Now that COVID is finally settling down, stars are back out on the red carpet and in the streets slaying with their usual fancy looks. But outside of your standard designer garb, some celebrities have truly thought outside of the box with some daring and risky looks. Here are the most insane celeb looks of 2021 so far.
1. Lady Gaga
Once upon a time, Gaga wore meat dresses. Then, she toned things way down. Today, she’s found a glamorous middle ground with looks like this, featuring her signature sky high boots, an androgynous blazer, and of course, an iconic headpiece to tie it all together.
2. Bella Hadid
Bella Hadid’s dress was breathtaking and a totally risky move. A necklace made out of stunning golden tree branches adorned her chest and stole the show on the red carpet. A chic and elegant Hollywood moment for the ages.
3. Tilda Swinton
Tilda has never been one to shy away from unusual fashion moments, and it doesn’t look like she’s slowing down anytime soon. While we’re used to seeing the star in neutrals and baggier silhouettes, this outfit combined the masculine and the feminine perfectly, with sunset colored tones, a magical riff on a blazer, and some razzle-dazzle in the sparkly sleeves.
Zendaya can pull pretty much anything off and looks flawless in it. I mean, can anyone else pull off a Big Bird colored, bright yellow dress that’s sleeveless and has such a daring cutout areas. It’s kind of like a maxi skirt meets a bandeau band, and we haven’t seen this kind of look before, especially with the unique ruching detail by the belly button.
5. Elena Lenina
Honestly, we’re still having a hard time articulating how we feel about this braided headpiece paired with a black sequin dress. It looks exceptionally heavy, and is a hybrid blend between a headpiece and a braid. African women have already been doing this for centuries, and it looks like Elena Lenina decided to do her own take on it in an attention-commanding look.
6. Noah Cyrus
Some fashionistas praised Noah Cyrus’s fabric-heavy look, but most people made jokes about it resembling a tissue or bedsheet. While the look certainly could have done with a little less wrinkled folds of fabric and a little more meticulous detail, the dress itself has good bones with a lovely plunging neckline and a classic Hollywood glam silhouette.
Rihanna has already slayed multiple flawless looks in 2021, and the style pioneer brought it back to Clueless with this 90s inspired look. Minimal high-heeled sandals paired with a fluffy pink hat and a spaghetti strap pink slip dress with a thigh-high slit that makes us blush a little bit.
8. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka always looks like a pageant ready goddess, but she’s not afraid to bare a little cleavage. The look was a custom Dolce & Gabbana sheer crystal mesh grown with a dramatic slit and tons of embellishments. She wore it with the D&G gold corset belt, which took the show.
9. Kylie Jenner
LaQuan Smith is a heavy-hitter in the world of celebrity fashion, and this all-red catsuit look is clear proof of that. With sheer panels and a velvet top and skirt detail, the skin-baring look makes her look like she’s from another planet. The look is perfectly tied together by this gorgeous, long leather coat (also red of course) finished off by a see-through red stiletto for the ultimate monochromatic look.
10. Doja Cat
Sometimes Doja goes a little overboard with her innovative fashion looks, but with this sheer olive number, she embodied glamorous and high-end elegance — with a dose of sexy. The airy gown was by Brandon Maxwell, and while the dress was luxurious, it was still playful, pairing well with metallic green heels by D’ACCORI, and pin-straight hair.
It’s safe to say that Ciara wasn’t shying away from any attention at the 2021 BET Awards. She donned a 100% crystallized Alexandre Vauthier jumpsuit with matching knee-high boots. The singer has certainly worn more revealing looks that others considered more daring, but going head to toe in crystals is pretty bold, if you ask us! Finished off by a pointed toe and side zippers, this look was grounded just the right amount with a thick leather belt.
Just like Priyanka, Saweetie made a statement this year in Dolce & Gabbana — this time vintage. The train was memorable enough! The look showed off her beautiful curves with a sparkly middle piece hugging in all the right places. She was serving total queen energy, especially with those tied-up gladiator heels!
13. Megan Thee Stallion
At the 2021 BETA Awards, Megan Thee Stallion found a creative way to rock a floor-grazing maxi dress while showing off as much skin as possible. This slit might just be a new trend — while the front of the dress is substantial, the sides are completely open, only tied together by a diamond hip chain and a matching one on the waist. The Jean Paul Gaultier look was made cohesive by his iconic cone bra.
14. Cardi B
Unlike many who wore their daring outfits on red carpets and formal events, Cardi B wore this now extremely famous dress by Pierre-Louis Auvray when she was shopping on Rodeo Drive. The dress by Forbidden Kn0wledge was a cosmic moment in surrealist fashion, emphasizing the wearer’s curves while adding a ribbed white piping around the dress that gives it a dramatic, sculpture-like look.