Showing up and showing out


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By JoAnna Alexander, Intern

On Sunday, Jan. 28, the highly anticipated Grammy award show took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Every year, a big aspect of the program is the red carpet and what celebrities arrive wearing. The stars typically show up to out-do all of their fellow competitors, and this year continued that  trend. Fashion critics are on the lookout for things ranging from how many designers were needed to make the extravagant outfit to how many days, or even weeks it took to make the clothing.

Lady Gaga never fails to kill the fashion game with her amazing outfits. Last year, the pop star walked the red carpet in an outfit that was quite scandalous. She wore a black leather top with a plunging neckline and paired it with black jean shorts and knee- high black boots. She topped it all off with black sunglasses.

This year, Gaga was more reserved. Her outfit consisted of a black Armani Privé jumpsuit and a long, voluminous black skirt. She sported a slicked-back hairdo and an exceptional smokey eye.

While Gaga was glamorous, no one can stop talking about Rihanna. Shockingly, it wasn’t what she wore on the red carpet. It was the sexy, pink dress she wore during her performance of “Wild Thoughts” with DJ Khaled.

The thing that blew everyone away is the fact that the fuschia dress was made of close to 275,000 crystals. This is a step up from the dress she wore to the 2014 CFDA Awards. That nude-colored dress only had 230,000 which, along with its matching headpiece, took 20 designers a week to compose.

There is a downside to everything, and Grammy fashion is no exception. Pink and Sam Smith failed to hit the mark. Pink wore a feathery dress of pink, blue, purple and black. It failed to meet critics’ tastes because it was so bizarre. Some compared it to Big Bird from Sesame Street.

Sam Smith didn’t land in the good graces of onlookers either, with his emerald green suit, a scarlet-colored undershirt and black loafers. People weren’t satisfied with the fit of the suit and how disconnected each article of clothing was.   

Every year, icons never fail to stir up conversion, good or bad, over their choice in clothing for the red carpet at the Grammys. People like to go all out with their outfits so that they can be remembered. People’s interests will be piqued over what the celeb does, causing them to look up the star. As the old saying goes, any publicity is good publicity.