Dua Lipa Channels Britney Spears in Denim Evening Dress

Dua Lipa took her love for Y2K fashion and kicked it up a notch during her “Future Nostalgia” tour. Giving us major déjà vu, Lipa posed backstage in a Blumarine denim maxi dress, evoking Britney Spears’s iconic Kurt and Bart patchwork dress from the 2001 American Music Awards red carpet. While Spears’s outfit was styled to match Justin Timberlake’s all-denim suit and cowboy hat, Lipa owned the look all by herself, striking a series of poses for photographer Elizabeth Miranda.

Unlike Spears’s dress, Lipa’s featured a thin pair of spaghetti straps and a low-cut bustier embellished with metallic studs under the cups. The studs trailed down Lipa’s dress in parallel lines along the seams, splitting into inverted V shapes before plunging into the folds of her sweeping train.

Lipa’s stylist, Lorenzo Posocco, paired the ensemble with a bejeweled cross necklace and a Blumarine denim belt embellished with the brand’s signature B in place of a buckle. Lipa also rocked rhinestone eyeshadow that beautifully complemented the studs along the dress. Earlier this month, the “Potion” singer had another notable denim moment in a micro miniskirt from Diesel’s fall 2022 collection. She paired the unique design with knee-high, cherry-red boots; a custom white thong that read “dua”; and a ribbed, off-the-shoulder top in blue.

More than 20 years later, Spears and Timberlake’s matching moment remains one of the most memorable in fashion history, and Lipa’s tribute — intentional or not — is all the motivation we need to continue re-creating our favorite stars’ Y2K red carpet looks. Cue Anne Hathaway replicating her own “The Devil Wears Prada” outfit, Ariana Grande in Jenna Rink’s classic “13 Going on 30” look, and more.

See Lipa’s gorgeous denim moment here and Spears’s 2001 look ahead.

Melinda Krah

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