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American Independence Is Sooo Fashionable…

The Met Gala is back! Last night celebs threw masks aside (well, until they got inside the venue), brandished vaccination cards like red-soled stilettos and showed the world that glamour is highly contagious.

The theme this year was MAerican Independence. As always, what that means was up to interprestation. Of cpurse, certain looks just made sense.

Debbie Harry rocking the red white and blue

In a more subtle vein, you had folks who took the cue of inspiration from famous American figures. Blunt, above, referenced film star Hedy Lamar. Chloe and Halley Bailey, below, said they were tryingto channel a little Grace Kelly and Tina Turner. While I see Tina’s influence more than Grace’s for sure, I think Chloe’s look was more Met gala, while Halley’s would’ve been better for the MTV awards the night before.

One of my fave references, however, had to be explained to me, and now I am here for it.

YouTuber Nikkie de Jager, above, paid homage to queer icon Marsha P Johnson, who was famously quoted as saying “pay it no mind” when asked about her sexual identity. What a lovely tribute — and a huge example of the floral trend so prevalent last night! Others who looked like they might have bees on their heels:

But you don’t need flowers to stand out. Super-saturated shades are very in this fall, and these stars showed us how to do it:

But never count and the classics. Before they were stars in color, Americans revelled in the glamorous world of black and white:

One of the trends for sure was nudity — both in fabric and hues. Some women pulled off the sheer looks well. Others, maybe not so much.

Neutral, subtle colors showed you don’t need to scream sexy all the time:

But metallics shine bright, and say so much:

Speaking of saying something, What’s more American than a statement? We all know stars like to use their celebrity to shout their platforms from the rooftops (and, as I’ve said before, I’d do the same if I was in their Louboutins). So why not use your clothes for that purpose?

To take another view of it, to many America has always been about the cowboys of the wild west. So there were plenty of looks inspired by the gunslingers of old. Fringe worked for some (like the first two looks below), but for others? Not so much.

Denim is about the coolest, most American fabric ever. I kinda dig Ben Patt’s 70s style Canadian tuxedo. But Leon Bridges looks like he grabbed his at a Texas truck stop.

Lupita Nyong’o slayed her denim look:

Then there were the cowboys…

And the horse they rode in on:

Kim Petras

I loved this!

But let’s be honest: we weren’t here first. And rising superstar Indigenous model Quannah Chasinghorse showed many people that she deserved a place on those carpeted steps way before the land under them was sold for a handful of beads.

Message and import aside, there were, quite simply, a lot of pretty looks. Many were worn by the men. Some went old school classic:

Some took the suiting world up a notch:

Some did a tux with a twist:

And still others embraced the exploding men’s fashion world by storm with creativity and showmanship:

Lil NasX pulled a Gaga, and unveiled successively slimmer looks as he strolled down the carpet:

Which couples stood out to me, for better or for worse? Take a look.

Of course, some folks may have come singly, but if their dominatrix looks had anything to say about it, they weren’t going home that way.

Kim Kardashian

Props were utilized to make a statement as well, from message purses to masks, to, well, dolls.

And for some fashion divas, the whole outfit was a prop.


But to me, nothing says a glamorous gala like a train. Don’t let your fashion hit ya in the caboose!

As always on these fashion posts, I gotta end with my biggest fave of the night. Billie Eilish embraced Marilyn Monroe and the American way: being herself. This incredible young woman has worn her looks the way she wanted, and didn’t want to show off her sexy side the way the world expects curvy beauties to do until it was on her own terms. And what were her terms? She told Oscar de la Renta that she would wear their dress, if they stopped selling fur. ANd they agreed. That is American Independence personified.

You go girl.

Grammy Got Style

The Grammy’s are not typically the fashion highpoints of the award season year, but it is fun to see a slightly different approach to red carpets.

TBH, I’ve never heard of about 85% of the people whose pictures I will share here. I kinda stopped caring about the Grammys when they stopped caring about music that isn’t created through autotune and other mechanical manipulations. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be fascinated by the way the artists choose to dress up!

