Issa Rae made a statement with her outfit at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards 2018 on Monday night (04Jun18).
The Insecure star, who hosted the fashion awards ceremony held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, walked the red carpet in custom-made blue Pyer Moss gown dotted with thousands of Swarovski crystals.
But it was her black satin belt which was printed with the words “Every N**** Is A Star” that grabbed the most attention, with designer Kerby Jean-Raymond explaining to People.com that the ensemble was a joint effort.
“It was interesting and new for me because a lot of it was done via phone and pictures because of our work schedules. The sketching process was very fun,” he said, adding that the idea for the belt stemmed from his decision to use Boris Gardiner’s 1974 song of the same name at Pyer Moss’ fall/winter 2018 runway show in February.
Issa’s sartorial statement was also praised by a number of social media users.
“Just when I think I couldn’t love Issa Rae anymore, she hits us with a little Boris Gardiner on her belt. In case ya’ll forgot,” one user commented, while another added: “That belt! This Pyer moss dress! She shut that down.”
Issa didn’t just wear the Pyer Moss outfit on the night, as she changed into a belted bright green suit from Sergio Hudson to undertake her presenting duties.
And she didn’t hold back in her opening monologue, using the platform to take aim at Kanye West and his recent comments describing slavery as a “choice”.
“I’m about as fashionable as Kanye is black. Only when it’s convenient,” the 33-year-old said, according to USA Today. “That joke was my choice, just like slavery.”
Kanye was not in attendance at the event, however, his wife Kim Kardashian was there, and was later presented with the Influencer Award.