GloRilla Honors Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes With BET Hip Hop Awards Outfit
The year was 1999. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes shimmied, arms raised, down the red carpet at the Source Hip Hop Music Awards. Her outfit: head-to-toe brown suede featuring a fur skirt with a thigh-high slit. More than two decades later, GloRilla reimagined Lopes’s ensemble at the 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards on Oct. 3 in Atlanta. A clear homage to the late TLC member, GloRilla’s outfit featured a crisscross halter top and a similar floor-length fur skirt. She styled the ’90s-inspired look with black boots, gold earrings, and a space-bun hairstyle.
TLC – consisting of Lopes, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins – were pioneers of ’90s fashion, setting trends in everything from baggy jeans and overalls to chromed-out bikini tops. In fact, at the time of her passing, Lopes was working on a pajama line in collaboration with Kyle Young, according to an interview with Wendy Williams in 2000. Now, 21 years after Lopes’s unfortunate death in a car accident, GloRilla’s outfit serves as a reminder that the rapper’s impact has not been forgotten.
Lopes’s original look featured a tawny-brown suede crop top with a crisscross halter neckline, a lace-up bust, and oversize cargo pockets on either side of the chest. Past her exposed midriff, Lopes continued the monochrome look in a voluminous fur skirt with silk lining and a suede waistband. She completed the unique outfit with a pair of knee-high, square-toe boots and drop earrings.
Replicating Lopes’s design, GloRilla strutted down the red carpet in a chocolate crisscross halter top and a textured fur skirt. Similar to Lopes’s, Glorilla’s skirt featured a strip of fabric around the waist mirroring her top. The skirt also included a thigh-high slit that exposed her pointed-toe boots. Though GloRilla’s color scheme was noticeably darker than the original, her outfit was a beautiful nod to Lopes from every angle. GloRilla even took a moment to pose for the camera with her arms outstretched, just like Lopes did.
Ahead, admire GloRilla and Lopes’s ensembles side by side, and see more era-defining fashion moments from the ’90s here.