Cardi B and her stylist, Kollin Carter, slayed alllll year, from a vintage Thierry Mugler dress at the Grammys in February …
… to a Thom Browne extravaganza at the Met Gala in May …
… to the outrageous feathered coat by Saulo Villela for Adrienne Landau that she wore to CRIMINAL COURT in Queens this month.
If I were a lawyer accompanying a client to court — or simply a defendant’s best friend — I would say, “No matter what you do, do not wear a feathered coat and a big hat to a court hearing!” As a completely uninvolved and but very impressed observer, I say to Cardi, “Wear what you want!”
I hope Cardi keeps Kollin Carter on the payroll indefinitely. (You can follow him on Instagram for details about all of Cardi’s looks.) His prospects seem good because his client has been absolutely killing it and she’s been loyal to her team, which, in addition to Carter, includes Erika La Pearl for makeup, Tokyo Stylez for hair, and Jenny Bui for nails. I just wish I could find an embeddable photo of the floral Richard Quinn outfit Cardi wore during Paris Fashion Week. It’s a must-see!
Céline Dion has also been going hard in these streets with her couture. She was exactly 20 years before her time with the much-criticized John Galliano tuxedo she wore to the 1999 Oscars.
Finally, the world has caught up and recognized her as the fashion queen that she has been all along.
Runners-up for 2019: Indya Moore from the television show Pose enlists fashion to make powerful trans-rights and human-rights statements. Below, the earrings by Areeayl Yoseefaw of Beads Byaree show some of the transwomen murdered in 2019 in an epidemic of violence.
On a lighter note, I’ve got to recognize Jennifer Lopez for wearing an updated version of the Versace gown she wore to the 2000 Grammys.
You know, This Gown.
Actually, maybe this isn’t a lighter note. J. Lo’s 2000 dress was the catalyst for the creation of Poodle Images, reminding me of the leering interest in women that motivated Mark Zuckerberg’s pre-Facebook project at Harvard. No wonder we have no privacy online. Peeping Toms get all the investors.