American Idol Style
May 19, 2009: Kris Allen
The acoustic rocker made a stylish transition from being the boy next door to a sophisticated gentleman.
April 28, 2009: Kris Allen
The singer performed "The Way You Looked Tonight" by Frank Sinatra."You've made this amazing transition from being the adorable boy next door to the ever-so-handsome, sophisticated gentleman," said Paula Abdul. Allen paired his charcoal J. Lindeberg suit suit, with a blue tie from the same designer. He accessorized his look with a Dolce & Gabbana tiebar.
April 22, 2009: Kris Allen
Allen impressed the judges, strumming a soulful rendition of "She Works Hard for the Money" by Donna Summer. "It was original. It was well thought-out. It was a fantastic performance." said Simon Cowell. Allen wore a Calvin Klein fitted white t-shirt, gray Reiss trousers. He finished his look with Converse sneakers and a Tracy Matthews pendant.
April 14, 2009: Kris Allen
The Arizona native sang "Falling Slowly" from the movie Once. Allen wore an Armani Exchange jacket, Monarchy top, Joe’s Jeans, Converse sneakers and Paula Abdul jewelry.
April 7th: Kris Allen
Allen chose "All She Wants to do is Dance" from 1985, which Simon Cowell called "a stupid song choice." Paula Abdul offered praise, saying, "You're one of the most likeable contestants" that has appeared on Idol.
March 31st: Kris Allen
"The first thing Kris said this week is, 'I want to look older,'" said the shows stylist, Miles Siggins, who steered the singer away from that. "He's just not that kind of guy-he's a basic jeans and T-Shirt kind of guy." Allen, who sported a healthy California glow, Jonh Varvatos for Converse shirt and Joe's jeans, played keyboard while singing Bill Withers's "Ain't No Sunshine." "You are so in the zone-that was one of the best performances of the night. I'm loving you," lauded Randy Jackson. Added Paula Abdul, "That could be a first cut from your album."
March 25th: Kris Allen
This week's mentor, Smokey Robinson, said "He blew me away," of Allen's rendition of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is." The Southerner played the guitar again this week, but dressed up his look a bit more with a military-inspired INC shirt, skinny tie and black HampM slacks. "You did everything right," lauded DioGuardi.
March 17th: Kris Allen
"I genuinely think you have a shot a doing really well in this competition," Simon Cowell offered after Allen's soft and soulful rendition of Garth Brook's "To Make You Feel My Love." The singer paired down his look for the sensitive sit-down performance, wearing a simple black shirt and gray trousers (both H&M), PF Flyer sneakers and a Bico Australia necklace.
March 10th: Kris Allen
"Seeing you with your guitar, you're engaging and-don't take this wrong-kind of adorable-sexy," commented Paula Abdul after Allen's performance. The budding heartthrob performed Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" in a plaid shirt by Ben Sherman, dark jeans by Citizens of Humanity and classic Converse sneakers. "I thought it was a little casual," said stylist Miles Higgins, "but... that's part of his charm."
Introducing Kris Allen
The 23-year-old's boyish style earned him props from the judges on February 25th after singing Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror." "I think the chicks are gonna love you," said Simon Cowell, the panel's toughest fashion critic.
May 19, 2009: Adam Lambert
From bold suits to black-clad ensembles, this glam rocker always dresses the part.
April 28, 2009: Adam Lambert
"You make me feel better than good." said Paula Abdul of Lambert's performance. The L.A. native sang "Feeling Good" by Sammy Davis Jr. wearing a white D&G suit with a black Zara shirt, a white Howe tie and matching black shoes from Shoes For The Stars.
April 22, 2009: Adam Lambert
With his hair in a pompadour, Lambert performed in a Just Cavalli suit, a white tuxedo Kenneth Cole shirt, a Love And Thorns Ring and Astton shoes. "You are ready right now! You have it majorly going on. He is the hot one tonight America!" said Randy Jackson said of Lambert’s emotional, soft rendition of "If I Can’t Have You" from Saturday Night Fever.
April 14, 2009: Adam Lambert
"Adam the reason that you're shaking up this whole competition is that you dare to dance in the path of greatness. Fortune rewards the brave and you're one of the bravest contestants I've ever witnessed." said Paula Abdul. Lambert rocked the audience with his performance of "Born to Be Wild" by Mars Bonfire from Easy Rider. Lambert wore a Monarchy leather jacket over a Diesel shirt, Monarchy Jeans and Jump! shoes.
April 7th: Adam Lambert
Even Simon Cowell stood up in appreciation of Lambert's rendition of "Mad World." The rocker wore all white topped with a gray scarf and jacket.
