Taylor Swift In J. Mendel – 2012 Academy Of Country Music Awards

Taylor Swift was easily the best dressed on the red carpet for the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards, held on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

She looked outstanding wearing a J. Mendel Fall 2012 dress.

Gilles Mendel is very much Taylor’s go-to designer, but on this occasion she opted for a very modern, sleek sleeveless dress with metallic gold accents and cut-outs.

I guess she has read your comments because not a single sequin or embellishment was in sight for two red carpet appearances in a row.

Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Christian Louboutin ‘Summerissima’ criss-cross platform sandals accessorized her look.

Wavy hair, blunt bangs, kohl-rimmed eyes and a nude lip colour provided the finishing touches.

No sequins, no updo and no red lips. I think I need to lie down from the shock.

This by far one of Taylor’s best ever red carpet looks. I hope she ditches the ballerina-style dresses and gives us more of this in the future.

I just hope you guys haven’t put her off sequins for good.

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58 Responses to Taylor Swift In J. Mendel – 2012 Academy Of Country Music Awards

  1. Jess2 April 4, 2012 at 13:43 #

    Outstanding!! Now this is how a superstar is suppossed to look!! Flawless and BDOTW and BDOTE!

  2. Chanel April 3, 2012 at 17:21 #

    Ah, I can’t stop looking at her! She is so beautiful! It’s modern, sexy, glamourous, young, elegant, pretty… the lists goes on.
    But I still feel the Taylor Swift-vibe to it. So I hope she wears more of these types of dresses, or at least mix her style up a bit 🙂

  3. Incroyable April 3, 2012 at 15:46 #


  4. ange April 3, 2012 at 09:42 #

    perfection! this is her “tom ford white” moment (even if it isn’t tom ford)

  5. TL April 3, 2012 at 08:30 #

    Best look ever!
    the dress, hair, and makeup, everything is perfect

  6. J April 3, 2012 at 02:48 #

    My girl’s all grown up!

  7. Mana April 3, 2012 at 02:25 #

    She looks fantastic! Finally like the adult she is. Hope to see her more like a grown up person in her next red carpet appearences. Also, it’d be nice if her street style would become this sophisticated.

  8. molly April 2, 2012 at 22:04 #

    Wow! She looks amazing! I didnt like the dark eye makeup at first but the more I look at the pictures, the more I like it. What a knock out, BDOTW!

  9. Leo April 2, 2012 at 21:42 #

    Quite edgy for her. Nice to see her going all out and it paying off. This is a great direction for her.

  10. jK April 2, 2012 at 19:51 #

    WOW … What a pleasant surprise.
    It’s probably one of the rarely occasions, when the star’s body is as skinny as the model’s. SEXY!

  11. Jill April 2, 2012 at 19:27 #

    oh my, let me catch my breath. dear lord… she actually looks like a superstar in this. and this is coming from a person who borderline hates her. I wish I could like this look less BUT THIS FREAKIN ROCKS.

  12. Aline April 2, 2012 at 19:04 #

    Okay, so I’m totally alone here but, although I do appreciate her effort on doing something different, IMO this is far from being her best look. I’d chose sequined!Taylor any time. But I prefer sequined dresses myself than this kind of minimalistic looks. I don’t know, it always seem more glamurous to me when you wear a dress with some really good embroiderings, sequins etc than when you wear a dress so… simple as this one. Other than the cut outs and those gold straps (which I don’t like at all ’cause they seem to be an afterthought) it’s just… fabric. But this is just my opinion, of course.

    She still looks beautiful, I mean, her hair and makeup are flawless. Let’s just say this type of dress is not my cup of tea.

  13. Yeliz April 2, 2012 at 18:34 #

    Finally! She looks so amazing that I can forget her previous thousand ballerina-like dresses and pretend that she always looked that flawless. I love everything about this look and agree that this is her best look ever.
    FC I believe that she read our comments too.

  14. EmmaWoodhouse April 2, 2012 at 18:01 #

    I have one slight caveat: the waist cut-outs. (I’m really not a fan of cut-outs). OTher than that, this is a stunning, flawless look–I think it shoudl definitely be considered for BDOTW! She looks so mature and elegant, with sleek hair and makeup. 🙂

  15. Zmia April 2, 2012 at 17:47 #

    one of her best looks, so grown up and mature

  16. AJ April 2, 2012 at 17:45 #

    This might be the best look I’ve seen so far this year… I’m THAT impressed.

  17. Mol April 2, 2012 at 17:25 #

    She does look great and deserves a BDOTW nod, but if I see this waist cut out style again (which not only Jennifer but Gwynth have done well, not to mention numerous editorials), I might get tired of it….but kudos for dropping the sequins.

  18. DivaDebbi (Beauty and Fashion Blog) April 2, 2012 at 17:13 #

    Blown away! All grown up. Hopefully with more like this to come. BDOTW worthy.

  19. bee7 April 2, 2012 at 17:12 #


    • bee7 April 2, 2012 at 17:18 #

      it reminds me of the prabal gurung worn by Jennifer lawrence at the LA premiere. taylor looks stunning nonetheless

  20. Amy April 2, 2012 at 17:05 #

    hallelujah! Taylor without a princes-sy glitter dress? Is it a late april fool?
    Anyway I’m not a fan of her bangs but I’m glad her stylist woke up and is trying new things.

