Florence Welch, Jessie J, And Mary J. Blige Sport High Drama Looks For ‘VH1 Divas’

That headline seems almost head-smackingly “DUHHHH,” right? I mean, if I were attending, let alone performing for, an event with “DIVAS” in the name, a word so fecund with high-maintenance, red-clawwed, femme dominance, OF COURSE, I’d bury myself in yards of metallics, fur stoles, and the world’s butteriest leathers. Florence Welch, Jessie J, and Mary J. Blige are already, day-to-day, three of the most show-stoppingly clothed ladies of late, so we expected nothing short of being totally floored by their VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul outfits. Much to our delight, the trifecta did not disappoint, pulling out all the attention-commanding stops for their red carpet and (*cough* multiple) performance looks for an ascent to ear-poppingly dramatic FASHUN.


Florence Welch, Jessie J, and Mary J. Blige hit the “VH1 Divas” red carpet.
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Florence Welch glittered down the red carpet in a sequin-drenched white-nude dress from the Antonio Berardi spring 2012 collection. As if being steeped in shimmer were not enough, her long-sleeved mock turtleneck dress also featured an eye-catching full mullet hem. Jessie J dared to wear one of Falguni & Shane Peacock’s notoriously provocative creations from the spring 2012 line. The black and gold gown is panelled with sheer black fabric of varying degrees of transluscent and emblazoned with ornate and *achem* strategically placed gold embellishments. Originally a midi-length, Jessie added the lower black ruffle to extend the dress to floor-length. Mary J. wore head-to-toe fall 2011 Michael Kors, pairing a slinky ruched nude gown splattered with rhinestones under a MASSIVE blonde fur jacket.


Florence Welch, Jessie J, and Mary J. Blige take the stage for “VH1 Divas.”
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Flo rocked a grip of different looks for her VH1 Divas performances, but we’re most smitten with this sparkling champagne fall 2011 Naeem Khan. With every inch covered in glistening beadwork, a deep V neckline, and ’20s inspired Art Deco lines, it was the perfect sartorial encapsulation of Florence herself. We’re certainly not sticklers for celebs donning only the latest threads, but we do think it should be noted (perhaps even applauded) that Jessie J dared wear this spring 2011 Mark Fast frock for a televised performance. It’s easy to see why, though. With its sherbet-colored extra long fringe set against stark black knitting, unusally shaped cutouts, and the addition of what appear to be tough girl bike shorts, this outfit screams “DIVA.” Mary J. swaddled herself in every hallmark of luxury with this Alexander McQueen fall 2011 look from the leather leggings and over-the-knee boots to the fur elevated shoulders, cuffs, and peplum-waisted jacket.

“VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT tonight on VH1.

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