2021 Grammy Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

I cannot wait to see how the Grammy Awards go off this weekend. So far in the midst of the socially distanced the Music Awards shows have done the best feeling “normal”. While some went expected with the regular set up in an empty arena while others went for more virtual continuity with green screen set stages. The Grammy Awards are expected to have multiple stages set up in and around the Staples Center complex where a major list of performers are set to showcase. I am really excited to see what the show will bring. So over the next several days you are going to see wishes for those nominated, performing, and presenting at this years show. I’m crossing my fingers for major things. Kicking things off today is this years most nominated artist Beyonce who has 9 nominations thanks to her Black is King visual album including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Despite all of those nominations she is not one of the performers this year and I highly doubt we will see her get all dressed up for any sort of live acceptance speech should she win any of those 9 awards. When I was picking looks for the Grammy’s back before they postponed their date I picked this major glamour look which features a sheer Ese Azenabor Couture column gown which features long sleeves, intricate beading, and a plunging neckline which I wanted to style with the major black and white fur stole from the Georges Hobeika Fall 2020 Couture collection. I really wanted to see Beyonce support a young up and coming designer I found through her stylist Zerina Akers @BlackOwnedEverything she started after sourcing items from black labels (in addition to a lot more) for the Black Is King visual album. I thought this gown with that stole would give major old Hollywood vibes with a sleek rose twist retro inspired updo, thick winged eyes, bold red Pat McGrath Labs ‘Elson 2’ bold red matte lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Double L 100’ patent leather & mesh strappy pointed toe pumps, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels including statement drop earrings made up of white diamond halo set Colombian emeralds and a selection of major white diamond rings. It would easily be one of my favorite Beyonce looks in a really long, long time. Especially a red carpet look. I had so many ideas for what to pick for Dua Lipa to wear for the Grammy Awards. I was originally going to go down the route of vintage Thierry Mugler Couture, but then Kim Jones made his debut as the creative director at Fendi. The moment I saw this ivory sheer pearl embellished caped column gown with a halterneck bodysuit and a dramatic train it spoke to me. It was a really cool moment that gives me regal vibes as well as rock and roll glamour. I feel like it would definitely be something that Dua would be drawn to and since she is on the list of performers in addition to being nominated for six Grammy’s including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. Her music helped get me through lockdown and I would love to see her walk away with a couple of those golden gramophones as a consolation prize. A sleek updo embellished with a Mikimoto ‘Splash’ akoya pearl and white diamond brooch, defined eyes, glossy mauve lips, a pair of metallic champagne nude Christian Louboutin ‘Mariacar’ crisscross mesh platform sandals, and Mikimoto ‘Bubbles’ akoya pearl and white diamond cluster earrings would turn this look into the perfect glamour moment for Dua to bring to the Grammy’s this year.  H.E.R. has been making the rounds this awards season with nominations at both the Golden Globe Awards and the Critics Choice Awards. Her next stop would be the Grammy’s in a normal year. She is nominated for 3 Grammy’s including Song of the Year and two Best R&B nods. She gave us more casual cool in Valentino Couture look at the Globes and a major floral beaded brocade custom Miu Miu suit for the Critics Choice Awards after wearing neon trimmed Vera Wang Chinese inspired pants looks for the Emmy’s last year. She isn’t performing, but I would still love to see her serve a major drama glam moment wearing this peach rosé avant garde ruffled Elie Saab Spring 2021 RTW column gown which features a 3/4 length cape bodice, intricate crystal embellishment, a thigh high split, and a dramatic train. It isn’t like anything else we’ve seen H.E.R. wear. She goes for more of that left of “expected” glamour for the red carpet, but I feel like this could be a really cool moment especially if it was styled with an intricate cornrow braided bun updo, defined eyes behind orange Gentle Monster ‘Chakra’ gold-toned metal cat-eye sunglasses, glossy nude lips, a pair of metallic orange Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Catia’ strappy sandals, and glamorous A & Furst ‘Bouquet’ rose-cut rose de France, citrine, pink tourmaline, and madera citrine cluster earrings.Megan Thee Stallion has been getting better and better with her red carpets lately. So when I saw that the rapper who is nominated for FOUR Grammy’s including Record of the Year and Best New Artist was going to be performing this year I wanted to make sure I was giving a major fashion moment. I went through all sorts of ideas when I was thinking about what the perfect look would be for Megan I went through a couple of ideas, but I thought about going the custom route going off the rack and picking this bronze Gucci long sleeve gown with a choker detail on the neck, a metallic sheen, a straight fit, a long length, a rear central vent and a chainmail-style construction as the inspiration. How I would customize this look for Megan would be to add a dramatic train and moving the rear vent to become a right side split to really make this a superb fashion moment for the Grammy’s red carpet. It would be edgy, glamorous, and sexy which are all adjectives I would use to describe Megan. I would style this gown with a major high afro bubble puff ponytail, smokey eyes, deep glossy burgundy lips, major black ankle strap Casadei fishnet mesh peep toe platform pumps, and a selection of major Sutra jewels including 18k blackened gold 3 row emerald hoop earrings and a ‘High Emerald’ 18k blackened gold set emerald and white diamond cocktail ring to make sure that Megan is serving a MAJOR moment from head to toe. Finishing off today is the beautiful Taylor Swift who is nominated for six Grammy’s and will be performing this weekend so I am really excited to see what she will bring to the red carpet. Despite multiple nominations since Taylor hasn’t attended a Grammy’s ceremony since 2016 when she won several for her album 1989. So I am really interested to see what she will bring this year. When she dropped Folklore and Evermore last year Taylor seemed to ignite the Cottagecore trend, and a refound love of cardigans. I’ve wanted to see what this would bring in terms of red carpet style, but Taylor has skipped pretty much all of the music awards shows during the pandemic. When I was thinking of something that I feel would fit the vibe of her recent albums, but still give us red carpet I was having a hard time coming up with the right pick. Then I watched the Valentino Spring 2021 Couture show and I immediately fell in love with this light grey slip style gown with a dramatic train paired with a copper brown knit sweater vest that was worn asymmetrically on the runway and I would keep it that way for Swiftie. Finishing out the look with a soft romantic updo, defined eyes, her signature bold red lips, gold metallic leather Aquazzura ‘Celeste’ platform crystal rope knot detailed platform ankle strap sandals, and a selection of Irene Neuwirth jewels including one of a kind ‘Tropical Flower Triple’ drop earrings made of carved mixed tourmaline, a one of a kind three stone ‘Gemmy Gem’ pink tourmaline & white diamond ring, and a one of a kind ‘Tropical Flower Triple’ carved pink tourmaline and sapphire ring would give this look is a major cottagecore glamour moment.

