If there was a theme for the first weekend of November 2023, it might have been “rock and roll.” Ahead of our clocks turning back on Sunday, some of the entertainment industry’s finest hit red carpets on both coasts on Friday and Saturday nights, giving us an early taste of what next year’s awards season might bring.
On Friday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted its 2023 class, including the Spinners, Chaka Khan, DJ Kool Herc, Rage Against the Machine, Don Cornelius, and Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. In addition to the evening’s electrifying performances and inspiring speeches, some of music’s most impactful artists brought rock-and-roll style to the step-and-repeat — and at the after-party honoring Elliott’s triumph — proving that when it comes to music, Black influence transcends genres.
Across the country in Los Angeles, the film industry largely remains at a standstill as SAG-AFTRA continues negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP.) Nevertheless, Hollywood glamour was in full effect on Saturday night at the 2023 LACMA Art+Film Gala. Presented by Gucci at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and co-chaired this year by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, the event has become something of a precursor to Hollywood’s awards season, and with a luxury label as its primary sponsor, the race was on for the most striking red carpet look.
Once again, the vibe was distinctly rock and roll, as chainmail details and a healthy amount of skin were on display alongside the art. Among the celebrities outfitted by the Italian fashion house for the evening were Yara Shahidi, Lenny Kravitz, Lupita Nyong’o, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, A$AP Rocky, and longtime Gucci ambassador Jodie Turner-Smith, all in their edgy best, helping to usher in a somewhat irreverent season of style.
After a year in entertainment marked by union uprisings and industry upheavals, should we expect more dark glamour when awards season officially kicks off in early 2024? It’s too soon to tell, but with shorter days and longer nights on our horizon, it’s the ideal season to embrace moodier fashion.
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