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Last night BET aired its annual music meets fashion show “Rip The Runway.” Previously filmed at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, singers, actors, designers and fierce models worked the glimmering catwalk. Top artists like Robin Thicke, Wale, Estelle, AraabMuzik, and Lil’ Kim (pause for reaction) performed while models sashayed and tore down the runway.
Neons, ‘90s prints, streetwear, and futuristic fabrics were woven between the 10+ designers featured in the show. Model Selita Ebanks (sporting bangs and wavy ombre hair) and “The Game” actor Pooch Hall hosted the high energy event, and introduced us to nine themed segments. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” BFF Dwight Eubanks oversaw hair representing the James Harris Hair Fashion Group, and Cesar Torres and Patty Ambroise were lead makeup artists.
See below for pictures, featured designers, and how to get the beauty and fashion looks below:
L to R: Laquan Smith; Laquan Smith; Dress: Gasoline Glamour, Bracelet/Crown: Mordekai
Futuristic, dominating fabrics. Loved the long platinum Rapunzel-esque braid!
My favorite combination of color blocking: neon dress with a neon lip. If neon lips are too much for you try a neon shoe.
Red Carpet Ready
Aqua shows how neon and a curly side-hawk can still be glamorous, while Jovani and Samantha Black stun with exquisite feather and metallic (respectively) textures.
New Kids On The Block
L: Shirt & Shorts- Joyrich | Pink Belt- Matthew Williamson | Bowtie- Good Wood | Necklace- Suetsia | White and Yellow Bag- MCM | Shoes- Christian Louboutin | Earrings- Paparazzi Jewelry | Pink Stockings- American Apparel | Glasses- American Apparel
C: Dress & Jacket- Joyrich | Shoes- Opening Ceremony | Red Cap- Hall of Fame | Black Shades- Ray Ban | Teal Satchel- Cambridge of London
R: Sweater & Tutu- Joyrich | Socks and Stockings- American Apparel | Lime Green Satchel- Cambridge of London
If prints and neons had a baby during the ’90s, this collection would be a child prodigy. I almost thought I saw Marky Mark and Joey McIntyre walk out!
And not to be outdone, curvy powerhouse designers showcased their best, reminding women of all sizes to embrace style and color.
This year bloggers ripped the microphone, introducing designers and new trends! Gabifresh, Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily, and Rae Holliday and Gabriel Williams of Stuff Fly People Like shined and lent their expertise.
Get The Look
You can Rip The Runway everyday with neon tangerine-orange lips that compliment every skin tone. For more details, check out my post on the new Sephora + Pantone Tangerine Tango collection to find your perfect combination.
What was your favorite trend on the 2012 Rip The Runway?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia
*All images via BET