Always one to make a statement, Katy Perry walked the Grammy red carpet tonight in Tom Ford. Her Grammy appearance comes just days after Thursday’s release of her new politically charged single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” which she will perform on tonight’s ceremony (Feb. 12).
Perry has a history of bold Grammy looks, having walked the red carpet in 2014 in a sheer Valentino gown featuring images of musical notes. In 2013, the keyhole jeweled neckline of her pale green Gucci column gown made headlines. 2015’s look, a tea length, crystal bedecked dress by Zuhair Murad, was relatively sedate, allowing her newly purple hair to be the main event.
But in light of her new single, Perry sought something different for this year. “It was important to portray this new image, especially at Katy’s first red carpet upon releasing her new single,” explains her stylist Jamie Mizrahi exclusively to Billboard. “There was less thinking about what had been done in the past and more thinking about the present and future. We wanted something that felt different and elevated.”
While her look may be new, it’s still very much in line with the conversation-starting style she’s clearly established for herself. “It’s interesting and bold. The mix of feathers and sequins paired with the silhouette of the elongated turtleneck top is unexpected and cool,” Mizrahi explains. “The look is powerful and playful at the same time — just like the woman wearing it.”