Exclusive: Stiletto Jungle at The Grammy Style Studio

Friday, February 08, 2008

Grammy Style Studio 2008 Invitation
Our Grammy Style Studio invite!

Music and fashion consistently go hand in hand, but during the Grammy Awards this pairing seems to reach new heights. Everything in this awards show is about bold and creative statements, from the over the top performances, to elaborate parties, and of course the red carpet fashion show! Stiletto Jungle was able to score an invite to the official Grammy Style Studio (aka: Swag Party!) in Hollywood this year, and I was the lucky one chosen to stop in and get a sneak peak of all the top trends in fashion, footwear, and accessories. Considering this was my first time covering a fashion event, I really had no idea what to expect. The Studio was by appointment only. My appointment was at the very opening of the event, so I was able to see everything before the crowd hit. It was quite a spectacle! A red carpet was rolled out for photographers and press leading up to a very large warehouse. From the outside, you’d never guess what you are walking into.

Inside, the Studio was decorated in white fabrics, huge projector screens were playing past Grammy moments, and there was soft ambient lighting. A circular bar was set up in the middle of the space with Borba Skin Balance Water and teas, and a ton of photographers milling about taking shots of all the designer lines and the d├ęcor. I bumped into both ET Insider and MTV as I was waiting for my appointment. Little seating areas were set up all around the warehouse and a team of tour guides stood ready to take you through the event. My tour guide was super friendly and knowledgeable, showing me where each line was set up-- mainly in tables with racks of clothing on either side-- and introduced me to all the designers. This year, the theme was brighter, bold colors, lots of metallics, and soft, breathable fabrics.

Ted Baker Perci Dress
Ted Baker "Perci" Dress

£95.00 (~$184.71)
Available at: tedbaker.com

Ted Baker London had some fabulous dresses in vivid colors like seychelle and smoke with a little feminine ruffle touch. Check out this dress in smoke (right)-- I fell in love with something very similar in a plum color. Eva Longoria and Sophia Bush wear this line and it has also been featured prominently on Gossip Girl.

Thrive is a new LA-based label that caught my eye. They used very gauzy fabrics coupled with more neutral colors. Their dresses had very cool geometric cut outs that show a little skin, while remaining sophisticated. Paula Abdul and Fergie are big fans.

I was very excited to swing by the Korean Blue Notch Jeans line, because I heard they designed a unique "silk denim" jean valued at $1,000, available exclusively at the Grammy Style Studio. Their tag line is "I wish I would never hurt again," which should probably be my mantra. They make these incredible jeans that are super stretchy and feel almost like leggings. They look like jeans but they feel so soft from the outside and inside, and they haven't compromised a bit on style. The jeans have a bit of an edge to them, with "piercings" like a barbell in each pocket, and a horse shoe piercing through the belt loops. They are so perfect to pair with boots, and are lightweight for the summer. Not all their jeans are going to break your budget, their line starts at $180. Blue Notch jeans are so ultra cushy, I think I may just live in them.

My fave accessories table was an Italian brand called Rodo. Their collection of clutches were on show, and they featured a beautiful selection of classic black scrunched fabric purses in a fan shape and lots of new metals with Swarovski crystal accents. Each one was a little piece of art. Their shoe line was quite impressive as well, with a lot of matching crystals and shiny, eye catching materials in vibrant reds and golds. Perfect for the Grammys! Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Beyonce and so many other celebs love Rodo designs.

K Karl Lagerfeld Blanche Jeans
K Karl Lagerfeld "Blanche" Jeans

Available at: net-a-porter.com

Karl Lagerfeld's more accessible "K" line is in its second year and features plenty of new denim colors and plenty of the signature monotone black and white tees with the recognizable Lagerfeld screen on the front. The jeans were the highlight of the collection, featuring a number of new finishes: dark rinsed indigo, dark distressed indigo, over-dyed black denim, grey rinsed denim, coated super distressed indigo and coated super distressed grey denim. Oh yes, I had to stop myself from drooling. The mens' collection was quite striking as well, presenting some beautifully tailored blazers with little accent embroidery or touches of silk for a hip edge to the traditional blazer.

The Grammy Style Studio was such a cool experience, and I was honored to be invited on Stiletto Jungle’s behalf. Now that you have the insider's guide to Grammy fashion, stay tuned to the Grammy Awards this Sunday to see if you can spot the up and coming designers!

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Pearl C. is the Stiletto Jungle Music Editor. Originally from the east coast, Pearl has called SoCal home for the past eight years. Currently based in glammy Los Angeles, Pearl plays amongst the stars as a digital diva for Interscope records. Pearl has a B.A. in English, a law degree, and a spot-on gift for finding the best party in town.

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