2021 has undoubtedly been a hell of a year marked by many unforgettable moments. We had a glimmer of hope to emerge from this unprecedented time imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic. The concerts have resumed, the red carpets and the awards ceremony as well. These different moments were occasions to admire the look of the celebrities in order to release the most dressed .
Fashion among music celebrities in 2021
Probably one of the biggest perks of being a celebrity is the constant rotation of designer clothes you have access to. When you reach a certain level of fame, as many of the people we recognize this year do, the creators come to you.
Imagine wearing pieces from legendary houses like Schiaparelli, Christian Louboutin and Jean Paul Gaultier , in one evening? You will undoubtedly be sporting the best dress style ever. For some, fashion (especially luxury fashion) is nothing more than an accessory of material wealth.
In contrast for countless others, it is an art form that has allowed them to express themselves in conjunction with their music and other creative endeavors. The outfits they wear are more than just clothes; they are part of the heritage of these people. This is exactly why so many details go into taking every Instagram photo and every prop.
Here we are a few days from the end of 2021 and it is customary to take stock. To do this, we’ve put together a list of singers and rappers who we think absolutely killed their styles this year , and who deserve to be recognized for it.
In terms of fashion, we can see that Jay-Z really asserted himself this year . He looks dapper and more adult than ever, especially at events such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony . Queen Bey’s husband was no slouch at the premiere of Netflix’s The Harder They Fall. It also caused a sensation at the wedding of Alexandre Arnault , Executive Vice President of Tiffany & Co. in the beautiful city of Venice in Italy.
Speaking of Tiffany, the “Empire State Of Mind” artist and his very elegant wife Beyoncé collaborated with the luxury jewelry company for a campaign in August. They thus posed alongside an unpublished painting by the late creative genius Jean-Michel Basquiat. The couple also shot a romantic commercial for a romantic night out, with their eldest daughter, Blue Ivy , which garnered high praise for them.
SZA, the singer of “ Drew Barrymore ” , has previously spoken about her anxiety issues. However, his way of moving on a red carpet (especially during this year’s Billboard Music Awards) does not suggest any discomfort.
Our favorite thing about the Missouri native’s wardrobe is the laid back feel. You might think that she doesn’t take the time to arrange her outfits and that they are just stacked, yet she wears them superbly.
SZA is one of those girls who has the talent to pull off pretty much anything she puts on . Plus, unlike other famous faces who go for wilder wardrobes, her looks have great reuse value and can be recreated by anyone .
Last February, the “I Hate U ” singer made the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. We also saw her in the music video for “Kiss Me More” with Doja Cat, as well as in the super spicy “ Fue Mejor ” with Kali Uchis.
While Frank Ocean may not have showcased a lot of his outfits this year, he still made waves in the luxury fashion world with the launch of his “Homer” company. “ My mother loved jewelry, but in a low-key way, like Princess Diana, ” he told the Financial Times, as he spoke about the creation of his brand in his first interview in two years.
“ My godfather loved guns, but also cars, and he bought luxury and lifestyle magazines, which I obsessed with. They became a form of play for me as a child. It was the furthest thing from my real life at the time, and I started to develop ideas and a life in this universe. I was looking at the yachts and wanted one. But I don’t have one because I’m seasick, ”continues the artist.
One of the ‘ Novacane ’ singer’s most iconic moments this year happened at the Met Gala in September, when he brought in a little green baby robot as a rider. The look of Frank Ocean for the evening consisted of a three-piece suit in black suede Prada (with Homer who recently teamed for a limited partnership). The costume was paired with a white t-shirt, a “Dreamcore” hat and a necklace of her own creation.
The new hip-hop talent Coi Leray has established himself as a “trendsetter” . She’s clearly shown that she’s not afraid to push the boundaries and wear what gives her the most confidence. If that means wearing a barely skinny top from Jeremy Scott’s Moschino label at New York Fashion Week, then it’s quick.
The 24-year-old’s style stands out for its ability to harmoniously blend male and female energies . This gives rise to looks as sexy and strong as ever, on and off stage.
Over the past few months, Leray has shown his love for new products and big brands . We saw him in a Gucci boutique wearing new pieces from the coveted UGG x TELFAR collaboration and Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS x Fendi collection . She also donned a transparent vintage Tom Ford dress for Gucci at the American Music Awards. This year, the rising star has imposed herself on all levels, including relational one, by defending her relationship with Beau Pressa against bad tongues. It is undeniably on the rise, and it does not seem ready to let go of a sole.
