Cardi B was the host of the 2021 American Music Awards held at Microsoft Theater on Sunday (November 21) Los Angeles, California.
Say what you want about Cardi B, but she always delivers high fashion on the red carpet, but was that to be the case with the looks she wore while hosting the event?
If you had told me that Cardi was going to wear a black strapless gown to this event, I wouldn’t have believed you, as it would be too tame by her standards.
But with a Schiaparelli Haute Couture look, you’re always guaranteed a little bit more and plenty of drama once the signature gold accessories come into play.
Yes, the gold mask does feel a bit eerie, but when you’re Cardi B, the gold finger tips and oversized earrings were just a drop in the ocean, the mask sells the entire look.
And the drama didn’t stop on the red carpet as Cardi’s first stage look from Alexandre Vauthier’s Fall 2021 Haute Couture collection featured a Brazilian carnival inspired feathered headpiece.
This wasn’t Cardi’s first rodeo with dramatic feathers. I love how she made this the centrepiece of her look.
I only had to take one look at those shoulders to recognise this look from Mélique Street.
We finally had a colour other than black when Cardi picked up the award for Favourite Hip-Hop Song for ‘Up’ wearing a beautiful in a bright, sheer Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2019 Haute Couture gown.
There were more feathers to be had when Cardi donned this beautiful purple velvet Jean-Louis Sabaji Fall 2021 Couture dress with crystal embellishments.
While I can’t see the full length, the colour and fabrication alone made this one of my favourites.
This is the one occasion where you will hear my say that I miss the opera gloves, but they wouldn’t have been practical with her nails.
Why have one dramatic headpiece, when you can have two.
Cardi’s second fan pleated headpiece provided all the drama for this corseted look.
Adding a touch of bling thanks to the Laurel Dewitt crystal necklace.
This look was giving me JPG vibes. I’m still locating the designer on this one.
Cardi’s second Schiaparelli Haute Couture look of the night was even more elaborate than the first as the rapper served up matador couture.
I love the structure and silhouette of the denim jacket which of course gets the Daniel Roseberry treatment with gold nipples, eyes, mouths, and breasts accents, plus three-dimensional padded flowers and spiral-cut and funnel breasts.
Cardi B’s final look of the night, will no doubt be recognisable to you mostly on account of the jeweled hood.
Miss Sohee’s Fall 2021 Couture collection presented some of the most stunning under the sea creations, which we’ve seen on Gemma Chan recently.
The headpieces sell the story of this collection, and I love how it frames this look, which feels quite serene.
When it comes to hosting. Usually the red carpet look is the best, then it goes downhill from there.
But I have to say I’m very impressed with all the looks here.
She served up high fashion, drama and plenty of headpieces.
This could’ve been so predictable, but her team has never let her down when it comes to her red carpet and stage looks.
Credit: Vogue.com, Schiaparelli, Miss Sohee, Benjamin Askinas, ABC & Getty