March 31st: Adam Lambert
"Every week I cannot wait to see what you're going to do next," said Kara DioGuardi. Lambert took on Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music," wearing a shirt with a bow at the collar, V-neck sweater, Howe jacket and white belt. "Adam's a modern-day David Bowie," said Miles Siggins. "He's playing a new character each week."
March 25th: Adam Lambert
Lambert softened his rocker vibe this week, swapping his black nail polish and leather for a Rat Pack-esque suit and shirt from Zara and slicked-back hair. He stole the show with his slow "Tracks of My Tears" melody. Cowell called it the night's "best performance" and Abdul said, "You are exciting; you are it."
March 17th: Adam Lambert
"Strange, but I liked it," said Kara DioGuardi of Lambert's unique, Middle Eastern-influenced version of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." The singer stayed true to his edgy style for Grand Ole Opry week, performing in a worn-in Skingraft leather jacket, Versace shirt, Congregation of Forgotten Saints necklace and his own pants and boots. "If you can imagine Nine Inch Nails doing country – that was it," commented Randy Jackson.
March 10th: Adam Lambert
"You have an innate ability to know who you are as an artist and marry fashion with music," offered Paula Abdul after Lambert's set. "You've got the whole package going on." The edgy singer performed Michael Jackson's "Black or White" wearing a blue leather Diesel jacket paired with jeans by Monarchy and-from his personal wardrobe-a graphic T-shirt, silver chains and boots.
Introducing Adam Lambert
The 27-year-old Los Angeles native's gothic-inspired look-black spiky hair, eyeliner, chain necklaces and skinny jeans-perfectly fits with the rock songs he sings.
April 28, 2009: Danny Gokey
Gokey belted out a bluesy rendition of "Come Rain or Come Shine" by Billie Holiday. "What you had tonight was a swagger and a confidence," Simon Cowell said of Gokey's performance. He wore a three-piece navy Howe suit accessorized with a blue Howe tie, a pocket square and matching eye glasses.
April 22, 2009: Danny Gokey
"I think you have one of the sexiest voices ever. I think woman of all ages will agree." said Paula Abdul of Gokey’s performance. The Wisconsin native belted out "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire. He wore a DDC Lab leather jacket over a Calvin Klein tee, Levi's jeans, a Joseph Brooks necklace, and Rocket Dog boots.
April 14, 2009: Danny Gokey
The Wisconsin native performed Lionel Richie's “Endless Love.” Gokey wore a Banana Republic top, a Giancarlo Rossi jacket, Prvcy jeans and Aldo shoes.
April 7th: Danny Gokey
Wearing a touch of color-this week was magenta-Gokey belted out "Stand By Me." Of the performance, Kara DioGaurdi said, "You did your own thing and you did it well."
March 31st: Danny Gokey
"This is where you thrive-you leave me wanting more," said Paula Abdul of Gokey's performance of Rascal Flatts's "What Hurts the Most." "This was your best performance of the competition," Simon Cowelll told Gokey, who wore a Howe suit, Guess tee and Karl Lagerfeld glasses this week. "Danny has an amazing voice and we have yet to define him, which may be a good thing," said Miles Siggins.
March 25th: Danny Gokey
"I love the energy and the feeling," said Jackson of Gokey's upbeat performance of The Temptations' "Get Ready." Gokey redeemed himself wardrobe-wise with a black Monarchy shirt with red detailing to match his Jil Sander glasses and dark Joe's jeans.
March 17th: Danny Gokey
After singing Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel," Gokey earned accolades from the show's guest mentor, Randy Travis, who said, "He has a soulfulness that those of us who sing for a living wish we had." But his heart-felt performance didn't save him from Simon Cowell's criticism "My only problem, Danny, is actually what you're wearing," he said. "Matt Giraud said it looks like I'm about to jump out of an airplane," Gokey responded, with a laugh.
March 10th: Danny Gokey
"I really, really like you tonight-I think you're terrific," commented Simon Cowell, after watching Gokey perform Michael Jackson's "Pretty Young Thing." The fan favorite-wearing a blazer by Libertine, a red Gucci shirt, dark jeans by Robin and his signature glasses-made it through to the next round the following day.
Introducing Danny Gokey
28-year-old Gokey is a fan favorite, and we'll likely see a major style evolution in the coming weeks. "I like when people pay attention to what they're wearing," says the show's stylist, Miles Higgins. "I like a guy in a suit."
April 28, 2009: Allison Iraheta
"You've earned some new fans tonight," said Kara DioGuardi to Irehata, who celebrated her 17th birthday this week. The teen performed an emotional "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Ella Fitzgerald wearing a sophisticated black and white Dena Bar-El cocktail dress. She accessorized with silver hoops, a Nicolina Royale bow cuff, a heart-shaped Love and Horns pendant necklace and ruffled Steve Madden t-strap heels.
