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Many of the high notes at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night were hit pre-show. On the red carpet celebs showed up in an array of ensembles that ran the gamut from super-sexy to far out. Still, there were a handful of fashion themes that repeated over and over again. Here are our faves:

GOLD STREAK: All that glitters must be gold because there were SO many gilded gowns at this year's Grammys. Kim Kardashian wore a glittering Kaufman Franco gown with a deep V-neck and sexy slit. Selena Gomez wore a pale gold J. Mendel dress with a pretty pink pout. And LeAnn Rimes glistened in a sequined gold Reem Acra cinch-waist gown.

Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, and LeAnn Rimes at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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ANIMAL INSTINCTS: The Grammys red carpet was where the wild things were last night. Teen queen Miley Cyrus wore a metallic tiger-print Roberto Cavalli dress, while Katy Perry's Giorgio Armani wings took her look over the edge. Nicki Minaj and Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) both wore Givenchy--Nicki teamed her poufy 'do with a leopard print ensemble, and Florence went all Swan Lake in a bird-appliqued gown.

Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Florence Welch at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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SLITSVILLE: Svelte celebs, including Heidi Klum, Lea Michele, and Ciara, were giving us a little (er, A LOT) of leg on the red carpet. Heidi wore a gold Julien Macdonald gown with a center slit. Meanwhile, Lea and Ciara both wore Emilio Pucci dresses with sexy slits-to-there.

Heidi Klum, Lea Michele, and Ciara at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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BLUE VALENTINE: The hottest hue on the red carpet was blue with Jennifer Hudson (in Versace) and Selma Blair (in Lanvin) both wearing navy, and Natasha Bedingfield and Keri Hilson (in Basil Soda) rocking a brighter shade of the color.

Jennifer Hudson, Selma Blair, Natasha Bedingfield, Keri Hilson at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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TAILOR MERMAID: Showing their fab figures were Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, and Mya, who all slinked into hip-hugging, mermaid-style gowns. Nicole and Rihanna both wore Jean-Paul Gaultier, while Mya rocked a Jean Fares column dress.

Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, and Mya at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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The style theatrics witnessed on the red carpet at last night's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were just the beginning. Onstage was where the real fashion drama went down. Performing stars slipped out of their fancy suits and frocks (or their green egg, in Lady Gaga's case), and into fierce performance outfits.

KATY PERRY: Love was in the air when Katy Perry hit the stage to perform. While footage of her wedding to Russell Brand played in the background, Katy, in a bejeweled Giorgio Armani tutu, belted out "Not Like the Movies." So sweet.

Katy Perry performing at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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LADY GAGA: After teasing everyone on the red carpet by incapsulating herself in a womb/egg, Lady Gaga emerged in a Mugler by Nicola Formichetti-designed yolk-colored while performing "Born This Way."

Lady Gaga performing at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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RIHANNA AND EMINEM: We've seen this duo perform together before, and (save for Eminem's constant serious-face) they always seem to shake it up style-wise. This time, Rihanna wore a blooming yellow and black Christian Dior ball gown, while Eminem wore a black leather jacket with a hoodie and black jeans.

Rihanna and Eminem at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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CEE LO GREEN AND GWYNETH PALTROW: While Gwyneth Paltrow looked rather demure (if you don't count the time she jumped on the piano and started dancing around), Cee Lo Green totally outdid himself during his performance of "Forget You." The rapper dressed as a peacock muppet. Need we say more?

Cee Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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JADEN SMITH, JUSTIN BIEBER, AND USHER: In the shock of the night, boy-phenom Justin Bieber walked away with zero Grammys (he's young...he still has time), but he did perk up the crowd with a medley performance of his songs. Jaden Smith (in leopard print pants) and Usher (in an electric blue getup) gave him moral support.

Jaden Smith, Justin Bieber, and Usher at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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RIHANNA AND DRAKE: Wearing a fringed bustier set, Rihanna shook and shimmied onstage during a calypso-like rendition of "What's My Name," which she performed with Drake, who wore all black (what's up with the rappers wearing straight black onstage?).

