â€œIâ€™m a huge fan of Motown,â€ said Lawson on the Beauty and Style stage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. â€œWhen you saw them on stage, you saw sparkleâ€¦you saw attitude. They didnâ€™t have on t-shirt and jeans.â€
Creating something out of nothing, Lawson remembered buying expensive fabric to make costumes, though she admits some of them look â€œreal crazyâ€ now.
She also recalled when a trip to Jamaica went awry, leaving the singing group’s costumes nowhere to be found. Beyonce and Solange’s mom sprung into action, buying camouflage from a local flea market to create the “Survivor” era costumes that took the press by storm.
â€œThe camouflage was probably my favorite thing,â€ said Lawson, as she described how New Orleans native Master P, a regular camo flaunter of that time, was her inspiration for one of the most well-known Destinyâ€™s Child costumes.
Although Lawson is known for the fab styling of her daughters and the group members ofDestinyâ€™s Child, she is also a style icon in her own right.
When asked what inspires her personal style, Lawson acknowledged Diahann Caroll and â€œthe bossâ€ Diana Ross, who will be hitting the Mercedes-Benz Superdome stage tonight (June 30).
â€œDiana Ross… sheâ€™s the bomb,â€ said Lawson. â€œI loved Diahann Caroll growing up. I love a sophisticated classy woman.â€