American Music Awards 2016 red carpet was a blast from the past
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
Have you ever heard the saying that fashion is cyclical? Well, that comes from the idea that all fashion trends will eventually come back into style. We’ve seen it recently with 2016’s obsession with the chokers and plastic bags of the ’90s/early 2000s, and now we’re seeing it again on the red carpet. The American Music Awards happened on November 20, and with them came one of my favourite awards show traditions—the red carpet fashion walk! Celebrities and athletes took to the scarlet, dressed in the best and worst garments of their lives (or at least of this season), and there was a distinct air of ’70s era chic floating around.
One of my personal favourites of the night came from Lady Gaga. The singer/actress wore an all-white pant suit by Brandon Maxwell. The high-waisted, but loose-legged pant was reminiscent of the disco queens of yore, but without the use of tacky bell-bottoms. Despite the fact that the silhouette was very masculine, Gaga kept it feminine by going bare beneath the fitted jacket, showing off a lot of cleavage with a plunging neckline. Though her chest was extremely visible, the modesty of the rest of the outfit—the long sleeves and oversized hat—kept it all very classy.
Continuing with the ’70s vibe was Hailee Steinfeld, who will be starring in the upcoming movie The Edge of Seventeen alongside Woody Harrelson. The young actress wore a turquoise romper with sequin stars, designed by Elie Saab. With the razzle dazzle and the small, almost capelet, sleeves, this outfit would have been at home in any roller-rink! Steinfeld is very tall with minimal curves, so the volume the wide sleeves gave her helped her torso balance with her long legs, which were the feature in this short, belted outfit.
One ’70s look that I was extremely disappointed by was Heidi Klum’s jumpsuit from LA design label Wolk Morais. Though I’m definitely a fan of Klum, this outfit looks as if it jumped out of a time machine, and not in a good way. The belled sleeves that are gathered at the wrist, the high neck collar with that oversized tie, combined with the long pant leg created a wall of cheap looking gold glitter that hides and overshadows Klum’s super model figure. As someone who spends most of their time in over-sized sweaters and multiple layers, believe me when I say that there is such a thing as being “too modest,” and it has nothing to do with how much skin you show. When a garment is so loud and over powering that it distracts from you then it is most assuredly a no-go, and this jumpsuit definitely fits into that category.