Arguably, if Rihanna dresses up as you for Halloween, you are a certified style icon. Gunna , who defines himself as a “drop influencer”, is no stranger to the fashion world because the man wears Margiela Tabi boots after all. Plus, her obvious knowledge coupled with her talent for color coordination landed her a well-deserved spot on this year’s Best Dressed list.
Gunna recently collaborated with sneaker giant Foot Locker as the face of the company’s new clothing line. He didn’t hesitate to show off some of the coolest pieces from his personal collection to the media.
One of his most memorable outfits of 2021 is the one he sported while on Saturday Night Live with Young Thug. The two friends went for bold looks (as they so often do). The College Park artist confidently sported an all-red ensemble with a beret and fluffy coat. He also took the daring to the limit during Virgil Abloh’s posthumous Louis Vuitton show, wearing a monogrammed cap accessorized with the perfect amount of ice.
The past Halloween season has given us a lot of inventive ideas, and some of our favorite costumes are from Have Mercy singer Chloe Bailey . The 23-year-old blew her followers away with her impressive version of Angelina Jolie’s character in Shark Tale. She also sported a Betty Boop look and, finally, she took us into The Matrix by paying homage to the character of Jada Pinkett Smith in the hit franchise .
As her younger sister Halle enters the film industry, Chloe has worked hard to launch her solo career . This resulted in countless super sexy and admirable haute couture moments. It feels like every other day she has a new cut to flex , whether it’s Rick Owens, Fendi or Balmain.
Separately, the hip-hop newcomer dazzled in a delicate white Rodarte dress with a dramatic train at the Met Gala in September. She also strutted around in an animal print dress by Nicholas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton during the Grammys in March. Likewise, she showed a lot of skin in a transparent black number of Valentino at the BET Awards .
A $ AP Rocky is a very self-confident man , there’s no denying it. He is also a neo Rap and fashion icon and his styles prove it. In May, the Testing artist was seen wearing an iconic Vivienne Westwood kilt on the cover of GQ, with the publication calling him “the most handsome man alive .” Other shots from the photoshoot include stunning pieces from Chanel, Celine Homme, Loewe and Hermès , to name a few.
After the cover, Rocky unveiled his role in a campaign collaboration with the “smooth shopping” app Klarna. In the clip, the New Yorker is seen walking to his local bodega, dressed in a durag, a dressing gown and a few slippers. After being teased about his casual outfit by the locals, the “Changes” rapper walks in and transforms into Pretty Flacko, wearing a new all-black outfit with some shiny grids.
The 33-year-old has a seemingly effortless ability to perfectly accessorize any outfit. Add to that the way he coordinates his looks so often with his girlfriend the Bad Girl Riri who just happens to be next on our list.
A list of the best dressed without the Bad Girl Rihanna would be totally incomplete. The fashionista Fenty has one of New York street styles of the most legendary of our generation. Plus, she’s covered major magazines like Vogue Italia and Dazed with amazing editorials over the past 12 months, reminding us that she really is kind of a creative genius.
BadGalRiri and her sweetheart arrived late at this year’s Met Gala, both making bold choices for the theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion . ” The Barbadian singer has attended the event regularly since 2007. She is therefore known to have devoured the red carpet with stunning creations by Stella McCartney , Guo Pei, Comme des Garçons, John Galliano, and more.
This year Rihanna shocked everyone by wearing an oversized Balenciaga coat designed by Demna Gvasalia on the rug . This prompted some to comment that her look seemed off-theme and even irrelevant to her more dramatic looks of the past. On the red carpet, the entrepreneur said : “ I am an immigrant and this is my take on American fashion .”
Tyler, The Creator
As always, Tyler, The Creator has put together countless cool looks over the past few months, appearing on the cover of XXL Magazine and even adding plenty of must-have options to his Golf Wang winter collection.
Like his friend A $ AP Rocky, the 30-year-old has strived to awaken his feminine side, often playing with soft pastel colors . He also mixes classic accessories like pearls to create a daring Golf x Fleur belt buckle, and to add dimension to his looks with his layering skills.
Rapper “Yonkers” has an obvious eye for design in everything he does. He is thus able to create a look for fun with friends or to design his latest collection for his always inspired fanbase.
The rapper Doja Cat offered us the consistency this year, starting 2021 strongly with his video “Best Friend” featuring Saweetie and chaining collaborations. Some call her personality unusual, but we would rather say that she has a talent for expressing herself authentically . This shows not only through her rap, but also through her makeup and her fashion and it has to be admitted that she coordinates them beautifully .
