On the scandal spectrum, a long-sleeve black gown typically falls on the conservative end (it boasts the safest silhouette and the safest color). But at the 2016 Grammy Awards, a slew of stars gave the otherwise demure design a fresh, modern update with embellished finishes, racy cutouts, and dangerously high slits.
Adele achieved effortless glam in her black mousseline-and-velvet custom Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci creation that was spliced at the arms and embroidered with paillettes, pearls, and crystals. Bella Hadid traded the New York Fashion Week runways for the red carpet and supported beau The Weeknd in the sexiest black gown—a plunging Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture number with side cutouts and a thigh-high slit. Meghan Trainor, too, got the high-slit memo (as did Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, and countless others). She wore a design that featured sharp shoulders and sparkles embroidered all over.
But it was Demi Lovato who gave hers a cool menswear spin. She topped her slinky ground-grazing skirt with a sleek double-breasted blazer and nothing else, save for a sexy diamond body chain.