By Wendy Donahue, Tribune newspapers
9:12 AM CST, February 11, 2013
A pre-emptive advisory that CBS sent to Grammy attendees last week threatened to spoil the show’s grand tradition of questionable taste.
“Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks ...” the network advised, according to deadline.com.
At first unfurling of the carpet, it looked as if CBS’ prophylactic memo had sunk in like lead — the color of unimpeachable dresses worn by Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Carly Rae Jepsen and Miranda Lambert.
Then a rebellious streak set in.
Rocking the tux
The men shattered the glass ceiling of style with fresh twists on the tuxedo.
-- Classic meets modern in Justin Timberlake’s Tom Ford moire tux with a black pocket square rimmed in white, and black and white loafers.
-- The design house Lanvin appoints Pharrell in an embossed tuxedo with a seafoam tie.
-- Miguel Pimentel wears a white Lanvin suit and black shirt with Prada studded black shoes.
-- Nas exudes confidence in a taupe tuxedo jacket with black bow tie from Brioni. His pocket square had a chainlink draped over the breast pocket, “bringing a little of the street onto the suit.”
Rebels with an escape clause
No blatant wardrobe violations on the red carpet but the possibilities were numerous.
-- Rihanna radiates glamor in her scarlet Azzedine Alaia, whose sheer top was not lost on commentators.
-- Katy Perry covers but doesn’t exactly conceal in a mint-colored, jewel-encrusted Gucci gown inspired by Priscilla Presley in the ’70s.
-- Jennifer Lopez flashes a whole lot of leg in an Anthony Vaccarello black gown. “I thought I was being such a good girl,” she said in regard to wardrobe rules. “A little shoulder, a little leg.”
-- Meanwhile Taylor Swift stays out of trouble completely in a classic creamy pleated gown with shimmery metallic trim by J. Mendel.
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