The 2021 Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, will air live on CBS Sunday March 14, 2021. You can see all of my wishes for this years red carpet here.

“Coming 2 America” Premiere Red Carpet Wish List

Thirty three years after the original was released we are getting Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall back on the silver screen with Coming 2 America. I have to say I am really looking forward to this one. It is getting a lot of the old game back together, but also adding some new stars. So I am really disappointed that the film won’t get a big red carpet for a premiere, because I know that this cast would BRING it.Garcelle Beauvais had fallen off the map almost, but between being a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills and her return to the big screen in Coming 2 America you can bet that she is back. Now that being said I don’t know if the former would hurt her in being able to pull some major fashion moments from some of the top tier labels. That being said I was thinking about this major black Ese Azenabor Couture long sleeve gown which features an bold red and purple floral print, a thigh high split, and a dramatic train as the perfect moment for Garcelle to rock for a premiere for Coming 2 America. I wanted to bring a black designer to this look for Garcelle and regular readers will know that I am really keeping a close eye on Ese Azenabor as a rising talent. A major red carpet moment like this could really do big things for her career and I would have loved to see Garcelle bring it. Hair worn down straight and center parted, smokey eyes, deep red glossy lips, black leather Christian Louboutin ‘Loubi Queen’ ankle strap sandals, and statement jewels from IVY New York including a pair of artistically created rubellite and white diamond pendant drop earrings, a red spinel and white diamond flower cocktail ring, and a vivid red spinel and white diamond ‘Gondola’ ring would definitely made sure this look oozed glamour from head to toe. Kiki Layne is one of the new faces in the cast of Coming 2 America and given her fashion chops shown since bursting onto the scene with If Beale Street Could Talk I have to say I am so mad that COVID stole a major red carpet moment from us. I was watching the Kim Jones debut at Fendi Spring 2021 Couture and the moment I saw this blue and grey halterneck gown which features a keyhole cutout, intricate embroidered lace, and a dramatic cape I imagined it on Kiki. I feel like had there actually been a big red carpet planned for this premiere that this is definitely something her stylists Wayman & Micah would be calling in as an option for her to bring to life. I have this gown burned into my mind for Kiki that I cannot think of anyone else I would want to see wearing it. It’s definitely one of those mentally reserved moments. An intricate asymmetric braided updo, defined eyes, deep berry burgundy lips, a pair of crystal embellished black suede Jimmy Choo ‘Emsy 100’ peep toe cross strap d’Orsay stiletto sandals, and Nikos Koulis ‘Yesterday’ collection white gold long drop earrings with white diamonds, black enamel and black onyx would have definitely made sure that his was a MAJOR fashion moment on a major red carpet.

