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Lizzo 'wanted to look like a legend' in custom-made Balmain gowns for 2021 Grammys

Lizzo 'wanted to look like a legend' in custom-made Balmain gowns for 2021 Grammys
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Lizzo wanted to emulate style icons Diana Ross and Cher in her custom-made Balmain gowns for the 2021 Grammys.

The Juice hitmaker served as one of the presenters at the socially-distanced ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, and she worked with Balmain's creative director Olivier Rousteing to create the perfect sugary pastel-coloured dresses for the red carpet.

For the bash, Lizzo rocked a strapless mint-green dress and a pink asymmetrical one-shoulder gown both made from a type of Italian Lurex, giving the shimmering effect of liquid gold.

“She just lit up when she tried on the first dress, and when she tried on the second one, she lit up again,” her stylist Brett Alan Nelson told The Hollywood Reporter. “She told me she wanted to look like a legend, and she wanted to look sexy. I knew I wanted to make a Balmain moment happen, and from there Olivier and I talked about legends like Diana Ross and Cher. I wanted it to feel classic and a bit familiar, but new.”

Rousteing was inspired by Parisian post-war fashion when designing the outfits, and summed up Lizzo's looks in just four words.

“Very Parisian. Very Balmain,” he quipped, adding that he wanted to create something that would encapsulate her personality.

“OK, really – who doesn’t love Lizzo? That talent, voice and power of her message. She is definitely an inspiration for me – every step, song and statement she makes reflects the fact that she is a strong, talented woman whose positive energy and messages are exactly what every one of us needs right now," he shared.


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