Celebrity guests at the NAACP Image Awards Monday night in Los Angeles turned the glamour up to 11 as they celebrated the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts.
Sequined dresses were big—see Issa Rae in sparkling green Marc Jacobs and Tracee Ellis Ross in that stunning gold Narciso Rodriguez sheath—as were diaphanous dresses, including Halle Berry’s nearly nude Reem Acra gown and Yara Shahidi’s preppy-goth confection from Vera Wang.
Jewelry on the red carpet felt modern and wholly unfussy. Bold yellow gold was everywhere, most often seen in statement earrings; Entertainer of the Year winner Ava DuVernay’s H.Stern gold-and-gemstone danglers were among the prettiest, and Yara Shahidi’s linear ear climber (below) from AUrate felt appropriately cool and young.
But white metals also made an impact. Laverne Cox looked stunning in H.Stern white gold, diamond-studded earrings. And Kerry Washington won the night for me (speaking strictly about jewelry) with her sculptural pearl and white gold earrings and swirling, art nouveau–inspired pearl-and-diamond bracelet (which hooked over a thumb), both plucked from fashion designer Prabal Gurung’s new collection for pearl jewelry brand Tasaki.
Here are my top-five jewelry looks from the evening.
Issa Rae donned Tiffany & Co. aquamarine and diamond drop earrings with her fun, sparkling Marc Jacobs gown.
Kerry Washington posted the above photo of her hand wrapped in a Tasaki by Prabal Gurung bracelet on Instagram, with the caption: “Huge congratulations to my friend @prabalgurung on his glorious new designs for @tasaki_intl 🙏🏾 Truth be told, this bold piece was the inspiration behind my whole #ImageAwards look last night.”
Laverne Cox wore an Abyss By Abby body-con gown with dazzling H.Stern earrings.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series award winner Tracee Ellis Ross was resplendent in a gold, sequined Narciso Rodriguez dress styled with chunky Tiffany & Co. gold rings.
Actress Yara Shahidi styled her dress with a simple AUrate gold ear climber and gold hair accessories.
(Top image: Kerry Washington in Tasaki by Prabal Gurung earrings, via: @kerrywashington)