Tuesday, 12 November 2013

CMA Awards 2013: Red Carpet Fashion

CMA Awards 2013: Red Carpet Fashion

It was a Glitter Hoedown once again on the CMA red carpet on Nov 6, 2013.
From sultry black dresses to fiery red ball gowns, see who ruled the red carpet for this glitzy night in country music.

Who shone out for you?
Who won you over with tasteful fashion with a hint of twang?

Carrie Underwood (Ralph & Russo Couture), Lucy Hale (Julien Macdonald),
Miranda Lambert (
Roberto Cavalliand Taylor Swift (Elie Saab)
So what were the country stars and presenters wearing:
Ladies first (A – Z)

Carrie Underwood – The CMA 47th Annual CMA Awards co-host with three times nominated artist looked stunning on the Bridgestone Arena red carpet which for her is country home turf. She wore a fabulous Ralph & Russo Couture (above) dusky-pink long-sleeved sheer gown enriched with delicate rose-gold floral-and-crystal embellishment. Carrie styled the look with Jimmy Choo Fayme sandals (image) from the Spring 2013 collection featuring sheer lace panels, beige suede, thin platform and 120mm heel. Pageant hair gave way to a sleeker ‘do which was swept over to one side and styled in cascading country glam maxi curls. A textured bronze Jimmy Choo Cloud clutch and Johnathon Arndt jewels provided the finishing touches for the “Blown Away” singer.
Celebrity Jeweler Johnathon Arndt designed a matching pair of 11.86 carats of Flawless Radiant Cut, D Color diamond studs.  Carrie Underwood also wore a Johnathon Arndt 13.11 Carat Flawless Pear Shape, D Color Solitaire Ring on her right hand. 
The magnificent diamonds came in at a price just shy of eight million dollars! For more information about Johnathon Arndt Gallery of Jewels, please visit www.JohnathonArndt.com.

Carrie changed ensembles each time she has to announce a new CMA performance. Carrie’s red carpet look was just the of the co-host’s impressive fashion run, as she made a grand total of eight wardrobe changes.

Carrie’s 8 CMA 2013 stage looks
a) Carrie kicked off her co-host and performance night with a cotton-candy confection of a dress; a pink petal-laced number by Christian Siriano. She accented the plunge-front, high-low gown with Brumani jewels, matching pink Christian Siriano sandals and a bubblegum-lacquered lip.
b) Next up, she cut things short in a Georges Chakra Spring 2013 Couture navy cut-out frock, with pink and orange colour-block panels and a sequin waistband. Sherbet-hued sandals from Christian Siriano and David Yurman jewels, along with a half-up, half-down ‘do, added the finishing touches.
c) A shiny metallic Talbot Runhof wrap column glamorous dress followed. She accessorized the glittery gown with a giant Baccarat ring and Sutra earrings, along with Ryan Haber shoes. A low side ‘do' contributed to the old Hollywood appeal.
d) Carrie showed off her pins legs in a daring ensemble from Indian designer, Alpana Neeraj. She complemented the sporty-sultry, bronze sequined jumper dress, which featured an exaggerated step hemline, with Rupert Sanderson peep-toe heels and a Melinda Maria ring. Her long, blonde waves and pretty makeup softened the look eased some of the edginess.

e) Carrie emphasised her leggy look during her medley show in a Chagoury long-sleeve romper and Loriblu sparkling, fringed booties.
f) She went with another Alpana Neeraj look, she quick-changed into an embellished, sheer-effect dress with complex detail and a tulle-accented hemline, paired with strappy Giuseppe Zanotti sandals and sizable David Yurman statement earrings.
h) Passing on the skirts, Carrie stepped out in an embossed and embellished Badgley Mischka Spring 2013 navy cocktail pants, which she wore with a white cropped top from the same collection. Dana Rebecca Designs jewels, a retro sparkling headband and Stuart Weitzman shoes completed her shiny, free-spirited look (confused hippie?)
i) Rounding off her CMA 2013 evening she trotted out a pants-centric with a dose of florals number, in an Elena Reva long-sleeved top and funky, floral-printed pants, rendered in a bright palette of blue and chartreuse. David Yurman jewels once again made an appearance, alongside Stuart Weitzman pumps

Brandy Clark – The “12 Stories” Song of the Year nominated singer-songwriter wore a Coral Blouse and Brocade Pants - Photo
Listen to BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris CMA backstage interview with Kacey Musgraves (Brandy’s best publicist!) talking out her year and Brandy’s music:

Cassadee Pope - The season 3 winner of NBC's The Voice made quite the sexy entrance on the red carpet in a form-fitting, metallic-and-black, strapless Corset Jovani gown. Pope paired her dress with a black patent leather clutch by Lauren Merkin.

