From the music to the drama to the fashion, Monday night’s highly-anticipated Verzuz rap battle between R&B legends Brandy and Monica did not disappoint.
Monica, 39, turned heads during the Instagram Live event — created by producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz at the beginning of quarantine — in a Fendi ensemble embossed with the Italian label’s iconic logo.
She paired the matching corset top, cropped jacket and beret with beige vinyl pants that sparked a conversation online because fans couldn’t tell if they were actually pants, or just very tall boots. (Solange Knowles even posted a poll on Twitter to settle the debate.)
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On Wednesday, Monica’s stylist Kollin Carter set the record straight about the bottom portion of the singer’s look, sharing a full outfit breakdown on Instagram alongside a series of black-and-white behind-the-scenes photos.
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Carter — who also works closely with Cardi B — explained how he managed to dress Monica is something totally “unique” while still incorporating the nostalgic designer logos she wanted.
“@monicadenise was very adamant about doing logos! I wanted to of course make it something unique that you couldn’t just go in a store and buy. I wanted it to feel nostalgic,” he wrote alongside a series of behind-the-scenes snaps. “I went with a classic Fendi print, came up with the design and had my favorite @braudelinillustrate it! It was all about the silhouette. I worked with my seamstress @sirbabajagne to bring this vision to life.”
Carter also shared that he created the custom design using fabric from a classic trench coat.
“It started with a full Fendi trench that we deconstructed to create the cropped jacket and we used the rest of it to wrap an amazing @garosparo boned corset! We then took a Fendi skirt to create the beret hat,” he wrote, admitting it’s “always scary destroying very expensive pieces to create new ones.”
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As for the vinyl piece, the stylist cleared up confusion, writing, “We finished the look with an extended leather pant with exposed splits (seen in sketch).”
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“And the answer to the BIGGEST QUESTION of the night lol pants or boots ( @saintrecords @feliciathegoat )? We wrapped a @gianvitorossi sandal in the same leather! The pant just extended over the ankle and laid on the foot,” he said. “SHOUT OUT TO THE GOAT @DAPPERDANHARLEM !!! Styled and Designed by me. Assisted by @v.msmith x @jennijenu Seamstress @sirbabajagne |photo by @cyndiibee_”
The stylist’s famous friends were impressed by his out-of-the-box ideas in the comment section.
“so incredibly talented ❤️” model Duckie Thot wrote. “Obsessed!! 🔥🔥🔥 you did that!” Golden Barbie added. Celebrity makeup artist Sir John said, “You killed that s***!!!”