Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon Red Carpet Rundown

Posted on February 20, 2015

Darlings, post NYFW and pre-Oscars, we’re punchy as hell right now, and every single opening joke we come up with, from “Hit it, Black Women!” to “White opinions coming through!” to a Cookie Lyon-esque “Hey, Sister girls!”  sound like we probably shouldn’t make it (which is why we just made all of them). We figure things can only go up from here, so let’s get to it.



Uzo Aduba in L.K. Bennett

Serving up Michelle Obama realness – and pulling it off. Not quite the shade of red we’d have chosen for the shoe, though.



David Oyelowo

We’ve decided to cut him perpetual slack regarding his fit issues because we’re pretty sure he’d have to go bespoke 100% of the time in order to resolve them. Instead, he consistently picks really interesting suits.



Danielle Brooks

 This is cute. The shoes are so busy they almost look like a special effect, so we appreciate the simplicity of the dress. Mind you, we don’t actually like the shoes, but everything around them was styled well enough to make them mostly work.




Common, we regret to inform you that the silver of your suit is clashing with the gray of your shirt and the fact that you are tieless only compounds the problem.

We’re just joking, Common. We didn’t regret that at all.



Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Carolina Herrera


See? You can’t not say it when you see her. She’s like the embodiment of the word. And boy, is Carolina Herrera in her wheelhouse. They should hire her.



Laverne Cox in Theory (top) and Whistles (skirt)

 That’s really cute in a very low-key “luncheon” kind of way. Our only quibble is with the hosiery situation. We don’t know what’s going on down there but it sure doesn’t photograph well.



John Legend

Boring but perfect.



Teyonah Parris in Kimberly Goldson

Fucking LIVING for that hair. She needs to be onstage singing at the 1974 Grammys.



Samira Wiley in Azede Jean-Pierre

Cute top, but that’s way too much belly for a luncheon. And the pants, we can’ts.




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