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
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.