2019 BET Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

The BET Awards red carpet can be all over the place. Given the level of fashON that we have seen on the red carpets this year I am hoping that we see a more consistent sense of glamour on this red carpet. Like some of the other off season awards shows like the MTV Movie & Television Awards and the Teen Choice Awards we don’t typically see everyone who is nominated show up for the red carpet at the BET Awards. So while I may have 5 days of wishes for this red carpet I am expecting only a percentage of these stars to bring the fashion to the red carpet this weekend. Alicia Keys has made a resurgence this year. From hosting the Grammy Awards to attending the Met Gala and other events. She has been making the fashion rounds serving looks and showing me that while she had faded into the background of my mind that she shouldn’t have. Alicia is nominated for BET Her Award for her song “Raise A Man” and with stiff competition in the category I wonder if she will show up. I definitely want to see Alicia to bring up some major fashion on the red carpet at BET Awards and I think that this Alexander McQueen Fall 2019 RTW ensemble which features intricate earrings inspired crystal embellishments on a sheer netting with a bustier bodice and tapered leg pants would definitely be a major moment for Alicia to bring to life on this red carpet. Now Alicia is definitely much more modest than the average pop star, so I wonder if  she would wear the sheer bodice tunic as presented on the runway or if she would want it lined (at least up to the neckline on the bustier). Typically I would say that lining the bodice of this particular look is a bad idea, but I definitely think that on Alicia I wouldn’t even notice what the differences would be. Styling this ensemble with full bouncy curls pulled back off her face, her now signature barely there au natural makeup, a black Alexander McQueen decorative handle clutch, a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Leta’ crisscross strap pointed toe pumps, and statement Amwaj diamond and ruby drop earrings would definitely make this a major fashion moment on the BET Awards red carpet. Like Alicia, Ciara is also nominated for the BET Her Award for her song “Level Up.” I always love seeing Ciara on the red carpet because she always brings her a-game and has fun with style. She takes risks, they don’t always pay off, but I applaud her for her efforts. We have never seen Valentino lend out for the red carpet at the BET Awards so the fact I’ve picked a look from the label is already a stretch let alone a couture look. I want to see Ciara bring some major style to the red carpet and I definitely think that this florescent yellow, brown, and khaki Valentino Spring 2019 Couture ensemble which features a cap sleeve crop top with an attached train, a blouson silk undershirt and a pair of high waisted loose fit pant with a sash tied belted waist would be a perfect fit for Alicia to wear on this red carpet. It gives a bit of an “urban” vibe which is a bit of a departure for the Valentino aesthetic and I just think that Ciara has the chops to make this look work on this red carpet with ease. A sleek high ponytail, defined smokey eyes, glossy deep red lips, a pair of gold and silver Aquazzura ‘Monroe Plateau’ metallic leather strappy platform sandals, and 14k gold Jennifer Fischer 3″ ‘Hollow Eternity’ hoops would definitely tie this look together perfectly. Janelle Monae typically sticks to her black and white box, but every once in a while she will ad a pop of red or pink to her vibe and last year at the BET Awards she shocked everyone wearing a rainbow Nicholas Jebran ballgown in honor of Pride Month. Will she give the same vibe this year? I don’t think so. I love that while she sticks to her black and white box, but doesn’t ever feel stale or boring. She is one of the few stars who bring Jean Paul Gaultier Couture creations to life on the red carpet and when I saw this black and white asymmetrical look from the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2019 Couture collection which features a single sleeve with a sharp shoulder, corseted waist, and asymmetrical pleated tulle skirt I knew it was perfect for Janelle. It is a sexy, bold, chic, and statement making look and very few could really sell it to me and Janelle definitely has what it takes. I wouldn’t keep Pride completely devoid in this look adding a Judith Leiber Couture ‘Slim Slide Bespoke Rainbow Mix Tape’ crystal embellished clutch with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Naked Bow’ PVC and Satin crystal embellished pointed toe pumps, and Maxior ‘Live Life’ blue topaz and amethyst drop earrings to make this a major moment on the BET Awards red carpet. Mary J. Blige will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this years BET Awards. When it comes to fashion Mary can be someone I either love or loathe. I don’t want to see her wearing something tacky or dated, but something glamorous and chic. I knew immediately that I wanted to see Mary bring a chic Atelier Versace moment to life on this red carpet so when I saw this seafoam green gown from the Atelier Versace Fall 2019 Couture collection which features a plunging neckline, a single slashed sleeve, draped skirt, thigh high split, and a dramatic train I knew I found the perfect look for her. The look is classic Mary without feeling dated, tired, or tacky. It checks all her boxes and I think it really is the perfect moment for her to bring to life on this red carpet especially if she styles it with a sleek braided updo, smokey eyes, mauve pink lips, gold Stuart Weitzman ‘The Merinda’ strappy metallic leather sandals, and a pair of $275,000 David Webb ‘Couture Cross River’ 18k gold and platinum set diamond tassel earrings. Today’s wishes finishes out with Best Actress nominee Taraji P. Henson, whom also happens to be one of the announced presenters. I love Taraji, but I won’t lie when I say that this year her wardrobe choices have just made me scratch my head. I want to see her bring something chic, sexy, and glamorous to this red carpet which is why I’ve picked this black and gold Fausto Puglisi Fall 2019 RTW long sleeve dress which features a deep plunging v-neckline, mirror embellished belted waist, and a diamond pattern embroidered tiered a-line mini skirt. I went back and forth on a lot of options for Taraji. I went more covered and less covered but ultimately I decided that this would be the chicest moment for her to bring to life. It would all come together perfectly with a sleek high knotted ponytail, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of black and gold Jimmy Choo ‘Lilah’ strappy platform sandals, and a selection of Nikos Koulis jewels including a pair of 18k gold and diamond ‘Feelings’ chandelier earrings, an 18k gold, black enamel, and marquis cut diamond ‘Feelings’ ring, and an 18k gold and diamond ‘Feelings Double Shanke’ ring.

The 2019 BET Awards will take place on Sunday June 23, 2019.

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