Grammy’s Style Recap

Surprisingly, we made it through the entire show.  All in all, we think it was pretty good entertainment, as the focus was squarely on the performances.  Our favorite was Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, but you can go elsewhere for those reviews.  We’re here to give you the lowdown on the mens’ style.

THE HITS:

1. What Is This, Velvet?

Though the Grammy’s took place in “70s and sunny” LA, the leading men embraced the Polar Vortex by donning the wintry fabric, in an array of bold colors.  LL Cool J chose purple, Macklemore a full-suited green , and a bevy of blues.

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2. Classic Cool and Jay-Z

He has an unfair advantage, as Beyonce, like cool whip, makes everything better. But Jay/Hova/Sean has really transformed over the years into a style icon. He rocked a textured and tailored tux blazer that remained true to classic tradition with just a hint of modern flair.Beyonce, Jay-Z

3. Jeremy Renner

He typically stays classic, but this time opted to step outside his comfort zone. We applaud the effort, and think he pulled off the monochromatic look by sporting a vest, shirt, tie, and leather jacket in different shades of gray. We didn’t love the pants, but will forgive Jeremy for taking a risk.

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THE MISSES:

1. Pharrell and His Interesting Choice of Headgear

Pharrell crushed the Grammy’s, picking up multiple awards, performing, and acting as Daft Punk spokesperson. The Red Carpet was another matter, though. We didn’t mind the casual look of jeans and red baseball leather jacket, but those hats (not, 1, but 2) were just terrible, even getting a nice live shout-out from Arbys.

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2. Bolo Ties

We aren’t sure where this resurgence began, but we highlighted Philip River’s interesting press conference choice a few weeks back. It seems as if this western wear hasn’t finished its 5 minutes just yet. Both Macklemore and Bruno Mars adorned the shoestring tie.

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3. Ryan Lewis

His partner (in music? life?) killed it (see above). But while he racked up the awards, we can’t get behind Ryan Lewis’ outfit selection. Houndstooth and similar old-school patterns are on-trend, but the print was just too big. We also would have preferred just the blazer, as the full-suit had the look of your grandparents’ old couch.

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THE UNDECIDED BUT NOTEWORTHY

1. Madonna’s Identity Crisis

Never one to follow the herd, she embraced the “menswear for women” trend to mixed reactions. We think she nailed it on the Red Carpet with her double-breasted black tuxedo, but missed big-time in her all white western getup during her (similarly lacking) performance.

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2. White on White on White

We always see a fair amount of “all black everything” at these soirees, but this year’s Grammy’s brought us our fair share of “all white everything.” This look was diversified by the likes of aging rockers (see above and below) and robots.

Singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

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Did we miss anything? Tell us – what were your favorite looks? Which made you cringe?

Fashion and Music

From Jay-Z to Justin Timberlake, some of 2013’s greatest hits are mentioning designers and fashion trends in their tracks. With the release of “Magna Carta/Holy Grail”, Jay-Z’s latest album, designer Tom Ford not only get’s his named dropped in the chorus, but the rapper even dedicates an entire song to the fashion icon, titled “Tom Ford”.

The union between the rapper and designer seems just right. A top tier music mogul and one of the biggest names in fashion is bound to make a statement.

In the chorus, Jay-Z is rapping, “I don’t pop Molly/ I rock Tom Ford.” It seems that Ford’s pieces are Jay-Z’s drug of choice. What designer gets you “high?”

Jay-Z is not the only one dedicating his tunes to the men’s fashion world.

Justin Timberlake made his musical comeback with fashion in mind. Bringing sexy-back after a six year hiatus, his track “Suit & Tie” off his “The 20/20 Experience” album proves Timberlake is a fashion guy too. Ironically featuring Jay-Z rocking Tom Ford in the video from head to toe, this collaboration has been a huge success. The track is inspired by retro soul legends and infused with modern sound. Not only was “Suit & Tie” a number one hit but the Jay-Z and Timberlake are currently collaborating in the “Legends of the Summer” tour.

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A Grammy Style Recap

Last night was the Grammy Awards.  Of course the red carpet was lined with stunning ladies (it always is), but they weren’t alone .  The men made some big fashion statements last night, stretching the “black tie” thing as far as they could.  There were so many great looks and some – umm – interesting ones too.  Some went classic, some went velvet and some wore capes(?).   Let’s just say, it was a very eclectic mix of styles

Here are our five favorite looks from the 2013 Grammy Awards.

 

The Suit & Tie Guys

If there’s some type of “cool guy quota”  Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake far exceeded it last night when they shared the stage to perform “Suit & Tie”.  Jay-Z took home three awards in style.  Justin continued his 2013 comeback looking fresh.  But we’re most jealous of who these guys get to sit next too.  We’re not worthy.

The Hipsters

In a year the guys from FUN. went from hipster favorites to Top 40 radio with their infectious hit “We are Young.”  Last night, they showed off their hipster chic style donning skinny ties, round rimmed glasses and slim fitting suits.  They took home home awards for Song of the Year and Best New Artist, and definitely looked good doing it.

The Boss

Rick Ross commonly refers to himself as “The Boss” or more accurately, “The Bawse.”  It’s safe to say you won’t find this Tom Ford tux at your local Big and Tall’s.  From the diamond pinky ring to the cigar, no one looked more like the boss the bawse last night than Ross.

The Burgundy 

While Mario Lopez may not be a musician (unless you count this), he had one of the best looks of the 2013 Grammy’s.  While most decided to play it safe with black or navy, Lopez mixed it up with a perfectly cut burgundy suit, slim black tie and classic white pocket square.  This is a look we may have to steal.

The Skyfall

It looks like Drake was as taken by the new James Bond flick as we were.  It was good to see Drizzy ditch the sweaters for this midnight blue Saint Laurent tuxedo.  He won his first Grammy, but more importantly he ended up on our Grammy’s Best Dressed list.

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