The fellas of the music world always turn it up. From subtle to, well, NOT, they dance to their own tunes,

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: DaBaby attends the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )

Da Baby had one of my favorite looks of the night, male or female! However, on the opposite side of the interesting meter was Jack Antonoff. I mean, maybe this is his shtick? I don’t know the guy, but this look reads vaguely 1950s nerd, and not in a hot way.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: Jack Antonoff attends the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )

BTS has shown themselves to be huge fashionistas. They always make an effort. This communal look was not one of their bests, IMO, but they still look great!

Other standout looks (for better or for worse…)

A few last guys that need a mention. Showing up probably to promote their new fashion line, Anderson Paak and Bruno Mars make 70s chic current, and they always look like they are having a ball.

Harry Styles is a fashion icon — a modern day Mick Jagger. The boa here may have been Gucci, but it looked like he picked it up off the floor of a strip club (his leather suit to perform in later was so hot, though!)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: Harry Styles attends the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )

Lastly, this guy is all style. Kaytranada is evidently a Canadian DJ, and he managed to look polished enough for an awards show, but hip enough for it to be the Grammy’s.

Not very women rocked the pants look, but I liked what I saw.

Looking like a better version of most of us watching at home, Chika looked fun.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: Chika attends the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )

And HER was channeling her inner Lenny Kravitz in a very good way.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: H.E.R. attends the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )

But this trio I didn’t get. They should get pointers from BTS in the “we look cohesively cool” department. Why does this picture make me feel uncomfortable? Haim needs a new stylist — and an iron.

One duo that rocked it out of the park were Chloe + Halle. I saved their pictures without even realizing they were a duo — and then realized that side by side they looked similar enough and yet unique. Brava, ladies.

There’s a fine line between sexy and trashy, and often the devil is in the details and teh dollars. If something looks cheap, too shiny or ill-fitting, you are not going t look good. Oh: and accesories can make all teh difference.

Imma start with the Beyonce. Woman has money and class — no one can deny it. So what happened???

If she had slicked back her hair, the dress might’ve been forgivable. Worn those cool earrings with a simpler dress? Yep. That hair? Sorry. Donna Summers wore it better (sorry Bee Hive…)

Mapy looks like she just got off the street corner, pairing those boots with that dress, wearing black underwear that shows through the cheap thin fabric, and that hair…oh honey…

She should take some pointers from Dua Lipa, who did sheer — and shine — right. Channeling Cher a little bit, right?

And Lizzo. Oh I adore her, I do. But these dresses came off the clearance rack at some cheap mall store after prom season ended.

If I had to pick one, I’d pick the pink dress with the hair in the green outfit. Shiny rarely looks good.

Here are a few women who tried the shiny look, and didn’t quite make a home run IMO.

The fit goes feels wrong for me — and Miranda Lambert looks like her dress was made out of leftover holiday gift wrap from a Project Runway challenge. Maren Morris just looks like she’s going to bed.

There were a few women whose sparkle I took a shine to. The secret? Texture.

Nian Parker (in silver) looks like a medieval knight in a ll that chainmail. Mickey Guyton looks more like an Oscar than a Grammy, but I’m not complaining. Those shoulders made the dress fresh. And I don’t know what the rest of the outfit looks like, but from this angle, Keltie Knight did it right.

Earler I mentioned not liking the sheerness Basic black is always a safe bet — even if you take risks.

One performer who tried to do the black and white theme well, but didn’t, was Julia Michaels. This sad dress looks like a bunch of forest fungi not having a fun time.

Grammy’s fashion rules don’t exist — so short dresses are just fine! I like all 3 of these dresses, but Juliana Rancic shouldn’t match her dress to her hair — or style her hair like that.

For our last looks at the Grammy’s we’ll go haute couture. Some worked, and some should be fired. These three I hated.

And these two I loved!

We have more than a month until the Oscars. They recently released the rules, which say formal dress, and no zoom calls, and only nominees can attend. My guess is that increases the pressure significantly on all those who care. Let’s hope they — and the stylists and designers — are up to the task!

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