Dua Lipa’s Style Evolution… Just Because We Love Her

We take a deep dive into Dua’s designer looks.

Dua Lipa is the fashion moment right now. Her incredible outfits have us green with envy, but the ‘Levitating’ singer wasn’t always donning custom Versace looks. Lets take a look at her style evolution for both her performance and red carpet looks.

2017

Dua Lipa shot to fame back in 2017 when her catchy female empowerment anthem, ‘New Rules’, catapulted to the top of the charts. So naturally, this is where her style evolution starts. Whilst performing, Dua typically went for Sporty-Spice-inspired athleisure, opting for jogging bottoms, crop tops and mesh two-piece sets.

When walking the red carpet, she played it safe for the most part. During the 2017 award season, she wore a tailored Armani Suit for the BRITs and a sparkly, one-shoulder Stella McCartney gown with a cut out at the waist for the Glamour Awards. Her boldest outfit of 2017 was the ruffled Alessandra Rich coat that she wore whilst performing at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards. The coat was cinched at the waist with a glittery silver belt, and was worn over over a floral turquoise body suit, fishnet tights and black platform boots .

2018

This is where we start to see Dua making bolder fashion choices. She switched athleisure for bold, sparkly stage outfits. A standout look was worn during her performance of ‘New Rules’ at the 2018 BRIT awards. Her performance look consisted of a Versace printed swimsuit, a matching cropped jacket and a wraparound belt. The look pays an ode to the Versace Couture Miami Print Silk Blouse that she wore during the 2017 ‘New Rules’ music video, as they are both colourful, printed and reminiscent of summer. It is worth noting that Dua’s boldest looks from 2017 and 2018 both consist of bodysuits, the only silhouette difference being the different jacket lengths.

Switching to red carpet looks, she appeared at the BRITs wearing a pink tulle, high-low couture dress by Gimbattista Valli. For the Graham Norton show in April 2018, Dua wore Versace again. This time she turned heads in a red blazer and matching tights (no, we didn’t forget to mention trousers, she didn’t wear any)! This is definitely when the singers love for Versace first became apparent. Although Dua had been spotted wearing designer clothing the previous year, her love for other brands didn’t seem to grow as it did for Versace.

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2019

This is where Dua Lipa started to earn a reputation as a ‘style icon’ and became an important figure in the fashion industry. She was invited to the Met Gala (where the theme was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’) for the first time and the pressure was on for her to impress fashion lovers around the world and stick to the theme. Which she definitely did! She climbed the steps in a psychedelic print Atelier Versace dress, that featured a plunging neckline, a train and a peplum skirt, with matching tights-turned-heels. She also wore an Atelier Versace black and white safety pin dress (an ode to the iconic dress that Liz Hurley wore back in 1994) and showed up to the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards in a sparkly pink, form fitting, Versace mini dress.

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Dua gave another designer a chance at the 2019 EMA’s. Whilst performing ‘Don’t Start Now’, she wore a black, cut-out Mugler leotard. This was definitely Dua’s most daring look to date. Whilst she kept the bodysuit silhouette that she had worn over the years, we can physically see Dua’s change in confidence and style as she chose to wear the bodysuit without a jacket, losing that ‘blanket of security.’

2020

At the start of 2020, Dua attended the Grammy’s (yep, in real life – shocking) and wore a full Vivienne Westwood look consisting of a simple white corset top and a floor-length white satin skirt. The look itself was very reminiscent of the 90’s whilst still appealing to the 2020 trends, which is perhaps something Dua did on purpose to tease her upcoming album ‘Future Nostalgia’. Throughout 2020, she paid an ode to various past decades, including the 80’s in her workout video for ‘Physical’.

She performed at the 2020 AMAs and wore two Versace looks. The first was a white bustier dress that featured sequined starfish embellishments and gold cups. The second was an Atelier Versace, blue crystal, scoop neck mini dress that she wore whilst performing ‘Levitating’, whilst actually *levitating*. We have to talk about Studio 2054, where Dua sparkled in a number of incredible custom-made looks. In typical Dua Lipa fashion, three of the four looks were body suits. The most memorable outfit of the night was most definitely the fourth look, a black full-bodysuit by Mugler that was semi-sheer and was decorated with lines of crystals. One word – unforgettable.

2021

After experimenting with different high-fashion brands, Dua Lipa’s Versace obsession is back in full swing this year. We can’t say we don’t love it. Back in March, she showed up to the delayed Grammy’s wearing a custom Versace sheer dress that featured a pink crystal butterfly bodice, cut outs at the hips and a chain mail skirt. The dress itself is reminiscent of past red carpet outfits worn by non other than Cher.

Her three performance outfits were also custom-made by Versace. She started the performance in a glittering bright pink gown that fell off of one shoulder to show off an equally pink and equally glittery bra top. However, it didn’t get its chance to shine until the very end as Dua covered it up with a sequined and oversized lilac blazer mid-song. Finally, the sparkly pink bra top had its moment, alongside matching high-rise shorts, as she took off the blazer for her final song.

The change of outfits from a long gown, to an oversized blazer, to a skimpy matching set symbolizes her style evolution. As mentioned before, Dua has grown into herself and her style and over the years she has ditched the cover-ups to show off extravagant designer looks. Obviously, you can still be covered up and confident but it’s a nice touch to show of her personal style journey, even if she didn’t mean to do it.

It’s safe to say, that while she stays true to her favourite pieces (bodysuits we’re looking at you), Dua Lipa’s style is ever evolving. She’s definitely come along way since her ‘New Rules’ era and we can’t wait to see what she wears next!

Photo Credits: Getty Images

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