Tracee Ellis Ross Channeled Her Mom With 12 Diva-Worthy Outfits at the 2017 AMAs

“We wanted to pay tribute to Diana, but also play on our love of fashion,” explained stylist Karla Welch who helped Tracee Ellis Ross pick out 12 eye-catching creations for her turn as AMA hostess last night. After escorting her mother, award honoree Diana Ross, down the red carpet, the actress made a diva-like transformation out of her frock—a sequined, scarlet red Stella McCartney number—into a sculptural, micro pleat dress from Ronald van der Kemp for the big show. “I knew we had to have the copper Ronald van der Kemp opening,” said Welch. “[It’s] the place to be outrageous, so we decided to indulge.”

As for the other major fashion moments in Tracee Ellis Ross’s repertoire yesterday evening—among them a standout white suit and bejeweled top from Diana Ross’s archive —Welch said pulling it all together was organic. As the stylist explained, the resulting wardrobe was a heartfelt homage to a living legend. “The influence she yields on fashion is unparalleled,” said Welch. “It was sort of a dream come true!!”

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