Coming 2 America will hit Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2021.

Dream Inaugural Ball for President Joe Biden Red Carpet Wish List Part 5

As this post goes live Joe Biden will be taking the oath of office on the steps of the capitol. The day of change has arrived and we are going to mark it by continuing of what could have been tonight had COVID-19 not stolen the traditional Inaugural Balls from us. I have six more wishes for what could have been and I feel like these looks would definitely been given Best Dressed standards. Let’s dive in. Andra Day is gearing up for a promo tour for her upcoming film The United States vs. Billie Holiday and has been quite the activist in her own right. Her hit song “Rise Up” has become an anthem for pushing through. She took to the stage to perform on Monday for the “United We Serve: A Celebration of the National MLK Day of Service” coordinated by the Biden Inaugural Committee. So I would not have been surprised to see Andra rocking a major fashion moment in a Washington D.C. ballroom tonight at one of the inaugural balls had there been any. I’ve always loved how Andra gives very retro glam vibes on the red carpet, so I went into the archives of the king of retro glam: Zac Posen. While his label closed last year I would still love to see stars dig into the archives and wear so many of the amazing looks that have never been worn. For this occasion I would have loved to see Andra wearing this black silk faille off the shoulder ballgown from the Zac Posen Fall 2014 RTW collection. I love the structured bustier and the caped sleeves. It is very modern take on classic glamour, and I feel like Andra would have shut this gown down. Now I would take that black fur stole she is wearing in the reference photo on the left adding a retro updo with crystal pins, thick winged eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black Tom Ford ‘Disco’ platform ankle strap sandals, and a selection of major Amwaj jewels including white diamond pear shaped drop earrings, a white diamond pear cut collar necklace, and an abstract marquis cut white diamond ring to really make this look ooze glamour. Who was the most unexpected political pundit of 2020? It had to be Cardi B. She conducted interviews with Bernie Sanders during the primary (whom she was a very vocal supporter of) and then Joe Biden after he was the presumptive nominee. Cardi as a political face is actually something I love. So had she been invited to one of the inaugural balls I would have loved to see her show up and show out wearing an amazing look from a young black American based designer. I have been loving Ese Azenabor for a while now and I really do feel like this one sleeve a-line multicolor/patterned gown with a thigh high split and a dramatic train would have been a major moment for Cardi. It is the meshing of her flamboyant style, but a little on the reserved side. Reserved might not be the best phrase. It isn’t sheer. I think that’s what I’m more interested in. A high bubble ponytail, smokey eyes, deep mauve lips, major black Fenty ‘Ribbon Ropes’ crystal embellished satin strappy sandals, and dazzling ‘Cascata’ white diamond waterfall drop earrings from Cardi’s go to jeweler Gismondi 1754 would definitely have finished this look in a MAJOR manner. Debra Messing hosted “We the People” a pre-inauguration concert over the weekend and as a very vocal supporter of the Democratic Party I definitely would have loved to see her attend an inaugural ball. In these wishes you will see I dug into archives in spirit of both finding something “new” to talk about but also with the idea of sustainability in my mind. Debra has been friends with Christian Siriano for a long time and he has dressed her for so many red carpets it was an forgone conclusion that I would pick a gown from him for her. So I went shopping in his runway archives and found this burgundy silk strapless ball gown with a ruched bodice, dramatic bow hip detail, and a dramatic train from the Christian Siriano Fall 2010 RTW collection. I have to say that this was one of a few major gowns from this collections that were never worn on a red carpet. It is from one of Christian’s first post Project Runway era