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 Rodriguezsheath—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 aquamarine and diamond drop earrings with her fun, sparkling Marc Jacobs gown.