April 22, 2009: Allison Iraheta
"You were always going to be the underdog coming into this week, but that was a brilliant performance." said Simon Cowell of Iraheta’s performance. The teen performed a slow rock version of "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer. Iraheta wore a custom made My Tribe leather jacket over a custom made silver-dagger crystal top and Bebe liquid tights. She accessorized her ensemble with customized Velvet Angels shoes, a Penny Royal necklace and a Hot Topic ring.
April 14, 2009: Allison Iraheta
"What I like about you now is that I think you're believing you've got a chance of winning and I think we could see you all the way through to the end now." said Simon Cowell after Iraheta’s rendition of "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith from Armegeddon. The edgy songstress cinched an Emily Knoelle belt over her Bebe trench and Skelanimals pants. Iraheta accessorized with Romp shoes, a Banana Republic bracelet, Virgin Saints and Angels necklace, Hot Topic flower ring, Hilary London red glass ring and Hot Topic glove.
April 7th: Allison Iraheta
After Iraheta's rendition of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," Paula Abdul said, "You hear one note and it's undeniably Allison." The teen stuck with her rocker look, opting for all black and chains.
March 31st: Allison Iraheta
It was her outfit-not her throaty rendition of No Doubt's "Don't Speak"-that drew the judges' criticism. "What are you wearing? What is with this outfit?" asked Randy Jackson. "I got mad love for you but I did not get the ensemble tonight." And though Kara DioGuardi played down the importance of her look, Simon Cowell said, "We can't ignore the outfit-it's something from the Addams Family." The ensemble is made up of a Kizmit dress, Qupid shoes, MaiTai tights, Tarina Tarantino hair accessories and Affliction jewelry.
March 25th: Allison Iraheta
"You look fantastic-you kept your rocker edge," said Abdul of Iraheta's lace leggings, Be Seduced dress topped with hip chains and cropped leather jacket. The 16-year-old songstress belted out The Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and was again praised by the judges for her stage presence and talent.
March 17th: Allison Iraheta
"No one will ever be able to take away the power of your voice and the rock edge you bring to this competition," said Paula Abdul after hearing Iraheta's powerful performance of "Blame It On Your Heart" by Patty Loveless. The edgy singer softened her look this week with a flowy blouse and jacket from Fornarina, bedazzled boot-cut jeans from Monarchy, Tarina Tarantino jewelry and hair accessory and Dollhouse heels.
March 10th: Allison Iraheta
"It's very clear you know the kind of artist you want to be," said Simon Cowell of Iraheta's performance, "but you've got to lighten up a bit." The 16-year-old rocked out to Michael Jackson's "Give In to Me" in a leather jacket by My Tribe with an Ed Hardy dress (worn as a top) and Urban Behavior jeans. She accessorized with knee-high Jeffrey Campbell boots and a Christian Audigier belt with a Virgin Saint and Angels buckle.
Introducing Allison Iraheta
The 16-year-old has been waiting to audition for the show since the age of 9, so she's had plenty of time to develop a unique style. The Los Angeles native prefers pin-up-inspired dresses paired with quirky accessories.
April 28, 2009: Matt Giraud
"It was the only believable, authentic song I've heard tonight. I thought you were absolutely brilliant," said Simon Cowell of Giraud's performance of "My Funny Valentine" by Frank Sinatra. Giraud, who was eliminated this week, wore a navy H&M suit with a blue Dolce & Gabbana shirt and a red vintage tie topped off with a brown Makins fedora.
April 22, 2009: Matt Giraud
"You pick songs like I bowl-sometimes you through gutter balls, and sometimes you strike. This is a strike. Last week the judges saved you, but this week you saved yourself." said Paula Abdul of Giraud's rendition of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. He wore a Monarchy Leather jacket over an HampM shirt, a black skinny Energie tie and jeans. He paired his look with Nike sneakers.
April 14, 2009: Matt Giraud
After Giraud‘s performance of “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” by Bryan Adams from Don Juan Demarco the Michigan native was voted off, but will return next week after receiving the first-ever judges save. Giraud wore a Reiss vest and shirt and Rich amp Skinny jeans. He accessorized his look with an Angel Court watch chain and Armani Exchange sneakers.
April 7th: Matt Giraud
The fans and judges loved Giraud's performance of Stevie Wonder's "Part Time Lover." Looking inspired by Justin Timberlake, the singer wore a leather jacket and fedora.
March 31st: Matt Giraud
After landing in the bottom two last week, things didn't get much better this week for Giraud, who wore a graphic T-Shirt and G-Star leather jacket to perform The Fray's "You Found Me." "You keep going between the rock side of pop and the R&B side of pop," said Kara DioGuardi of the mediocre performance. "You are a talented guy and you don't deserve to go home," she added.
