Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards

Chic was the name of the style game, with the stars out in force for the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards on Thursday (February 23) in Beverly Hills, California.

Gabrielle Union: I always love seeing a Prada look that gets it right, and Gabrielle’s does that—in spades. Sophisticated and charming, the embellished dress was also styled impeccably with her cropped waves and ankle strap heels.

Viola Davis: If you were like me and were missing her vibrant presentation of bright hues last time out, this Christian Siriano gown is a surefire remedy. The hot fuchsia colour was absolutely glorious on her and the streamlined, halter silhouette was the perfect way to wear such a commanding shade.

Yara Shahidi: The young up-and-comer never ceases to impress, bringing her unique personality to every look. Even with this classic, ladylike Chanel ensemble, she wears it with a youthful energy that’s further emboldened by the fun of the embellished sleeves.

Janelle Monae: Injecting a pop of yellow into her signature black-and-white Barbara Bui look, the entertainer put the power in power suit here—and the matching Jimmy Choo ‘Box’ clutch was cleverly on point. Just think how much more powerful it would have been had the pants been hemmed properly.

Issa Rae: Between the sheer, the lace, and the illusion netting, this handmade Francesca Miranda dress had me saying ‘next.’ An Edie Parker clutch finished off the look.

Tracee Ellis Ross: The actress can have a rather unique approach to red-carpet looks, with varying measures of success. But this sheer Lethicia Bronstien ruffled dress, styled with an Edie Parker clutch and Beladora jewels, was definitely nowhere near her best moment. The proportions were off; it wasn’t age appropriate; and it just looked as if the frock was completely wearing her in all the wrong ways.

Samira Wiley: Opting for a shorter dress, she wore a Wai Ming pleated frock with Via Spiga sandals that was a bit too standard to be memorable.

Laverne Cox: The ‘OITNB’ star ensured a head-turning look with a Rohit and Rahul gown that brought the drama by virtue of its sheer cape.

Teyonah Parris: Her radiant smile did a lot to elevate this patterned dress with a sculpted neckline that took it into dressier territory.

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