Red Carpet: Almost Everyone Looks Amazing at the Black Panther Premiere

Perhaps the most colorful and joyous red carpet of all time.

Lupita Nyong’o in custom Atelier Versace

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This is just EXTRA. The color is phenomenal, the hardware is amazing – like an amazon warriors breastplate, and her towering stalk of hair is so interesting and powerful. She’s carrying this all so well.

Janelle Monae in custom Christian Siriano

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We all know that when Janelle commits, she REALLY commits. This is epic, and while I don’t particularly like it, I respect the hell out of it. The tilted crown is such a baller move, and she knows it. In fact, all these pieces are great, I’m just not sure they belonged together.

Yara Shahidi in Etro

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You don’t see a lot of Etro on the red carpet, but I like this. It has a very Egyptian feel to it.

Angela Bassett in Naeem Khan

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I once saw Angela Bassett in a boutique on Martha’s Vineyard and she is simply flawless in person. This is AWESOME and she’s clearly enjoying the hell out of wearing it. I’m not usually a jumpsuit person, but this is so much fun and excellently accessorized.

Issa Rae in Rosie Assoulin

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I love Issa Rae and I love Rosie Assoulin, so I wanted to enjoy this pairing more than I do. The rainbow pleats are excellent and are clearly from the same line as Tessa Thompson’s Assoulin gown at the Emmy’s last year.  But I don’t love the toga-ish way the bodice and sleeves are draped. Honestly though, I mostly just wish it was Tessa’s gown all over again.

Tessa Thompson in Elie Saab

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Speaking of Tessa….this is quite the letdown. She looks like a widowed witch.

Cobie Smulders in Markarian

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This is fun! Sparkles and stripes – it checks all my boxes.

Danai Gurira in Viktor & Rolf

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There’s a perfectly fine strapless black dress peeking out of half a prom dress from 1986. This thing is having a major identity crisis.

Laura Harrier in Jacquemus

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HA. This is bad. Guess she missed the memo from 2004 that leggings aren’t pants.

Aisha Dee in Landero

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I’m not familiar with this young lady or the designer, but I love this dress – the pattern reminds me of an Alexander Calder mobile.

Storm Reid in Stella McCartney

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The sequined fringe on the top almost looked like a giant stomach tattoo, which thankfully it is not since Storm here is just 14. This isn’t actively bad, which sadly is the scale on which I generally judge Stella McCartney designs.


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