Katy Perry, Now Less Fruity, And Other Surprises From The Grammy Style Studio-------
Think “Los Angeles fashion” and Rodarte and Band of Outsiders may spring to mind (Ed Hardy we’ll save for another day). But come awards season, the city is transformed into an international melting pot of designers and fashions, which is exactly what was on display at the Recording Academy’s seventh annual Grammy Style Studio this week. In anticipation of this Sunday’s Grammy Awards, designers from around the world gathered to showcase their red carpet-ready wares. Handbags from Beirut, statement jewels from Sydney, and gowns from just about everywhere else had one thing in common: a healthy dose of camera-ready bling, whether in the form of python, feathers, sequins, or Swarovski crystals. Aussie designer Toni Maticevski, for one, packed a number of ornate cocktail dresses for his jaunt across the Pacific. “It’s the Grammys, so I think stars are more likely to go with shorter and more playful styles,” he said.
Stars and their stylists milled through the offerings, and all seemed to agree. Johnny Wujeck, Katy Perry’s stylist, certainly did (pictured). “The more sparkle the better,” Wujeck told us. “People always take more chances in music; the Grammys are a good place to have fun, not to be so conservative and safe.” Perry, he went on, still loves glitz, but “we’ve weaned away from the fruity, fifties pinup to beautiful yet sexy…feminine but a little bit bitchy.” How will that translate to the red carpet this time around? “We have three favorites contending. One of them is over-the-top and I love it; it’s sexy, tight, sheer, and amazing, like something she’d wear for a performance,” Wujeck said, just before heading to Perry’s house to plead his case for the latter. We’ll be watching Sunday to see if he gets his way.