Best Red Carpet Fashion From the 2023 Grammys: Laverne Cox, Lizzo and More
About an hour after celebrities started appearing on the Grammys red carpet, Styles critic and reporter Guy Trebay made an observation. “About menswear,” I wrotehad “fewer outfits that look like graduation day at Clown College than you’ll find on average Meet the gala.”
Minutes later, Harry Styles appeared with bare arms and breasts peeking out from behind a glittering harlequin jumpsuit.
Mr. Styles isn’t the only one showing off skin on the red carpet. Singer-songwriter Steve Lacy tops, Mary J. Blige shows off her hips and singer gayle wears a dress that shows more, including the stars that cover her nipples. Those who didn’t stand out with their skin did so with bright colors: rapper Fat Joe in pink, Kasey Musgraves in pale pink; Orange Lizzo; singer Sam Smith and singer Kim Petras in red; and Taylor Swift in blue just dark enough to be called midnight.
More subtle but no less striking is the Gucci evening gown worn by Trevor Noah, who returns to host the Grammys for the third time this year. Mr. Noah is said to prefer neutrals in his hosting duties so as not to draw attention from the nominees. But in the cream coat, he still stands out.
Shania Twain: Most Seussical!
The singer’s unedited Harris Reed ensemble might be the most unforgettable look of the night. The oversized bell hat is reminiscent of Yayoi Kusama in a Linda Perry way, and the red wig underneath it is reminiscent of Charli Baltimore in his early career. But for a star who just released a new album after nearly losing her voice due to complications from Lyme disease, it’s hard not to admire the way Shania Twain dresses unfashionably in her own way.
Lizzo: The most upcoming roses!
The female singer’s orange Dolce & Gabbana gown with flowers on her head is both elegant and maximal. Enhancing the effect are delicate curls on her forehead, the only flower in her hair, and eyeshadow in shades to match her dress.
Mary J. Blige: Your light shines brightest!
If you’ve been too busy wallowing in The Blonds singer’s silver, crystal gown, you might have missed her telling Laverne Cox that she’s just “grateful to still be here.” After seeing Miss Blige in the dress, aren’t the fans the ones to be grateful for?
Harry Styles: Sexiest Clown!
When you’re a superstar known for your costume changes as well as your relationships, there’s nothing you can do better than conjure up a prostitute, commedia-impressive love character. dell’arte is famous for getting away with romance by plucking – and for wearing a diamond-patterned signature. Mr. EgonLab’s wide-leg jumpsuits. Styles are rendered with rainbow Swarovski crystals. And to no one’s surprise – or disappointment – he chose nothing below (at least the top).
Brandi Carlile: Debonair the most!
Mr. Styles may get a lot of attention with their gender-appropriate red carpet fashion, but singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s interest in changing traditional masculine norms is equally compelling. Her satin Atelier Versace suit, beaded on the sleeves and pants, looks dapper, especially when paired with a dark pink shirt and slim tie.
Laverne Cox: The Most Iconic!
“Cleopatra meets Goldfinger 2023” is how Laverne Cox describes the Kim Kassas sleeveless reptile leather dress she wore when interviewing guests on the red carpet. According to her, inspiration for this look included Andre Leon Talley and Claudette Colbert’s performance in the 1934 film “Cleopatra”.
Bebe Rexha: Best Barbiecore!
It wouldn’t be too surprising if this whole Moschino costume was a stunt for Greta Gerwig’s upcoming “Barbie” movie.
Taylor Swift: The most anti-hero!
“Meet me at midnight,” are the first words on Taylor Swift’s new album. Her look tonight, true to the singer’s style, was on point: a dark blue Roberto Cavalli cropped turtleneck and a polka dot skirt with just enough sequins to evoke the night sky.
Cardi B: Bomb-The most whirlwind!
Rapper Gaurav Gupta’s futuristic electric blue dress comes straight from Model’s footsteps in the designer’s spring 2023 couture show. The sculptural look covered her shoulders and part of her head, providing an otherworldly atmosphere on the red carpet.
Steve Lacy: Most Disciplined!
When it comes to style, Mr. Lacy has no bad habits: He always tries to follow fashion trends in very few movements. Although he wasn’t shirtless with a double-breasted Saint Laurent suit, he was holding a shiny black clutch purse like a glamorous high-class lady would do at a fundraiser. His white pointed toe seemed to be whispering, “I follow my own rules.”
Machine gun Kelly: The most confusing!
With a soft bleached mop and a two-button Dolce & Gabbana suit, the pop-punk rapper went all the way to Warhol Factory. The look, completed by a jeweled collar attached to the belt, made for a fashion statement as messy as his joke with Miss Cox.
Kacey Musgraves: The Lightest Pink!
This isn’t the first time Ms. Musgraves has worn Valentino (or, for that matter, feathers made by designers). But it seems for the first time that her looks may trigger a craving for cotton candy as a side effect.
Fat Joe: Most Viva Magenta!
Continuing the monochrome theme that randomly took over the red carpet, Fat Joe wore a custom hot pink suit from 5001 flavors, a store in Harlem. His outfit made a powerful statement, especially since it was almost a walking version of Pantone Color of the Year.
Doja Cat: The Most Vinyls!
Go pretty punk in a vinyl one-shoulder Versace dress by Doja Cat, which she teamed with matching gloves, spiral earrings, and a Liza Minnelli pixie cut. The smoldering look is a reminder that rappers don’t have to to a red paint event to bring heat.
Kim Petras & Sam Smith: Best Collaboration!
Even on the red carpet among eight others dressed in red, singers Sam Smith and Kim Petras stood out. Chalk up the colors, but also the accessories: Between the two, there is a floor-length veil, a hat, gloves, and a cane.
Jack Harlow: Heaviest hand!
Rapper Jack Harlow also wears gloves; namely a black leather briefcase that accented his mostly monochromatic tanned outfit. (Another element of surprise: the knit underneath his jacket.) Even the rapper knows he looks good in Ernest W. Baker’s outfit: He describes himself as “junk food.” on the red carpet.
Mick Fleetwood: Most Confident!
This seventy has nothing to prove. His suit has a lot of detail – exaggerated lapels, lots of patterns, a waistcoat and multiple layers of necklaces – but somehow the eye remains steady. It is recognizable as “rock” and unquestionably stylish.
Jeremy Allen, Stella Bugbee, Vanessa Friedman, Sadiba Hasan, Callie Holterman, Madison Malone Kircher, Anna Grace Lee, Louis Lucero, Shane O’Neil, Minju Pak, Anthony Rotunno and Marie Solis contributed reporting.