Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New York Fashion Cool-Aid ®

58th Grammys: A Hairy Situation

Lady Gaga in Marc Jacobs 

If it seems like this is the week of non-stop action, well that's because it is! When you add the Grammys to Fashion Week albeit on the opposite coast, things can get kind of hairy. This is literally what happened last night since HAIR was the real story at the music awards show, at times almost upstaging the fashion. Lady Gaga was a Ziggy Stardust redhead, previously blonde Meghan Trainor also sported flame colored locks, Zendaya debuted a blonde mullet with her simple tuxedo suit, Taylor Swift a blunt bob with bangs and a bare tummy, while Adele rocked an edgy longer bob with black sequins. Even the men sprouted new or different colored hair including facial peach fuzz (you need a shave Justin Bieber) or decided to have more fun as a blond a la Pharrell.

Kacey Musgraves in Armani Prive

There were quite a few interesting and appealing outfit choices on the red carpet last night however since my motto for the Grammys is "Go Big or Go Bold," plus this dress incorporates the hair theme, I'm giving my best dressed award to Best Country Nominee Kacey Musgraves in Armani Prive. This reminds me of a pinata or a muppet, both in a good way though! This could have gone costume-y but she reins it in by not over accessorizing and by rocking a sleek pony updo. I absolutely love this look and wish that I could touch the dress and see it in person.

Selena and Taylor

I also like Selena Gomez in her blue sequin with cut-out sides Calvin Klein. Her "date" Taylor Swift got the colorful memo and while I'm not a huge fan of her look, there's no question that she totally rocks it with the colorful jeweled choker and her amazing body. Is it possible that the "blunt" bob emboldened her to give the best acceptance speech ever in which she threw some desperately needed shade in a "West-ward" direction!

Janelle Monae in Jean Paul Gaultier

In my "So Bad, It's Good" category are Janelle Monae who has taken her usual graphic black and white palette out of her usual comfort-zone-tuxedo uniform with an interesting silhouette thanks to Jean Paul Gaultier. Love the hat too!

Bonnie McKee

 I totally adore Bonnie McKee in a silver white sparkly suit. She does the pink hair to perfection here and keeps the interesting locks theme going. So Grammy-licious!

On a sad note, Rihanna was unable to perform a song from her new album "ANTI" or attend the Grammys at the last minute due to throat issues--what a shame since we always look to her for style inspo. I was anticipating her killing it but instead I think the schedule of showing her Puma collection at NYFW and then trying to sing at the Grammys may be killing her. I hate to say this but Rihanna typically doesn't have good luck around this time if you remember the whole Chris Brown situation which happened on the eve of the Grammys.


What I really could have done without was Ciara's sad looking "almost" frock in a ditsy print. I'm aware that the Grammys is the traditional "flash as much flesh as you can" occasion but being a centimeter away from a wardrobe malfunction (top and bottom) is so boring already! Besides, the hairlessness required for this to happen is not on theme!

- Laurel Marcus

Better Bets: The 58th Annual Grammy Awards Official Gift Lounge and Gift Bag

Some of the biggest names in music gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Only a lucky few, like Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift, walked away with a golden gramophone, but none of the talented performers and presenters went home empty handed. Distinctive Assets, the LA based marketing firm known for compiling the legendary Oscar gift bag, produced an interactive backstage gift lounge as well as an official talent gift bag, allowing all of the Grammy talent to take home about $22,000.00 worth of celebrity swag.

2016 marks the 17th year that Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary and his team have gifted the Grammy Awards presenters and performers (totaling about 150 in all) with a variety of products and services ranging from everyday items to luxury vacation packages. According to Fary, “The GRAMMY® Gift Lounge has become one of the most lauded gift events in the world…”

Johnny Depp and a member of Fifth Harmony

This year, The Gift Lounge was presented by Tools by Gina, maker of pure infrared professional hair styling tools. Celebrities like Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson Peete, and members of the group, Little Big Town, were able to shop for customized gaming controllers, luxury chocolates, virtual reality headsets and much more. Here is the complete list of items in the gift lounge…

 Tools by Gina hairstyling tools, $250

Scuf Gaming Infinity 1 controller and accessories, $300

Phillip Ashley Chocolates gift box, $199

Belldini clothing, $300+

Fit Club TV VIP package, $6,180

Flos Floris snap back hat, $130

Koi Interiors services, $1,000

Marchon eyewear, $150-$350

Simon I. Smith jewelry, $300+

The Natural Mixologist gift certificate, $2,250
Noon VR virtual reality headset, $89

Trepass goose-feather down jacket, $200

truth x Vans by Kevin Lyons sneakers, $69.99

In addition, all of this year’s nominees, presenters and performers were given a goody bag filled with the following gifts…

Accept Me tee, $36

Adopted NYC iPhone case, $39.95

Age Interventionist by Renee Lynn 24K gold facial and Youth Blast products, $460

Big Cat Rescue private tour package, $500

Donna Bell’s Bake Shop, $24.99

Dutton book bundle, $30

Farm Wife Style rose gold chain, $35

Foxwise Jewelry guitar pick token, $20

Garden of Life vitamin C spray, $12.95

Golden Door voucher to the Golden Door Resort & Spa, $1,000

Go Smile Dental Pro cleaning and whitening system, $129

Green Gorilla CBD products, $34.95

Healing Saint by Jane 360 luminosity skin serum and hair follicle stimulant, $193

Herb & Lou’s infused ice cube blend, $14.99

Hydroxycut Black, $29.98

Hyperbiotics probiotic forumla, $55

Jewels by Durrani bracelet, $50

KryoLife cryotheraphy treatment, $130
Lat & Lo keychain, $75

Love Your Locks gift certificate, $150

Mission1 protein bar, $5.64 per box

MONQ portable aromatherapy and gift card, $120

Music Connection magazine, $3.95

Neuro drinks, $50

Novelty Premium Illuminated Water bottle with lanyard, $15

NW 58th Street cuff bracelet, $68

Patina Restaurant Group gift certificate, $250

Peggy Moffitt Athleisure activewear, $200

People Yearbook issue, $11.99

Planes of Fame family 4-pack museum tour, $120

Pooch Selfie device, $12.99

Purely Inspired shake, $19.97

Rockin’ & Roastin’ coffee, $10

Sedona Lace brush set, $109.95

Slice Lab ring, $40

Slimware portion control plates, $29.95

Soos Pets cream, shampoo, and conditioner, $73.80

Soothe services, $99

St. Heleine soy candle, $10

Sticky Heelz shoe pads, $9.95

Sundial Powder Coating gift certificate, $500

Tribute video services, $125

Wraps wristband headphones, $19.99-$24.99

YOOT medicinal herbal root tea, $4.49

Zekkle Edge wallet, $125

740 Park MD services, $5,500

-Rhonda Erb

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