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2018 American Music Awards: Cardi B Wears Dolce & Gabbana Floral Gown

Flower power!


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While the rest of us have busy prepping for fall by filling our closets with muted colors and long sleeves, Cardi B is having a full-on spring awakening. On Tuesday, the rapper attended the 2018 American Music Awards in an over-the-top technicolor gown and matching headpiece, brightening up the red carpet as she walked into Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater with husband Offset.

The Dolce & Gabbana dress was a ballgown style, with a fitted spaghetti-strap bodice and a volumnious, structured skirt. The entire gown, which also featured a sizable slit on the left side of the skirt to show off Cardi’s legs, was printed with brightly colored flowers on a solid black background. Additionally, several actual bright red poppy-esque blooms were attached to the skirt and bodice, adding a dramatic 3-D effect to the look.

Cardi also wore a hat—a roselike fascinator made from the same floral-print material as her dress—that had a few more pink and red flowers attached to the side. She styled her dark hair in an elegant bun at the nape of her neck, and she accessorized with a pair of strappy black heels topped with pink flowers, oversize gold flower earrings that dropped down to her shoulders, and her massive teardrop-shaped diamond engagement ring. The “Taki Taki” singer also sported bright red lipstick, coordinating scarlet eyeshadow, and crystal-encrusted red nails.

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At Tuesday night’s AMAs, Cardi was nominated for eight awards, including Video of the Year and New Artist of the Year, tying with Drake for the most nominations at this year’s show. The big event also marks her first televised performance since giving birth to daughter Kulture in July. She’s set to take the stage to perform her hit single “I Like It” with collaborators Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

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Cardi B wears a Rodarte gown; Intimissimi briefs; Bulgari ring; Wolford fishnets. Beauty Note: Dior Addict Lipstick in Incognito, Capture Dreamskin Fresh & Perfect Cushion Foundation, 5 Coleurs Midnight Wish Eyeshadow Palette in Lucky Star.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.
Photograph by Mickalene Thomas.

Cardi B wears a Rodarte gown; Intimissimi briefs; Bulgari ring; Wolford fishnets.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

Cardi B wears a Givenchy dress; David Webb earrings and rings; Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

Cardi B wears Balenciaga coat; Echo scarf; Mish New York earrings; Pomellato rings; Jimmy Choo boots. Beauty note: Keep curls loose with OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Elevated Finish Spray.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

“Every single day there’s rumors about me and my dude. And it almost drives me crazy, because I start to believe them. But I cannot be feeling insecure, to a point that I would drive my dude away, because these people want that to happen.”

Cardi B wears Chanel top and skirt; Mindi Mond earrings; Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

“For some reason I’m really fascinated with the Holocaust. People were so naive to believe certain things. But then we in 2018 and there’s people that believe that our problems come from a certain group of people. It just baffles my mind.”

Cardi B wears Zac Posen gown; Bulgari earrings; Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

“My baby. That’s all I give a fuck about right now. I’m thinking about how my money’s going to last so this girl is 21 and put in college. I’m thinking about five years from now and like, How am I going to discipline this girl?”

Cardi B wears Chanel top and skirt; Mindi Mond earrings; Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Cardi B wears Zac Posen gown; Adrienne Landau by Saulo Villela scarf; Taffin necklace; Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

Cardi B wears Valentino dress; Intimissimi bra and briefs; David Webb earrings; Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. ring.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter. Hair by Tokyo Stylez at Chris Aaron Management; Makeup by Erika La’ Pearl for Marc Jacobs Beauty at GKG Management; Manicures by Jenny Bui at the Teknique Agency. Set design by Nicholas Des Jardins at Streeters. Produced by Blayke Kogan at Rosco Production; Production Coordinator: May Lin Le Goff at Rosco Production; Choreography: Racquel Chevremont; Photography Assistants: Athena Torri, Guillermo Cano; Digital Technician: Nick Bean; Retouching by DTouch NYC; Production Assistants: Benjamin Merker, Daniel Hanson, Ewelina Nietupska, Eric Soucy, Laszlo Meresz; Set Design Assistants: Gautum Sahi, Eddie Ballard; Fashion Assistants: Vincent Smith, Sara Taffel, Justin Tyree Clark, Kendall Cordes; Tailors: Lucy Falk and Alexander Koutny at Christy Rilling Studio.
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