Eagle-eyed Lil Nas X fans spotted something peculiar during the 2022 Grammys: His outfit seemed familiar. What about it, exactly? Well, that butterfly was unnerving, but so, too, were the ostentatious lines of pearls. It was almost as if another social media-savvy superstar had worn them before.
Sure enough, when Lil Nas X strutted down the red carpet in a bedazzled Balmain two-piece cut like a marching band uniform, it wasn’t long before fans unearthed the matching look: a $20,000 Balmain dress worn by Kim Kardashian during her Paris bachelorette party in 2014, days before her marriage to Kanye West. Take a closer peek at the comparison below.
Now, we would never suggest Lil Nas X is anything other than a true original. So we’ll consider this look an homage, not an imitation—perhaps even a message to the Kim K. of yore, a plea to abandon her present-day Balenciaga addiction. Creative freedom awaits, Lil Nas X’s platform boots seem to urge.
But let’s push this theory a little further into conspiracy land, shall we? What if the Skims mogul and “Call Me By Your Name” singer really have an upcoming collaboration about to drop, and this is merely a tease? After all, the two do look great together, and they’re a pair of the savviest marketers the modern era has to offer. Might Balmain be in on the secret, too? I mean, fashion collabs are hot right now. Look, we think this is a smart idea! Bring bedazzled pearl suits to the masses, Kim and Montero!
This Balmain look wasn’t the only number Lil Nas X wore on Grammy night. He wore three different outfits onstage during his performance and then changed into another metallic ensemble after his set.
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