2017 BET Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

On Sunday there are a gaggle of stars who are going to descend upon the Microsoft Theater for the 2017 BET Awards. The ceremony celebrates achievements of black people in entertainment and honors music, sports, television, and movies and usually draws a decent crowd for the red carpet so I am excited to see what all of the performers, presenters, and nominees bring to the red carpet Sunday evening. Gabrielle Union is nominated for Best Actress on Sunday and I have to say that the Being Mary Jane star is one of those who I feel are very underrated on the red carpet. For the BET Awards red carpet I went with this really gorgeous black Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2017 gown which features a crew neckline, full length sleeves, and gold sequin embellishment throughout. This gown is glamour and edge and I think that is the perfect look for Gabrielle to wear on the red carpet at the BET Awards. Styling this look with a pair of strappy gold sandals, pulled back full curls, a smokey eye, red lip, and a gold clutch would really make this a totally beautiful red carpet moment for the actress. Janelle Monae has been having a really major year and I would imagine that will continue with a stop at the BET Awards on Sunday. Janelle is nominated for Best Actress for her work in Hidden Figures and Moonlight. When it comes to her red carpet dressing it is very rare that we see Janelle wearing anything other than black and white and I would imagine that will not change come the BET Awards. I would love to see Janelle take a risk and gold for bold monochromatic glamour (as she usually does) with this black and white Giambattista Valli Fall 2016 Couture mini dress which features ruffled puffy sleeves and a crystal embellished necklace-like detail. I think that this dress screams Janelle and that it would be one of the more avant garde looks on the red carpet at the BET Awards. Rounding out the look with a white Edie Parker clutch, black Christian Louboutin strappy pumps, a gaggle of diamond rings, red lip, pixie hairstyle, and a pair of diamond cluster earrings would make this another amazing look for Janelle this year.Leslie Jones is going to be the hostess of this years BET Awards and we are definitely in store for some really funny moments during the course of the show. It was last year when Leslie tweeted that designers were refusing to dress her that former Project Runway star Christian Siriano replied and stepped in dressing the comedienne for the premiere of Ghostbusters. I would bet that Leslie will have a few costume changes over the course of the evening that that at least one of them will come from Christian Siriano. I think that for the red carpet that Leslie would look amazing on the red carpet wearing this white Christian Siriano Resort 2018 gown which features a cutout chest, long sleeves, high neck, and a flared hem. The stark and simple gown would look amazing against Leslie’s skin tone and with a punky hairstyle, silver sandals, white clutch, diamond cluster earrings, and a red lip that this would be a really stellar look for her.  Solange Knowles is one of my favorite red carpet stars that we don’t get to see very often on the red carpet. With four nominations this year I am really hoping that we will see Solange on the red carpet Sunday night. Solange has only been at the BET Awards twice and she has never delivered a really good red carpet moment at the BET Awards, and I am really looking forward to seeing what she could bring to the red carpet this year. I think that this cream Alessandra Rich Fall 2017 RTW long sleeve gown with an asymmetrical ruffled hemline would be absolutely gorgeous on Solange. This is definitely a more demure gown than we are used to seeing on the red carpet at the BET Awards, but if anyone is going to sell it to me I would believe that Solange will. I would strip the lookbook styling removing the leather gloves, sunglasses, and the purple headscarf. I would keep the gold knotted Christian Louboutin sandals adding a gold clutch, full afro, nude lip, smokey eye, and diamond cluster earrings to really make this a beautiful moment.Black-ish star Yara Shahidi is nominated for the YoungStars Award at the BET Awards on Sunday and is one of the confirmed presenters. Yara really made an impact on the red carpet earlier this year and has been growing as a fashion star ever since. I would love to see Yara, who just got accepted to Harvard, step onto the BET Awards red carpet on Sunday wearing this navy and gold brocade Gucci Cruise 2018 long sleeve draped gown which totally takes on it’s Italian Renaissance inspiration. This Gucci collection has been steeped in controversy, so I wonder if it will be embraced on the red carpet. There are a few standout looks from the collection that I really want to see on the red carpet and this brocade design is one of them. I think that Yara would make this the bold, dramatic, youthful statement that I know it can be. I would pair this look with simple black sandals, a braided bun, smokey eye, and a nude lip to really make this another absolutely major moment for Yara.



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