Bebe Rexha's Stylist on Her 2017 AMAs Looks: 'The Music Dictates the Clothes'

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Bebe Rexha attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 19, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Before Bebe Rexha hit the red carpet for the 2017 American Music Awards Sunday night (Nov. 19) in Los Angeles, she handed over the reigns almost completely to stylist Maeve Reilly to curate both of this evening's looks.

"You know, actually, for the first time she let me just do my thing," Reilly joked. "It's always collaborative, of course. Nobody's going to wear anything they don't want to wear."

Reilly made her opinion on the red carpet dress perfectly clear, and kept the process pretty straight-forward. "For the first time it wasn't like, let's try on a hundred dresses. We literally tried on two dresses and we loved both, and we chose the one that we chose."

The strapless black, crystal-adorned number Rexha rocked on the red carpet is from August Getty's latest collection. "It's simple, but it's still glam and exciting," Reilly explained. "I really just wanted to showcase her incredible shape and her beautiful face and sort of tone it down a little for her."

"I saw this dress and I just really wanted it to be about her shape, and again, just sort of taking it in a different direction," Reilly added. "I think everyone has expectations of what the AMAs should be and I wanted it to be a little bit more simple and just about her, and about her face and her body."

Reilly chose to do the exact opposite of what she did for Halsey, her client for last year's AMAs, because as she put it, "You can take a risk, or you can play it safe. It's an opportunity for an artist to just do whatever they want." Opposite Halsey's simple leather jumpsuit, Reilly opted for glitz and glam this time around. 

Later, for Rexha's Xfinity encore performance alongside Florida Georgia Line for their collaboration "Meant to Be," Reilly leaned into the country influence but still stayed true to her initial intentions of highlighting Rexha's best features.

"It was again about her shape," she explained, "but we've been working with Florida Georgia Line and the record they have together and sort of embracing a little bit of that country vibe that the song has. Obviously the music dictates the clothes. It's still very her, still very glam, but with a little nod to the country vibe of the record."

Rexha's complete look features a Palomo robe, Wolford dress, accessorized by Nicolas Jebran boots and House of Emmanuele jewelry. 

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