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Cardi B went conservative and classic for her court appearance Friday, wearing four top designers while rejecting a plea deal about a strip club fight in New York last year.
The “I Like It” rapper donned a high-collar white dress over flare-legged trousers from Christian Siriano. Her stylist Kollin Carter completed the look with Dior glasses, Yves Saint Laurent shoes and an Hermes Birkin bag. Her nails popped in statement neon yellow.
“Court flow,” Cardi B wrote on Instagram, along with, “Big Birkin bag hold five six figures.”
It was a stark change from Cardi B’s typical over-the-top style, from performance costumes to red carpet looks; she wore a belted floral-embellished bustier on top of a blue fringed bodysuit and fishnets for her Coachella 2019 appearance with DJ Snake and, in March, she donned a custom Bryan Hearns rodeo look — a sparkly pink belted bikini with a blue fringed jacket. Or recall her vintage Mugler Venus gown with a pearl headpiece at the Grammys this year.
Earlier this month, Cardi B sparked backlash for wearing a real fur coat (vintage Paco Rabanne) to Beautycon in contrast with a fashion-industry-wide trend toward faux fur to align with PETA and other animal rights groups. Carter posted of the debate, “PETA and their supporters are one of the most hateful activists groups out there. I’ve been called a n— and gotten death threats because I chose to put my client in fur …. ridiculous.”
For a previous court appearance in October related to the same case, the singer showed up channeling Marilyn Monroe in a blonde wig, pencil skirt and high-collared white blouse in an attempt to strike a classic note with an Old Hollywood moment.
It’s common for stars to dress in more traditional, wholesome looks for court; when facing sexual assault accusations last year, Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein donned Mr. Rogers sweaters — a look that “reeks of sincerity,” according to Hollywood crisis manager Howard Bragman.
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