Bright lights, open run-way, eye-catching fashion, and live entertainment from some of today’s top artist were the sights and sounds of BET’s Rip the Runway. BET offered their first fashion show special mixing urban fashion with music.
The event was hosted by America’s Top Model winner Eva Pigford and the self-proclaimed leader of the “gentleman’s movement” Fonzworth Bentley and took place at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom.Rap artists such as Fabolous, Doug E. Fresh, and T.I. performed as well as R&B artists Amerie and newcomer Brooke Valentine. Models were draped in the latest fashions from Baby Phat, G-Unit, Def Jam University, Sean John, and Bad Boy as well as swimwear from designers Aqua Couture and Bathhouse.
While BET showcased what is in style for the upcoming seasons, some students felt some of the clothes were too provocative, in particular, the female swimsuits. Taqualia Jackson, Howard University Radio/TV/Film major felt some of the female’s clothes were nice but many exposed too much skin.
“Actresses and entertainers wear that stuff. You don’t see those swimsuits at the beach, you see them at stars pool parties it’s more for fashion than to swim in.”
On the other hand, Lorenzo Miles, Howard accounting major, liked some of the male designs, however, disapproved of the designer’s clothes whose names or logos were largely visible.
Near the end of the show, P.Diddy, arguably, one of today’s leading urban designers, not to be out dressed by any model appeared, fully clad in an all silver suit with enough bling to light up the runway itself announced his female line of Sean John would be coming out this October.
Also, P.Diddy announced that he would be opening a store on Fifth Avenue which is located in the heart of New York City–the crème de la crème of shopping areas in New York and an extraordinary accomplishment for a black designer.