AMAs Fashion Was Wild, Wacky and…What Was Up With Cardi’s Mask?

Cardi B is practically nothing if not a character, so we most likely should’ve envisioned that for her web hosting debut at the 2021 American Songs Awards, she’d lean all the way into the drama—starting with the pink carpet. The “WAP”-strain donned a curve-hugging, strapless black column costume and black tulle veil from famous vogue dwelling Schiaparelli, which dubbed it “Cardi Couture.” But it was the entertainer’s accent recreation that truly, er, turned heads.

Beneath her veil, Cardi wore a custom—and dare we say, a little bit creepy—golden deal with mask with Swarovski crystal-embellished piercings, as explained by Schiaparelli’s official Instagram account. As if that wasn’t dramatic ample, the mask was paired with evil eye-inspired “chandelier earrings with surreal anatomical features”—specifically, dangling fingers—and black opera gloves with pierced golden nails.

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Surreal for sure—Cardi looked like she’d stepped out of a Salvador Dalí painting. But the rapper, who also took property a statuette for her single “Up,” would use 7 a lot more outfits through the night, to the delight of her loyal fanbase. The peacock-tattooed mom of two and stylist Kollin Carter were being evidently feeling plumage for the festivities amid the looks was a showgirl-influenced floor-length feather headdress paired with a crystal embellished velvet gown by Alexandre Vauthier. Feathers appeared nevertheless all over again on an additional headpiece, and later on on a gown by Jean-Louis Sabaji, even though a customized haute couture chartreuse chiffon gown by Jean Paul Gaultier showcasing a winglike cape was a definite standout.

Closing the circle on the night’s drama, Cardi’s last look was a sculptural, crystal-embellished, hooded robe by London-primarily based designer Skip Sohee. The luminescent look was encouraged by “the volumes and curves of seashells,” as the designer informed Vogue.

Of class, Cardi was not the only star making a style assertion on Sunday evening. Irreverence seemed to abound on the crimson carpet and in the push area, as did skin—Winnie Harlow, Chloë and Halle Bailey all rocked strategically revealing types. Not to be outdone, a number of gentlemen also had exciting with the evening’s fashion—including New Version, who gave us the throwback boy band coordination we didn’t know we necessary, as did Silk Sonic, who at the time all over again rocked matching velvet Gucci satisfies. But leave it to Billy Porter to very seriously show out, continuing his penchant for outrageous headwear with an true umbrella atop his head, flawlessly matched to his turquoise pantsuit.

As generally, we have rounded up all the Black-tastic insanity on the AMAs’ crimson carpet you can revisit the manner underneath.