She Said: 2012 CMA Awards
I love country music but I don’t always love country music award shows. I don’t like them because I don’t like to have to sit through a lot of performances of people that I don’t like. I also really hate that most of the time the red carpets are really disappointing. This year we’ve already talked about the ACM awards and the CMT awards and there were some dresses that were really great. I really feel like from a fashion perspective that the CMA awards were pretty boring. Yes, I found several things to be beautiful. I guess I was just expecting more wow factor. Here’s what I thought about the best, the worst and the questionable looks of the evening.
Lucy Hale in Moschino
I’m so glad that Lucy decided to go for full-on glamour! She looks great. I love the cream lace and black beading contrast of the gown. She kept her hair and makeup retro with the waves and red lipstick. Her accessories are appropriate and enhance the look. I love her ring!
I love this dress! It’s a basic black evening gown but it’s very well cut. Notice how the straps aren’t cut the same thickness and her bust line isn’t squashed. I think the dress is simple, but I would love to have it. What I don’t love about this outfit is the purse and her hair. The purse is really distracting and doesn’t really seem formal. Her hair looks like she forgot to do it. I know messy hair can sometimes be a good look, but this is much too sloppy.
Reba looks great! The color of the dress is beautiful, it’s very flattering and even though it’s not a gown it still feels dressy. Her jewelry and shoes look great, too.
Taylor Swift in Jenny Packham
This dress is lovely! I love the contrast of the beige lace dress with the beautiful red flowers. I think the sleeves are particularly lovely because they are so soft and feminine. The train is lovely, too. It’s a little low in the neckline for my personal taste, but it’s not too extreme, so I still love it.
Kimberly Williams-Paisley in Romona Keveza
This is my best dress of the night! I think the color is beautiful and I’m usually not a fan of metallic colors. The ruching is lovely and the sweetheart bodice is great (although it’s a little smashed). The drape of the skirt and the placement of the slit are lovely without being too revealing. Her hair and makeup are fresh and I adore her jewelry. She’s wearing pieces that aren’t typical to the red carpet, but they really look smashing with her dress. The typical red carpet drippy diamonds wouldn’t have worked with this look. I love it! I wish I could buy this whole outfit and wear it to a fabulous holiday event.
I don’t like the bright orangey red of this dress. It almost hurts my eyes to look it at. The sweetheart bust line is crooked and makes her look unbalanced. The necklace part of the dress is poorly fitted and the color of the stones clashes with the fabric.
Miranda Lambert in Maria Lucia Lohan
I hate the color of this dress, too. She looks all one color- skin, hair and dress. The bodice enhances how short waisted she is and the thick straps broaden her shoulders. She’s spilling out of the top and the skirt just has too much fabric! I really hate this whole look.
Hillary Scott in Dolce& Gabanna
I love idea of a basic black dress, but this look doesn’t work. I think that dresses that are only adorned in one panel on the front are only for the very thin. Even then I don’t think they are particularly attractive and I think they look cheap. This dress makes her look really bottom-heavy and what woman wants to look bottom-heavy! I don’t think this is a well-made or well-designed dress.
This dress reminds me of all those early 90’s bridesmaid dresses. Do you remember when it seemed like everyone was using them? The thing that makes me the saddest about this dress is that it looks so poorly made. It looks like something that is made in one of those really stressful Project Runway episodes where they have to make a gown in a day. The neckline looks sloppy and uneven. The sleeves look hastily added. I wanted to like this dress, but like so many dresses on Project Runway it fell apart in execution. At least she’s still got great hair!
Kellie Pickler in Pamella Roland
The color is beautiful. But, the bust line is so smashed- I hate that.
The color of the dress is lovely. But, all the layers of voluminous fabric just add weight and bulk to her frame.
The dress is pretty cute. Some of the seams are a little too rough. It’s hard to tell if it was a choice or if the dress is unraveling. I hate her accessories! When you have her great hair you don’t need a ton of accessories. The purse is too busy and doesn’t look formal. Her belt is the real tragedy of this ensemble. It’s too wide. It has sparkly buckles. I just really want to know why anyone thought a wide, red belt would make this outfit better.
Hayden Panettiere in Georges Chakra Couture
Flapper dress. Yawn. It’s well cut, but I don’t like the color.
I like that she tried to go with something retro, because I love retro style. The color of the dress is also really pretty. I just think there’s way too much detail on the bodice. I also think that the side dips a little low and that’s never flattering. But, it’s a good effort!
He Said 2012 CMA Awards
Men’s fashion and country award shows can be pretty dismal. Thankfully though, it’s been surprising me this year how well dressed some of these men can get. While some guys still stick to t-shirt and jeans for their street cred, many are not afraid to take some good risks. The CMA Awards were a good show of this diversity that is on display in modern country music from being on the leading edge of the use of vests and scarves to mixed results.
Eric Close- I would wear this look. This is a more casual event, so the outfit works. The scarf adds a touch of whimsy, and the leather jacket brings the cool. The length on the jacket is a great choice. The open banded collar shirt is also unique. The whole thing feels like nothing I’ve seen before.
Clay Walker- Here’s cowboy style done right. The shirt maybe open with no tie, but the suit is nicely tailored, and the hat is a more formal cowboy hat (never thought I’d say that) that matches the outfit well.
Easton Corbin- This is really put together. The shininess of the vest and suit are offset by the matte black of the shirt.
Charles Esten- Charles is very well pulled together. He’s casual but chic. The matching vest and jacket really come together nicely.
Brett Eldredge- His shirt is really the star here. I love that color!
Michael Lockwood- This feels like costume. The literal feather in his hat and his scarf really denigrate the rest of this monotone suit, which wouldn’t have been that bad.
Bucky Covington- Bucky looks like he forgot he was coming to an award show. The jeans look worn, the shoes look old. The scarf is not nearly as sharp as Eric Close. I hat an open vest, and he’s topped it all off with a plain white t-shirt underneath.
Jason Aldean- This jacket has a weird texture/design to it. His pants are ridiculous. They have studs running up the sides, and his chain makes him look like the superintendent of an apartment building instead of a country music star.
Blake Shelton- First Jack Bauer and now Blake Shelton? I usually love Blake’s use of vests, but here the top button is too high so it winds up making him look like pompous prep school teacher.
Lee Brice- Lee is almost there. I like the cuffs of his shirt. If he buttoned his shirt up a couple more buttons, tucked it in, and got a better fitting jacket, this overall look would work.
Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft- this really is a shame because they’re in this category because one dressed well, but the other did not. Gunderson (left) would fit in at any casual awards show. He looks great in the dark blue shirt with the dark suit. Liles (right) on the other hand, made some very poor choices. While the band of the lapel and the different colors are distracting, what really stand out are his accessories. The bracelets, the wallet chain, the belt, the accompanying belt buckle, and the loud suspenders are all just too much. Remember; take off one accessory before you leave the house.
James Otto- While I don’t like the design on his shirt, I can appreciate a daring choice, and the rest of his look is solid.
Hunter Hayes- I like this suit and shirt. The problem is that his shoes are completely inappropriate for any award show that isn’t aired on Nickelodeon.
Who do you think rocked the red carpet? Let us know who were your fashion favorites at the CMA Awards