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As a spectacle of celebrity luxe and eclectic miscellany, it goes without saying that the Grammys is one of the most important occasions on the fashion calendar. Every year the biggest names in music bring their sartorial A game.

Past trends have ranged from demure and sophisticated to the really wacky and outlandish, but the 2018 red carpet was one to remember. We saw a slouchy tailoring and white Converse hot on the heels of billowing lilac tulle and the dazzle of crystal embellishment, demonstrating that the rules of Grammys fashion are – there are no rules. Pleasingly, it remains a rare and exciting night on which to have a little fun with ‘black tie’.

1. Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld’s sleek Alexandre Vauthier ensemble is truly a masterclass in pared-down elegance. Her white strapless dress is all cool minimalism and sharp silhouette, but the vivid sweeps of electric blue eyeshadow and those iridescent purple boots offer fresh bold twists, effortlessly fusing the modern with the timeless.

2. Lana del Rey

There’s something divinely ethereal about Lana’s star-studded Gucci gown, topped off with a starry headpiece on her glossy, newly chopped tresses. The wafting sleeves and frothy train are offset by the sharp metallic notes of silver. Her crown is the perfect accompaniment – channelling Hollywood siren meets celestial princess, Lana scores another red-carpet hit.

3. Janelle Monáe

Monáe has rarely been known to stray from her snappy white shirts and suit jackets, but this set of structured floral separates from Dolce & Gabbana was an interesting new take. The trim bowtie and blazer are staples of Monáe’s wardrobe, but the embroidered spring flowers creeping across the sleeves and trousers inject a welcome note of colour to her monochrome palette.

4. Alessia Cara

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Keeping it casual at awards ceremonies always makes a statement, and amongst the lavish assembly of silk, diamonds and plunging necklines, Cara’s Converse and T-shirt combo looked as chic as it did comfortable. In one of the best (and there were many) pantsuits of the night, she pulls off the tailored androgynous look with stylistic ease, made red-carpet ready by ornate gold hoop earrings.

5. Maren Morris

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Morris’ stunning bejewelled Julien Macdonald gown takes ‘dress to impress’ to new heights. The delicate cut-outs on the shoulders and above the satin waistband add sharp directional angles, thrown off by the A-symmetry of her side parting and her skirt’s tangled-cobweb embellishment of crystals. With so much sparkle, no necklace is needed, though her stacked silver rings tie the look together flawlessly.

6. Julia Michaels

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Surging tiers of lavender tulle spill dreamily over one another to form the full skirt of Michaels' dress. Scattered across the pastel purple, lights catch the sequinned butterfly motifs, whilst the nipped-in waist and deep V neckline offer a fitted, flattering finish. Sheer perfection.

7. Common

Common wows in a maroon velvet evening jacket with dark lapels and dapper matching bowtie. The luxurious plush of this Giorgio Armani creation reminds us why Tom Ford’s smoking jacket renaissance caught on with such enthusiasm last year. Common has never looked smarter: he lets the rich claret hue take centre stage by opting for the simple yet exquisitely-cut staples of black trousers and a white shirt.

8. Jack and Rachel Antonoff

Though I appreciate every red carpet tribute to the mantra ‘less is more’, the Antonoffs confidently dispense with rules and are more concerned with expressing their weird and wonderful selves. The result is quite splendid: The ballooning sheer sleeves and fluffy bubble-gum accents of Rachel’s dress clash quirkily with Jack’s pale blue shirt.

9. Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana can seemingly do no wrong on the red carpet. This ornate gown by Mikael D brings a touch of drama: interwoven strings of beads adorn the sleeve and hemline, trickling past the clean lines of the long train. The effect is undeniably glamorous, but with a sort of sumptuous, undone dishevelment.

10. SZA

As a first-timer at the Grammys, SZA turned heads with sheer panelling, gushes of tulle and the graceful thigh-high slits of her Versace number. The glittering geometric embellishment of this gown is particularly captivating – SZA looks set to take the fashion world as well as the music one by storm

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