American rapper Cardi B turned the American Music Awards into a one-woman runway show.
The rapper and first-time host showed off her signature style at the awards show, where she wore a total of eight couture looks from start to finish. With the help of her stylist, Kollin Carter, who was also behind her vintage Mugler look at the 2019 Grammys, Cardi’s outfits were exaggerated and theatrical, stealing the show every time she popped up to announce a new presenter or performing act.
The rapper set the tone on the red carpet wearing a dramatic mesh veil and black gown by Schiaparelli, a couture house known for its surrealist approach to fashion. Her accessories — a golden mask, bold statement earrings, gloves and long fingernails — completed the look.
There was more to come. Her elaborate headdresses, including a towering feathered piece that trailed down her back to the floor and a fan-shaped showstopper, were paired with a black gown and black and white corseted outfit respectively. At one point, the performer posed on a baggage cart wearing a black blazer with angular silver shoulders and sparkly boots, which caught the light as she moved.
Velvet and sparkle appeared in multiple outfits — including a royal purple figure-hugging dress with massive feathered shoulders and a chandalier-esque chest piece made from dangling crystals. Even a more casual look, a denim jacket by Schiaparelli, was embellished with gold and jewel accents, and worn with oversized earrings sporting the label’s signature eye motif.