Sunday night is the 2017 American Music Awards and I am really excited about what we are going to see on the red carpet this year. This years show is going to be hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and when that news was announced yesterday I jumped up and down with joy. I had actually already picked one dress for Tracee to wear because I figured that she was going to be a guest at this years AMA’s since her mother, Diana Ross, is going to be performing and honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. So I quickly sprang into stylist mode expanding my selection of looks for Tracee to wear while she hosts this years show.Tracee works with The Hollywood Reporter‘s 2017 #1 Hollywood power stylist Karla Welch, and I have to say since they started working together back at the Met Gala that Tracee has had nothing but success on the red carpet. I am sure that Karla has been calling off of her and Tracee’s favorite designers to call in a bevy of looks for Tracee to rock during her hosting gig for the American Music Awards. For the red carpet I wanted to start her look with bold color. Tracee wears color extremely well and I think that she would kick the night off in high style wearing this yellow Ronald Van Der Kemp Fall 2017 Couture one sleeve draped silk gown which features bow details, an asymmetric silhouette, and a dramatic split. The gown is definitely a wow even though it isn’t a big ball gown or have a really dramatic train and I think that Tracee definitely could take this gown pair it with bouncy curls (as I want her to wear with all of her looks on Sunday), a smokey eye, red lip, purple Gianvito Rossi strappy suede sandals, a yellow diamond Chopard chandelier earrings to really ensure that she starts her hosting duties in high style. For her first wardrobe change at the start of the show I went to an obvious disco reference for Tracee. This gold sequin pleated Rasario Fall 2017 RTW one sleeved gown which features a sexy split and a turquoise blue belted waist to pay homage to her mother’s disco legacy. I know that since Diana is the queen of disco that Tracee doing a disco inspired look would be kind of obvious, but I saw this dress when I was searching for a look for someone else to wear for another event and I think that this could be a really great moment for Tracee. Add a smokey eye, nude lip, a pair of gold Casadei ‘Blade’ pumps, and statement vintage gold set diamond and turquoise Van Cleef & Arpels chandelier earrings to really make this a perfect moment for to kick off the live show.
To follow the bright disco sequins of the Rasario gown I went back to another bold crayon box color look for Tracee. I think that Tracee wearing a Versace look on Sunday night is pretty much a given and I think that this bold orange Versace Spring 2018 RTW ensemble which features a silk cady blazer, scoop back bodysuit, stretch leggings paired with a matching belt and boots would be a perfect look for her to rock on the AMA’s stage. Usually head to toe runway styling is against my beliefs, but this look is just so perfect on the runway that it would translate perfectly to the AMA’s stage on Tracee.
Color is pretty much the requirement that I laid out when I was picking looks for Tracee to wear on the red carpet. I wanted to pick looks that were bold and definitely could stand out on the AMA’s stage. I think that one black look would be okay, especially this black Alexander McQueen off-the-should lace illusion evening gown which features an asymmetrical design, long sleeves, and a column silhouette would be a great look for Tracee to give a little break to color while still maintaining a really great visual impact. I don’t think that Tracee has had a really vampy moment on the red carpet before, but I think that she would definitely take this gown and make it a really major moment. Styling this gown with a smokey eye, red lip, black Jimmy Choo ‘Betty’ strappy crystal embellished sandals, and a selection of diamond and emerald de Grisogono jewels including a pair of disco ball drop earrings and a statement cocktail ring to add some punches of color so this look isn’t all black.
We are back to color with a really striking red sequined Mary Katrantzou Resort 2018 ‘Robin’ midi dress which features iridescent sequin design, gathered rainbow stripe shoulder construction, floral beading at the neck, and an A line silhouette. I think that Tracee will give us a good mix of long, short, and pants looks on the stage at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. I think that Tracee would definitely take this dress and really ensure that it is given such a dazzling turn. The sequins and colors would catch the stage lights and really ensure that Tracee shines especially when paired with a pair of ruby velvet RAYE ‘Blake’ sandals and a statement Cartier ruby and diamond panther ring.
To close out my wishes for Tracee to wear while hosting the 2017 American Music Awards I went back to the idea of disco dressing. I think that this bold pacific blue Elie Saab Resort 2018 silk crepe lamé gown features a one shoulder neckline, a cinched bow waist detail, and a full length pleated skirt would ensure that Tracee closes the show in high style. Rounding out this final look with a pair of blue and silver glitter Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Betty’ platform sandals, a red lip, and a selection of Cartier High Jewellery including a pair of diamond and sapphire art deco fringe earrings and a statement art deco diamond and sapphire bracelet all would ensure that Tracee shuts it down.
I am honestly really excited to see what Tracee will bring to the American Music Awards on Sunday night. She and Karla have both have had really great year this year I am sure that from red carpet to final credits that Karla and Tracee will deliver major moments.
The 2017 American Music Awards will take place Sunday November 19, 2017.