When it comes to the red carpet, Grimes has never been afraid of pushing limits and being weird for fashion's sake. She has always been unashamedly herself, be it as it applies to her career or otherwise. Grimes' red carpet fashion only proves that. With the pressures that come with celebrity on top of society and the media's expectations regarding traditional beauty standards, I'm always ecstatic whenever an artist seems able to remain unique and true to themselves.
Of course, as with anyone's taste or style that isn't my own, there are looks that I totally don't understand. But that's part of the reason I love Grimes so much. She pairs items that I would never think to combine and makes it work. The success of her looks has never been just about the clothes, though, but also about the confidence. How else could one roll up to the VMAs in the same suit trousers as 2 Chainz?
For all the women out there who aren’t entirely sure a cut-out, sequin gown is for them but want to slay red carpet fashion for alternative gals, Grimes is an icon. However, even if alternative dressing isn't your thing, you can still sit back and appreciate the sheer creativity and playfulness that Grimes manages to bring to the red carpet each and every time.
1. Chanel Spring/Summer Haute Couture Show, 2013
This look has such an ethereal quality to it that really represents how Grimes' music feels to me — feminine but aggressive, beautiful but with more to it than pretty. The details are what really help this ensemble be so much more than another white, floaty dress for the summer season.
2. Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch Presented By MAC Viva Glam, 2014
This outfit is like The Matrix hanging out at the beach. Oversized sunnies paired with those infamous Adidas sandals that almost everyone seemed to be wearing in summer 2015 doesn't sound like a combo that would work (never mind the long leather and lace coat). But Grimes proves that socks and sandals can be totally rad if you're willing to try.
3. Met Gala, 2013
The Met Gala 2013 was all about the punk theme. TBH, most of the celebrities managed to pull it off well, but what I love about Grimes' look is that she actually understands the message of punk and didn't just head straight for the tartan, safety pins, Vivienne Westwood-esque looks. I also absolutely adore this little video she made for Vogue in preparation of the Gala.
4. Proenza Schouler F/W, 2015
This dress kind of looks like it's made out of your mom's fancy curtains, but you know what? Grimes totally worked it. The cut-outs probably would've been left alone by most stars, but I adore that grimes had her hole-y leggings showing through. Again, Grimes' attention to details is what makes her outfits killer.
5. Louis Vuitton Palm Springs, 2015
When I was showing my fashion student friend my choices for Grimes' best red carpet looks, she said that this outfit was her favorite. Although it's not as quirky as the other Grimes looks that I know and love, I can see where she's coming from. The elegance and simplicity are something that I wouldn't expect from Grimes, which is why the outfit is so surprising and beautiful.
6. MTV VMAs, 2013
This look was almost too famous to include, but it's an absolute classic. I guarantee it will be most people's No. 1 choice when you ask them, "What's your favorite Grimes red carpet look?" It seemed totally unplanned, and that's the charm of it. Seeing Grimes pull off a Versace suit just as well as a rap star? Iconic.
7. Louis Vuitton Series 2, 2015
This is probably my personal favorite Grimes look to date (outside of her music videos, at least). The boots that match the jacket are to die for, but the cherry on the cake is those sunglasses. Where do I cop a pair?
Clearly, Grimes is a fashion icon. She's not just one of the most interesting musicians of our age — not that I'm bias or anything — but her style is timeless because it's so uniquely her. By swerving trends and serving up outfits that nobody else would think of, Grimes proves that there's a huge difference between being stylish and being on trend.