Last week many sad things happened in the world: one of these was the death of Etta James, one of the greatest American singers of all times. Christina Aguilera has always expressed her respect and admiration for Miss Peaches: she has often sung the classic At Last during her concerts, sang with James herself and included Something’s Got a Hold on Me (another classic song by James) in the soundtrack of Burlesque.
The funerals took place yesterday in Los Angeles and Christina was asked to perform At Last once again, as the last homage to the great artist. I’m so glad James’ family chose Christina to pay this tribute, because I think it’s a sort of public acknowledgement of Christina as part of James’ legacy. Many artists have been clearly influenced by Etta James – just think of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Paloma Faith, Diana Ross and Janis Joplin, not to mention Beyoncé – but Christina was the one who had the honour to sing such a famous song at such an emotional event.
For the occasion, she was obviously dressed in black and wore a simple skirt suit. I think something happened to her skirt before the performance, because the lower hem looks crinkled, which is quite disappointing. Apart from the skirt, I loved her outfit, very feminine. She’s Christina Aguilera, after all, and had to add a sexy touch, so she wore no top under the vest; this can be considered a questionable choice, but one must give her credit for being always true to herself.
Whenever she wears a skirt suit, you can be 99% sure that she’s wearing a Dolce & Gabbana creation. This time made no exception: she wore a gorgeous blazer in wool twill fabric with satin details and a matching vest with four buttons. I don’t know if the skirt is by Dolce & Gabbana as well: it could be this one, but hers looks different from the jacket, with a slightly different shade of black.
She also wore her lucky shoes, her trusty Bianca patent platform pumps by Christian Louboutin, which she has worn many times.
The jewellery department included pieces we’ve already seen on her: a Loree Rodking long diamond rosary necklace with cross pendant, Garrard Wings diamond hoop earrings, a diamond ring and Stephen Webster Crystal Haze ring with diamonds and a garnet quartz. She sported her trademark ruby lips, dark red nails and a lovely curly hairstyle. You know I think she really needs to do something with her hair, but this new style really suits her.
Before the performance, Christina explained the important role that Etta James had in her life and in her career. She got really emotional while explaining the reason why she loves At Last: the verse “I found a dream that I could speak to” has meant so much to her, so I’m sure it was not easy to sing such a meaningful song at such an event. In any case, I think she really displayed her feelings in the performance and her singing abilities. People on gossip sites are busy with criticizing her, accusing her of oversinging and having menstrual blood running down her leg (it’s clear it’s spray tan; in any case so what?) but please, don’t they think it’s time to stop? Haters are going to hate her, but this doesn’t change the fact that she’s an incredible singer. That’s it.
What do you think of her outfit? Event-proper or should she have covered herself up?