Rihanna and Drake at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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The suits were out in full force at last night's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and they were anything but stiff. From classic three-piece ensembles to bright winter white, the guys (and one girl) who stepped out in formal wear did it with some serious swagger.

GLEE GUYS GET-UPS: The Glee cast (who were nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Pop Performance by a Group) may have come up empty handed, but the fellas certainly won in the fashion category. Chord Overstreet and Matthew Morrison both teamed their Dolce & Gabbana suits with skinny black ties. Meanwhile, Darren Criss (in District Homme) and Kevin McHale both bucked the black suit trend for gray and white, respectively.

Chord Overstreet, Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Matthew Morrison at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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SUITS WITH A TWIST: Leave it to Russell Brand, Justin Bieber, B.o.B, and Ricky Martin to bring the individuality. Russell wore a one-button peak label Giorgio Armani gunmetal gray suit with a black shirt and a black tie. The Biebs wore a neck-to-toe white D&G outfit, while rapper B.o.B added more red to the crimson carpet in a cherry blazer that he paired with studded jeans and a white button-up. Meanwhile, Ricky rocked a Giorgio Armani shawl collar evening jacket with skinny tie, silver jeggings and Emporio Armani lace-up boots.

Russell Brand, Justin Bieber, B.o.B, Ricky Martin at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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ALL BLACK EVERYTHING: No matter the form, these celebs know you can't go wrong in black. The Situation wore black denim with a dark mandarin-collared blazer, while Janelle Monae sparkled in a fitted Dolce & Gabbana suit. Drake went with his usual triple black ensemble in a Giorgio Armani tux, which he partnered with a glittering bowtie. And, Lenny Kravitz arrived draped in a slouchy leather vest and fitted/cuffed leather pants.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Janelle Monae, Drake, Lenny Kravitz at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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Leading up to Sunday night's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, there were all these rumors swirling around about Rihanna's health. Earlier in the week she apparently tweeted to a fan that she was getting over bronchitis and laryngitis. Well, if RiRi was still ill while walking the red carpet or performing, she played it off beautifully.

ON THE RED CARPET: Never one to shy away from making a fashion statement (or from showing slivers of skin), Rihanna combined her sleek red mane with a supersexy Jean-Paul Gaultier gown.

Rihanna on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, in Los Angeles, and a look from Jean-Paul Gaultier's Spring/Summer 2011 collection.
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DURING HER PERFORMANCE WITH EMINEM: While onstage with rapper Eminem for their performance of "Love the Way You Lie," Rihanna wore a dramatic full-skirted, strapless Christian Dior ball gown.

Rihanna performs at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, in Los Angeles, and a look from Christian Dior's Fall 2010 couture collection.
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DURING HER PERFORMANCE WITH DRAKE: Giving her performance of "What's My Name?" with rapper Drake an island spin, Rihanna slow whined in a fringed and beaded outfit and stiletto booties.

Rihanna performs at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, in Los Angeles.
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As has always been the case with Lady Gaga, we couldn't quite figure out what was going on here, but we still loved the bold, sci-fi-meets-fashion ensembles the singer chose for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. According to Gaga's creative director Laurieann Gibson, the singer was "birthing a new race." Alrighty then.

ON THE RED CARPET: Lady Gaga "incubated" on the red carpet in a womb-with-a-view created by Hussein Chalayan.

Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.
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PERFORMING ON STAGE: While belting out her new single, "Born This Way," Gaga showed her dance moves (she's got a few!) in a Mugler by Nicola Formichetti-designed see-through yolk-colored half-shirt, skirt, jacket, and hat.

Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.
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FOR HER ACCEPTANCE SPEECH: Winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, Lady Gaga took to the stage wearing a Mugler by Nicola Formichetti black getup with thigh-high boots and above-the-elbow gloves… Oh, and she rocked prosthetic baby horns and alien-esque pointy shoulders.

Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.
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IN THE AUDIENCE: Sitting pretty (for an alien!), Lady Gaga donned a black one-shoulder jacket and thigh-high boots by Mugler by Nicola Formichetti, plus a face-covering circle hat by Franc Fernandez.

Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.
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Even though singer Katy Perry had three outfit changes during Sunday night's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, she stayed loyal to one designer. The Grammy-nominated singer sparkled in a trio of bedazzled Giorgio Armani creations.

ON THE RED CARPET: Katy stepped out in a custom-made Giorgio Armani evening dress featuring a Swarovski crystal encrusted bustier and an iridescent silk organza ruffled skirt. But, the feathery angel wings were what made this ensemble soar.

Katy Perry at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.
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ONSTAGE: In an ode to Valentine's Day, Katy wore a custom-designed Giorgio Armani pink dress during her live performance. The minidress included a corset top embellished with pink shimmering rock crystals. She teamed her ensemble with a pair of custom-made Giorgio Armani platform shoes. We (heart)!

Katy Perry at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.
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IN THE AUDIENCE: Finally, Katy closed the evening in a Giorgio Armani Privé iridescent silvery cocktail dress. She wore the embellished one-shoulder design with Valeska jewelry.

Katy Perry at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.
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7:55 pmRihanna showed up on the red carpet at the very last minute in a barely there white Jean Paul Gaultier gown. Are you blushing, yet?

Rihanna on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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7:51 pmLea Michele looked super-sultry in a black ruffled Emilio Pucci dress with a plunging neckline and a thigh-high slit.

Lea Michele on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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7:43 pmKeri Hilson rocked a strapless Basil Soda minidress with strappy silver sandals. Nope, we don't hate her 'cause she's beautiful (OK, maybe a little).

Keri Hilson on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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7:38 pm — Cutie patootie Willow Smith walked the red carpet wearing a cropped jacket, brown caped skinny pants, platform sneakers, and a floating clutch. And, of course, her hair was braided into a whip-ready style.

Willow Smith on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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7:38 pm — Theatrical might be the best way to describe Katy Perry's Giorgio Armani dress, which featured a bedazzled top, an iridescent train, and feathered wings. Get this lady a stage!

Katy Perry on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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7:32 pmDianna Agron looked goth-sophisticated in a black bustier and matching skirt from Vivienne Westwood, black drop earrings, black shoes, black nail polish, and black eyeliner.

Dianna Agron on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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7:29 pmGlee girl Amber Riley took a fashion risk by wearing a strapless Ema Savahl dress, with a funky neck choker/shoulder jewelry contraption, and Charles Albert ring.

Amber Riley on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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7:21 pmNatasha Bedingfield teamed her blue sequined floral gown with retro waves in her hair and winged liner on her eyes. It's Old Hollywood glamour at its finest.

Natasha Bedingfield on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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7:18 pmSelena Gomez went for the gold in a slinky J. Mendel slip gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and a Judith Leiber clutch. This girl always seems to wear the right thing!

Selena Gomez on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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7:05 pm — Grammy performer Jennifer Hudson showed off her hot bod in an assymetrical Versace navy dress, which she paired with triple-strap heels.

Jennifer Hudson on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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6:51 pmJanelle Monáe walked the red carpet in a glittery version of her usual uniform—black slacks, suit jacket, and bow tie. Even her pouf was dressed up with textured waves.

Janelle Monáe on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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6:46 pm — We knew we'd see at least one ballet-inspired frock. Just didn't think it'd be on Hayley Williams. The Paramore frontwoman teamed her orange strands (new bangs?) with a sparkling Jeremy Scott creation.

Hayley Williams on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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6:40 pmNicki Minaj's head-to-toe leopard-print Givenchy ensemble looked fierce...literally.

Nicki Minaj on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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6:38 pm — Interesting, as usual, we spotted Florence Welch (from Florence and the Machine) in a Givenchy tulle gown with appliqued swans on the front and a tangerine feathery design on the backside.

Florence Welch on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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6:31 pm — Just when we think Lady Gaga can't outdo her last red carpet look... Gaga "wore" a green Hussein Chalayan womb, which was carried on a wooden plank by half-naked men. Mmmkay.

