2017 ESSENCE Festival

At the 2017 ESSENCE Festival on Friday (June 30) in New Orleans, Louisiana, Monica wasn’t the only one in attendance. Here, a look at some of the other beauties who were there.

Niecy Nash: Everything was coming up flowers for Niecy in this Chen Burkett dress that boasted a feminine, flirty edge tied up in all of its bold blooms with the big bow at the bust.

Jada Pinkett Smith: Also having some fun with flowers, Jada donned her petals in slightly more whimsical, nymph-like form with this Valentino Resort 2016 embroidered, sheer overlay frock that also featured a flock of birds to add to the garden-esque motif.

Queen Latifah: Polka dots instead of flowers formed the pattern of this Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2017 off-shoulder, polka-dot dress. But, Queen Latifah wore it without the ruffled, cold-shoulder design, making the look far more ordinary than I would have preferred.

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Jada Pinkett Smith In Sophie Theallet – 2017 NBA Awards

Following the BET Awards, Jada Pinkett Smith continued to prove she’s not one to shy away from risky fashion choices at the 2017 NBA Awards on Monday (June 26) in New York City.

Glittering in gold once again, Jada wore a Sophie Theallet Spring 2017 gown imbued with tribal elements, with its leopard embossed skirt and feather collar.

The wispy up-do softens this look and adds a feminine touch whilst the Emm Kuo ‘Joa’ clutch keeps things cohesive.

There’s so much to love about this look, but is it ticking all your boxes?

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Jada Pinkett Smith In Alexandre Vauthier Couture – 2017 BET Awards

Jada Pinkett Smith was gorgeous in gold on Sunday (June 25) at the 2017 BET Awards in LA.

Her Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2016 Couture gown oozed plenty of sex appeal, with a thigh-high split and plunging neckline breaking up the heavily sequined look.

Mirroring the metallic dress, Jada’s Borgioni black diamond stud earrings and a Le Vian diamond ring, were equally as attention-grabbing.

I love the scarf-like detail on this look which trails behind the dress regally adding some extra glamour.

Slicked back hair, flawless makeup, a black/gold Edie Parker ‘Wolf Shard Lock’ clutch accessorized the look perfectly, but the plain Louboutins could’ve been a bit more exciting.

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Jada Pinkett Smith In Carolina Herrera – 2017 CMT Music Awards

Jada Pinkett Smith was a lady in lilac at the 2017 CMT Music Awards in Nashville on Wednesday (June 7).

Managing to appear both bold yet light, this gown is typical of Carolina Herrera’s Pre-Fall 2017 collection. Whilst I love this kind of strapless column gown and sweetheart neckline on the ‘Magic Mike XXL’ actress, I struggle with the exaggerated hip.

Whilst the sequined floral detail is beautiful, the placement brings to mind a pageantry gown. The lilac eye shadow brings this look together somewhat, as does the addition of an Anabela Chan ring.

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Jada Pinkett Smith In Zuhair Murad – The Clara Lionel Foundation 2nd Annual Diamond Ball

Jada Pinkett Smith In Zuhair Murad - The Clara Lionel Foundation 2nd Annual Diamond Ball

Jada Pinkett Smith attended the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball hosted by Rihanna and The Clara Lionel Foundation on Thursday (December 10) in Santa Monica, California.

The actress wore a Zuhair Murad Resort 2016 dress which despite like the zipper detailing had a sense of refinement when presented in the look book.

Jada’s desperation to showcase the side slit turned me off this look.

Let the dress fall naturally would be my advice to her with this look. She is trying so hard it’s off putting.

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