  21. Ade April 2, 2012 at 16:57 #

    JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, IS THIS TAYLOR SWIFT?? She looks amazing, ethereal, devoid of any flaws, BDOTW, e.t.c

  22. stewd April 2, 2012 at 16:42 #

    she look too skinny bt beautiful

  23. Lai Stefani April 2, 2012 at 16:39 #

    Why can’t she dress like this all the time? She looks amazing!

  24. Felicia April 2, 2012 at 16:36 #

    Never thought I’d say this about Taylor, but she looks FLAWLESS!!!! Omg.

  25. BwithErza April 2, 2012 at 16:23 #

    Yes, something ‘new’ from Taylor Swift!! Totally love the dress on Taylor! BDOTW!

  26. Jennifer H-K April 2, 2012 at 16:23 #

    Stunning!! BDOTW for sure!!

  27. Francy April 2, 2012 at 16:21 #

    She looks amazing, I had’nt even recognized her without sequins and her usual wavy hair. She looks edgy
    Definitely keep it up with this style!

  28. Fiona April 2, 2012 at 16:15 #

    Wow – I love this on her, she looks amazing from top to toe. It very much reminds me of Jennifer Lawrence’s gorgeous gold Prabal Gurung gown, definitely the same cut and style, and it has the same effect, she wears it well.

    • Eulalia April 2, 2012 at 19:14 #

      exactly what I was thinking when I saw these photos !

  29. Chanel April 2, 2012 at 16:14 #

    I don’t like this girl, but goodness it is so refreshing to see her like this. She really does look great, though the bangs are weird.

  30. ay April 2, 2012 at 16:13 #

    I’ve always liked what Taylor wore on the red carpet but this is something different and sophisticated. Love it.

    • Fashion Critic April 2, 2012 at 17:06 #

      me too

    • Jones19 April 2, 2012 at 17:42 #

      Ditto. I love Taylor’s girly looks but this new direction has taken me pleasantly by surprise. Love the mature look on her.

  31. justme April 2, 2012 at 16:01 #

    The dress is a tad too long and the hair should have been slicker but she gets a pass because she stopped the cutesy factor.

  32. mm April 2, 2012 at 15:57 #

    WOW, BDOTW, I agree with everyone best look from Taylor so far.

  33. Mebbie April 2, 2012 at 15:57 #


  34. Oscar April 2, 2012 at 15:56 #

    I adore the dress, hair, styling and everything, but, am I the only one who think it fits her a little too big? In the model it looks more fitted. But like you all said, this is the best she has look in centuries. BDOTW nominee.

  35. CreoleLady April 2, 2012 at 15:56 #

    I’m feeling a bit faint myself, lol. A very nice change. If she were not the umpteenth blonde on this red carpet, I would need smelling salts ;). Lordy, I can’t believe I’m longing for some blue-haired Katy Perry. But my blonde fatigue in no way diminishes how great Taylor looks.

  36. Teresa April 2, 2012 at 15:52 #

    I really like the simplicity of this look, but I find the silouette eerily similar to the gold Prabal Gurung dress Jennifer Lawrence wore to “The Hunger Games Premiere.”

  37. robbie April 2, 2012 at 15:44 #

    she looks drop dead gorgeous.

  38. Vicky April 2, 2012 at 15:37 #

    Really, really like this, but I feel it’s slightly too long..

    • Saree April 2, 2012 at 15:47 #

      So she looks terrific – I can’t really fault anything.

      But I will agree with Vicky but I’m more on the awkward side. It looks like it should either be a little longer OR shorter. That length, when you look at it too long, appears awkward for me. It may just be her poses or height cause the model makes it work – just something about that main picture.

      But she is definitely BDOTN and should be considered for BDOTW.

    • Rebecca Z April 2, 2012 at 16:12 #

      Totally agree–didn’t they have time to hem her dress? It would have looked so spectacular if it were the right length. As it is,when you see the full length picture she just looks like she’s dressed up in her mom’s dress.

  39. Christine April 2, 2012 at 15:33 #

    Also, I have to say, Blunt bangs works magic on her. I prefer Blunt bangs to the typical taylor sweet updo.

  40. Christine April 2, 2012 at 15:32 #

    She finally looks like a GROWN UP! Not like a little kid who’s playing dress up 🙂

    Hope she keeps this up.

  41. Ramsay April 2, 2012 at 15:27 #

    That’s a nice change for her – I like it

  42. fromchi-town April 2, 2012 at 15:16 #

    Wow – that’s all I can say. I think this is her best look ever. BDOTW nominee for sure!!!

  43. Riley April 2, 2012 at 15:14 #

    Phew! Finally her stylist put her in something that is new, fresh and interesting! Love this look.

  44. ash April 2, 2012 at 15:07 #

    btw I love the makeup but really dont like the bangs

  45. ash April 2, 2012 at 15:05 #

    best look of her EVER!! BDOTW!

  46. Jessica April 2, 2012 at 14:56 #

    She looks fabulous, the dress is gorgeous. I also really like her makeup

  47. meimei April 2, 2012 at 14:55 #

    Finally… something refreshing from her… love this! Definitely BDOTW.

  48. AW April 2, 2012 at 14:54 #

    Finally! She looks like an adult, a sexy, stylish adult.

    FC, i’m going to need to lie as well.

  49. Alina April 2, 2012 at 14:52 #

    This is her best look EVER.

    • Tiffany Nicole April 2, 2012 at 17:39 #

      + 1 – all kinds of sensational!!!!

    • smolls April 2, 2012 at 18:53 #

      Totally! She looks fantastic here…all grown up & simply beautiful. Love the retro vibe.

  50. ullis April 2, 2012 at 14:51 #

    She looks stunning, and what a body?!

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