runway shows and before he became one of the biggest designers for the red carpet. I definitely feel like this color would be absolutely phenomenal on Debra and with a soft romantic updo, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, a pair of burgundy Christian Louboutin ‘Kate’ pointed toe pumps, and a selection of Norman Silverman diamonds including simple teardrop earrings and a delicate floral tennis necklace it would be perfection. Justin Timberlake will be performing tonight during the “Celebrate America” primetime special that is taking the place of the traditional inaugural balls. Regular readers will know I love when Justin and wife Jessica Biel take to a red carpet together. They know good fashion and always bring it. So I am disappointed that this moment has been stolen from us. Had there been a ball I would have expected these two to serve up glamour from head to toe starting with Justin wearing a perfectly tailored Tom Ford Fall 2020 RTW tuxedo which features a marbled black and white shawl lapel tuxedo jacket, straight leg silk trousers, a white shirt, and a big black bow tie. This is a classically cut tuxedo with a statement making twist and I know Justin would wear it well especially styled with a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Alpha Male Flat’ velvet and striped suede millerighe slip on oxfords with a crystal toe cap and a Chopard ‘MillE MIGLIA LAB ONE CONCEPT’ watch. For Jessica I went for a classically glam Michael Kors look with a black fitted sleeveless gown with a plunging neckline and a short train from the Fall 2012 RTW collection. I am honestly surprised as I have been with all the archive looks in this wish list that this gown has never been worn before. It is that classically glamorous moment and I feel like whether it was worn then or now it would be a very chic and elegant moment. A sleek updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a black crystal embellished Christian Louboutin ‘Palmette’ clutch, a pair of black leather Christian Louboutin ‘Loubi Queen 120’ ankle strap sandals, and dazzling Dena Kemp ‘ Brilliant Jewels’ collection white diamond paisley inspired drop earrings would ensure this look was glamour defined. Separately these looks are incredible, but together it would just prove once again that Justin and Jessica are indeed a red carpet power couple. Finishing out my wishes for my dream inaugural ball is talk show hostess Tamron Hall. I have long been fascinated with Tamron’s style. She is definitely the most extra of all the TV hosts and I love seeing her when she steps out. One of her last looks before lockdown was a major pink high low ruffled taffeta Oscar de la Renta gown at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards. It was one of her best looks to date. So when I was thinking of who I could put in Vera Wang in my Dream Inaugural Ball Wishes I thought that Tamron would be a great option to bring this deep burgundy one shoulder mermaid gown from the Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal collection out of the archive and give it a major red carpet moment. I know that Tamron has the diva-tude to really bring this gown to life on the red carpet. Her unique sense of style would be perfectly on display in this gown styled with a  chic spiky pixie style, defined eyes, glossy nude lips, black embellished lace mesh Christian Louboutin ‘Follies’ pointed toe pumps, and a selection of Sutra jewels including a pair of 18K blackened gold ‘Fireworks’ burst white diamond and deep ruby earrings and a white diamond ‘High Diamond’ bracelet.

2020 Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet Wish List

Tomorrow night are the 2020 pandemic version of the Billboard Music Awards. The awards are finally happening, in a virtual event, after being postponed earlier this year. I don’t know what to expect, but there are some major names in the list of nominees and performers so I hope to see a lot of these stars over the course of the telecast tomorrow night. Check out some of the absolutely major moments I want to see these stars rock tomorrow night for the virtual “red carpet” and let me know which are your favorites and which ones you most want to see brought to life.

