When you are a still on-the-rise rapper—albeit one on a meteoric ascent—how do you stand out in a crowd that includes musical superstars like Katy Perry, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, and basically every other name currently on the Billboard charts?
If you are Cardi B, you sparkle—like, really sparkle. Tonight, the rapper did just that thanks to a diamonte bodysuit and matching boots, courtesy of (if Twitter and Anthony Vaccarello devotees are to be beloved) Saint Laurent. Though the brand has yet to issue an official release announcing the dressing, those who saw the house's Fall 2017 fashion show—or checked Instagram during Paris Fashion week—would recognize those thigh-high stunners from about a mile away.
Immediately following the runway show, the boots, which retail for $10,000 and feature over 3,000 crystals, quickly amassed a waiting list at both Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, months and months ahead of when they'd even begin to land in stores. One person who didn't have to wait, however? Rihanna, of course, who appeared at a dress rehearsal for her own Fenty x Puma fashion show during Paris Fashion Week mere days after the Saint Laurent show. And it would seem that Kim Kardashian finally got her hands on them herself; the reality star posted a Snapchat of herself wearing them earlier this morning.
Ironically, the singer opted for a pair of extremely recognizable shoes, but in the song she is performing, Cardi B shouts out another famous footwear brand. "These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes; Hit the store, I can get 'em both, I don't wanna choose," she raps early in the song, a reference to Christian Louboutin's red soles.
Prior to here statement-making performance ensemble, the rapper showed up in very different, though equally dramatic ensemble: a complicated, halter-neck pantsuit-dress hybrid designed by Christian Siriano. For those keeping track: that is two outfits, and all before the show even has kicked off. Not bad for a VMAs rookie.
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