Chaley Rose – The ABC Nashville TV series actress (aka Zoey, Scarlett O’Connor’s childhood BF) went for a gorgeous curve-hugging, open-back gown comprised of nothing but sparkle with the Mermaid Sequined hot look.

Colbie Caillat - The "Bubbly" singer rocked a metallic mini dress from Nicole Miller with a bold geometric pattern.

Connie Britton The ‘Nashville’ star (Rayna Jaymes lead role), was there to present the Female Vocalist award on the night, wore a black, cap-sleeved, sequined-embellished gown from Georges Hobeika’s Spring 2013 Signature Collection. Opting for a fresh face, Connie completed her look with Jay Carlile & Company jewels and with her beautiful ‘signature’ tumbling red curls in a half-up, half-down style - Fashion Pic  

Danielle Bradbery - Last year’s winner of ‘The Voice’ made her debut (starstruck) CMA red carpet grand entrance wearing a two-tone BCBG Max Azria ‘Aida’ gown. Big wavy side-swept blonde tresses, drop earrings, kohl-rimmed eyes and glossy lips completed her look. You can buy Danielle’s gown from BCBG.com. ($498)

Faith Hill – Attending with hubby Tim McGraw to present the Pinnacle Award she wore a custom-made white liquid jersey draped gown by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin featuring a deep plunge with a Swarovski-embellished neckline and metal waistband.
Wearing her hair back in a sleek ponytail, she completed her look with a selection of gold jewels - Fashion Pic

Hayley OrrantiaTexas native Haley, who stars on ABC's The Goldbergs, wore a House of Ronald fall 2013 chiffon gown with a red lace top and colourful floral-patterned skirt. Comment: “the lace bustier when combined with the dull floral pattern of her voluminous skirt, it made for a busy, Frankenmash of what appeared to be two dresses in one” - Fashion Pic

Hillary Scott – The Lady Antebellum Vocal group nominated singer and new mummy looked sharp in black gown with a daring neckline.

Jana Kramer – Former “One Tree Hill” actress now country singer beauty wore a dramatic ball gown from Theia's fall 2013 collection with a black crepe long-sleeved scoop-back top, sleeves combined with a billowing green, purple and blue floral skirt.
She added lovely flowing locks, a deep-berry lip colour and dark-purple nails to her look. Comment: “looked like a combo of goth and crazy water colors” ( right/wrong?) - Fashion Pic

Jennifer Nettles - The ‘Sugarland’ singer donned a crystal-and-mirror-beaded super sexy (distracting) V-front Naeem Khan gown with a heavenly blush tulle skirt from the designer’s Resort 2014 collection. Robert Clergerie shoes and Neil Lane jewels accessorized her look, with her wavy tresses styled into a simple side-swept updo - Fashion Pic Comment at perezhilton.com

Joy Williams - The Civil Wars singer, there as a Vocal Duo nominee wore a flowing black Romona Keveza number - Fashion Pic

Karen Fairchild – The Little Big Town singer wore a Crisp Coral gown

Kacey Musgraves – With 6 CMA nominations the “Follow Your Arrow” singer-songwriter wore a Blumarine Spring 2014 long-sleeved blush sheer gown. Ombre hair styled in a wavy half-up, half-down ‘do, Kacey styled her romantic look with a gold Swarovski crystallized ‘Beverly Hills’ clutch and Pomellato jewels - Fashion Pic  Comment: “wisely went for a monochrome style instead with a white gown, but sacrificed sleekness with a sheer overlay decorated with patterns that ended up looking like weird spots, especially along the frock's illusion neckline” (right/ wrong?).

