Tracee Ellis Ross 2018 AMAs Looks: The Black Designers She Wore


Tracee Ellis Ross made her return as host for the 2018 American Music Awards Tuesday (Oct. 9) in a major way. This time, the 45-year old actress arrived in sleek and glitzy outfits highlighting elite and upcoming designers of color.

Just before the show, Ross alerted fans via Twitter she would show up and show out “for the culture” by rocking melaninated fashionable threads. On the carpet, Ross rocked a soft pink suit by Pyer Moss, the activist fashion label by Kerby Jean-Raymond. There was also looks crafted by Dapper Dan for Gucci and a leather black number from Olivier Rousteing by Balmain.

There were plenty more looks ready to be pinned to anyone’s fashion board.

See the full list below.


1. Red Carpet Look By Pyer Moss

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The powder pink and black accented two-piece suit was designed by Kerby Jean-Raymond from his Pyer Moss collection. Ross paired the power-suit with a pair for black Louboutins heels and a dazzling Jacob & Co necklace and D J U L A and Mattia Cielo earrings.

2. Opener By Dapper Dan

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Ross kicked off the annual award show in a black sequin jumpsuit covered in a Gucci, Dapper Dan cloak. Created by fashion icon Daniel Day, the Harlem icon is known for dressing notorious gangsters and hip-hop legends like LL Cool J and Jay-Z.

3. Golden Dress By CD Greene

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The CD Greene gold sequin dress gave Ross a regal look and provided audience members with a welcomed change of pace.

4. “I Am A Voter” Tee By xKarla and When We All Vote

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The “I Am a Voter” shirt comes by way of xKarla’s collaboration with the organization When We All Vote, accompanied by a Shanel Campbell Skirt and paired with Aminah Jillil shoes.

5. Pink Dress By Off White

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Ross stunned in a blush pink and eggshell tulle dress designed by Off-White, paired with Louboutin pumps. She opted to keep the look simple with a pink lip and a lack of jewelry.

6. Leopard Jumpsuit By Sergio Hudson

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Ross jokingly talked about being hesitant to host the AMAs, recalling how she asked producers if she was allowed to wear a leopard jumpsuit designed by Sergio Hudson. The 45-year-old actress paired the matching bodysuit, glove, belt, and beret set with Cesare Casadei pumps and Gucci shades.

7. Red and Blue Patterned Gown By Claude Kameni

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Ross presented the next performer wearing a long oval-shaped polka dot red and blue dress. In a clip posted to Twitter, the Black-ish star dances to Ciara’s “Level Up” in the colorful ensemble. The gown was designed by Claude Kameni who is the founder and CEO of LaviebyCK with Stuart Weitzman and pumps to match.

8. Double-Breasted Black Tuxedo Dress By Balmain

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The former Girlfriends star rocked a work-ready shiny black leather suit with gold buttons with plenty of leg. Ross’ dress was designed by Olivier Rousteing who is currently the creative director of Balmain. She topped off the dress with Christian Louboutin pumps and Amwaj Jewellery earrings.

9. Blue Floor Length Suit By DÈSHON

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Ross flexed in a royal blue suit with a floor-length blazer, paired with long dangling earrings and a matching brooch by designer DÈSHON. She also sported Tamara Mellon black heels.

10. Red Jumpsuit By CUSHINE

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Ross’ tenth and final outfit highlighting designers of color, the Blackish actress wore an off-the-shoulder red jumpsuit by Cushnie, paired with Jimmy Choo heels. In an effort to make the statement piece pop, Ross opted to wear minimal jewelry to compliment her bold final choice.

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