Alicia Keys in black Azzedine Alaïa at the BMAs: one of her best looks ever?

More photos from the Billboard Music Awards – here’s Alicia Keys and her husband (*shakes head*) Swizz Beatz. Alicia wore Azzedine Alaïa, and I don’t hate it. At all. Ordinally, I find Alicia’s style to be hit-or-miss – mostly miss. Alicia usually gunks up her look with some kind of tacky-looking headpiece (Cleopatra Keys!). She also likes pants and shorts that are extremely unflattering to her figure, and while I like the menswear-as-womenswear look, Alicia really doesn’t do it well. But I find this gown to be rather elegant and classic, and it really suits her. What I dislike: I hate that Swizz and Alicia went “black-and-white” coordinated. I don’t really care for Alicia’s hair either – it looks like it hurts. But overall, if I close one eye and ignore Swizz, this is maybe the best Alicia has looked in a long time.

Also – why is Alicia doing the “Beyonce-palms-on-upper-thigh” pose? It doesn’t make you look slimmer. It makes you think “Huh, I bet she hates that part of her body. Let me look at it.”

And here’s Zooey Deschanel in Moschino. I don’t hate the little shift dress/cocktail dress. It’s her style, and while I wouldn’t and couldn’t pull it off, it kind of works for her. I don’t think she should have gone with black tights, though. I will say this: her bangs are WAY too long. I can already feel the Bangs Trauma Pity Party coming in here to scream at me and throw a bangsy hissy fit, but seriously, bangs-lovers: these bangs are too thick and too long even for you, correct? I think her lipstick is a few shades too orange-y too.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. k says:

    I am selectively pro-bangs,but lately I’ve been dying to sneak up to Zoey while she’s sleeping and give those suckers a good trim.

  2. Monie says:

    The black tight and shoes create the illusion of footie pajamas…not cute.

  3. Chatcat says:

    Alicia is as beautiful as she is talented…the dress impressed me until I got to the “spidey” looking chain mail on her hands!

    Zooey looks horrible! The only thing she got right was putting in her ultra blue contact lenses.

  4. eileen says:

    Pair that shift with some Doc Martens and Zooey is in full-fledged 90′s gear. Ahhh the memories…..

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Totally. I had 4 pairs of Docs back in the day. A couple pairs of Birkenstocks…I can hear “4 Non Blondes” in my head right now.

  5. jferber says:

    I agree on Zoey, but I think Alicia looks gorgeous. The dress is classic and emphasizes her hourglass shape. Girlfriend doesn’t need any outfits that showcase her thick legs and this works. Her smile always looks crooked and makes her look uncomfortable. She looks better the way she smiles in the first pic. Don’t get me started on her budget husband, though. The worst accessory she ever chose.

  6. brin says:

    Alicia looks good, the dress flatters her figure. Zooey’s black tights ruined her look.

  7. Dinah says:

    I’d like to see that dress(Keyes’s) with a bateau neckline. Also, her hairpiece isn’t quite the same color as her hair- wtf?

  8. Agnes says:

    alicia looks great! zooey is rather tiresome.

  9. k says:

    Alicia is too butch, even in this dress.

  10. jesstar says:


  11. Kate Kack says:

    alicia looks great as Morticia