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Haitian-born TikTok fashionista Pierrah Hilaire, stunning in a sleek black and white ensemble from Los Angeles-based Lionne Clothing, paired it with cobalt blue vegan boots from black-owned footwear brand AM:PM London. (ESSENCE/TikTok/Tommy B)
the Style Observer (SO) is recapping the best of the fashion scene at this year’s Essence Festival. For three days, SO Travel, culture and entertainment storyteller Tenille Clarke had VIP front row seats to the explosion of fashion and hot styles in New Orleans, Louisiana for this year’s flurry of events.
The Visionary Voices dinner was an intimate experience curated in collaboration with the social media giant. tik tok and communications conglomerate Essence, celebrating the visionary Black creatives who are making a difference in the contemporary media landscape. The fabulous evening saw a gathering of cultural disruptors, tastemakers and thought leaders, co-hosted by tik tok‘s Kudzi Chikumbu, Director of the Creator Community, and Shavone Charles, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Communications at TikTok. The event sought to celebrate Black creators who are making an indelible impact on the social media landscape and amplifying diverse voices in the global entertainment industry.
Media Mavens x EssenceFest Takeover Brunch brought together 80 black women in Hollywood and beyond who work as journalists, influencers, media personalities and more, to talk about their experiences in the media and entertainment circuits. Celebrity guest appearances included Tami Roman from VH1′s soon to its premiere Caught in the Act: Cheating, and Amara La Negra from Love and Hip Hop Miami. It was certainly a powerful adventure with black girl magic on display, and the fashion accessories said it all.
The 2022 Essence Festival of Culture presented by Coca-Cola celebrated a packed weekend of activities for fans, supporters, fashionistas and friends from far and wide who flocked to the charming city of New Orleans. While Essence inspires a global audience through diverse storytelling and immersive original content rooted in culture, fairness and celebration, fashion certainly took center stage for three days. With headlining performances from Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson and New Edition, celebrities and attendees alike stepped up their style game for next-level stage and street style.
Tenille Clarke is an avid storyteller, seasoned publicist, and cultural enthusiast from Trinidad and Tobago who often writes about her love affair with travel, entertainment, and culture from a Caribbean perspective. She follows her @tenilleclarke1 digital journey on Instagram and Twitter.
Bossip Managing Editor Dani Canada wore a gorgeous patterned look by African-American designer Ace Couture. ESSENCE/TikTok/Tommy B
Tenille Clarke represented the Caribbean in grand style, as TikTok and Essence honored her at the Visionary Voices Dinner with newcomer Trinidadian designer Kitanilly. IG: @tenilleclarke1
Essence Ventures Senior Vice President of Creativity Corey T Stokes was dancing while wearing a basketball-inspired vest by Pyer Moss, tie-dye shorts by Dries Van Noten, and futuristic ankle boots by Balenciaga. ESSENCE/TikTok/Tommy B
Fashion & TikTok beauty association leader CeCe Vu wore a Fendi turtleneck under a gray and army green tweed ensemble. ESSENCE/TikTok/Tommy B
Essence Ventures Chief Revenue Officer (and proud Jamaican!) Pauline Malcolm brought her fashion A-game to Visionary Voices Dinner in a pretty midi dress with a seductive print and deep V-neckline. ESSENCE/TikTok/Tommy B
Reality star Tami Roman was a vision in a gray power suit, accented by Chanel’s Swarovski accessories. She completed her ensemble with a white camisole and strappy heels. Peter Woods // Fake Pictures for VH1
Afro-Latin star Amara La Negra, who gave birth to twin girls in March this year, kept it chic for brunch in a fitted black dress. However, it was her flashy heels that were the pièce de résistance to complement her elegant look. Peter Forest // Getty Images for VH1
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Actress and businesswoman Marsai Martin kept her look youthful and fresh onstage at EssenceFest in a corset top and mom jeans. She completed her look with hot pink heels. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence
Actress, writer, producer, and comedian Issa Rae offset her gorgeous brown-toned skin with a couple of oranges during an appearance at the EssenceFest Beauty Carnival. She kept the fit mostly jewelry-free, except for a pair of simple hoop earrings. Definitely a summer wonder! Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence
Machel Montano gave California-based designer Cesar Arellanes a nod in a red and black embroidered sleeveless jacket, pants and knit top combination for his stage performance at EssenceFest. Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence
Ashanti wowed the audience along with King of Soca Machel Montano on the first night of EssenceFest at the Superdome. Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence
Pretty in Pink: Before Ashanti wowed the audience alongside soca king Machel Montano on the first night of EssenceFest in the Superdome in a revealing Mugler catsuit, the beauty dressed in pink, with structured shoulders and a cape that the same day. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence
Lauryn Hill appeared on stage, to the delight of music fans, for a surprise performance alongside former Fugees bandmate Wyclef Jean. Her layered look included a black turtleneck under a blue and white floral dress with exaggerated sleeves. A bucket hat and white belt accentuated her look. Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence
[CARRY TOGETHER]Enjoy this double dose of beloved social star Tabitha Brown, who wore two looks from her Target collection. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence
LeToya Luckett wore a white pinstripe shift dress that showed off her toned legs at Caesars Superdome for the EssenceFest concert series. A fiery red lip and a bit of jeweled glitter took the former Destiny’s Child member’s look to another level.
This attendee at Thee Media Mavens event donned a layered asymmetrical pleated neutral gown, opting to keep her hair in a sleek waterfall braid and finished with shimmery makeup. Peter Forest/Getty Images for VH1
Trinbagonian soca star Kees Dieffenthaller of Kes The Band donned an all-white suit for his EssenceFest performance, ditching a T-shirt and instead opting for beaded accessories and desert Clarks.Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence
Grammy Award-winning singer Jazmine Sullivan “reflected her sentiments” by color matching a pink and orange parker jacket and catsuit duo, a palette that is very reminiscent of ’80s style. Metallic pink platform heels completed the look. his look. Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence
Model Lori Harvey brought the feminine Y2K vibe to New Orleans in perfectly tailored Yves Saint Laurent menswear. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence
Enjoy this double dose of beloved social star Tabitha Brown, who wore two looks from her Target collection. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence