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Lady Gaga to Adele: Grammy fashion moments

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/13/2017 By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press
Katy Perry arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Katy Perry arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Though unusually staid, fashion-wise, the Grammys had a few memorable moments.

Lady Gaga poses at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Lady Gaga poses at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

CeeLo Green showed up Sunday in Los Angeles as a metallic gold something with a strange headpiece and tunic to match. And Lady Gaga, fresh from the Super Bowl, donned tiny black leather shorts and top, looking fierce in her thigh-high boots.

CeeLo Green as his alter ego Gnarly Davidson arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press CeeLo Green as his alter ego Gnarly Davidson arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Other than that, we had some dresses. As these things often go, some were liked, some not so much.

Rihanna arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Rihanna arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Rihanna pulled off another voluminous look, this one a custom tangerine Armani Prive crop top with crystals and a voluminous black skirt of silk organza. The bottom half evoked her pink cupcakey Giambattista Valli ball gown for the Grammys two years ago.

Adele accepts the award for song of the year for "Hello" at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Adele accepts the award for song of the year for "Hello" at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

"Rihanna has such a history of stealing the show with her flawless style at the Grammys," said Kyle Anderson, the market and accessories director for Marie Claire magazine. "The top was perfect, designed around her tattoos. She is confident and knows what looks good on her as well as what will steal the spotlight."

Beyonce performs at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Beyonce performs at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Adele wore Givenchy Haute Couture by Ricardo Tisci — twice. First in two tones of military green in a checkerboard weave with a long-sleeve top underneath on the red carpet and again to perform in a black velvet stone-encrusted top and matching pants.

Halsey arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Halsey arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"Why would she wear that green," asked "Fashion Police" alum and style expert George Kotsiopoulos. "She was very covered up. I didn't hate it but it was just an ugly color."

Desiigner arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Desiigner arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Anderson disagreed.

Adele performs a tribute to George Michael at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Adele performs a tribute to George Michael at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

"Adele looked stunning," he said. "To me green looks great as a contrasting shade on the red carpet."

Celine Dion arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Celine Dion arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

And then there was Beyonce. As an early performer on the CBS telecast, she didn't walk the carpet, but she slayed as a gold-crowned goddess onstage and again from the audience in sexy red sequins. Her 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, cheered mom's stage show from dad Jay Z's lap wearing a white ruffle Prince-like shirt, circa "Purple Rain," under a bubble gum pink suit.

Solange Knowles arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Solange Knowles arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

But overall, Julee Wilson, fashion and beauty director for Essence magazine and its website, was underwhelmed on the fashion front.

Jennifer Lopez presents the award for best new artist at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jennifer Lopez presents the award for best new artist at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

"It was really boring," she said of the carpet. "There was so much blah."

Carrie Underwood llega a la 59a entrega de los Grammy en el Staples Center el domingo 12 de febrero de 2017 en Los Angeles. (Foto Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Carrie Underwood llega a la 59a entrega de los Grammy en el Staples Center el domingo 12 de febrero de 2017 en Los Angeles. (Foto Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

She had her favorites, though, including Adele. Her not-so-much moment was Katy Perry in a Tom Ford look with a skirt of pink feathers and metallic sequin mock turtleneck long-sleeve top.

Heidi Klum arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Heidi Klum arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"I think Katy Perry looked awful," Wilson said.

Host James Corden performs a skit at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Host James Corden performs a skit at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

As for Adele, "She does a really good job of dressing her curves in a way that doesn't look like she's trying to hide them," she said.

Host James Corden appears without pants at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Host James Corden appears without pants at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Anderson begged to differ on Perry.

Host James Corden speaks at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Host James Corden speaks at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

"She looked phenomenal with her blond waves. Taking risks and keeping things fresh is what the Grammys are all about when it comes to fashion and beauty," he said.

Kotsiopoulos, too, was less than enthused by this year's show of Grammy fashion.

"There was no 'oh my god' moment," he said.

Eric Wilson, the fashion news director for InStyle magazine, saw some trends.

"I loved the wave of futuristic metallic fabrics worn by Katy Perry and Solange Knowles," said Wilson, the latter in a gold Gucci one-shoulder with fan ruffles.

"But I had some trouble with all the crazy cleavage contraptions, which were probably a good idea on paper, but not on the body. Between Lady Gaga in that bolero top, Halsey's X-rated tracksuit and Rihanna's orange bra from Armani Prive, those dresses were working overtime just to keep themselves up, and they all looked really uncomfortable. And in the interest of not sounding sexist, I'll also veto Desiigner's shirtless tux," Wilson added.

Count Wilson in as a fan of Perry's Ford look.

"It hit all the right notes. The combination of a skirt of feathers and a shiny top created a polished effect, but the overall look stayed well within Katy's pop princess comfort zone," he said.

Colors were all over the place. Wilson liked the light lavender Ralph & Russo halter confection worn by Jennifer Lopez and Celine Dion's emerald green Zuhair Murad couture dress.

On the Adele scale, he was somewhere in between.

"The dress was a little over the top, but she made it look like a form of armor," Wilson said, "which is probably a smarter statement for these times."

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