Fashions Sizzle at Latin Grammys

Thursday, September 14th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Jennifer Lopez effect dominated fashion at the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards: The less you wore, the more attention you drew.

Jaws dropped earlier this year when the actress-singer appeared at the traditional Grammy awards show in February in a now-infamous Versace gown, which opened in a deep V all the way to her navel.

This time Christina Aguilera, Colombian songstress Shakira and Latin rocker Alejandra Guzman pushed the boundaries of what they can show off in public.

Their shimmering skintight gowns revealed more than they covered.

Aguilera arrived at the Staples Center in a sequined midriff-baring gown cut to the hip and held up by tiny straps made of silver chains. Like many performers, she changed for her performance, choosing a candy-apple red miniskirt and long sleeve midriff-baring top.

Shakira also sported bright red, with tight pants wrapped in dangling charms and a cleavage-baring backless top.

Guzman, a nominee for best female rock performance, wore a revealing two-piece outfit by Dolce and Gabbana, which was covered in purple and green sequins.

The woman who started it all, meanwhile, appeared downright modest. At the Latin Grammys, Lopez wore a satiny floor-length gown with a bejeweled neck-strap.

Blue hair, once the color of choice for frumpy ladies, also took on a whole new style at the show.

Aguilera highlighted her blonde tresses with sapphire, and Cuban-American salsa singer Celia Cruz drew cheers for her electrified azure locks.

Meanwhile, Tito Puente Jr. wore an ankle-length leather ensemble and members of the salsa boy-band Son by Four draped themselves from top to bottom in heavy wool and leather.

Puente, a salsa musician whose legendary bandleader father was honored during the show's opening musical number, attended the Latin Grammys in one of the more eyebrow-raising outfits. He wore shiny leather pants and a matching cloak locked across the chest with silver buckles.

Son by Four vocalist Angel Lopez arrived in a wool parka spotted with patches of brown fur, but changed into black leather for his performance.

Members of the pop group 'N Sync, who performed with Son by Four, arrived in iridescent blue-tinted suits that matched in color but varied slightly in style.

'N Sync singer Justin Timberlake showed off his swirling designs of purple and dark green before hurrying into the arena to prepare for his performance.

``This is my Latin flavor!'' he yelled, as a crowd of cheering teen-age girls roared with approval across the street.


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