Olivia Rodrigo’s retro-rock take on current trends has made her a style star to watch, and last night at Billboard’s annual Women in Music Awards, she took home top honors in a look that merged past and present. Named the woman of the year by the publication, Rodrigo took to the stage at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood wearing a crystal-embellished maxi dress by Area. Cut from white cotton and featuring multiple black straps, the Piotrek Panszcyk-designed piece would have fit right in during the mid-’90s—but Rodrigo and her stylists Chloe and Chenelle Delgadillo utilized some of the moment’s buzziest accessories to bring it right up to date.
Cinched at the waist by a three-piece belt and accessorized with GDCS’ towering lace-up platform boots, it proved an ideal choice for a night dedicated to inspiring artistry. Long cocktail dresses with sleeves Accepting her award from Sheryl Crow, Rodrigo praised the artists who paved the way for her ascent, and her Area ensemble subtly echoed the message of her speech. Calling to mind ’90s rock mainstays like Courtney Love and Gwen Stefani and the internet-influenced look her Gen-Z fanbase loves, it captured one of the many reasons Rodrigo’s red carpet fashion should be as watched as her music videos.