From J.Lo's navel-grazing Versace gown to Nicki Minaj, cloaked in red, strolling in with a guy dressed like the Pope, the Grammy Awards' Red Carpet has long been a statement-making and career-breaking moment for recording artists. In anticipation of this weekend's ceremony and in hopes that none of the celebs play it safe, we dressed seven of the nights' leading nominees in current season runway looks from some of FADER's favorite designers, like Highland, Nasir Mazhar and Hood By Air to name a few. Here are FADER's 2014 Grammy Red Carpet Fantasy Picks.
Drake in Highland
For Drake, who tends to wear sharply tailored suits, his fantasy look comes courtesy of super cozy Highland’s High Life leisure suit.
Rihanna in Nasir Mazhar
Rihanna's red carpet style has many style sides, ranging from IDGAF ripped jeans and vintage t-shirts to pointy bustiers and WTF hairstyles. But this Nasir Mazhar logo-heavy crop top and gartered-daisy dukes look would be her at her most banjee, taking selfies and wowing us all. What's Melissa Forde going to wear?
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in Hood By Air
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are infamous for their color-coordinated looks and avant-garde red carpet bravado. If it ain't broke, why fix it? We opted to dip KimYe in matching Hood By Air spaceship-ready ensembles—we already know Kanye's a fan of the brand.
Justin Timberlake in Dries Van Noten
For Mr. "Suit and Tie", Justin Timberlake, we swapped out his usual Tom Ford tux for an equally chic floral brocade look from menswear master Dries Van Noten. Extra points for the toe-baring suede mandals.
Taylor Swift in RODARTE
Despite her massive crossover pop success, we decided to get Taylor Swift back to her cowgirl roots with a fringed Wild West Rodarte look.
Kendrick Lamar in Shaun Samson
Nominated for seven Grammys, Kendrick Lamar's low-key Los Angeles steez found a fashion bedfellow in California-born-and-raised designer and streetwear osessed Shaun Samson’s baggy shorts, knee-high socks and slip-on Vans look.
Lorde in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci
2013's breakout pop star, Lorde, has a penchant for covered-up witchy frocks and wavy locks, so we placed her in this intricately harnessed gown from goth god Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy with a slicked-back mane.