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Rihanna arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Perhaps the dress code directions actually worked this year.
Hey, Beyonce wore a black and white paneled jumpsuit!
"I thought I was being a good girl," Jennifer Lopez told Ryan Seacrest on the Grammy red carpet when quizzed about her outfit and whether it adhered to the leaked dress regulations for the event.
Producers of the Grammys telecast reportedly sent out detailed guidelines to this year's attendees, advising them on the proper attire to wear to Sunday's show. According to the missive obtained by Deadline, guests were requested to adhere to an apparent CBS telecast "network policy" on curbing those tendencies to dress like, well, someone going to the Grammys. Per the advisory: No butt cracks, thongs, underboobs, side boobs, sheer frocks, nipples or overly demonstrative groin areas.
"It's a little shoulder, a little leg," Lopez said of her black, one-shouldered Anthony Vaccarello satin dress. A little leg was perhaps an understatement considering the gown was slit so high it exposed the upper reaches of her right leg almost to the hip. Not quite as daring but equally sexy was Kelly Rowland - hot off her performance at last week's Super Bowl alongside Beyonce - in skin-tight black Georges Chakra featuring geometric see-through panels.
For the most part, it was a far more sober Grammy red carpet than previous years, with many in attendance opting for elegance over the anything-goes approach which more-often-than-not sets the event apart.
Pops of color were few and far between, but they were all the more striking thanks to the overall trend toward black attire.
Rihanna was red hot in an almost guideline-breaking sheer, custom-made Azzedine Alaia gown. Adele - who usually goes for all black - stepped out of her style safety zone in a striking crimson and pink floral-printed dress by Valentino.
Natasha Bedingfield floated by in diaphanous red while Katy Perry said she was inspired by Priscilla Presley in the seventies and chose a skin-tight, mint column from Gucci that exposed a lot of cleavage. Kat Dennings wore electric blue sequined Vivienne Westwood and Florence Welch went for emerald green Givenchy.
Taylor Swift looked angelic in cream, floor-length J. Mendel that was draped, gathered and accented with silver straps across the neck and back. A black, cocktail-length J. Mendel dress looked subtly sexy on Faith Hill, whose hubby Tim McGraw wore a black-on-black Tom Ford ensemble.
Carly Rae Jepsen chose a beaded, form-fitting strapless gown by Roberto Cavalli. Also in strapless Cavalli was Miranda Lambert, who decided on a black, sequined lace column with train. For Nicole Kidman, whose hubby Keith Urban was presenting, it was gold lace by Vera Wang.
The gentlemen were standouts on the evening with most bringing their A-game to the red carpet. For once, dapper dudes in tailored tuxedos and suits were the norm rather than the exception.
Leading the pack was Chris Brown in head-to-toe white Lanvin. "Little bit of bumps, I'm good, though," the six-time nominee said to Seacrest of his car crash the previous night which saw his Porsche make contact with a brick wall in Beverly Hills. According to E! News, the singer plans to pursue legal action against the photographers he feels are responsible for the accident.
Other men who opted for a whiter shade of pale included nominee Miguel (in Lanvin) and LL Cool J in a white tux jacket along with a similarly clad Whiz Khalifa in Tom Ford.
Traditional evening ensembles with a twist on color or accessories were also a big sartorial trend for men: Justin Timberlake wore washed silk Tom Ford, Pharrell Williams chose textured Lanvin, and Nas embellished his caramel-hued tux jacket by Brioni with a little popstar glam thanks to a diamond-encusted gold pocket chain.