I suppose I should be happy that there were no complete missteps on the red carpet. But fashion disasters are so much fun! Ah well, I guess we'll all just have to content ourselves by analyzing all the looks we did see on the red carpet.
As is often the case at awards ceremonies, there were a number of distinct fashions trends. Who wore each trend to the best advantage? Let's find out, shall we?
Long, striped column
Cam, Meghan Linsey, and Pam Tillis all opted for a figure-hugging sleeveless column with vertical stripes. Cam's black gown was highlighted with brown stripes of gold, orange, red, and cobalt, with a simple high round neckline, and fringe from knee to hem. Linsey's peach and silver gown channeled old Hollywood glamour, with a halter-style neckline and curved stripes separated by jeweled bands emphasizing her curves, dropping straight to the floor from her hips. Tillis' black and pink halter flared slightly from the knee and featured a jeweled neckline and a few narrow jeweled bands between stripes.
The most successful of these looks for me is a close call between Linsey and Tillis. Both gowns are classic, elegant, and flattering; both are well-cut and use the right colors for their wearer. But since I have to pick a winner, I'll go with Linsey, simply because the cut and drape of her gown is so completely picture-perfect.
Winner: Meghan Linsey
None of these looks are terrible, but three of the four had a slight misstep: Pope's horse appliques, Bradbury's nude panel and strap, and RaeLynn's waistline placement. But Bristowe's look was just unusual enough to be eye-catching without being too over the top.
Winner: Kaitlyn Bristowe
Much like the category above, two of these three looks have a small misstep, but Underwood is sheer perfection.
Winner: Carrie Underwood
The winner - or loser, in this case - completely missed the mark for the event by dressing appropriately for poker and beer at a friend's house, not a nationally televised awards ceremony.
Loser: Gretchen Wilson
There are only a few minor missed details in any of these looks. I love both McBride's and McIntire's looks, and Tae's is simple and pretty, but McBride's break from classic styles in terms of both cut and fabric is a nice nod to the non-traditional style of this particular event.
Winner: Martina McBride
Again, none of these looks were terrible - except that being so unmemorable makes them terrible. I think I have to proclaim the loser just because hers is the closest to being memorable - but not in a good way. And because we know she can do so, so much better.
Loser: Nicole Kidman
Also Worthy of Noting
Winner: Kimberly Williams-Paisley
So, whose look did YOU love or hate last night?