What a time to be Black and alive! Last night was ESSENCE’s 9th annual “Black Women in Hollywood” awards luncheon presented by Lincoln Motor Company, and the star power on was 10! Everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Zendaya made sure to come out and support the annual event which honors Black women in the industry, both on the screens and behind the scenes!
Held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills California, the red carpet for ESSENCE’s “Black Women in Hollywood,” was on and rocking with some of your faves, and of course we have our fashionable recap on deck! Check out some of your favorite ladies and their style moments below!
Team Cookies and Cream
Two colors that will never go out style – black and bare (aka “nude” tones) and Tika, Keke and La La are making sure of that! Last night actress Tika Sumpter added spice to her LBD (little black dress) by pairing it beach waves hair, a red lip and of course, that gorgeous glowing skin. Keke Palmer was winning in her black-and-nude mini and paired the look with a pair of tie-up sandals and amazing Marley twists for her hair style of choice. La La made sure to show off all of her curves in this all nude body conscious piece, keeping it simple yet elegant for the evening. Classic La La!
Fav look: Keke. We loved that Keke got a little frisky in this mini but still kept it appropriate for the evening. Plus we’re still in awe of her beautiful updo.
Trouser Power (Pt.1)
Trousers and blouses galore! It’s clear that the overall winning look this Spring may be trousers! All last night, ladies looked cute in their pantsuits or were sure to rock in the trousers and tops. First up, actress Jurnee Smollet could be spotted in her white top and matching flared bottoms. Kelly Rowland stunned in a white blouse and olive green trouser cut and hemmed to perfection. Timeless beauty actress Garcelle Beauvais was sure to rock her a nice pants and shirt duo as well, showing us that less is sometimes more when executed right!
Jumpin’ Jumpsuits (Pt.2)
As fas as pantsuits, newly engaged singer Letoya Luckett was dainty in white pantsuit paired with an emerald pair of pointed pumps for a pop of color! She finished the look with an ombre bob (bobs are winning this Spring!) The fashion risk taker and slayer, Zendaya, went for a bit more of an interesting look; she opted into polka dots for her pantsuit look. We love the burgundy color. Lastly, Evelyn Lozada made an appearance on the carpet in this light power pink jumpsuit. The mother of two finished the look with a natural make up look and a high bun, well done. Cute and chic!
Fav Look: Kelly & Zendaya! We really enjoyed the color of Kelly’s pants, they paired perfectly with her color and blouse. Zendaya managed to pull off a satin jumpsuit with polka dots and gets points for not making it look like pajamas as well as staying wrinkle free!
Patterns and Paintings
Hey Mona Lisa! These fashion risk takers thought outside of the box and in the end, we can appreciate them daring to!
Actress Anika Noni Rose literally looked like a work of art in this color-block piece. The For Colored Girls and Princess and the Frog actress looked darling in this asymmetrical cut and multi-colored piece. Tia Mowry-Hardrict dared to pair her patterns and we’ll admit, we’re not sure if we’re 100% here for it. However, between the flawless fit of her clothes and that stunning bob, we can’t deny that she still caught our eye! Singer Estelle also shook up the carpet with this color purple and red mini. She finished the look with some bomb silver pumps that we can definitely agree that we’re here for.
Fav Look: Anika! Overall, the color and cut of Anika’s dress complimented her look and figure best. Yes!
Did someone say Spring? Well apparently these gorgeous femmes have their floral ready to go! Actress Holly Robinson-Peete rocked a white pencil skirt complete with a colorful floral pattern. Meanwhile, director Shonda Rhimes was dainty in daisies with her little black number with a small purse for accessory. Director Issa Rae looked easter-service ready in this blue number which she rocked with an envelope-style pink clutch and finished off with nude shoes.
Fav Look: Issa! We feel Issa Rae slayed the floral look by keeping two things in mind- keeping all the colors nice and bright, but still neutralizing were it matters most (a nude shoe with a color pedi was the perfect finishing touch without doing too much!)
Great White Hype
The fashion forecast is in and yes, it’s time to break out the white if you haven’t already! VP of Sean Combs’ Enterprise, Ericka Pittman, was stunning in this little white number which she accessorized with a metallic YSL clutch and accessories. Actress Nicole Ari Parker added some rockstar elements to this lace-mini by adding a bold bangle on the wrist and a fro-hawk. How to Get away with Murder‘s Aja King kept it classy and casual in this white number as well, and we enjoyed the wrap around for a perfectly finished, cinched waist.
Winner: Ericka Pittman! We loved the clean finish with the metallic and silver accessories. It allowed her to be just the right amount of trendy without overpowering the classic silhouette of her dress. Winner!
Dare to Flare!
We love a good flirty flare when done right, and these girls certainly did it! Empire actress Serayah McNeill sported this green and black number and was spotted twirling more than once while rocking down the carpet. Actress Meagan Good was absolutely lavish in this piece, which flared in the front but had a tastefully trendy train in the back. Glee‘s Amber Riley said “hello” in yellow and we were here for it. It’s safe to say that yellow is her color!
Fav Look: Meagan Good! The pattern of her dress literally looks like a watercolor painting, which we feel is so fun and fitting for Spring. Throw in the style of the dress and it’s a win. It can be tricky sometimes adding length to the back of a potentially mini dress but Meagan did it just right! Her train wasn’t overwhelming and only grazed the carpet, not took over it. Plus that hair- yes!
Push all the way through, Miss Good!
In the end, all these ladies slayed in their own way. And they are all winners in our books for their ability to accomplish plenty and inspire many!
What was your favorite look from last night?