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The star of Netflix's 'Resort to Love' on revisiting her early-2000s style, shopping local and the designer item she wishes she kept.

7/31/2021 7:02:00 AM

The star of Netflix 's 'Resort to Love' on revisiting her early-2000s style, shopping local and the designer item she wishes she kept:

The star of Netflix 's 'Resort to Love' on revisiting her early-2000s style, shopping local and the designer item she wishes she kept.

rom-com "Resort to Love," triple-threat Christina Milian plays Erica, a New York City singer on the cusp of stardom. But, after her big break is publicly dashed, she takes a job performing at a resort on the sunny island paradise of Mauritius — where her ex-fiancé's wedding also happens to be taking place.

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Of course, the singer, songwriter and actor has been in our consciousness for the past two decades — providing us with classic bops like her debut single "AM to PM" and "Dip It Low," plus her ongoing screen roles in "Love Don't Cost a Thing," "

" reboot and Josh Safran's "Soundtrack." The similarities between Milian and Erica stop right there. But thereisa fashion crossover. In a flashback scene, banker Jason (Jay Pharoah) proposes to Erica, who just brought down the house with her rousing rendition of "No One," by

(who's a producer on the movie). "She's on the stage and she's wearing this black tuxedo dress, with tassels hanging from [the hemline], with a thigh-high boot — that's me,all day," says Milian, over Zoom. "Hair was all long... everything I love." (You can thank costume designer Danielle Hollowell, who also worked on "Girls Trip.")

Milian as Erica singing producer Alicia Keys's hit, 'No One' in 'Resort to Love.'Photo: Courtesy of NetflixDirected by Steven K. Tsuchida, "Resort to Love" allows Milian to flex her comedic skills, from an action-packed chase sequence involving the bride-to-be's sister to a style-meets-physical comedy moment at the top of the movie. Excitedly preparing for a music event, Erica accidentally gives herself a wardrobe malfunction when she rips her silver sequin and lace illusion top. With years of red carpet appearances under her belt, Milian herself has experienced her fair share of wardrobe crises — but the unflappable and extremely affable industry vet maintains a sense of humor about it all, even when the tabloids made a big deal out of nothing.

Milian recalls the 2015 premiere of "Focus," which she attended with best friend and frequent red carpet date Karrueche Tran. Milian utilized (and brought extra) Hollywood tape to secure her aqua blue pantsuit jacket, worn without a top underneath (below). "But you get really sweaty after a while and the tape either really sticks or it just doesn't work at all," she says. "Not to say there was a boob malfunction — there was

nomalfunction — but they definitely wrote about it, because there was so much tape in there, it left an opening that gave the illusion that you could see more. That was the headline: 'Ooh, Christina Milian:boob malfunction.' They love that word. But, truthfully, it was just a lot of tape."

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Milian at the 2015 premiere of 'Focus' in Los Angeles.Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesWhile filming "Resort to Love" in a pandemic bubble last fall, the cast, including Sinqua Wells and Alexander Hodge (Asian Bae in "Insecure") bonded by enjoying the beautiful natural landscape and outdoor activities along the Indian Ocean. Milian also engaged in one of her personal interests, while amassing keepsakes from the memorable experience.

"I like to shop local, so I'll go to the local markets and find stuff there," she says. "There were a lot of really cool tribal design things that I would get in Mauritius. Dresses are really cute; I have some really cool purses, some straw hats and straw clutches. Nothing to look too touristy, but more local."

Ahead, the "Resort to Love" star discusses what she thinks about her early-2000s style, what designer boots from the era shedidn'tkeep and how the kids refer to '90s clothes as "vintage" these days. Read more: »

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