Lady Gaga inside an egg on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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6:15 pm — Freshly-bronzed Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino goes casual by wearing his black blazer with dark denim, a white tee and kicks.

The Situation on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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6:11 pmSnooki sparkled in a puff-shouldered silver minidress with a matching clutch and strappy stacked heels.

Snooki on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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5:56 pmKelly Osbourne looked ADORBS in a lavender frock and silver Alexander McQueen peep toes, which she teamed with sleek strands.

Kelly Osbourne on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
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Here, here—it's the 2011 Grammy Awards!!! Of course the night is all about the music, but our little fashion hearts can barely handle the excitement for what's about to go down on the red carpet, which is bound to be full of out-of-this-world looks. We'll be here live-blogging the entire red carpet experience, so keep checking in and telling us what you're loving/hating. Check out the red carpet fashion gallery here, and let's go!

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From left: Charlotte Ronson Fall 2011 fashion show, Erin Fetherston Fall 2011 fashion show, and Band of Outsiders Fall 2011 fashion show in New York on Feb. 12.
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This weekend we saw a slew of braids on New York Fashion Week runways. But not just any old Little House on the Prairie braids. These were braids with a serious twist! At Charlotte Ronson, models' hair was slicked to one side with a few tiny plaits peeking out from underneath. Meanwhile, the models at Erin Fetherston and Band of Outsiders wore chunky braids--Erin Fetherston's were wrapped crown-style around their heads, and Band of Outsiders were pulled to one shoulder.

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New York Fall 2011 Fashion Week is in full swing (yay!), and we're hitting the tents and following the live streams to bring you chic runway looks, hot hair trends, and easy-breezy front row looks.

Models walk at the Jason Wu Spring 2011 show on Feb. 11.
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FASHION SHOW: JASON WU

• Menswear goes girly at Jason Wu's Fall 2011 fashion show with fitted trousers, lacy sweaters, and bow-tied tops.

• We can totally see First Lady Michelle Obama, who is already a fan of the designer, rocking the third outfit (polka dot blouse and gray pencil skirt) in this runway line.

• P.S. We've seen a handful of slicked-down ponytails for Fall 2011. Take note.

 

 

 

 

A model at the Rebecca Taylor Fall 2011 show on Feb. 11.
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RUNWAY BEAUTY: REBECCA TAYLOR

• Hope you still have your hair crimper from middle school, because you might need it this fall! At Rebecca Taylor's fashion show models smoothed down the top portion of their hair, and crimped the bottom half.

• Ohhhh, pretty! Red lips and gilded shadow is a match made in makeup heaven.

• Below the neck, Rebecca Taylor's fall collection was full of '70s Parisian-style tunics, dresses, and trousers.

 

 

 

 

Michelle Trachtenberg at Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2011 on Feb. 11.
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FRONT ROW CELEB: MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG AT REBECCA MINKOFF

• At the Rebecca Minkoff show actress (and March 2011 Maxim cover model) Michelle Trachtenberg looked unfussy-eclectic in a simple crewneck sweater, over-the-knee boots and a long statement necklace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Models on the runway for the Christian Siriano Fall 2011 show during New York Fashion Week.
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Designer/Project Runway alum Christian Siriano, 25, is obviously a feet man. Sure, the black, muted mauve and mossy green gowns he showed yesterday during his Fall 2011 runway show at New York Fashion Week were delish, but it was his INSANE shoes—studded, snake-skinned, fuzzy, embellished platforms—we couldn't take our eyes off of. And we hear that these same platforms will act as Siriano's inspiration for his next Payless line (we loved his last one). Take a number, ladies. Take a number!

Shoes on the runway for the Christian Siriano Fall 2011 show during New York Fashion Week.
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Celebs, including Gabrielle Union, Mena Suvari, and Alexa Chung, sat front row to get a closer look at Christian's fancy footwear. But take a look at their own towering heels. GOODNESS!

Christian Siriano; Alexa Chung, Gabrielle Union, and Mena Suvari at the Christian Siriano Fall 2011 show for New York Fashion Week.
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