The multifaceted, forever style icon, Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the December 2 event at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and using her clothing as a “form of creative expression,” she did not disappoint.
“Hosting is like having the best seat at the party,” Ellis Ross told Vogue. “I get to be at the center of this room filled with some of my favorite designers, and first and foremost, I get to wear great clothes.”
Known not to shy away from the likes of fabulous fashion, the black-ish star broke ground on British soil and kicked off the awards in her opening number: a Loewe white handkerchief dress from the Spring/Summer 2020 Jonathan Anderson collection. Completing her look with a bit of drama, Ellis Ross jazzed up her neckline with a perfectly-fitted, beaded collar.
A bit of sartorial elegance, Ellis Ross next rocked a piece from Richard Quinn’s Spring/Summer 2020 collections. A multi-colored, floral cape dress that lent no ill-will to the warmer months, this piece featured a Swarovski crystal neckline and cuffs.
In a magnified silhouette that expanded the volume of time, Ellis Ross wore a deep vibrant green and black print dress, like a rebel that somehow belonged. She paired it with a bright pink bow that stood out against the rich hue of the dress. Wrapped in an opulent Erdem Spring/Summer 2020 gown from the narrative of Tina Modotti, the Girlfriends star topped off her look with a matching wide-brimmed, in somewhat of an ode to Mexico.
An afro and Gucci. It’s a match worth celebrating! Up next, rocking a tame afro of natural curls, Ellis Ross was silver-plated in a Gucci gown that drizzled in sequins. A deep plunging neckline brought a hint of pizzazz that unveiled the quiet confidence of appealing sexiness.
Fashion and taste are in the eye of the beholder, and when they look this good, they can even turn one red with envy. The stellar diva stepped out next in a Studio 54-inspired frame, leading the way for Simone Rocha’s dress that ballooned at the body before gathering in layers at and below the knee.
Speaking on the red carpet, the seasoned styler mentioned, “I think the best part [about the change happening] is that all of us are waking up to the importance of [fashion as a] platform.” For a person who once used her clothing “as an armour”, it’s safe to say that Ellis Ross will go down as a legend in the fashion world.