January 16, 2018

2018 NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Roundup

Posted by Rachel Watkins

There were many more beauties—and bold looks—in the mix at the 2018 NAACP Image Awards on Monday (January 15) in Pasadena, California.

Logan Browning: The actress channeled her softer side in a Maria Lucia Hohan ballet-pink gown with lace accents. I like the feminine, romantic quality of the design, but also the modern edge she brought to it with metallic accents including the belt and spherical clutch.

Marsai Martin: High-low gowns are nothing new, but this Pantora Mini design was rendered in such a vibrant shade of emerald green that it made a statement with the fun and frills appropriate for the young ‘Black-ish’ starlet.

Bianca Lawson: The lace and ruffles were boho-chic, but the sizzling, red colour was all-out glamour in this Needle & Thread ‘Marie’ tiered embellished tulle gown.

Tamera Mowry-Housley: This Michael Costello one-shoulder gown was elegance personified—and a perfect example of how minimal sheer elements can be effective without going overboard. If I were to nitpick, the clutch seemed a big large.

Jazmyn Simon: My guess is that we are all just appreciating the fact that this Thai Nguyen Atelier Pre-Fall 2017 sheer embellished gown was seemingly worn with undergarments. Ileana Makri jewels completed the look.

Yvonne Orji: I was getting far more energy from Yvonne’s smile than her Patricia Bonaldi floral-embroidered, pastel gown that underplayed her vibrancy. Paul Andrew shoes and a Jeffrey Levinson clutch rounded out the look.

Tiffany Boone: With a gown as bold as this Phuong My design, it’s hard to forget. So, you’ll likely recall Julia Michaels donning it at the 2017 American Music Awards. Here, it felt a bit too contrived for the event. Noudar ruby hoop earrings and a Le Vian diamond snake ring completed the look.

Danielle Brooks: This Michael Costello tulle gown provided such a pretty princess moment for the star, but with sheer fatigue setting in, it would have been beautiful had it been lined.

Samira Wiley: I love the intense, marigold-yellow hue of this Romona Keveža Spring 2017 gown. But, something about the silhouette fell a bit flat—perhaps because the hem ventured too long. IVY New York tourmaline earrings, a Le Vian tourmaline ring, and Mattia Cielo diamond bracelet added sparkle.

Jasmine Sanders: Another star in red, Jasmine relied on the lovely draping of this Ester Abner Resort 2018 corset gown to make a sultry statement on the red carpet. Metallic Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Dionne’ sandals reflected her jewelry. I think she could have modernized the look by removing the necklace.

Susan Kelechi Watson: This Phuong My patterned look wasn’t as covered-up as you may have first thought. The obi-style, bold-shoulder tunic revealed a slit-to-there detail at the side. She styled the look with a Loriblu clutch along with Maxior diamond earrings and 18k gold rings. But, I think the length of the dress made the entire effect a bit awkward.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell: I wasn’t a huge fan of this Costarellos Resort 2018 lacy gown, as it resonated a bit bland in colour and design. But, her half-up, half-down hair further detracted from the look. Her Sophia Webster heels wouldn’t be easily glimpsed from underneath the layers of lace.

Naturi Naughton: Sheer from the side bodice, this ruffled look offered an additional note of quiet seduction to go with its streamlined, hourglass silhouette.

Credit: Getty

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19 Responses to 2018 NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Roundup

  1. Lisa Adams January 17, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    Marsai looked FABULOUS! So glamorous and that dress is absolutely appropriate. Her makeup is understated yet FLAWLESS and the dress is not showing too much skin…she was on point!

    • Mimi January 31, 2018 at 3:35 pm #


  2. Maz January 17, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    Jazmin’s hair is gorgeous. Hair goals…

  3. Darina January 17, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    Samira is so underrated. The yellow gown is simply glistening on her!

  4. Alina January 17, 2018 at 6:13 am #

    Logan, Marsai and Bianca. All three of them look gorgeous.

  5. Caroline January 17, 2018 at 1:43 am #

    Bianca is my favorite here.

  6. MissAmynae January 17, 2018 at 12:15 am #

    Danielle is wearing a teddy and a tutu. Not Good. The top doesn’t fit her bust either. The right side looks like it fits because she has her arm cocked up. With her arm down it’s droopy and her girls deserve better. Perhaps its a posture thing, but it’s just not a good look on such a gorgeous woman. Line it, hoik up the straps a bit, and it’s Princess Realness.

    Amazing that the same designer came out with this and Tamera’s look- which is classic and elegant. Costello tends to lean tacky, so I’m very impressed with her look.

  7. EmmaWoodhouse January 16, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

    Bianca and Marsai are my favorites.

  8. Meme January 16, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    Danielle’s granny panties are showing so she’s a NO! Bianca and Tamera look great. The rest are meh.

  9. kane January 16, 2018 at 9:15 pm #

    Tamera and Samira for me. Simple, not overwrought as some others cough.

  10. Pheephee January 16, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

    Bianca looks beautiful. Simple and effective.

    • Sanya January 16, 2018 at 10:29 pm #

      +1 That red color looks so good on her.

  11. Kimma January 16, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

    Logan, Bianca and Jazmyn are killing it. Better than most of the bigger names who got solo posts.

  12. Fanny January 16, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

    Logan and Bianca are my favourites.

  13. JHH January 16, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

    Bianca Lawson looks good — the rest are either meh or crazy (Tiffany Boone — still wondering what that thing is in the middle of the dress). I can’t get over 13-year old Marsai Martin in her high low dress and high heels hitting her red carpet pose like a grown woman — not my favorite look for a 13 year old but whatever, it’s Hollywood.

    • Meme January 16, 2018 at 9:31 pm #

      I didn’t know she was 13. Very inappropriate IMHO.

    • kelly January 17, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

      I feel the same way about Marsai. The heels are overkill IMO.

  14. Megs222 January 16, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

    Bianca Lawson hasn’t aged a day in 20 years. She looks amazing!!! ????

    • Maya January 16, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

      Your comment made me look up her age – she’s 38?!! Is she a vampire?

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