“West Side Story” Star Ariana DeBose on “Saturday Night Live”

Posted on January 17, 2022

We’ve only had a handful of opportunities to write about West Side Story star Ariana DeBose so far, but we’ve already reached the point where we have to refrain from over-using a certain word whenever her name comes up. That word?




“Dazzling.” There really is no other way to describe her. She’s got that old school glamour and sparkle coupled with a modern sense of style. What can we say? The lady’s a star. And like all stars, she got her legally required guest host gig on Saturday Night Live, an occasion for which she opted to serve up some seriously dazzling fashion. That’s right. We said it. And we’ll do it again, if we have to.





We’re not surprised her SNL portraits tended to focus more on her dazz– on her lovely smile than the clothes she’s wearing, but Lorenzo compiled the look book shots so you can get a gander at the full outfit below. That Hererra gown is gorgeous on her (love the Dreamgirls-esque styling) and this Valentino feather jacket is cute in pictures but looks like it would be hell to wear in the real world.









It’s exceedingly difficult to talk about the clothes, not because the pictures aren’t focusing on them (although that’s part of it), but because her personality overwhelms even the loudest outfits. No one’s ever gonna say of this gal that an ensemble is wearing her, rather than the other way around. Even so, these are great looks, loaded with style and personality.



Sexy, but also cute. Love the colors.




Just plain adorable. We can’t say we’d be fully on board with the socks if she were out on a red carpet in this ensemble, but in this setting, at this weird-as-hell time, it makes a really cute look.

It’s amazing how, in our effort to not overuse “dazzling,” we’ve wildly over-used “cute.”





But come on! This is cute, right? Possibly the most dazzling pair of pajamas we’ve seen since lockdown! The first one, we mean.








Style Credits:
First Look: Carolina Herrera Gown with Floral applique from the Pre-Fall 2022 Collection | Nickho Rey Jewelry
Second Look: Valentino Top with Feather Detailing from the Resort 2022 Collection
Third Look: Oscar de la Renta Dress from the Pre-Fall 2022 Collection | Bondeye Jewelry
Fourth Look: Greta Constatine Ensemble from the Spring 2022 Collection | Effy Jewelry | Ritique Jewelry | Chained by Sedona Headpiece | Jimmy Choo Shoes
Fifth Look: Moschino Multicolored Striped Bustier and Matching Midi Skirt from the Pre-Fall 2022 Collection
Sixth Look: Brandon Maxwell Ensemble from the Spring 2022 Collection
Seventh Look: Valentino Floral Print Ensemble from the Spring 2022 Collection

Styled by Zadrian and Sarah | Hair by Takisha Sturdivant-Drew | Makeup by Rebecca Restrepo


[Photo Credit: Mary Ellen Matthews for SNL, Rosalind O’Connor/NBC, Will Heath/NBC, valentino.com, Carlos & Alyse/Courtesy of Greta Constantine, Marcus Mam/Courtesy of Moschino, Courtesy of Carolina Herrera, valentino.com, oscardelarenta.com – Video Credit: Saturday Night Live/YouTube]

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