While the rest of the show business was busy with the 2010 MTV Video Awards, Christina Aguilera made a rare public appearance in New York. The occasion was the launch of the Montblanc limited-edition collection of writing instruments dedicated to John Lennon. I had read of the event through Linda Perry’s Twitter account: I knew she was going to accompany Christina on the piano during a rendition of Lennon’s most famous song, Imagine. The news got me really excited, but I didn’t know what to expect. When I first saw the pics of the red carpet, my jaw fell to the ground, literally.
When Christina looks so flawless, I remember the reasons why I am a fan: apart from her incredible voice, she constantly changes her image, no matter what others think or say of her. I think this intellectual freedom is a big part of her charm: she does what she wants to do, the way she wants to do it, without giving too much importance to reactions and criticism. In a publicity-driven show business, where talent is often covered in sparkles (or in meat , ewwww), because it seems talent alone is not enough to make the gossip mill work, the sight of a fresh-faced Christina is more than welcome.
She posed on the red carpet with Linda Perry, the music guru who has worked with her since the Stripped period. I think she looked absolutely amazing: she wore a Dolce & Gabbana satin draped strapless dress, a glittering belt, black peep-toe pumps and a gorgeous diamond ring. The outfit is very simple and not trashy, perfect to emphasize Christina’s curves.
She ditched the strawberry blonde locks I had liked so much, and went back to her trademark platinum blonde. The colour is divine on her, and I really like this new soft hairstyle.
Apart from the hair, the major improvement was in the make-up department. It’s funny to read comments on her on gossip sites: everybody always scrutinizes her make-up and whenever she wears red lipsticks (which is most of the time), the hell lets loose. I don’t know who was her make-up artist, but he did an amazing job! The smokey eyes are dramatic but not too heavy, the superlong falsies emphasized her blue eyes, the peach/pink cheeks were sublime and so were the neutral lips! It’s a complex make-up but it shows all her natural beauty.
The ring she wore is a Stephen Webster creation, previously seen on her at Variety’s 1st Annual Power of Women luncheon in September 2009.
During the performance, her blonde hair and make-up looked divine. Judging from this short clip from the soundcheck, her perfomance was fire. This is not the first time she covers a John Lennon song: if you’ve never listened to her version of Mother (included in the compilation album Instant Karma: the Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, released in 2007), please take some time to, it’s really impressive.
She also wore Christian Louboutin Madame Butterfly peep-toe pumps in black satin. If I were her, I would have chosen a more extravagant style to give the black dress a twist, but I appreciate her decision to keep things classy and simple. The only thing I don’t get is her microphone stand with red lips, so tacky. I hope she will soon get rid of it.
What are your opinions of this outfit? Do you like this classy turn or do you prefer Christina’s raunchier version?
 It’s incredible to realize what people think art is nowadays. I don’t care a damn if Lady GaGa’s meat dress was meant to be a criticism of the music business world, where people are treated as cannon fodder. This is gross. Period.