Last night, Kid Cudi took the stage at Studio 8H for the first of his two Saturday Night Live performances dressed in fairly typical Cudi gear: a fuzzy green cardigan, a Chris Farley commemorative t-shirt, jeans, and glittering Nike Dunks. About what you would expect from a musician with a deep personal style and serious jones for Cactus Plant Flea Market.
When the stage lights came on on her second appearance, however, they showed something a little different: To perform her song “Sad People,” Kid Cudi was dressed in a flowery dress with spaghetti straps. Her sequins danced in the light.
Fans quickly noticed that Cudi’s dress looked a lot like the floral number Kurt Cobain used to wear – and that Cudi’s performance fell on the same week as the 27th anniversary of Cobain’s death in 1994. The Tribute was virtually impossible to ignore —Cudi not too long ago sampled Cobain on one of his songs and, after his own struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, tackled the cause of awareness of mental health. Eagle-eyed fans also noticed that Cudi’s first outfit – the one with the green cardigan –also seemed to refer to another famous Cobain look. The guy did his homework.
While Cobain stole her dress from the Nirvana publicist, Cudi has a serious fashion background. On Instagram, Virgil Abloh said the piece was custom Off-White, “specially for Mr. Rager only. And if you’ve picked up the April issue of GQ, you might have seen a pretty similar look: In our ‘Bite This Style’ feature, we noticed that Cobain’s legendary dress now feels awfully of the moment.
Of course, things have changed since Cobain’s dress shocked Nirvana fans in 1990. Harry Styles wore a Gucci dress on the cover. Vogue. NBA players wear skirts in the pre-game tunnel. Fluid genre fashion isn’t really a buzz word anymore – it’s just something a lot of the coolest people on the planet do when they dress, seemingly without giving it much thought. Cudi’s neutral dress – paired with a wildly icy chain – followed that line of thinking.
Having paid homage to a music legend, Cudi closed his performance the only way he could – by grabbing a handful of a dress in each hand and making a polite curtsy to the audience. The crowd has gone mad.
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