The star-studded 2013 American Music Awards delivered a fashion parade that surprised, delighted and in some cases, dismayed the audience and the media. Everyone it seems, gets to chime in when the celebrities turn out for a big awards night. So here's my fashion take on which red carpet dresses
were hits, and which were misses, last night at the Nokia Theater in L.A.
Hillary Scott showed off her fabulous - and very real - curves in a body-con black knee length dress with a plunging V-neckline. Too bad no one asked her who was the designer. (If you find out, please let me know!)
It appeared to be a "White Night" for some of the thinnest celebrities who draped their sticks and bones in all shades of white including Zendaya Coleman who wore a Donna Karan one-shoulder scarf like dress under pants. Miley Cyrus also skipped a dress in favor of a white tuxedo-like pants suit that revealed her midriff and navel. It left her looking too pale with her blonde Pixie haircut and Snow White skin. Nicole Ritchie went for a curve hugging formal with cutouts on the side. She missed with the accessories. Her black evening clutch trimmed with featured failed to go with the chunky gold necklace giving her a mismatched look on the red carpet.
The bare it all look apparently appealed to Lady Gaga who arrived in a flowing lilac evening gown by Versace with cutouts on the bodice. The design was actually demure for the Lady.
Jennifer Hudson looked oh-so chic in a bright orange sheath with cap sleeves by Dior. In an unusual twist, the designer made only half the skirt mini and kept the other half floor length. That left open the opportunity to line the inside of the skirt with a pop of hot pink. Paired with the orange, the pink created a powerful - and unexpected - color combination that I just instantly loved. The bright colors complimented her skin and fit her oh-so flirty new short hairstyle.
The fashion police pounced on Kelly Osbourne, practically arresting her on the spot for a dove gray long sleeve ballerina length. Personally, I'm not sure why. (Some critics argued it looked like a baggy Prom dress
that didn't fit well, made worse by being paired with the nude shoes). Actually, I loved the vintage look of the tulle ankle length skirt but would have made the dress sleeveless or at least made the sleeves hit just below the elbow.
Katy Perry arrived in one of my favorite evening gowns of the night. Her strapless black and white polka dot dress with flowers by Oscar de la Renta created a punk meets preppy look. The gown was fanciful but still sophisticated. Leave it to Katy to polish her look with bright red lipstick and a polka dot manicure.
Jordin Sparks opted for a black and gold heavily beaded halter gown that appeared to have an Egyptian influence. That color combo is one of my faves for a star-studded Hollywood bash like the American Music Awards. Sparks pulled it off with pure perfect giving us a peek at her gladiator high heels through the sexy slit in her formal skirt.
Do you have any favorites colors for red carpet dresses? Let me know!