So award season has kicked off with a bang, and you don’t get more diversity than American musics night of nights The Grammy’s.
So who were my top five this year?
Well I have to say coming in at number one was Selena Gomez, Justin Biebers ex looked divine in a floor length navy cut away gown showing just enough skin to be sexy and not gauche.
Subtle sparkles gave what could have been a boring choice an instant lift.
This colour is perfect for almost everyone, and while some may say it was a safe choice, I loved it.
Her date for the night pop princess Taylor Swift.
To my mind she never puts a foot wrong in the fashion stakes, rocked a strapless midriff bustier in tangerine teamed with hot pink hot pants with an overskirt by Atelier Versace.
Swift could make a paper bag look hot, showed off an new bob ‘do which I’m not sure I like.
It feels a little dated for her.
Always love Adele, and she looked a little more modern on this night of nights, a middle parting “lob” (long bob) looked sleek and updated a classic black floor length number.
I loved the sleeves, cut away at the armhole was a cheeky detail.
Florence from Florence and the Machine never fails to channel a “70’s boho vibe and did beautiful in pale pink chiffon and gorgeous beading.
Australian model Nicole Trunfino rocked a sequinned jumpsuit, which I thought was a definite nod to the late David Bowie .
The whole shape was cool from the cape like sleeves right down to the flared pants.
A super cool look.
Speaking of Bowie.
Lady Gaga knocked it out of the ball park with her amazing tribute to the late great star man.
She stole the red carpet as always in an electric blue bespoke Marc Jacobs embroidered satin, so glam rock!
With her red wig and gravity defying red satin platforms, Gaga proved once again that she is a force to be reckoned with with both performance and sartorial style.
At the other end of the spectrum we have the BAFTAS, lesson in elegant restraint by the English film community.
Let’s start with English darling Kate Winslet.
As I have said before, she knows how to dress for her sexy hourglass figure and the stunning black gown by Antonio Berardi was perfection.
Loved the shoulder detail, jagged and asymmetrical, it showed enough interest to lift the classic black number.
And diamond drop ear baubles always work a treat.
Julianne Moore was elegant as always, in an impeccable white gown with stunning black details.
I love her in monochrome just as much as jewel hues.
Giorgio Armani does the trick every time.
And those emerald earring were to die for!
The star of “Brooklyn” Saoirse Ronan looked sublime in bespoke Burberry.
The stunning strapless frock with jewelled flowered appliqué teamed with some serious gems by what looked to me Bvlgari, was a statement in impeccable restraint.
Alicia Vikander walked a little on the wild side in a serious leather number.
Channelling a “Game Of Thrones” vibe, I loved the structure of this piece that only leather can give.
The fit was superb which with a dress like this is imperative, and the silver detailing was genius.
Love, love, love that Louis Vuitton!
Last but not least, Australian actress Cate Blanchett.
Magnificent in McQueen, Alexander McQueen, this dress took out my spot for best dressed.
The intricate embroidery of the bodice shows couture to its finest, and the delicate feathered skirt balances beautifully.
Sarah Burton’s work at Alexander McQueen goes from strength to strength.
I love the way she dips into the archives and references the late designers ideas while making them her own, absolutely divine.
So there you have it, my top five for two very different awards nights!
Bring on the Oscars I say!
Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016