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Glamour goths and shrunken suits: Stars stun at the 66th annual Grammy Awards

By Rachel Douglass


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Lana Del Rey, Phoebe Bridgers and Taylor Swift attend the 66th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on February 04, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy) Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy’s 66th annual Grammy Awards were held last night, cushioning out an already hectic ceremony schedule for global creative talent. Not to mention, this year also saw the introduction of three new categories – best pop dance recording, best African music performance, and best alternative jazz album – expanding the roster even more in a further attempt to diversify the honourees.

Another notable shift was that, prior to the show, the Academy announced that “only human creators” could win, cancelling out the possibility of music developed using artificial intelligence (AI) from snatching an accolade. It put an end to any heightened concern surrounding the possibility of computers taking chances away from “human” talent, a topic that had only been emphasised by the SAG-AFTRA strikes that took place last year, initiated due to demand from screenwriters and actors for more protection from film studios over the potential use of AI.

Such strikes had also led to a build up of schedules among the most in-demand talent in Hollywood, and the ultimate rescheduling of productions and award shows – namely the Emmys – contributing to a backlog of demand for gowns this awards’ season. This combined with the increased reliance on ready-to-wear over evening wear from design houses had led to an apparent shortage of red carpet attire. However, such challenges were not present among the attendees of the Grammys it appears, many of whom took to the red carpet in all the event’s typically costumey theatrics.

Floor-sweeping drama

Caroline Polacheck in archival Olivier Theyskens. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy

The biggest trend of the night was in the skirts. From Taylor Swift’s custom Schiaparelli design – a world away from her usually pared down aesthetic – to Alessandra Ambrosio’s mermaid-esque, figure-hugging showstopper, there was quite literally no limit to the lengths celebs went to to bring some drama. This all came to a head in Caroline Polacheck’s thunderbolt Olivier Theyskens creation, which combined a thigh-high slit, a contrasting lace neckline and an exaggerated train all in one bewitching gown.

Taylor Swift in custom Schiaparelli. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Ice Spice wearing Baby Phat and Kat Graham in Stéphane Rolland at the 60th Grammy Awards Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Alessandra Ambrosio. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Baby blue

Coco Jones in Celia Kritharioti, Paris Hilton in Reem Acra and Christina Aguilera in Maluma. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy

In contrast, the colour of the evening, it seemed, was baby blue. The pastel hue was particularly favoured in the form of highly embellished, overtly sparkly fitted pieces, as seen on the likes of Paris Hilton and R&B Performance winner Coco Jones. Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera kept the train theme running in a sleek Maluma look with asymmetrical draping.

Glamour goth

Ella Balinksa in Dolce&Gabbana, Bebe Rexha in Robert Wun and Charlotte Lawrence in Rodarte. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy.

Departing from the pastel trend, other attendees stuck more closely to varying takes on the goth aesthetic, which was largely defined on this red carpet by structural sheer numbers and polished accessories. While Lana Del Rey’s look paired the dark theme with details reminiscent of 50s fashion – puffed up sleeving and an A-line skirt – Ella Balinksa’s Dolce&Gabbana also incorporated vintage-inspired shapes, with corset-like boning helping to form the shape.

Lenny Kravitz in Rick Owens, Lana Del Rey and Sandra Powers. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Shrunken suiting

Larkin Poe, Sarah Tudzin and BoyGenius. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Moving swiftly away from the darker themes, another trend to grace the red carpet was an alternative take on suiting which particularly revolved around down-sized proportions. It was Best Rock Song winners BoyGenius who stoked the flames of this look, appearing in matching white Thom Browne tuxedos with pink carnations tying the attire together.

Skin-coloured bustiers

Doja Cat in Dilara Findikoglu, Victoria Monet in Versace and Halle Bailey in Gucci. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy

A world away from this was the craze for alluring skin-coloured bustier gowns. Doja Cat’s Dilara Findikoglu piece came in the form of a barely-there corset which was elevated with an abundance of tattoos, a major shift from Halle Bailey’s crystal adorned Gucci piece with a deep-V neckline. It was Miley Cyrus, however, that took the trend even further, replacing sheer overlays with her own skin. Her golden Maison Margiela dress was entirely made of safety pins forming a netted textile that stunned with a moulded bralette, structured neckline and delicate draping.

Miley Cyrus in Maison Margiela. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy


Kingsley Ben-Adir in Gucci, Billie Eilish in Chrome Hearts and DJ Kool Herc. Credits: (Left) Gucci, (Right) Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Taking a detour from the glitz and glam, we now look to the stars that took a more casual approach to the Grammy dress code. This trend was led by Song of the Year winner Billie Eilish, who sported a Chrome Hearts bomber with an oversized shirt and pants combo completing the look. Similarly, Kingsley Ben-Adir also opted for a bomber jacket by Gucci in a standout olive green.

Hollywood classics

Gracie Abrams in Chanel, Kelly Clarkson and Olivia Rodrigo in Versace. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Other stars were a little more traditional in their approach, however. This was particularly true for Kelly Clarkson, who adorned classic Hollywood glamour in an off-the-shoulder number. Gracie Abrams’ Chanel two-piece was another pared down yet eye-catching look, as was the vintage Versace gown donned by Olivia Rodrigo, which was covered in red crystals.

Play on proportions

Emily King, Chrissy Teigen in Sophie Couture and Summer Walker. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy

While those attendees stuck to minimalist silhouettes, others experimented with proportions. Emily King’s baby yellow two piece emphasised the shoulders with Renaissance-like fringing, while Chrissy Teigen’s Sophie Couture mini dress came complete with an oversized rose-shaped hemline. Summer Walker, meanwhile, took things to the next level, sporting a fluffy hourglass gown that was paired with a theatrical matching hat.

Androgynous tailoring

21 Savage in Ernest W. Baker, Jon Batiste in Atelier Versace and Peso Pluma in Louis Vuitton. Credits: (Left and centre) Getty Images for The Recording Academy, (right) Louis Vuitton.

Men on the red carpet also played with their looks, many taking an androgynous approach to tailoring either through intricate detailing or gender-fluid additions. Jon Batiste, for example, leant on the men’s skirt trend in his all-silver Atelier Versace look, which combined a pleated skirt with a utility-like jacket. Peso Pluma, meanwhile, drew inspiration from the 70s for his Louis Vuitton attire, with flared bottoms and an embellished fitted jacket.

Red returns

Kylie Minogue in Dolce&Gabbana, Dawn Richard in Khosrov and Jameela Jamil. Credits: Getty Images for The Recording Academy

And finally, like the slew of red carpets already passed – namely the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards – red had a prominent place at this year’s event. From Dawn Richard’s melodramatic Khosrov number to Kylie Minogue’s corset-heavy gown by Dolce&Gabbana, there was no shortage of scarlets, rubies and cherries – once again reaffirming the hue’s place at the height of 2024 red carpet trends.

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