The glitz! The glamour! The wigs! The Grammy Awards are this Sunday, and before the stars hit the stage, they have to first step, repeat, and work that red carpet. For the fashion-impaired, this part of the show is the figurative gauntlet; one wrong choice of cut, color, or design equals weeks, if not months of harsh criticism and PR damage control. Still, there are always the safe bets, artists who consistently bring impeccable style and swagger to the carpet. For the hip hop and R&B crowd, here are some our our favorite female style stars who always get it right.
Janelle Monae’s black and white aesthetic is consistent, and it works. She’s been able to feminize the classic men’s suit with impeccable tailoring and soft details like silk bows and statement pendants, and needless to say, the girl is gorgeous. Her coiffed hair and makeup, which is almost always accented with a bright pink lip, adds balance to the masculine/feminine combo. I’m of course expecting her to rock her trademark color scheme and maybe some sequence and patent leather. Go on girl!
She’s clearly bootylicious, has that classic blonde look, and she raps like a true player — I just can’t get enough of the Australian badass that is Iggy Azalea. Also a professional Wilhelmina model, Iggy Azalea is a sight to be seen live and not just because of her intoxicating looks and style, but the girl throws down sassy flows that can get as dirty as a frat boy’s sheets. She may have come into the limelight because of her former beau, ASAP Rocky — but her fierce style is all her own. From Alexander McQueen dresses paired with Louboutins, to her ghetto fabulous custom stage-wear — Iggy styles up her curves like it’s nobody’s business.
I know people are going to hate me for saying this, but I think Solange is the more stylish of the Knowles sisters. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some Beyonce. But for some reason, I feel Solange’s fashion choices are more organic and uniquely inspired. She’s kind of like Diana Ross meets Erykah Badu, and her effortless approach, from her natural hair to her subtle make-up, gives the impression she’s the creative drive behind her fashion choices – no stylist needed! Never afraid of patterns and bright colors, Solange successfully balances both bold and understated details, making her an instant red carpet star.
Another wild card! Even though Amber Rose is not an artist herself, I’ll give her a pass. Mrs. Wiz Khalifa has made a career of tearing up red carpets, bringing major sex appeal to any event where a camera is involved. But what I like about Amber is that she’s unapologetic about her sexiness, and she’s not gratuitous or wacky with it. She knows what works with her body – pieces that hug her coke bottle curves and enhance her natural beauty – and she’s never afraid to experiment. Her looks can go from high fashion to straight club, but nothing is ever too over the top. She has fun with fashion, and that’s the whole point, right? I can’t wait to see what she brings this weekend.
Ms. Badu radiates sheer elegance with every step she takes. When it comes to hats, headwraps and styling up that gorgeous head of hers into its own fashion accessory — Erykah is fearless. She’s no stranger to experimenting with bold colors and textures that would look awful on anyone else, and her stunning Afro was up to par with that of a 70’s Diana Ross. Even when she’s dressing for comfort in her African-inspired draped dresses, she still exudes the appeal of a most glamorous woman. In recent news, Ms. Badu has become the new face of Givenchy.
Honorable Mention: Beyonce
Who are your favorites for best dressed women in hip hop and R&B?