The star-studded event aired on Martin Luther King Day in honor of the man himself and celebrated this year’s accomplishments of African American actors, athletes, and activists.
The ceremony is “recognized as the nation’s preeminent multicultural awards show from an African American point of view,” according to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s website.
Before the host, Anthony Anderson of Black-ish, commenced the night at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, stars strutted the carpet decorated in designer gowns and delicate accessories.
Take a look at the event’s most awe-inspiring ensembles
Logan Browning arrived in a blush dress adorned with lace detailing on the sleeves, neckline and drop waist. Her flowy gown managed to accentuate her curves with the addition of a deep silver belt.
Her smokey eyes and nude-colored lip completed the look by tying her makeup, dangly earrings, bold ring and spherical bag altogether.
The young actress’ mid-length sheer gown was sprinkled with white dots and embroidered with zig-zag detailing at the hemline. It also revealed a short, little black dress underneath.
The ensemble stood on its own with no accessories necessary.
Martin-Green walked the carpet wearing a dress that resembled a burlap texture. This Christian Dior ensemble, according to RCFA, was a prominent 2018 resort wear piece on the runway.
The deep plunging neckline made way for a chunky necklace. The Star Trek: Discovery actress further accessorized with a Roger Viver clutch and statement heels.
The pattern of horses painted on the bottom half of the tea-length dress emitted western vibes, while her diamond-studded shoes were of contrasting style.
The celebrity stylist and NAACP Social Media correspondent worked a floor-length Michael Costello gown decked in black and gold beads.
A striking gold belt sat on her upper waist, allowing the dress to show off a curvy figure. The black cape Ambrose whisked around throughout the night made her a sight-to-see.
The Orange is the New Black actress also wore a mystical Michael Costello gown. The off-white outfit was trimmed with subtle violet flowers and traces of tool. The light tool train showed off a body suit that sat underneath.
Brooks wore her hair in milkmaid braids sprinkled with jewels throughout. She kept her makeup appropriately minimal with a nude lip and gold shadowed eyes.
Shahidi wore a tiered, floor-length Vera Wang gown from the designer’s spring 2018 collection. The collared neck and bustier stood out against the dress’ tool panel. She made the runway look her own by wearing the thin ruffled sleeves off the shoulder.
The Grown-ish star kept her makeup simply natural and adorned her high ponied hair with a rose gold clip.
A swarm of many other beautiful gowns and public figures made their way across the carpet. There are several more award shows in store this year, and the fashion of the NAACP Image Awards gives hope that the rest will be just as chic.
Also published on Medium.