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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Best Embroidery at the CMA Awards

The Award season dry spell broke with tonight's Country Music Awards.  When you think country music and embroidery, my city gal snobbery thinks of denim, fringe, and chintzy beaded numbers from 1980's television specials.

The reality is that the divas of country music rocked the red carpet in the most sophisticated of gowns, pulling from the best fashion designers.  As always, I have chosen my favorite use of embroidery.  Tonight, I chose Kelly Pickler who wore a dark gown by Johnathan Kayne.  The look combined a revealing sheer base fabric contrasted with heavy opaque beaded panels.

Country princess Carrie Underwood was glowing in a champagne and gold beaded dress from Lorena Sarbu.  This was an incredibly flattering dress with the high/low hem and use of beading.  The sheer shoulder, then the embroidered motifs melting into a sparkling skirt that just skimmed over that baby bump.  She was so pretty, it would make most pregnant women weep.  She also killed it throughout the night in a midnight beaded gown AND another dress that featured a painted bodice and jeweled belt by THEIA.

Faith Hill a fab haircut and beaded Naeem Khan gown.  The charmeuse bow below the neck would normally look matronly, but on this gown it has an updated proportion to highlight her graceful neck and face.  The beading had a glittering effect, but a more subtle chevron pattern on the body that had a slimming effect.

Who was YOUR favorite from last night?
Photos by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

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