March 25th: Matt Giraud
The judges lauded Giraud, clad in a Toledo cardigan, Dolce & Gabanna shirt and Rich & Skinny jeans, for his version of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get it On." "You are now one of the front runners in the competition," said Simon Cowell.
March 17th: Matt Giraud
"You've got it going on baby," exclaimed Randy Jackson after hearing Giraud sing Carrie Underwood's "So Small" at the piano. The singer-who the judges compared to Michael Bluble this week-wore a sleek blue suit and shirt by H&M.
March 10th: Matt Giraud
After performing Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" at the piano wearing a Monarchy leather jacket over a white Save Khaki T-shirt and Joe's jeans, Paula Abdul admitted, "You are talented, sexy and authentic-I'm blown away." Randy Jackson agreed, noting, "You've definitely got that Justin Timberlake thing jumping off, man."
Introducing Matt Giraud
After performing in a fedora and fringed scarf on March 5th, Simon Cowell said, "Great choice of song. My criticism would be I hate what you're wearing [because] I saw bits of Taylor Hicks coming through." Fellow judge Kara GioGuardi countered, "More like Justin Timberlake!"
April 22, 2009: Lil Rounds
"I think all of America has been waiting for you to sing Chaka Khan, or an artist like that. But I'm not sure it was worth the wait. You've been everyone woman on that stage- everyone woman but yourself. But you look great!" said Kara DioGuardi of her rendition of "I'm Every Woman." Lil Rounds wore a Romp catsuit over Sassy Bax leggings. She accessorized with XIV Karats Diamond jewelry and sequined Fornarina shoes. The Memphis native wore her long hair curly with bangs.
April 14, 2009: Lil Rounds
The Memphis native performed Bette Midler's “The Rose.” She wore a Bebe vest over a Karen Millen top and belt with Bebe pants and shoes. The songstress accessorized her look with a Banana Republic Necklace, Beckley Ring, Bebe earrings and bracelet.
April 7th: Lil Rounds
Singing Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It"-a song from her birth year-Rounds chose an edgy all-black ensemble. "You're not making the impact you should be," Simon Cowell said of the performance.
March 31st: Lil Rounds
"After careful consideration, I decided to go with Celine Dion's 'I Surrender,'" said Rounds of her song choice, which she belted out wearing a floor-length Ema Savahl gown and bobbed wig. "I think the judges and America will really love it." Unfortunately the judges didn't think it was her best performance, although Randy Jackson said, "You sang it really really well. You have unbelievable vocal skills."
March 25th: Lil Rounds
Wearing a Foley + Corinna flapper dress, Aldo sandals, Aldo jewelry and bobbed wig, Rounds belted out Martha and the Vandellas "Heatwave" for Motown week of the competition. Both Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul praised her style: "You look unbelievable," said Abdul. "It's a throwback to couture chic."
March 17th: Lil Rounds
"Everything is going right for you tonight," said Paula Abdul, "…the hair, the makeup, the clothing – you look beautiful." The Tennessee native belted out Martina McBride's "Independence Day" wearing a strapless hot-pink cocktail Truesse dress, strappy Aldo sandals and Avant Garde jewelry.
March 10th: Lil Rounds
"I'm going to compliment you on the softness-the palette of what you're wearing," said Paula Abdul of the singer's pink ruffled top and white pleated trousers. Rounds-who sang Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel"-didn't get the same reaction from Simon Cowell, however. "I thought it was good amp#91;butamp#93;… I hate what you're wearing," he said. The soulful singer wore a top, trousers and necklace all by Bebe with Aldo shoes and a ring by Virgin, Saints and Angels.
Introducing Lil Rounds
The 24-year-old mother of three wowed judges when she showed off her curvy figure in a sophisticated black and yellow cocktail dress while singing Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" on March 3rd.
April 22, 2009: Anoop Desai
After Desai performed "Dim All the Lights" by Donna Summer, Paula favored the North Carolina native's ensemble. "I like the look tonight. Real men know how to wear pink!" Desai dressed in head-to-toe H&M wearing a gray suit with a blue shirt with a white collar and a pink v-neck and tie. Desai wore Creative Recreation sneakers.
April 14, 2009: Anoop Desai
"Anoop you definitely found your place. It's pop songs and adding your soul to it. The thing is when you made those changes in the melody they were right and they were coming from your heart." said Kara DioGuardi after Desai’s performance of "Everything I Do, I Do For You" by Brian Adams from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Desai wore a Diesel jacket over a Trovata shirt with a English Laundry tie, Express jeans and Jump! sneakers.
April 7th: Anoop Desai
Preppy Desai donned a lime green striped sweater for his performance of Cindy Lauper's "True Colors." Kara DioGuardi praised the performance, saying, "You can take a pop song and interpret it with soul."