When Kid Cudi posed for photos at the CFDA Fashion Awards last night in a custom bridal gown, he stood hand-in-hand with its designer, ERL’s Eli Russell Linnetz, lace-gloved fingers interlocked, both wearing American Gothic expressions. On the red carpet, Linnetz lifted Cudi’s veil.
“Be yourself, be free, baby, yeah,” Cudi said into a teensy microphone, with a grin; he’d paired the dress with a white tux jacket, crystal-covered sneakers, grungy eyeliner, an icy Black Jesus pendant, and Manic Panic-pink hair. This morning, he tweeted a picture of Kurt Cobain mugging in a white dress, wearing a sparkly necklace of his own.
This isn’t even the first time Cudi’s worn a dress in homage to Cobain in the last year—he wore a custom belle-skirted, floral gown designed by Off-White’s Virgil Abloh while performing on Saturday Night Live back in June. “For me, it represents personal empowerment despite any