In 2020, awards shows may well not appear like they applied to, but damn if we Black folks aren’t proficient at building even the worst year of our lifetimes (thus far—ugh) appear remarkably great (as a people, we’ve however had generations of follow). As proof, seem no even further than the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards, which on Sunday ongoing this year’s run of virtual awards exhibits. When the seats at Barker Hangar may possibly have been vacant, the exhibit did without a doubt go on, and gave us a few—okay, quite few—style moments that bear a tiny additional applause.
Since the People’s Preference Awards are, very well, for people today, the breadth of groups extends outside of the regular Finest Actor/Actress milieu into far more distinct awards like “Best Comedy Act” and “Style Star”—which of course, is in which we come in.
Zendaya can now insert the Style Star award up coming to her history-producing 2020 Emmy, but the young star did not consider portion in previous night’s festivities. Rather, the evening belonged to Fashion Icon of 2020 honoree Tracee Ellis Ross—no massive shock to us—but the previous model and style editor-turned Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award-winning actress manufactured guaranteed to remind us exactly where she will get it from: Her mama, Diana Ross, of course.
“I have to thank the icon herself, my mother, not only for her terrific parenting,” Ross reported in her acceptance speech, reminiscing about “the magic” her legendary mom embodied onstage, “but to her style and glamour that launched me to the electric power of fashion.
We’ve still to get the particulars on Ross’ two trousered outfits for the awards ceremony, but in honor of the situation, she taken care of followers and followers to a retrospective of her lifelong like of manner (like her modeling several years), by means of an Instagram Tale.
One more standout on Sunday night? Female Film Star winner Tiffany Haddish, who has evidently been emotion extra-liberated due to the fact shearing her hair this summer. We didn’t think she could get sexier than her Halloween homage to product Pat Evan’s Ohio Players album cover, but her slit-to-there floral frock by Prabal Gurung built it clear that “she ready” to present off additional than her comedic chops.
But probably the most impactful outfit of the night time was worn by Very best Comedy Act winner Leslie Jones, who acknowledged her honor in a assertion-making black-on-black personalized pantsuit by longtime collaborator Christian Siriano that was no laughing make a difference.
“Her printed go well with has the names of misplaced life and this is our tribute to them,” wrote the luxurious label—and without a doubt, though subtle, Jones’ suit bore the names of Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, George Floyd, and much too several other Black lives missing to senseless, law enforcement-sanctioned violence.
“I really hardly ever choose the time to say ‘I’m proud of myself’ lead to I’m generally like ‘what’s next’ but tonight I’m proud y’all!!” Jones captioned an Instagram post in celebration of her gain. “Cause the individuals picked me!! THATS FUCKING Main!! I adore my admirers you are Almost everything!! Thank You!!”
We’re very pleased of you also, Ms. Jones. Thank you.
Updated: Monday, 11/16/20 at 10:17 p.m., ET: As confirmed by Ms. Ross’ Instagram, she approved her Style Icon award in a billowing white shirtdress, black leather harness and above-the-knee boots by Alexander McQueen, while the double-breasted, brass-buttoned khaki trouser suit she wore on the red carpet was by Schiaparelli.