While last year’s BET Awards were an exercise in trend spotting, the 2012 BET Awards were less about following the pack and more about individuality. The awards show featured looks from the demure to the downright naughty, and everything in between, and we’re JUST talking red carpet here. We spent the week placing and taking bets on what Nicki Minaj would be wearing for her performance (more on that later, promise), but before we go any further we want to show you our favorite looks from the BET awards red carpet.
Willow Smith & Jaden Smith in MSFTS
Willow and Jaden Smith at the BET Awards.
Did you hear that? That loud, high pitched squealing? No? We’re shocked, because one look at the Pinkett-Smith progeny had us absolutely overwhelmed with cuteness, and we thought the whole world could hear our “awwwwwwww.” Willow and Jaden, who also made our top looks last year, took sibling style to the limit in matching MSFTS’s gear. While Jaden rocked a black and white hoodie with some zebra striped harem pants (do we sense young Jaden has a thing for animal print?), Willow paired an oversize black and gold tank/dress with a pair of legging with just the right skin-to-legging ratio and the most craymazing Chanel combat boots ever. Willow Smith has been our go-to gal for styling graphic tees for a while now, but this look really takes it there. The two posed both together and on their own on the red carpet, but we really think the look comes together when you see the dynamic duo in action.
Selita Ebanks in Falguni & Shane Peacock
Selita Ebanks at the BET Awards.
We have to admit we were a little hesitant about illusion skirts at first. However, most, if not all of our misconceptions flew out the window when we saw model Selita Ebanks take to the carpet in this Falguni & Shane Peacock dress. Featuring graphic sequin detailing in all the right places, a little bit of sheer detailing and then that light as a feather skirt, the dress is bold but still totally seasonally appropriate. Paired with a curly hairdo fit for a queen and simple makeup, we thought Ebanks looked absolutely gorge.
Beyonce in Stéphane Rolland
Beyonce at the BET Awards.
Did you think we could do a top looks without mentioning queen Bey? Hah! While Beyonce decided to skip the carpet, she took to the show with husband Jay-Z and friends Kanye and Kim in a yellow silk Stéphane Rolland gown. The slinky number featured one sleeve detailing, a high slit, and an incredible mirrored belt. While the color was totally taking a page out of the Solange playbook, Beyonce looked stunning, and complemented the popping hue of the dress with a perfect mane of curls. Oh, and we almost forgot, she also took home the award for Best Female R&B Artist *golf claps*.
Michelle Williams at the BET Awards.
We always wonder if we can make the slip as dress look work, but now we think the key might just be a regular dress, styled like a slip. Michelle Williams rocked this body con, petal pink version of the look tonight, and there is absolutely no confusion about whether or not this is undies worn on the outside. The dress, which is bandage style with black lace accents, hugged the former Destiny’s Child singer in all the right places, and totally ruled the red carpet.
Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards.
One of the hardest things about our jobs is waiting to see if our fave celebs are going to hit the red carpet, or hang back and wait for the show itself. Unfortunately there was no grand entrance for Nicki Minaj tonight, as she chose to eschew the step and repeat and to go straight into the festivities in her first performance outfit. A black lace unitard and tights with gold capped toe heels was just the right amount of goth for Minaj, paired with long wavy locks that fade from blonde to pink (we LOVE) and a neon pink pout. Nicki took home the award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist for the THIRD year in a row, and this outfit was just the beginning of the ways she killed it last night.
Who did you think had the best look on the BET Awards red carpet?