2014 American Music Awards

The AMAs were last weekend, and we have yet to discuss the assorted fashion disasters that music’s icons bestowed upon us. 

ELIZABETH BANKS
dress by Peter Pilotto, purse by Reece Hudson, shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood

Photo: John Shearer/Invision/AP

It fulfills all the requirements of dressing for music awards shows: bright, statement-making, and revealing. And because it’s Elizabeth Banks, it’s all executed flawlessly. Throw on an orange wig and matching eyelashes and four-inch nails, and you’ve got Effie Trinket at the AMAs.

NICKI MINAJ
dress by Alexander Wang, shoes by Manolo Blahnik

Photo: Frederic J. Brown/Getty

I actually love how simple this look is. It’s Nicki’s way of saying “I am now too famous to have to resort to bullshit gimmicks to get people to pay attention to me.” She could have switched out the basic black pumps for a more exciting pair of shoes, but I’m obsessed with how much this little dress brings the drama.

GIGI HADID
suit by Prabal Gurung

Photo: Rex

I don’t have a clue who this is – Wikipedia tells me she’s a model – but I don’t care. This suit is fucking fantastic. The exposed bra is event-appropriate, the colorblocking is fantastic, and the lapel is to die for.

TAYLOR SWIFT
gown by Michael Kors

Photo: PA

It’s got more illusion netting than an ice skating costume and it kind of makes her look like Gumby, but it could be worse. (And most AMAs attendees were, indeed, worse.)

RITA ORA
gown by Zac Posen

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Love the color and the neckline; hate the fit and the hemline, which makes her look like a banana peel. At least she put the effort in. The pickings were slim this year, dear readers.

LUCY HALE
dress by Vera Wang

Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty

Cute enough, but she’s pushing her music career so hard that you’d think she’d try to stand out a little more at a music event. Even a very nice little black dress still won’t pull every eye on a red carpet like this one.

JORDIN SPARKS
gown by Halston Heritage

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Serving up Diana Ross realness. It’s not revolutionary, but I’ll accept it.

JHENÉ AIKO
gown by Alice + Olivia, purse by Rauwolf

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

I’ve never heard of this girl either, but I like her style instincts. Cut a few feet off the length, though, and it would have felt much more event-appropriate.

KATE BECKINSALE
gown by Kaufmanfranco, necklace by Bulgari

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty

This is pretty much the only thing Kate Beckinsale ever wears.

FERGIE
gown by Halston Heritage

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Fergie is slowly morphing into Donatella Versace. Or maybe Janice from the Muppets. (Same difference, really.)

HEIDI KLUM
top and skirt by Versace

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty

It’s actually refreshing to see her in a new silhouette, but I can’t say I actually like this. It’s all very cartoonish, and the shoes push her over the edge into anime.

OLIVIA MUNN
gown, belt, and shoes by Lanvin

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty

Love the eagle belt, but this is so not the gown for the occasion. Unless you’re a 50-year-old pop star.

UZO ADUBA
dress by Vivienne Westwood, purse by Lee Savage, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty

I love me some Crazy Eyes on the red carpet, but this isn’t all that memorable.

TAYLOR SCHILLING
dress by Vionnet, purse by Lee Savage, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty

And there must have been something in the water on the Orange is the New Black set, because Piper looks just as boring. And also like she put an apron on sideways.

CHARLI XCX
gown by Vivienne Westwood

Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin

Basic.

JULIANNE HOUGH
gown by Zuhair Murad

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty

I’ve always hated her, and I think she’s one of the few celebrities who could wear anything in the universe and I will still hate it. I have my prejudices, but at least I’m honest about them. Julianne Hough is just the worst.

DIANNA AGRON
dress by Marchesa

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

This is horrifying. Shelf this one for Halloween, Dianna. It has no place in your actual wardrobe. Especially that terrifying hair.

KENDALL JENNER, KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN, and KYLIE JENNER
Kendall’s gown by Yigal Azrouël
Khloé’s dress by Versus Versace
Kylie’s gown by Alexandre Vauthier, purse by Alexander McQueen

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Kendall actually looks pretty good, now that she’s a successful model and designers actually want to dress her. Khloe is whatever, and Kylie looks like she grabbed one of her big sisters’ gowns by mistake.

JENNIFER LOPEZ
dress by Reem Acra, purse by Oroton, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty

I don’t think there are words in the English language to describe how much I detest this.

ZENDAYA COLEMAN
coat, top, and pants by Georgine

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Ladies and gentlemen…. CHER!

SELENA GOMEZ
gown by Armani Privé

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty

She might as well carry around a neon sign that says “I SHOULD HAVE WORN A BRA.”


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2 responses to 2014 American Music Awards

  1. Linda Myers

    In support of Janice from the Muppets, I object to your comment comparing Fergy’s look to her.

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