The Grammys’ fashion hits and misses


Ryan Lewis and Macklemore redefine men’s fashions at the Grammys.

The Grammys are always interesting because the event is wilder than some of the more serious award shows of the season. Of course, anything gets more interesting when you throw rock/pop stars in the mix. Our fashion guy J. Denton Bricker picked the winners and losers in the important red carpet derby.

Denton’s Best Dressed List

Kelly Rowland looked banging in a black gown by George Chakra with phenomenal cutouts that show off her rock-hard bod. If you’ve got it, flaunt it, bitches! … and she does it well. Not bad for a second-lead vocalist, right?


Katy Perry

Paris Hilton wore a shimmering white gown with a sleek cutout back by House of Milan. She also has amazing hair and makeup, and that’s hot!

Katy Perry wore an unforgettable and appropriate white gown covered in notes by Valentino. With 11 Grammy nominations, she is not only a winner in the fashion world last night. Her hair was impeccable is an extensive updo, and she is showing just the right amount of skin, which is sometimes hard to do considering the Elmo incident on Sesame Street.

Rita Ora looked like a golden goddess in long sleeved, knee length dress by Lanvin with the slightest hint of green. Her manicure is as wild and fun as the massive rings on her fingers.

Pink never looked so good in a two-toned red gown by Johan Johansson. She said it made her feel like a princess, and she looked like one.

Rihanna seemed super-fierce in a red gown with sheer chiffon panels by Azzedine Alaia. Absolutely fabulous, and her long loose curls are gorge. This was one of my favorites.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis gave new life to men’s fashion in a dark teal tux and an oversized houndstooth print suit, respectively. I absolutely love houndstooth, and it read amazeballs in the oversized print with silver instead of white. Plus I think it is amazingly huge that their album won four Grammys without a major record label. “Same Love” is a song truly about equal rights for all, and the fact that it is being applauded is even better.

Taylor Swift’s completely statuesque appearance in silver Gucci rocked. The gown features full-length diamond chainmail that could stop a bullet. Her ponytail was glamorous, and she has been bringing it this award season.

Denton’s Worst Dressed List


Madonna, Madonna, Madonnna looked awkward channeling a little pimp, a little supreme from American Horror Story: Coven, but not in a good way. Her grill of gold seemed a little ridic. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great, either. I forgave her when she changed into the all white number during the show later.

Paula Patton wore a wacky zebra, lion hybrid of a dress. Just no, Paula — you have to be careful with zebra stripes, and this just didn’t work.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Drawing Dallas

Newly HIV-positive, fashion student Trevail Anderson doesn’t let his status deter him from his dreams

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator

Name and age:  Trevail Anderson, 23

Spotted at:  Union Jack

Occupation:  Fashion design student

This gorgeous Gemini who originally hails from Shreveport, La., has made Dallas his home for the last three years. His Creole heritage is a gumbo of nationalities, including French, Caribbean and Dominican, all simmering together in one tall, sexy frame.

Always the fashion: Creatively blessed with a talent for fashion and design, he’s a senior at Wade College, and his skills have garnered him the 2011 Dallas Market Center’s Career Day competition grand prize. He takes the accolades in stride.He has interned with local designer Nicolas Villalba; Valentino is his fashion hero. Trevail plans to orchestrate and design his own line of women’s wear and read-to-wear fashions. Most recently, his designs appeared in the Urban Jungle fashion show held at Station 4.

Catwalk: With his exotic features and streamlined body, modeling is natural for Trevail, and he has been involved in numerous assignments. Cooking is another of his outlets, an interest instilled in him by his grandmother; Creole dishes, of course, are a favorite. He enjoys exploring the Farmer’s Market as well as his own garden.

Out and about: Trevail has always acknowledged his sexuality. “I came out straight out of the womb!” he jokes.

Favorite quote: “Work hard and play hard. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Flawless: This past April, Trevail commemorated his one year anniversary of being HIV-positive. He wants to set an example for those who are poz so they will not to let anything hinder them from making their dreams a reality. He describes himself as a diamond that has been cut by pain. We consider him flawless.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 1, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens