpet, one for her performance, and one to change into after her performance for the rest of the show. For the red carpet I turned to this metallic sand Jonathan Simkhai Pre-Fall 2018 dimensional sequin one shoulder long sleeve gown which features an intricate embellishment design with an asymmetrical shoulder strap design, long sleeves, slash detail at the neckline, and a sexy split. This gown is edgy glam and I really think that it is a really big fashion moment for her to wear on the Grammy Awards red carpet. I think that this is the chance for her to redeem herself for that really bad Christian Siriano moment that she had on the 2017 VMA’s red carpet that landed on my Worst Dressed of 2017 list. I think that this moment is the perfect mesh of edge and glamour for an event like the Grammy Awards. I feel like if as a native New Yorker Cardi is going to rise to the occasion that it will be on the Grammy Awards red carpet on her home turf will be it. Add a pair of leopard print Giuseppe Zanotti crystal embellished sandals, a sleek bob, defined eyes, nude lips, and a selection of Bulgari jewels including a pair of emerald and diamond chandelier earrings and a statement emerald cocktail ring to really make sure that this look is the definition of looking expensive. For her performance of “Finesse [REMIX]” with Bruno Mars I picked a look that I feel likes fits with the 90’s fly girl vibe that was given in the music video by going back to Jeremy Scott’s first collection for Moschino and this light blue quilted denim bomber jacket and tapered jeans from the Fall 2014 RTW collection. I love the gold chain trim the logo chain belt from this look on the runway. Add a gold Lovers + Friends twist turn bandeau top, sleek hair, smokey eyes, a hot pink glossy lip, gold Jimmy Choo ‘Daize’ lace up ankle boots, and gold vintage Chanel ear clip disc earrings to really make sure that this look is 90’s realness head to toe. For the final wardrobe change I have for Cardi to make for the 2018 Grammy Awards is this baroque tiger print Versace Fall 2018 Menswear collection long sleeve mini dress. As I have been going down the fall menswear shows I have loved seeing pops of really great womenswear on the runways and this was one of those moments. I actually changed my set of wishes for Cardi when I saw this dress come down the runway because I just thought it really fit her aesthetic. Round this look out with a smokey eye, nude lip, sleek hair, and a pair of camel suede Christian Louboutin ‘Galleria’ round studded sandals to just really make sure that Cardi finishes off the night in high style, really cementing her as a true star.I am still trying to figure out what Julia Michaels style is. She has given flirty and feminine in Marchesa, glamorous and fashion forward in Christian Dior, edgy in Phuong My, and classic in Winnonah. So she has been all over with her red carpet looks in the past. I hope that she will deliver a really great moment on the red carpet at her very first Grammy Awards. Punk, bohemian, flirty femininity is the way that I went down for her to rock for the 2018 Grammy’s with this acid floral Libertine Spring 2018 RTW tiered gown. Libertine isn’t a brand that we so often on the red carpet, but I think that the “it” girl status that the brand holds really makes for a great Grammy’s moment. I think that if Julia took this gown added a chic messy top knot, smokey eyes, a light pink lip, black Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudistsong’ sandals, and a pair of diamond and opal Stephen Webster ‘Magnipheasant’ feather inspired earrings that she would have a perfect moment on her hands for the Grammy Awards red carpet.Lorde has come a long way since she was the first time she attended the Grammy’s wearing a simple black Balenciaga gown that was rather boring. I will say that whatever she wears Lorde always is authentically herself. Often she doesn’t wear color or walk red carpets, but when she does each it becomes magic. For the Grammy Awards I decided to keep Lorde in her all black comfort zone, but in a way that I think that this is a potential major moment. I think that Lorde would definitely be a major style player wearing this black sequined wool Chanel Pre-Fall 2018 tuxedo jumpsuit which feature silver buttons on wide leg culotte pants. I do think that if anyone could make a look like this really come to life on the red carpet that it would be Lorde. When it comes to styling I think a sleek bun, defined eye, red lips, a pair of flat black Christian Louboutin ‘Charletta’ wing-tips with thick creeper soles, and a Cartier High Jewelry diamond collar necklace all would really make sure that this look is authentically Lorde and a perfect Grammy’s moment.Similar to Beyonce, Rihanna is nominated as a featured artist this year on Kendrick Lamar’s single “Loyalty.” She will also be performing with DJ Khalid and Bryson Tiller on the Grammy’s stage! It was on the Grammy Awards red carpet 10 years ago in electric blue Zac Posen that I learned who Rihanna was and fell in love with her. Since then she has just delivered moment after moment in every style imaginable from barely there in Jean Paul Gaultier Couture, simplistic in Giorgio Armani, glamorous in custom Azzedine Alaïa, and completely over the top in Giambattista Valli Couture. This isn’t the 10 year anniversary of Rihanna on the Grammy’s red carpet, but I feel like it was at that time time (with the help of Zac) that we really saw RiRi start to become a real icon. The looks that I picked for Rihanna to rock this year are nods to looks that she has worn for past Grammy ceremonies. For the red carpet I took inspiration from the white Elie Saab Couture gown that Rihanna wore in 2010 by choosing this black Armani Prive Fall 2017 Couture which features a strong shouldered feathered bodice and crystal beaded roses covering the whole fit and flare skirt. That Saab gown was very hot and cold when it came to its reception, but I think that this Armani Prive gown tones down the edge of the Saab gown and turns it into a major 40’s femme fatale statement. A Fenty Beauty ‘Stunna’ lip paint, a sleek high bun, winged eyeliner, a black/silver/gold Judith Leiber Couture ‘Bela Lugosi’ skull minaudiere, black Christian Louboutin ‘Follies Strass’ crystal embellished mesh pumps, and a pair of deGrisogono gold pearl and black and yellow diamond statement hoop earrings all would really ensure make this a really dramatic moment for the Grammy’s red carpet. For a wardrobe change inside I took color inspiration from that Zac Posen dress from 2008 and meshed it with the Maison Margiela suit she changed into in 2015. That black Margiela suit was from John Galliano’s debut couture collection for the house and this electric blue Maison Margiela Fall 2018 Menswear double breasted silk suit is the first time Galliano has designed a menswear collection for the brand. Rihanna is no stranger to wearing menswear on the red carpet and I think that this could be a really great way for her to pay homage to her past. Let the hair down, keep the makeup from the red carpet and add a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Jonatina’ leather and PVC illusion sandals, and statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection paisley earrings made up blue topaz and orange and blue sapphires to really ensure perfectionAt the end of this really long list is Taylor Swift, whom I have no idea if she will actually attend the Grammy’s or not. Officially the last red carpet that Taylor actually walked was the Met Gala in 2016. I am really interested in seeing what this new Taylor will wear on a red carpet. Since she dropped new music she has skipped the VMA’s and the American Music Awards, so I am wondering if she will make an appearance on Sunday at the Grammy’s. If she does step out I would love to see her give us this very 80’s inspired moment on from the Fausto Puglisi Resort 2018 collection with this black silk bejeweled gown which features a gold neck to hem zip-up front and a corseted bodice. I think that the sexier side of Taylor would definitely come into play on this red carpet and I definitely think that this gown would fit this new aesthetic that she has given during her Reputation era. A sleek hairstyle, smokey eye, red lips, and a pair of black Gianvito Rossi ‘Love Heart’ patent sandals are how I would finish this look to ensure that this is a really major moment for Taylor’s return to the red carpet.

The 2018 Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday January 28, 2018.


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