At the 1998 Video Music Awards (VMAs), music divas Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston participated in a skit in which they appeared on stage in the same look – a brown mini dress with a plunging neckline – both thinking they were wearing a creation only.
On Sunday night it was Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion who stepped on stage to present the award for Best New Artist, dressed in the same outfit: a slip dress fastened with gold safety pins, black latex leggings, and flashy jewelry, including a chunky choker, all by Versace.
“This rings a bell, you stole my look!” Megan exclaimed, feigning surprise. “They told me I had the scoop,” Lipa replied. “I’m going to have a talk with Donatella.”
At that time, the designer, sister of the late Gianni Versace, founder of the eponymous brand, went up with her muses to resolve the conflict. How? Ripping the skirts of individual artists. “So, these are my girls,” she exclaimed, revealing a different style for each.
The Levitating singer was now wearing a matching top with leggings and the rapper was wearing the same look but only with a half skirt covering her legs. “Thank you Donatella,” Megan said. “Now we both look like winners.”
In a statement, Versace said that the moment was indeed an homage to the 1998 Houston-Carey style duel. These superstars also pulled back the top layer of their outfits to reveal two different minidresses. Mariah Carey responded to a tweet about this tribute remembering the late singer of I’ll always love you “I love you and I miss you, queen.”
Dua Lipa, who stepped onto the awards carpet as a reincarnation of Donatella herself in her iconic dress with straps and gold details; and Megan Thee Stallion, who opted for a sensual Cavalli suit, recorded their collaborative song Sweetest Pie this year and seem to have become great friends.