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'American Idol' fashion: Black and white all over

Jennifer Lopez praised Lauren Alaina’s look -- a

Jennifer Lopez praised Lauren Alaina’s look -- a zebra striped chiffon number, with its high sequin waist and startling red inset, which would make a major statement at any prom. (March 23, 2011) Credit: FOX

For the Motown moment on "American Idol," contestants, with little variation, wore black and/or white.

It was the tale of three white jackets (and oh, how differently they fit) when it came to Jacob Lusk, Stefano Langone and Haley Reinhart. Lusk’s wrinkled linen number fit so badly that he couldn’t raise his arms, though his vocals were uplifting. Langone’s now trademark blazer, untucked shirt, jeans and patent sneaker ensemble was smooth and fit perfectly. Reinhart wore a black and white shawl collared tuxedo jacket – this was OK, but eeks, the short and vest outfit paired with towering stilettos – not her best choice, though Steven Tyler said, “You don’t look a day over fabulous.”

Ryan Seacrest (always in perfectly tailored Burberry) couldn’t keep his red carpet experience out of the mix last night when it came to Pia Toscano. Her black matte jersey dress fit like a glove and while Seacrest didn’t ask, “Who are you wearing?,” he swirled her around to show off the dramatic ruched and plunging back with its sequin inset. Real fashion va-va-voom.

We think wannabe prom queens everywhere will be looking for Lauren Alaina’s zebra striped chiffon number. With its high sequin waist and startling red inset, this would make a major statement at the dance. It was Alaina’s very best look to date, and even Jennifer Lopez, opalescent in a peachy shade, said, “You look amazing tonight.”

Most of the boys donned black. Rocker James Durbin did a jacket adorned with piercings, chains and skulls. Paul McDonald rasped in skinny black pants and shirt, and Seacrest noted, a silver cougar pin. Scotty McCreery crooned in a black button down, jeans and even black cowboy boots.

Naima Adedapo wore gray – crazy huge bell-bottoms that moved perfectly with her African dance movements. Her strappy fitted top showed of her athletic body. Lovely Thia Megia’s dress featured a black strapless bodice and a ruffled, tiered skirt in nude. A big multicolored sequin heart necklace was a perfect accessory for the teenager.

Only Casey Abrams opted for a slash of color in a tomato red shirt topped by a brownish blazer. Seacrest said the growling contestant looked “dapper,” while Tyler commented that he had, “a crazy-assed out-of-control ego,” which may have been tamped down a bit with a slight overdose of hair product on this night.

Speaking of Tyler, well, he did a cool, sparkle-dusted chiffon cheetah top, jeans and a neck full of glittery hippie necklaces. Our favorite visual of the night, however, was the sign held up by an audience member in his honor that read, “Steven Tyler, you’re my mom’s hall pass.”

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