Meet The 2019 Red Carpet Mavens Of The Year

A celebration of the best and brightest creators of color within the fashion space, ESSENCE’s inaugural Best in Black Fashion Awards shines a light on top designers, stylists, photographers, models and insiders who made an impact in 2019. The star-studded roster of honorees and nominees will gather at pre-NY Fashion Week dinner on September 4th.

Following her big-screen debut in last year’s Oscar-winning If Beale Street Could Talk, Kiki Layne has continually turned out stunning looks, transitioning from classic glamour – a la her 2019 Academy Awards dress to her camp-inspired Met Gala getup. Yara Shahidi remains a unique red-carpet mainstay with just the right touch of whimsy, while Tessa Thompson had a breakout year with a string of wow-worthy outfits for her Men in Black international press tour.

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Read more about these standout creatives below and visit ESSENCE Fashion House on September 5th for exclusive runway shows where you can see their collections up close. Stay tuned to find out who takes home the prize!


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