2020 MTV Video Music Awards Wish List Part 1

Today we are kicking off my wishes for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards with 9 major fashion moments I would love to see Keke Palmer to wear over the course of the evening as the shows hostess. “We’re thrilled to have the multi-talented Keke Palmer as this year’s ‘VMAs’ host,” said Bruce Gillmer, president of music, music talent, programming and events for ViacomCBS Media Networks, in a statement. “Keke is an energetic force and a quadruple threat with unmatched comedic wit who will make this year’s show truly unforgettable.” This years show was supposed to take place at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. While the show was set to go ahead with a limited audience of just nominees, presenters, and performers the show will now be shot all over New York City paying tribute to the city’s resillancy. As I was starting to think about the looks I wanted to see Keke wear over the course of the evening I started thinking about how this could be a great platform for her to make a statement wearing exclusively black designers. So all the looks below, including the shoes and jewelry, come from black creatives. I am so excited about each of these looks. It would be a great contigant of moments for Keke to bring to life. Look 1: To kick off the night I picked this gorgeous multi tone green completely beaded column gown which features puffy long sleeves, a collar neck, cutout chest, and a thigh high split from Esé Azénabor a Nigerian born Canadian transplant got to Texas as fast as she could. Hailing from a family who considered fashion design more of a hobby than a career, Esé started designing at the early age of 8 Years old. She had to sweep her creative urges under the rug because her maiden name “Azénabor” was grounded in the fields of medicine, law, and engineering, and she, in turn, attended the University of Windsor in Windsor Ontario, Canada majoring in Accounting. A move to Dallas,TX followed, to pursue a Master’s Degree at Southern Methodist University, detoured to following her dreams and started designing handmade dresses for herself, friends and family. This statement gown is super cool and I would love to see Keke give this gown a major style moment. This platform would allow Keke to give major exposure to brands that don’t have the same level as some of the big legacy houses. To complete this look I would style it with a sleek side parted low bun, forest green smokey eyes, nude glossy lips, a pair of BYDOSE ‘Aurum’ knotted thing strappy stiletto sandals, and Vanleles ‘The Nile’ white diamond and emerald stud earrings. Look 2: The second look I’ve picked for Keke is a much more recognizable name with a silver sequined Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh Fall 2020 RTW draped gown which features a ruffled scarf collar asymmetric neckline, and a side split. We know who Virgil is. He’s edgy and as he would say “glamorous.” This silver gown isn’t boundary pushing, I wouldn’t say most of Virgil’s looks are boundary pushing, but it would be a really cool moment for Keke to wear over the course of the VMA’s telecast. Style this look with the same hair, simple defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of white Brother Vellies ‘Paloma’ feather wrap sandals, and a selection of Thelma West diamonds including old mine cut round drop earrings and an art deco inspired cocktail ring to ensure glamour from head to toe.

Look 3: Most of the looks I’ve picked for Keke are major gown moments so this raspberry pink crepe Cushnie Fall 2020 drapes strapless jumpsuit would be a nice change of pace from those more dramatic gowns. This jumpsuit is the perfect balance of sexy, chic, and elegant. I know that Keke would definitely infuse some more major sex appeal into this look styling it with a sleek center parted long straight hairstyle tucked behind the ears, defined eyes, matching raspberry pink lips, a pair of pink Voyetté ‘V’ crystal embellished ankle strap sandals, and Vanleles ‘Amor’ white diamond and ruby heart shaped earrings.

Look 4: Aliette is the brainchild of stylist Jason Rembert. He launched his formal wear collection last January and since has continued to showcase super chic evening wear in bold color and with great cut. I love this teal blue strappy cut out one shoulder column gown which features a hip high split and I feel like it would be a great moment for Keke to bring to life during her time as hostess of the 2020 VMA’s. Style it with a sleek high ponytail, smokey eyes, ruby red glossy lips, a pair of iridescent silver Voyetté ‘Naój’ crystal studded ankle strappy tie sandals, and MATEO New York 14k white gold set aquamarine, blue topaz, white diamond, and white pearl geometric drop earrings and it would be the definition of sexy glam for Keke.

