FASH­ION HITS A LOW AT THE BET AWARDS

One of the mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try’s big­gest nights took place in Los An­ge­les last Sun­day. Gugulethu Mhlungu won­ders why the fash­ion was so flat

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The Black En­ter­tain­ment Tele­vi­sion (BET) Awards are one of the big­gest nights in mu­sic, and the red car­pet walk is a ma­jor pro­duc­tion that starts three hours be­fore the main show.

But it was in­ter­est­ing to note how un­der­whelm­ing the fash­ion was. Of course, it’s an award show, but the fash­ion is now as im­por­tant as the ac­tual event.

Host Tracee El­lis Ross man­aged to stand out in her white dress, as did Janelle Monae in her lit­tle black dress with her sig­na­ture cape.

The rest were rather bor­ing, like Nicki Mi­naj, who wore a black Mor­ti­cia Addams Givenchy dress. Or like besties Am­ber Rose and Blac Chyna, who showed up in match­ing pantsuit out­fits and said they’d de­cided on their wardrobe as a way to sup­port the his­toric Supreme Court rul­ing le­gal­is­ing same-sex mar­riage in all 50 Amer­i­can states. Eye roll.

They could have just said “we wanted to dress alike” and let that be that. Ac­tress Laverne Cox looked el­e­gant in her mid­night-blue jump­suit, and the tux jacket lapels were a very cool touch.

The usu­ally fab-look­ing Kelly Row­land and Ciara were com­pletely un­der­whelm­ing.

The men were per­haps even more un­der­whelm­ing. Ken­drick La­mar wore an olive and green top, which looked like his week­end gro­cery shop­ping top. Mi­naj’s boo, Meek Mill, showed up in a gold T-shirt, white pants and white sneak­ers.

But Big Sean in his black suit and Flo Rida in his pink suit saved the night, as did Chris Brown, who ar­rived in for­mal shorts, a white Tshirt and silk jacket with roses on the sleeves.

There were a few good looks, but they got lost in a sea of meh.

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