Keri Hilson has set herself apart from the pack of other R&B singers with her ever-changing hairstyles and sexy, retro/glam fashion sense (that girl's got legs and she knows how to use 'em...damn, I am so jealous, haha!). So, I wanted to know how this pretty young thing gets her look together for the Grammys. One thing Ms. Keri knows is that great hairstyles are powerful envelope pushers, so I reached out to her hairstylist, Maisha Oliver, first. IMAN: Do clothes determine the hair, or vice versa? MAISHA OLIVER:
Clothes always determine what the overall look is going to be. Hair and make-up have to compliment the clothes. If the look is futuristic then you have to be able to carry out a futuristic look. IMAN: What was your inspiration for Keri's Grammy's hairstyle? MAISHA OLIVER:
I wanted to create a style that was elegant but still had that Keri flare. I also wanted to make sure that she was recognizable on the red carpet. Plus, she's wearing her hair short these days, so I wanted to add some glamour to her cut.
Next, I caught up with her makeup artist, Ashunta Sheriff
. She told me that, for her, the Grammys represent the creme de la creme of musicians, so being quirky, funky, edgy, or just straight glam are all acceptable.
Of course, a girl can't attend an event with great hair and makeup, but no outfit! So, I asked Keri's stylist, Mariel Haenn
, how she went about choosing a gown for Keri's big red carpet moment--and most importantly, which came first, the hair or the dress? When Mariel emailed me on Sunday morning at 5 am West Coast time (the morning of the Grammys), they still hadn't locked in an outfit yet! The pressure was on, but she still took a moment to chat with me. IMAN: What criteria should the dress have? MARIEL HAENN:
The dress should definitely have that memorable moment/statement factor. Whether it's fit, color, or silhouette, something about the dress has to pop. IMAN: Is choosing the dress really about a gut feeling, or is it a group decision that includes the hair and makeup team? MARIEL HAENN:
It's a combination of gut feeling, experience and talking out the pros and cons to figure out the statement we are trying to make. IMAN: What were you and Keri going for with her Grammys gown? MARIEL HAENN:
We wanted to go for a classic, timeless look that will be remembered as her "breakthrough moment" in fashion. In her Dolce & Gabanna gown and Neil Lane jewelry, Keri's final red carpet reveal was a classically beautiful and elegant moment. Mission accomplished! You go, girl! Read more: