The Black-ish actress made it a point to where black designers throughout the works he did as a host for the music award show – even during promotion of the event.
She had seven outfit changes, from her red carpet look to the last ensemble she wore to close the show, and she didn’t shy away from the colour spectrum as she strutted in blue, red, cream, animal print and even African-designed outfits.
The style maven walked the red carpet in a Pyer Moss salmon-coloured suit with black detailing designed by Kerby Jean-Raymond.
The red off-the-shoulder jumpsuit that the actress wore as she kicked off the awards is a Cushnie design. The fashion house is owned by Carly Cushnie. Her designs have been worn by the likes of Michelle Obama and Beyoncé.
The royal blue trench-coat and trousers were designed by a little-known but impactful designer. The designer is new to the fashion world and recently graduated from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
The sequinned black number was designed by Balmain and its creative designer French-born Olivier Rousteing. The designer is favoured by the likes of Kim Kardashian West.
Claude Lavie Kameni was raised in Cameroon, but always dreamed of going international with her African designs. Her African-print mermaid dress took centre stage as one of the outfits the actress wore as a host.
The animal-print catsuit is from Sergio Hudson’s Fall 2018 range and needed someone as confident as Ellis Ross to pull off the head-to-toe look, complete with matching beret, gloves and belt.
Known for designing tennis champion Serena Williams’ ballerina-inspired 2018 US Open outfit, Abloh created this gorgeous off-white dress.
While also wearing big-name designers, Ellis Ross also scoured the fashion scene for up-and-coming talent like Shanel Campbell, whose clothing line is called “shvny”. The 26-year-old can also count singer Solange Knowles as a fan.
CD Greene is known for his cocktail and wedding dresses. Ellis Ross sparkled and shined in this metallic gold number.
Designed for Gucci, Dapper Dan created this cape, which she wore over a black jumpsuit. Best-known for being a tailor and stylist to rappers and athletes (even gangsters), Dapper Dan’s notoriety gained the attention of Gucci, who asked to partner with him on an urban line.
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