WWD Report Card: Best of the BET Awards

WWD Report Card: Best of the BET Awards

07/02/2021

The BET Awards, held in person in Los Angeles on Sunday, brought throwback fantasy courtesy of Zendaya and runway perfection on Lil Nas X. 

Lil Nas X in Richard Quinn: 5

What’s amazing about this Richard Quinn look is he’s taking British grandmother wallpaper and mixing it with a ’70s rock-‘n’-roll vibe — with a hint of lace — resulting in what feels like a new take on a Prince outfit. Lil Nas X continues to be a fashion star to watch, and is easily the night’s best dressed.

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Taraji P. Henson in Versace at the BET Awards. Michael Buckner/WWD

Lil’ Kim in Dolce & Gabbana: 3.5
The hip-hop queen remains a risk taker with this mini suit and morning coat. Things become a little tricky with the never-ending high-heeled strap sandal and necklace explosion. Everything is still fun and games, though, because Lil’ Kim can do no wrong.

Lil’ Kim in Dolce & Gabbana at the BET Awards. Michael Buckner/WWD

Megan Thee Stallion in Jean Paul Gaultier: 4

This custom gown is rooted in Gaultier signatures, starting with the cone bra — made famous by Madonna’s “Blonde Ambition” tour — and continuing with the triangular bra strap, bejeweled here. The side slit opening is no joke, but Meg’s star quality makes it look like the easiest thing in the world to wear.

Megan Thee Stallion in Jean Paul Gaultier at the BET Awards. Michael Buckner/WWD

Andra Day in Rosie Assoulin: 4

We love this blush pink, summer-ready gown with light pink floral detailing. The spaghetti strap bodice design, together with the substantial ruffle, make the dress young and fun.

Andra Day in Rosie Assoulin at the BET Awards. Michael Buckner/WWD

Issa Rae in Balmain: 4

We love an ’80s power suit moment, and Rae delivered a glammed-up evening take in this Balmain number. The exaggerated shoulder and high pony dialed up the glam effect. The red square clutch sweetens the result.

Issa Rae in Balmain at the BET Awards. Michael Buckner/WWD

Migos in Bottega Veneta: 3.5

The two leather ensembles are wonderful bookends to the center look, featuring the house’s trademark green coloring, plus the statement zippers. Their signature bling helps make the individual outfits cohesive as a group look.

Migos in Bottega Veneta at the BET Awards. Michael Buckner/WWD

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