Halsey's 2017 BBMAs Performance Outfit Took 48 Hours to Create: Exclusive

Halsey performs during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas.
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Halsey performs during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas.

After walking the 2017 Billboard Music Awards magenta carpet on Sunday (May 21) in a khaki and camoflague floor-length skirt by Juun.J and Sergio Hudson bra, alternative-pop singer Halsey hit the T-Mobile Arena stage to perform her sophomore album’s debut single “Now or Never.”

Set to the thematic storyline of star-cross lovers in her music video--which Halsey directed--the singer-songwriter performed in a striking all-white outfit that took 48 hours to create. “We literally did it in two days [Laughs]. I couldn't decide what I wanted her to wear and there’s a lot going on with the stage, so when I called Bryan Hearns, we brainstormed and he came up with three sketches,” stylist Maeve Reilly tells Billboard on the phone while on her way to the airport.

For Los Angeles-based Hearns, who also designs custom pieces for Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey and Katy Perry, this third collaboration (he designed her VMAs and AMA's outfits) is "very much my aesthetic but also very Halsey; it's cool and simple yet with an edge. It's a great collaboration," he tells us. 

For her soulful performance, Halsey sported a shiny strappy crop top with long sleeve shrug. Underneath her see-through, wide leg-and-crystal-pinstripe pant is a pair of boy shorts to cover her up. “The fabric is very shiny and picks up the light really crazy,” Reilly says of her ensemble. To enhance her stage presence with even more sparkle, Halsey is rocking a custom cape from LA Roxx along with Public Desire shoes. Pulling together her ensemble is a mix of jewels from Jennifer Fisher, a brand that both Reilly and Halsey "love."


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