While award season is on a hiatus until the new year, fashionable fêtes are still happening. Case in point: On Saturday night in Santa Monica, Calif., a slew of stars stepped out for the fifth annual Wearable Art Gala, which benefits the Where Art Can Occur Theater Center, an organization founded by Tina Knowles-Lawson and Richard Lawson. It should come as no surprise, then, that the red carpet saw appearances from Knowles-Lawson’s daughter, Beyoncé, along with her former Destiny’s Child group mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams; Lori Harvey; Issa Rae; Quinta Brunson; and many more.
The grand affair carried a retro “Harlem Nights” theme, encouraging attendees to show out in their finest ensembles inspired by all the old-school glamour that Harlem was known for from the 1920s through the 1950s. As such, the Wearable Art red carpet was the scene for a host of ornate, visually decadent looks, ranging from Harvey’s custom ombré purple dress designed by Ibrahima Gueye — which featured a 3D swirled bodice that morphed around her chest and neck and a hip-high slit — to the bejeweled navy gown with a large cutout at the torso that Halle Bailey chose for the occasion. Meanwhile, Bailey’s sister, Chloe, opted for a Barbiecore-inspired ‘fit, complete with a floor-sweeping skirt, plunging neckline, and poofy sleeves.
As for Bey, the “Break My Soul” singer went with a custom, strapless Gucci mermaid gown featuring silver star embellishments on her chest. Accessory-wise, she opted for satin pink opera gloves accented by ruffles at the shoulder, Lorraine Schwartz jewels, black sunglasses, and a simple black clutch. Is it a coincidence that Beyoncé’s look happened to perfectly match with the outfits worn by her two protégés, Chloe and Halle? Perhaps. As is common knowledge, Bey is a marketing whiz, so the sartorial coordination could have been an intentional move on her part.
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