It’s been 15 years since the Grammys were held at the famous MSG arena in New York. So you can only imagine the anticipation of this years’ event on January 28. Of course, there were several Pre-Grammy parties, but the most lit party of them all was Jay-z’s Roc Nation Brunch followed up with his interview with Van Jones (epic). I found myself looking at all the pictures and reviews online thinking, damn that’s the best brunch with a DJ I’ve ever seen in my life! Seriously, it was like the Issa Rae moment of “I’m Rooting for Everybody Black” and black excellence was written all over it.
Not only was the anticipation around who will take home the top award Jay-Z or Kendrick Lamar. (And guess what? It went to Bruno Mars, another top rated and deserving artist.) But let’s keep it real. It’s all about the fashion! And the last time the Grammys’ red carpet graced NYC, it was all about tracksuits, jerseys, and grunge. Fashion has evolved tremendously, but it has also paid homage over the last year or so. We saw a glimpse of that when Bruno Mars performed with one of my favs, Cardi B wearing Cross Colours and combat boots.
The stars also arrived at the Grammys supporting the “Times Up” movement by displaying white roses with their ensemble. I loved Janelle Monae’s embroidered pantsuit, but what really captured my attention were her remarks regarding the #MeToo campaign. “It’s not just going on in Hollywood, it’s not just going on in Washington, it’s right here in our industry as well”, she said. “And just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo a culture that does not serve us well.” This was the most powerful statement of the night outside of the powerful performance by Kesha.
Let’s get into a few of my favorite looks from the weekend.
Beyonce`! Yonce`! Mrs. Carter! - I loved her number by Azi and Osta Couture for the Clive Davis Gala. It was the perfect structured dress, with the transparent side and the beret to top it off...I gagged! She snatched my edges and I couldn’t breathe the rest of the night.
Jay-Z - He arrived all weekend looking like the modern day Frank Lucas or the Black Bill Gates! Beyonce sang about it in “Upgrade You - switch your neckties to purple labels.” What more can I say? Partner let me upgrade you!
Cassie - Chic at the Roc Nation Brunch in her Paule Ka dress. Her skin was so radiant and glowing while she oozes class and sex appeal. All I can say is Cassie and Diddy were clean!
Eve - Can we just have a moment of silence please? She shut it down in this embellished Naeem Khan pantsuit with no shirt underneath and her hair gently swept to the side. All I can say is effortless!
Janelle Monae` - Graced the stage in a Dolce and Gabbana embroidered pantsuit. Immediately when I saw this pantsuit I thought of a bull runner waving the red flag and commanding attention. And that’s what she did with her powerful message in this eye-catching pantsuit.
Lady Gaga - Black is my favorite color. I’m all about black lace and a little drama (in my outfits, hair or makeup - not my personal life lol). Armani Prive` and Lady Gaga gave all of the above with this red carpet number.
Lala Anthony - Was stunning in this classic sexy red Mugler number.
Sibley Scoles - This electric turquoise blue pantsuit by Barrus London is one to die for. Is this the year to go topless under your blazer? Absolutely. With her sleek, blunt cut china doll bob and pink lip, she bodied this look. I love the touch of satin trim around the lapel.
If I were attending the Grammy's here's what I would have worn!
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