Kellie Pickler – There to present the Vocal Group of the Year the Dancing With The Stars champ and “100% Proof” country singer looked glamorous in a Georges Chakra Fall 2013 Couture black strapless gown featuring an asymmetrical neckline and sequin bodice, which she styled with dazzling jewels including emerald-and-silver earrings. Blowing signature red carpet kisses to the press those Hollywood curves were almost spilling out of the low cut fitting number. She sported a short wavy ‘do’ last year she showed solidarity for her childhood friend, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, by sporting a buzz cut - Fashion Pic - Get the look: Forever 21 Combo Dress $24.80

Kelly Clarkson - The nominated Female Vocalist and there to present the Male Vocalist she seemed to fit the theme with her just released Christmas album titled “Wrapped In Red” with a unwrapped red party dress. The 31 year old newlywed wore sparkling Jacob & Co. earrings and too-cute shoes - Image

Kimberly Williams-Paisley - The actress and wife of CMA co-host looked stunning in a strapless fishtail sequin lace gown with grosgrain detail from ML Monique Lhuillier’s Holiday 2013 Collection.

Kimberly Schlapman - The Little Big Town singer wore a Brian Rennie for Basler strapless gown with an odd combination of print topped dress and fun feather skirted bottom. The palate of black and silver was fine rather than a mish-mash of color.

Kimberly Perry - The Band Perry looked gorgeous wearing a beautiful embroidered Johanna Johnson ivory gown with an open back. Her cap-sleeved gown was complemented with a Swarovski silver-and-ivory ‘Starlight’ crystallized box clutch, with teardrop earrings, a wavy updo and a pretty pink lip colour providing the finishing touches - Fashion Pic

Lacey Buchanan – The model/wife of Jake Owen looked really lovely in Bright Blue Gathers.

Lauren Alaina - The former Idol finalist donned a brilliant blue gown with gold, leafy detailing up top and kept her sparkle to the top portion of her flowing cobalt gown.

Laura Bell Bundy - She went wit a fun red carpet look typically black and white and turning it on its ear. Her strapless fishtail mini dress featured some cool floral detailing and a sweep of a train in the back that showed off plenty of leg paired with hot red shoes and a red lippie.

Lucy Hale – The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ starlet and country newbie singer Lucy Hale (there to co-present Song of the Year) dazzled on the red carpet looking radiant with a winning champagne ensemble. She wore a asymetrical Julien Macdonald halter style gown, adorned with a stellar embellished neckline. She paired with strappy Ruthie Davis “West Palm” nude wedges, Joan Hornig and Dana Rebecca earrings, bangles by Dana Rebecca Designs, rings by EF Collection, and a killer clutch - Fashion Pic  Makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan described her inspiration for the ‘Pretty Little Liars’ actress’s who is also the mark celebrity brand ambassador.

Miranda Lambert – The reigning Female Vocalist and with 3 time CMA nominated singer-songwriter wore a blue Roberto Cavalli embellished gown with a navy embellished trim lining the plunging neckline and waist, which she styled with dazzling sapphire earrings and blown-out tresses (Sharon Stone wore this same gown during Cannes Film Festival). 
Hubby Blake Shelton by her side tweeted: "My wife is so hot it's ridiculous"). 
The 29-year-old soon to be 30 star flaunted her seksi slim figure.  
She has always been confident with her curves but she decided to drop the pounds - “I just feel like I needed to get ahead of the game — I’m going to be 30 on Sunday and people say, are you OK about turning 30 and I guess I am, but I guess I’m not because I feel like everybody always says ‘It goes downhill from there.’ So I just thought, maybe if I get ahead of it a little I won’t have to work so hard later in life,” she told People.com in the press room after the CMA Awards.  “All through my 20s I worked a lot — I was on the road since I was 17 and the road life is a lot of fast food and a lot of late nights and a lot of drinking — I didn’t give up drinking. I refused. You have to drink to put up with my husband! Just kidding! But I just felt that I should get a little more healthy and I have a record coming out in the spring and it’s a very important album to me — it’s my fifth album — and I have this spot, I found a great spot in country music and I want to keep it.”
I didn’t give up really a lot really. Just Cheetos mostly! But I might have some tonight, just to celebrate!” Everything in moderation! – Before and After hollywoodlife

Rachel Smith – The TV personality wore a pretty red laced Tadashi Shoji dress and sported John Hardy jewellery - Fashion Pic

