Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner has a thing for frothy and fun dresses. That love was certainly on display last night at the Grammy Awards, where the singer and author, whose band was up for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album for Jubilee, arrived at the event looking in a striking tiered yellow dress by Valentino from the Haute Couture fall 2021 collection. The mini was entirely constructed from ruffled pieces of fabric, save for an open back. “As soon as I saw the Valentino dress I knew it had to be mine,” Zauner tells Vogue. “It just feels like the yellow joyous, fun color fits the Jubilee-era so well.” And if the dress resembled a cake, it was no mistake. Zauner was inspired by another artist who loves the frou. “One of my [favorite Grammys looks] was Rihanna’s 2015 pink Giambattista Valli couture dress,” she says. “I’m kind of into any fashion moment that makes you resemble a beautiful cake.”
While Zauner’s dress was truly a head-turner, the details were equally impressive. Zauner’s nails—elongated yellow tips adorned with itty-bitty three-dimensional persimmons—were an ode to her album Jubilee. (The album’s cover art features Zauner in a yellow dress and surrounded by the fruit) The nail design took three hours for Celeste Welch of @nailsbysissy, who has worked with Zauner since her early music videos, to complete. And while it wasn’t quite as glam, Zauner was able to snag a post-ceremony Nathan’s hot dog. But truly, the standout accessory was the polaroid she snapped with the group BTS.