While there were many 2018 Grammys fashion statements worthy of honorable mentions, there was one clear winner of my prestigious Best Dressed/Wear What You Want combo award.
That winner is not Andra Day, but she came so close in her candy-colored, custom-made Victoria Hayes tuxedo gown.
This dress was my personal favorite of the evening, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it in an extremely covetous way. First of all, it reminds me of a dressy black suit with red satin lapels that I had in the early 1990s. More importantly, it meets every requirement of a Best Dressed/Wear What You Want winner. It was completely different from anything else on the red carpet that night, so much so that it was visually jarring. But take another look and see how well it fits Andra, how the colors pop, how it bares the right amount of skin, and how natural it is on her. I’m all about a beautiful shock when it comes to fashion. My own favorite clothes are always the ones that are a little challenging — the ones where on first sight I thought, “Is it ugly? Is it crazy?” and then fell madly in love. This Watanabe jacket is a good example from my own closet.
So why isn’t Andra my winner? Because Lady Gaga did her best possible version of a Lady Gaga look. She was back in custom Armani Privé, the source of some of her most memorable award-show styles, including the galactic dress she wore to the 2010 Grammys.
This year, her huge skirt hit the trend for voluminous clothes that I mentioned in my last post …
… while the exaggerated train took the style to a 2010-Gaga-worthy extreme.
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And look at this hair.
You can see that I’m a sucker for a laced-up (or unlaced) style.
Gaga delivered a second helping of fashion drama once she was inside the venue: She took off her skirt to fully reveal her lace bodysuit.
Her performance dress was another Armani Privé take on the volume trend, this time in pink.
Pink has been the color theme during Gaga’s promotion of her latest album, Joanne, the title of which is a tribute to her late aunt.
Gaga’s grand piano was covered with giant, feathered angel wings that often seemed to merge with the ethereal dress as she sang “Joanne” and “A Million Reasons.” At the end of the songs, she made the angelic connection official by leaning backwards into the wings.
This is fashion as performance art. Gaga has always excelled at that, but I’m not sure she’s reached this level of sophistication before. As much as I want Andra Day’s dress for myself, the Best Dressed/Wear What You Want combo award clearly belongs to Gaga.