Among the designers she’s worn this year are Roberto Cavalli , Issey Miyake (whom she has declared to be her favorite) and Olivier Rousteing for Balmain . On the occasion of the release of her Grammy-nominated album “Planet Her”, she collaborated with famous photographer David LaChapelle for a cutting-edge shoot. These shots perfectly reflect the lively and daring energy of the project. To top it off, the 26-year-old rapper has also teamed up with fashion label Pretty Little Thing for a second collection of her own.
As an Aquarius, it’s always been Scott Mescudi’s nature to be different . Now that he’s in his 30s, the actor / musician has said he’s come to terms with this difference. He also claims to have learned to love himself instead of fighting his demons through other means, such as drug addiction.
While not the first man in history to wear a dress or skirt in public, Kid Cudi is one of the few to do so consistently. Better still, he always does it with the same level of confidence. At the CFDA Awards, he paid tribute to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain by wearing a custom wedding dress designed by ERL’s Eli Russell Linnetz . In April, on Saturday Night Live, he wore a gorgeous floral dress designed by his friend and Off-White CEO Virgil Abloh .
“ I was at this point where I was looking on my phone, kind of like looking at all these different stores and looking at the dresses. I was just like, it’s cute, it’s cute. And then I finally realized, yo, I’m going to ask Virgil to do this. I’m going to see if he has time, because he’s very busy, he has a lot of things to do, ”Kid Cudi said in an interview after the garment launched.
The “Pursuit of Happiness” artist also wore a skirt and blue hair during New York Fashion Week. Very intrepid, he did not hesitate to pull out all the stops a few weeks later for Paris Fashion Week.
Kehlani is a peerless singer who has a natural ability to interweave her male and female sides , leaning into one or the other, or both, at all times. The new mom proved she’s a force to be reckoned with during New York Fashion Week sporting a Cruella DeVille hairstyle and looks made up of denim . She also served us up some powerful monochrome costumes and edgy, but bonkers schoolgirl vibes.
After this impressive series of outfits, the interpreter of “Toxic” flew to the other side of the Atlantic, where she also tore everything at London Fashion Week . She also revealed on Instagram that the designer of Erdem had “taken out of his archives one of his favorite models ” especially for her.
In September, Kehlani appeared at the Met Gala wearing a sparkling Aliétte jumpsuit. The outfit consisted of long silver pants with straight legs and a short jacket with pointed shoulders which emphasized power and strength. The magazines and publications like Rolling Stone and Playboy were delighted to present the R & B singer , which only increased his wallet impressive.
Lil Nas X
When he appeared with “Old Town Road” in 2019, Lil Nas X did not look like a man capable of taking the world by storm as we have seen in recent months.
While preparing for the release of his first project “MONTERO”, the 22-year-old gave us a series of looks that will be remembered for a long time to come. We have to start by mentioning her golden transformation and Lady Gaga-esque at the Met Gala. Her purple Versace dress for the MTV VMAs red carpet and her iconic baroque-style collaboration with legendary designer Jean Paul Gaultier have her followers green with envy .
Nas made virtually every magazine cover in 2021. Plus, he was named one of GQ’s Men of the Year and appeared in the Innovators issue of the Wall Street Journal. The man who gave birth to “Montero” also showed off his chiseled abs and other BCBG looks for M Magazine . He also paid a magnificent tribute to the late Jimi Hendrix with VMAN Magazine. 2021 is almost over and Nas is certainly not done talking about him.
This year, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper did what few people will do in their life, despite her pregnancy. The young wife of Offset has always had an authentic energy that seems to bring her into all the right rooms. It follows relationships with people who ask only to see it rise.
Most recently, she made headlines when it was announced that she would be joining Playboy as the very first Creative Director . From now on, she will contribute with her inventive spirit to help the publication reach new heights alongside her.
During her participation in Paris Fashion Week , the mother-of-two sported legendary pieces by Schiaparelli that will not be forgotten anytime soon. His time on the American Music Awards stage was also memorable, with outfits from Jean Paul Gaultier, Swarovski, Christian Louboutin, Jean-Louis Sabaji , etc.
The 29-year-old flaunted her sculpted figure in a revealing outfit, while rubbing shoulders with her husband , Offset. Plus, her take on Morticia Addams for Halloween was iconic to say the least . We’re barely getting used to Cardi’s stunning sartorial follies , but she could end us in a good way in 2022.
If throughout this year you’ve followed an artist whose unique dress style deserves to be on this list, let us know in the comments.