The anything-goes, somewhat mischievous spirit of the American Music Awards always finds its way onto the night’s red carpet. Tonight the artists went playful, forgoing drop dead glamour for more personal quirky (and delightful) options. Lizzo took the mini-bag trend to its logical extreme carrying a charm-sized purse with her Pierpaolo Piccioli For Valentino abbreviated ruffled frock. As always, Billie Porter made the case for couture-ish drama in menswear by pairing Thom Browne’s Spring 2020 seersucker cape with a divine Stephen Jones hat. Meanwhile, Billie Eilish (always a bit Nineties, a smidgen flash) wore Burberry check head-to-toe but with a crystal mask and heaps of Bulgari.
Even the traditionalists got in on the fun. In a sparkly ball gown by Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior Maya Hawke was so much the modern princess that she tossed on a gold crown—why not? Likewise, Katherine Langford amped up her crimson Rodarte with matching crimson eyeshadow and pearls in her hair. And then there was Dua Lipa, all Barbie-chic in hot pink Miu Miu: cheeky cool and seriously hot…in other words, the AMA dress code!