2017 NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Rundown

Posted on February 15, 2017

Ladies! Why were so many of you talked out of COLOR here? It makes us a little sad. There were a ton of missed opportunities to be bright, bold and fabulous.

On the other hand, in the time we’ve been covering celebrity red carpets, we don’t think we’ve seen so many A-listers in attendance at the Image Awards. That’s probably because we have more A-listers of color right now than at any other time in our blogging careers.

 

 

Issa Rae in Stella Nolasco

Two things we’re starting to really love about Miss Issa: Her commitment to bold fashion and the fact that she can switch up her look fairly effectively. She’s got the potential to be a style chameleon — and that’s a great talent to have.

Having said that, we don’t love the shape or the “nude” lining here.

 

 

Kerry Washington in Prabal Gurung

Gorgeous. And just interesting enough to save it from being boring or standard. We’d have loved more bold colors on this red carpet, but we can’t complain about this look.

 

 

Laverne Cox in Marc Bouwer

The dress is just okay. We don’t love what’s going on at her hips. What we DO love is the sophisticated head-styling. It seems once you break her of her Beyonce habit, it opens up new styling possibilities for her. We’re pretty tired of seeing white ladies hitting the red carpet with the severe “socialite hair” but it really looks chic and elegant on Laverne.

 

 

Niecy Nash in Hervé Léger

It’s an okay dress jumpsuit. The shape looks great on her, but the bust only looks so-so. And when you consider how jaw-droppingly spectacular her ladies have looked lately, we’re forced to conclude that this isn’t working as well for her.

 

 

Octavia Spencer

Cute! The sleeves make it come off a little casual and business-like, but good for her for not wearing a gown if she doesn’t want to. It’s a little too casual to our eyes, but some better styling choices (metallic sandals and some more jewelry) could’ve bumped things up for her.

 

 

Regina King

Nothing wrong with that.

 

 

Taraji P. Henson in Alexander Wang

We’re sighing. They are sighs of resignation.

This is fine (and we’re starting to sound like a broken record), but it’s more than a little on the dull side of things. On the other hand, the head styling looks pretty great.

 

 

Tracee Ellis Ross in Ulyana Sergeenko Couture

There you go. Miss Lady knew how to style this plain dress up for drama. The earrings make it.

 

 

Uzo Aduba in Cinq à Sept

FINE WHATEVER. YOUR BLACK DRESS IS FINE, UZO.

This is an evil trend, devised by stylists to make red carpet commenters go insane.

 

 

Yara Shahidi in Blumarine

Thank GOD. It’s not a black dress. WHat it is, is a really cute dress. In fact, we’re surprised by how cute this comes off to us, because the Little House on the Prairie style isn’t really our thing. Apparently when you render it in glittery blue and put it on Yara, it comes alive. We can’t think of anyone else who could make this work.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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