Look 5: I first learned about Hanifa in the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests as Instagram started to flood with black owned fashion brands. It was out of these IG posts that I really came to the conclusion that I wanted to do a whole wish list dedicated to black owned fashion brands. The creative director Anifa Mvuemba hails from Congo and brings a very luxe aesthetic. I was looking at the label to pick the perfect moment for Keke and when I saw this tangerine orange ruched column gown which features ruffled cape sleeves I knew it was the perfect. It would hug all of Keke’s curves. A sleek updo, defined eyes, dark berry lips, a pair of gold piped clear PVC Jessica Rich ‘Love’ pointed toe d’Orsay pumps, and statement gold drop earrings and cuff from Adinkras Jewels would continue to ensure that Keke shuts down the VMA’s. Look 6: Sai Sankoh is a young fashion brand blended with vintage style and modern fashion. Created by entrepreneur and luxury fashion consultant Sai Sankoh. Sai is a native from Sierra Leone in West Africa and is deeply inspired by the glamour of the Old Hollywood Era. This bold red ‘Marcella’ asymmetric gown features a single sleeve, a very daring hip high curves cutout split, and a long train is a perfect example of balancing the old Hollywood glamour and modern sex appeal. In terms of design it’s the simplest in terms of idea and construction, but the color and the sex appeal is what will sell this look. I know that Keke can make it happen especially styled with a sleek updo, defined eyes, glossy nude lips, a pair of red Kendall Miles ‘Posh’ ostrich feather trimmed ankle strap d’Orsay pumps, and statement white diamond and ruby Vanleles ‘Enchanted Garden’ titanium flower earrings.

Look 7: I couldn’t do a list of looks from black designers for Keke to wear to host the VMA’s without including Christopher John Rogers. The designer has had a meteoric rise. Last January I didn’t know who he was. Then Lizzo wore his designs, then he had a major show at NYFW, then he won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, and showed ANOTHER major show at NYFW. It’s from that second show that I pulled my wish for Keke. By CJR standards this black iridescent sequined strapless column from his Fall 2020 RTW show is very simple and tame, but I think with all of the drama in other looks that this chic look would be a great moment for Keke. Style it with old Hollywood waves, smokey eyes, deep red glossy lips, a pair of black Fenty ‘Cowgirl Hookup’ crystal trimmed strappy sandals, and a vintage art deco rhinestone choker from Serendipitous Project and it would scream glamour.

Look 8: ATAFO is Nigerian bespoke fashion tailor. He caught the attention of the fashion industry for the creation of his brand, Mai Atafo (now just ATAFO) and by enrolling the Leeds-based Savile Row Academy to further train as a tailor. You can see that tailoring expertise on display in this black and white gingham strapless asymmetrical corset bustier and skirt with a bold yellow bow on the hip. This a more casual vibe than the other looks I picked for Keke, but still a superb moment for the VMA’s. I would love to see her rock this look with a sleek center parted hairstyle tucked behind the ears, smokey eyes, bold fire engine red matte lips, black knotted leather Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh gladiator sandals, and a pair of blackened gold ALAMSIKA ‘Le Cauri Endiamante’ cowrie shell inspired drop earrings pave set with white diamonds.

Look 9: Closing out the wishes is another designer I couldn’t not include: Balmain by Olivier Rousting. He is the only black creative director for a major legacy fashion house and knows how to bring drama to the red carpet. I went back to his Spring 2020 RTW collection picking this black sheer striped chiffon gown which features orange and blue marbled geometric details, an off the shoulder neckline, poet sleeves, a center split, and a train because it just fits the VMA’s vibe. I could have gone with something more embellished, but this look spoke to me. It is a cool and edgy take on modern glamour which is exactly what I want to see Keke wear all night as she hosts the VMAs. This look would come together perfectly for her to close out the show with a sleek updo, defined eyes, matte bronze lips, a pair of black patent leather Balmain ‘Pippa’ peep toe gold metal detailed platform ankle strap sandals, and thick twisted Stella and Haas ‘Flora’ gold hoops.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Sunday August 30, 2020.