Lupita Nyong’o In Givenchy – NAACP Image Awards 2014

Lupita Nyong'o In Givenchy - NAACP Image Awards 2014Lupita Nyong’o took home the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the NAACP Image Awards 2014, hosted Saturday (February 22) at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.

I always look forward to the ’12 Years a Slave’ star’s red-carpet entrances. Here, she looked to the Givenchy Pre-Fall 2014 collection for inspiration, donning a ruddy, burnt-orange gown with matching Givenchy sandals and a box clutch.

The plunging bodice with harness-like detail was a structured contrast to the multi-pleated, ankle-grazing skirt, which she supplemented with an H. Stern gold cuff and long gold statement earrings.

Working with the rich desert tones, which began with the dress, she completed the effect with metallic bronze eye shadow and a mahogany-red lip—even lacquering her nails in a similar rust shade.

I’m just not sure if I’m yet on board with her new, two-sided ’do, although I appreciate the freshness of the approach.

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Kerry Washington In Thakoon – NAACP Image Awards 2014

Kerry Washington in Thakoon - NAACP Image Awards 2014Kerry Washington’s red-carpet maternity style has been hit-or-miss, so I was eagerly anticipating what statement she’d bring to the NAACP Image Awards 2014, presented by TV One, on Saturday (February 22) at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The ‘Scandal’ actress wore a custom Thakoon royal-navy and peach, double-faced-silk gown to clothe her burgeoning baby bump.

The strapless, shawl-sleeve silhouette, coupled with the floor-scraping train, give this look its romantic, mod-fairytale appeal.

Not adding much in the way of accessories, she carried a matching blue envelope clutch by Prada and wore simple diamond studs, topping off the look with a Rapunzel-like, fishtail braid and peachy-pink lip.

If you recall, last year Kerry was dressed in a hyper-memorable Oscar de la Renta gown that stole many of our hearts. I’m not sure the same amount of favour will be laden on this high-sheen dress. But there’s no denying she’s positively glowing.

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Katie Lowes In Halston Heritage – NAACP Image Awards 2014

Katie Lowes In Halston Heritage - NAACP Image Awards 2014Katie Lowes attended the NAACP Image Awards 2014, presented by TV One, on Saturday (February 22) at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The ‘Scandal’ actress took the LBD into little-black-ballgown territory with this Halston Heritage jacquard number featuring a plunge neckline and exaggerated tulip skirt.

The subtle yet impactful texture of the dress is really what kept the look from one-note status—that and the bright sparkle of an embellished Edie Parker ‘Jean’ clutch.

The glitzy handbag was seemingly pulling double duty as her jewelry, too, as she skipped any major rocks for an effortlessly simple approach.

A perfect matte-red lip was the cherry on top.

I immediately thought of Julie Bowen’s recent similar LBD moment when I saw this look.

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Keke Palmer In Son Jung Wan – NAACP Image Awards Nominations Press Conference

Keke Palmer In Son Jung Wan - NAACP Image Awards Nominations Press Conference

Keke Palmer attended the 45th NAACP Image Awards nominations press conference held at the Langham Huntington Hotel on Thursday (January 9) in Pasadena, California.

The ‘CrazySexyCool’ actress looked gorgeous in a metallic-gold-and-cream sleeveless textured dress from Son Jung Wan’s Fall 2013 collection.

Her shimmering frock was paired with metallic triple-ankle-strap pumps to add more shine to her dazzling look, with an ivory bangle and dark polish providing the finishing touches.

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Amandla Stenberg In Rafael Cennamo – 2013 NAACP Image Awards

Amandla Stenberg In Rafael Cennamo - 2013 NAACP Image Awards

Amandla Stenberg brought her delightful smile to the red carpet at The Shrine Auditorium in California on Friday evening, for the 2013 NAACP Image Awards.

Older stars could take style tips from this pint-sized fashionista, as the ‘Hunger Games’ cutie is one of the many teens taking the red carpet by storm at the moment.

Amandla selected an ivory Rafael Cennamo Spring 2012 dress accented with floral appliqués for the occasion.

Her pretty frock was styled with a gorgeous pair of Louis Vuitton gold sequin ankle strap kitten heels, which added a touch of pizzazz to her look.

I love her high, curly bun accented with a silver hair band which complemented her Bavna jewels.

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Garcelle Beauvais In J. Mendel – 2013 NAACP Image Awards

Garcelle Beauvais In JMendel - 2013 NAACP Image Awards

There was more yet more bold colour statements to be had on the red carpet at The Shrine Auditorium in California on Friday evening for the 2013 NAACP Image Awards, this time courtesy of Garcelle Beauvais.

The ‘Flight’ actress brought her ‘A’ game to the red carpet wearing a stunning custom made bright-pink J. Mendel strapless gown inspired by a look from the Resort 2013 collection.

Her mermaid gown with tonal piping is heavenly, but I’m slightly baffled by the dark lip colour with such a brightly coloured gown.

I’m not suggesting she wear a colour to match her gown, but the lip colour feel a tad moody for the look and throws off the balance somewhat.

Lip colour aside she still took my breath-away.

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Kerry Washington In Oscar de la Renta – 2013 NAACP Image Awards

Kerry Washington In Oscar de la Renta - 2013 NAACP Image Awards

The belle of the ball at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards on Friday evening was most definitely Kerry Washington.

Not only did the ‘Scandal’ actress look breath-taking wearing an Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 gown, but she also picked up three awards including, ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture’ for ‘Django Unchained’, ‘Best Actress in a Drama Series’ for ‘Scandal’ which was also honoured with the ‘Best Drama Series’ Award.

Kerry’s off-the-shoulder pink floral guipure and aqua ornamental cloque gown featured a rise-and-fall hemline which showed off her nude Christian Louboutin pumps.

A pink Kotur clutch, brooch and earrings by the same designer plus a Neil Lane ring accessorized her look with a half-up, half-down hairstyle providing the finishing touches.

Now I have a dilemma.

Which is my favourite Kerry Washington look so far this year? The Giles gown or this Oscar de la Renta gown.

I may need to toss a coin to decide this one.

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