Melissa Rivers shares do’s and don’ts of country music award show fashion: ‘Don’t even know where to start’

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Fashion expert Melissa Rivers She shares her do’s and don’ts on the red carpet ahead of the CMT Music Awards in Austin, Texas.

“The red carpet is going to take a page from the awards shows that we’ve already seen this year. One of the best years of red carpet fashion we’ve seen in a long time,” Rivers said in an interview. Fox News Digital.

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Rivers, who co-hosts “Fashion Police” with her late mother Joan Rivers, She currently hosts the “Group Text” podcast, which she said puts country music award shows “somewhere between a Golden Globe and a Grammy.”

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Melissa Rivers has talked about fashioning Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and Blake Shelton on the red carpet.

Melissa Rivers has talked about fashioning Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and Blake Shelton on the red carpet. (Getty Images)

“It’s still a glamorous and significant event, but you can still enjoy it,” she added.

When asked what advice she’d give stars for deciding their looks for the big day, Rivers said, “I give them the same advice I give comedians. Just because you’re funny, you don’t have to dress funny,” she noted. “You don’t have to dress for the type of performance or the type of entertainment.”

When addressing some of the looks celebrities have worn over the years, Rivers gushed Shania Twain 2002 Country Music Association Look Award Presentation.

Shania Twain at the 2002 CMAs.

Shania Twain at the 2002 CMAs. (Getty Images)

“I loved the 2002 dress,” she said. “She looked so beautiful and charming, you know, the fit of the dress, the color of the dress. It all worked. Did I want to see a lot of her boobs stick out? Not really. Did I want to see her hair different for sure, but especially like in 2002, This was like money.

“They just look beautiful. You can drop them on the red carpet anywhere or any occasion, and they’ll look amazing. This could be at the Golden Globes. This could be at the Emmys. I don’t think it’s going to be at the Oscars, but you can put it on.” On any red carpet, and that would be amazing.”

In 2023, Twain wore a matching black and white polka dot jacket, pants, and hat to the Grammys. On the red carpet, the singer told The Associated Press that she wasn’t up for an award—she just wanted to have fun with her appearance.

Shania Twain at the 2023 Grammy Awards.

Shania Twain at the 2023 Grammy Awards. (Getty Images)

“I don’t want to take myself too seriously,” she said. “I just want to have some fun and celebrate with everyone.”

Country music star Carrie Underwood “She always looks great,” according to Rivers.

Carrie Underwood at the CMA Awards in 2016.

Carrie Underwood at the CMA Awards in 2016. (Getty Images)

Speaking of the rose gold gown the “Before He Cheats” singer wore to the CMA Awards in 2016, Rivers said it was “a lot of dresses,” but Underwood’s style has evolved.

“You have to put it in context. Carrie, as she grew up, totally evolved her style with her,” Rivers said.

“This is an example of being a country star doesn’t mean you have to wear country clothes.”

– Melissa Rivers at the 2012 ACM Awards for Blake Shelton

Looking at a photo of country star Blake Shelton at the annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 2012, Rivers said he looks “completely different” and “a lot better” now.

“This is an example of being a country star doesn’t mean you have to wear country clothes,” she explained of Shelton’s 2012 look.

In 2016, Shelton told People magazine that he “hated” dressing up and swapping his jeans and cowboy boots for a tuxedo.

“If you dress the right way, it should fit you,” he told the outlet. “But when things are right on me, it’s hard for me to hide a man’s chest and intestines and all that stuff, so it all comes out!”

Blake Shelton at the 2012 ACM Awards.

Blake Shelton at the 2012 ACM Awards. (Getty Images)

Rivers didn’t even know where to start. Keith Urban’s look at the 2002 ACM Awards.

Keith Urban at the 2002 ACM Awards.

Keith Urban at the 2002 ACM Awards. (Getty Images)

Blake Shelton She looks amazing on the red carpets now. Now, this is Nicole [Kidman] or gwen [Stefani] impact? I’m not going to say no, but I feel like some of their wives may have cleaned out their closets,” Rivers joked.

Urban married Nicole Kidman in 2006, and Shelton said “I do” to Gwen Stefani in 2021.

Addressing Katy Perry’s cowgirl fashion statement at the ACM Awards in 2016, Rivers said the pop singer “knows exactly what she’s doing.”

Katy Perry at the ACM Awards in 2016.

Katy Perry at the ACM Awards in 2016. (Getty Images)

“Katie is wearing a costume,” Rivers said. “Katy is a chameleon. She can go from looking the most stylish, incredible in the room to playing around and wearing something like what she wore in 2016 to ACM. You know, that was a great cheek.”

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said Rivers, a country music singer Lindsey Ell’s 2022 CMA look It was “a lot of a lot of things.”

Lindsey Ell at the 2022 CMA Awards.

Lindsey Ell at the 2022 CMA Awards. (Getty Images)

“A beautiful woman. The hair and makeup are amazing,” said Rivers. “You know, you can’t do a lace-up print, back, leather front with a deep V and oversized shoulder. Pick one up.”

Rivers also spoke to Fox News Digital about the latest red carpet fashion trends, including wearing sheer looks.

Melissa Rivers shared her red carpet do's and don'ts with Fox News Digital.

Melissa Rivers shared her red carpet do’s and don’ts with Fox News Digital. (Getty Images)

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“I’m not a big fan this year where you can see your little granny panties and bra underneath,” she said. “I’m not a fan of this look, but that’s just me. I’m not a fan of that. Look, I get it. I get it. In the editorial, it’s amazing. I’m not a fan of it in real life.”

CMTs airs on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

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