School of frock

School of frock
(From left) Janelle Monae, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Taylor Swift.
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We expect only the wildest and wackiest on music's biggest night and this year's Grammys red carpet brought it in spades.

JANELLE MONAE

Dress: Jean Paul Gaultier

Clutch: Emm Kuo

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Rating: A

Move over, amateurs. Let the pro show you how it's done at the Grammys. I love how Monae always takes risks and stays true to her style. From head to toe, this quirky ensemble in her trademark black and white has given me life.

LADY GAGA

Dress: Marc Jacobs

Rating: B

Call me nostalgic, but I was beginning to think we had lost "meat dress" Gaga and "egg hatching" Gaga forever to classy but bland "serious artist" Gaga. "David Bowie drama queen" Gaga gives me hope yet.

CIARA

Gown: Alexandre Vauthier

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Rating: C+

She's rocking the highest leg slit of all time, despite it being extremely drafty down there. One sneeze and it's all over.

BEYONCE

Gown: Inbal Dror

Rating: C

Is there such a thing as reptilian bridal? It's like she realised halfway that this marriage of fabrics isn't compatible in any universe and can't shed herself of it fast enough.

DENCIA

Jumpsuit: Not known

Rating: F

Oh look, the crazy lady who trolled the Billboard Music Awards last year as a Skittles-covered alien is back. Only this time, she's channelling another creature - a five-year-old girl en route to a Hello Kitty-themed slumber party.

WHO WORE IT BETTER?

TAYLOR SWIFT VS KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN

Dress: Atelier Versace

Dress: Alexia Maria

Well, there's really no contest here. Poor Schlapman from country quartet Little Big Town doesn't stand a fighting chance against Swift's legs, abs, perfect hair and overall glow of youth and success. These two decided to go for the similar colour blocking combination of bright red and hot pink, setting themselves up for an inevitable showdown - and an embarrassingly easy KO.


This article was first published on February 17, 2016.
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