Robin Roberts -The popular anchor lady of ABC's morning show Good Morning America this time last year was at home on bed rest recovering from a bone marrow transplant for myelodysplastic syndrome. 12 months on she was welcomed to the stage at the 47th Annual CMA Awards with a standing ovation to present the coveted Entertainer award. The 52-year-old looked chic and stylish in her black Emilio Pucci halterneck jumpsuit, which featured a jewelled neckline and dazzling diamond-encrusted belt, which she teamed with black and transparent Jimmy Choo stilettos - Fashion Pic

Shawna Thompson – There on CMA telecast duties with her Thompson Square hubby and nominated as Duo of the Year, she wore a mauve wrap round Marc Bouwer number - Fashion Pic

Sheryl Crow – Presenting the Album of the Year the “Feels Like Home” singer-songwriter wore a Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 black halter gown with a simple silhouette and an embellished neckline. Opting for a big bouffant ‘do, she styled her look with gold jewels including a large ruby-stone ring - Fashion Pic

Taylor Swift – With 6 CMA nominations for the 2013 awards Taylor dazzled wearing a big, bold gown from her go-to designer Elie Saab. Her Fall 2013 wine-coloured Haute Couture gown (made to order) with light embellishments, a full skirt was styled with a matching signature red lippie colour – Fashion Pic.
Complementing her grown up look she donned Jimmy Choo Logan peep-toe pumps (image). These heels feature a d’Orsay design, champagne glitter lamé, textured gold leather and peep-toe. At 5' 10 miss Swift never really needs a sky-high heel and her evening shoes were a perfect choice for her gorgeous dress. She added finishing touches on this super carpet look with a low chignon playful low rolled updo and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry including a ruby cocktail ring plus diamond cluster earrings.
Recreating a couture gown in the real world is almost impossible but the Daily Mail can definitely do red and long and super glam with favourite crimson looks or grab a bargain with a bandeau dress at Asos.

Later Taylor attended Big Machine Label Group’s CMA Awards 2013 After Party celebrating her Pinnacle Award and Musical Event and Music Video wins. She slipped into a more casual, floral cocktail dress wearing a pretty Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet dress ($440.00 at bergdorfgoodman.com) and Tory Burch shoes - Fashion Pic . The sleeveless Foss Fit-and-Flare Dress has brocade and stretch satin, a bateau neckline with cut-out back, with a slim-fitting bodice with seamed waist.

The Gents:

Brantley Gilbert – Worst CMA outfit contender, he went with a denim-on-denim look.
Brett Eldredge – He suited up in shiny blue for the occasion but it looked it didn’t fit properly and loose a button.
Blake Shelton - Looked dapper in a navy blue blazer with subtle contrasting black satin lapel with a sophisticated style.
Florida Georgia Line – The hot duo guys Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley wore leather tux and skinny black tie brought their moms as their dates to the awards, and showed them off on the red carpet like true Southern gents
Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz - Hung out for cute snaps looking stylish and suave.
Jason Aldean - Rocked his signature cowboy hat, along with dark jeans and a khaki jacket.
Keith Urban – The Male Vocalist nominee rocked his laid-back look of relaxed blazer, skinny navy blue tie, and worn-in jeans - a cool combination of dressy and casual!
Scotty McCreery - The “See You Tonight” Idol Winner always scrubs up good and well turned out and wore a smart blue jacket and matching pants with a check shirt.

Watch Country Crossover's Heather Cruise with guest Kayla Blakeslee pick their best and worst of the CMA Awards 2013 Red Carpet Fashion!

Red Carpet to Real Way: Affordable Dresses Inspired by CMA's Best Dressed

UK country internet station 2Country.net talk to their Red Carpet Photographer – in the CMA Awards Special frography.xthefrog.com . They were also commissioned to head down to Music Row on the following two days to do some promotional press shots for next year’s Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 Arena in London, which including shooting Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts after their session with BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris at Audio Productions Recording Studio on 18th Avenue.

Photo Credits: Larry Busacca/WireImage/ABC/Todd Wawrychuk/Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
ABC/Todd Wawrychuk, Larry Busacca/WireImage, Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Sources – Getty Images, CMA Flickr Photos, Fashion Court, RCFA, Daily Mail

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