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Tuesday, February 12, 2008


new york - it's entirely possible that the word fashionista was created to describe patricia batista ( i mean her name even rhymes with it!) since we first met, many moons ago at syracuse university, she's been nothing but fierce. from fendi's to louboutin's and back she knows how to give lux drama - and she gives it good. today, she's an assistant manager in hand bags and accessories at nieman marcus (hence the super sick louboutins she always wears!!) so now their shoppers are benefiting from batista's superb taste and style. that's why when it came to dishing on what celebs were wearing at the grammy's she was the only one i could turn to. Now on to her top five list...(hugs to for photos)

"I am a huge fan of color myself, so it was great to see something other than black on the red carpet. Black is great, but it is also very easy to pull off. Too easy. Why not be bold and take a risk as Fergie did with her effortlessly chic Calvin Klien gown in a sunshine yellow hue? I was impressed with the "Dutchess" it's about time that she leaves the tiara and the tartan plaid at home and truly lives up to her G.L.A.M.O.R.O.U.S. life."

Another one of my colorful favorites was Natasha Bedingfield's Reem Acra dress. The rouched bodice, the simple matching belt and the BEAUTIFULLY draped fabric that flowed from the waist down were sheer perfection. Not only do I adore the dress but I loved her entire look, although it was very "old Hollywood-esque" (please excuse the cliche term) the bold purple kept it young and fresh. I give the english songstress and her styling team two very fashionable thumbs up.

There were loads of colors on display at the Grammy's but BLUE was the most prominent, (and as you can see, also worn by three of the celebs on my top five list.) The inspiring and talented Alicia Keys looked statuesque in NAVY BLUE Armani Prive. It was simple yet elegant. Her look contained no bells, no whistles just a long taffeta gown with a halter neck, a hot pink clutch and a faux-hawk for some kick, of course. I love that she didn't go for the usual navy dress suspects, the sleek bun and the silver swarovski crystal encrusted clutch ( most likely by Judith Leiber)....which are great if you are middle-aged but BORING if you are Alicia Keys.

My fellow Portuguese native Nelly Furtado chose to wear a ROYAL BLUE gown by Portuguese designer Arthur Mendonca (with a soft c). This Grecian inspired piece looked as if it was designed specifically with Furtado's curves in mind. Dresses like this one can be tricky for us women with "hips and thighs...Oh my!" but the sun-kissed Nelly did a great job pulling it off because she didn't add a belt...GASP! For once the overly abused accessory didn't make the cut. The only call out I have are those earrings ( which weren't even cute, they looked like she made them herself out of ice cubes and fishing wire). EEK! What was her sylist thinking? The goddess-like neck piece was truly enough. Earring blunder aside...Nelly looked Fab!

I had to save the best for last. Rhianna exuded confidence, fun and femininity with just the right amount of edge in an ELECTRIC BLUE Zac Posen frock. The billowy silhouette was very different for the pop star ,who is usually seen in very form fitting ensembles, but she looked FANTASTIC! More importantly, she took risks...from the the large amounts of detailing on the the day glo-orange nail color...and my favorite part, the ostrich feathers peeking out of the bottom! Although it sounds like I just ran down the list of requirements for a Vegas showgirl outfit, everything was used in good taste. I can't think of anyone who could've pulled this off better than Rhianna. Being a good girl gone bad has worked out amazingly well for her fashion sense. Keep up the good work both on the red carpet and in the studio!

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