From Kendall Jenner’s loincloth to Priyanka Chopra’s tux gown, there were many looks from the Vanity Fair red carpet to write home about, but perhaps none that will inspire as many throwback ‘grams like Zoe Kravitz’s take on the chainmail bra.
Recalling mid-drift ‘90s red carpet style, Kravitz wowed paparazzi with her pairing of a Saint Laurent hip-riding black pencil skirt with an 18k gold, Tiffany & Co.-manufactured bikini top. The young star is one of the brand’s many faces, which evidently made her the obvious choice to don the highly collectible item from the brand’s Elsa Peretti collection. But that’s not all: Kravitz completed the look with multiple Tiffany rings and five platinum, diamond-encrusted bracelets ranging from $15-55,000 in price. Did we mention the bra itself is worth $24,000?
As shocking as it apparently continues to be, underwear as occasion wear is not necessarily new. Au contraire, it continues to be a red carpet staple — particularly when it comes to substituting a shirt for a bra. Just ask Cher, who became famous for her Oscars appearances in little more than lingerie.
Then there was Gaga, who showed up to the AmfAR Gala covered in pearls and little else.
Janet Jackson, alternatively, took to the 2002 Vanity Fair Oscars After Party with a crochet bikini top that she styled with jeans, a long suede coat and — of course — a scarf. Jackson proved just because you’re showing skin doesn’t mean you can’t layer. Boho chic queen.
And where would be without our forever style icon Carrie Bradshaw. In 1991, Sarah Jessica Parker arrived at a premiere sporting a gold satin bra, no doubt setting hearts aflutter.
But no one, no one, did the bra better than Destiny’s Child, who had so many bra-featuring carpets and appearances they could very well be credited with resurging the trend.
More recent examples include Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui, who did the sheer pantsuit/co-ordinating lace bra look very, very well.
It’s surprising that when so many entertainers opt for deeply-cut v necks, barely-there sheer dresses and back-baring styles, lingerie is still such a controversial item to appear on the red carpet. But when it comes to making a statement, you just can’t beat the bra.