Though most celebrities opted for sleek, form-fitting dresses, Mary J. Blige at the 2016 Critics Choice Awards took a slightly different route, wearing a flowing black dress that was a modern take on a '60s peasant dress, complete with bold cut-outs. The R&B singer was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television for her role in NBC's The Wiz Live! , where she played Wicked Witch of the West Evillene. She also guest starred in the much-lauded Empire this year, only further proving her already well-honed acting chops, and this look is only further proof that she's also got the fashion game on lock.
Blige's long black dress is almost hippie-inspired, with flowing peasant sleeves. It could've been easy for her to get lost in the drapery, and for the black to come off a little on the morbid side, but a couple of well-placed cut-outs keep the look from seeming too drab and make the look seem modern rather than retro. Blige shows off some of her tattoos on her upper arms with those cut-outs, and the slightly sheer panels also add some sexiness. Plus, the black leather detailing along the waist and the neckline create contrast to the flowing material and make the look totally modern.
She kept the jewelry simple, adorning her fingers with some statement rings, and brought in some subtle color by wearing teardrop emerald earrings. Blige then finished the whole look off with a sleek, blonde bob and a smokey eye.
It's a somewhat unexpected look for the diva, but I'm definitely not hating on it, especially since it stood out from the rest of the crowd on this year's Critics Choice Awards blue carpet.
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