Few had more fun with last night’s Grammy fashion than Lil Nas X. From her pearl-encrusted baroque red carpet look to the crystal-encrusted crop top she wore on stage with Jack Harlow, she pulled off a show of Balmain looks each bolder than the other. In view of the big evening, when the French designer Olivier Rousteing was designing the artist’s personalized creations, he says Rowing he immediately understood that the artist would be ready for these multiple moments of show (there were in fact seven changes of clothing in total). “Lil Nas X is an incredible inspiration for the next generation,” says Rousteing. “He is clearly pushing the boundaries not only in music, but also in fashion.”
For Lil Nas X’s fiery Grammys wardrobe (which was designed by Hodo Musa), Rousteing says he wants to celebrate his fearless approach to style, while paying homage to some of Balmain’s most iconic designs under his tenure. . “What I loved about the looks I created for him is that [it represents] different house eras and my career at Balmain over the past 10 years, “says Rousteing. Conversations started with Lil Nas X’s red carpet look, which was an iteration of a dress that Rousteing showed in her fall collection 2012 (her first womenswear proposition) The embroidered butterflies and pearls looked fresh on the star, especially in the new reworked jacket and pants silhouette. “It was inspired by the Fabergé egg that Richard Burton once gave Elizabeth Taylor “, says Rousteing.” We recreated it with different colors. I liked the idea of bringing womenswear into the world of menswear. We also customized the shoes with 12cm platforms. ”
For the numerous looks of Lil Nas X’s performances that followed – he performed a medley of his hits including “Industry Baby”, “Call Me By Your Name” and “Dead Right Now” – Rousteing again gave a few nods to some of Balmain’s past projects. For the performance of “Dead Right Now”, Nas wore a dramatic black cloak covered with crystals that formed Balmain’s geometric “Labyrinth” motif, a graphic motif first introduced by Pierre Balmain over 50 years ago. For the “Industry Baby” set, he also wore Balmain’s Vest Hussard military style jacket, distinctive piece of the house. “We have given a new twist to an exclusive Balmain design, once again relying on embroidered crystals,” says Rousteing. “The twenty dancers also wore versions of the same jacket, along with transparent tank tops and black trousers embellished with crystals.” (Jack Harlow’s structural black suit was also by Balmain.)
After Lil Nas’ performances on the Grammy stage, there were other stellar looks we didn’t catch a glimpse of on TV. During the show, the rapper wore a golden armor-style vest from Balmain’s Fall 2022 collection. For the Grammys after-party, he then wore a white suit from Fall 2022. Rousteing says dressing the megawatt star in so many different pieces was the ultimate dream collaboration – more is more! “When it comes to fashion, he’s very clear on what he likes,” says the designer. “He is obsessed with details and is a perfectionist. This is obviously a dream to work with, because he’s really paying attention to craftsmanship. He brings couture to the stage and the red carpet in such a modern way. “Rousteing hopes there will be many more fabulous fashion moments between him and Lil Nas X.” Obviously he’s an incredible talent that will remain, “says Rousteing.” And he will bring a new story in the music industry “.
Below, a closer look at all of Lil Nas X’s Balmain looks at the Grammys.