HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 27: Actress Halle Berry arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
Like the best elevator pitch or business plan, in terms of giving good face, the more simple and edited, the better. These ladies exemplify the beauty of simplicity at its best. As seen on Rosario Dawson, Halle Berry, and Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, a fresh face with a nude or pink lip, a sweep of eye liner and a quick coat of mascara can be all you need to complete the perfect evening look.
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Jennifer Hudson, actress Zoe Saldana and TV personality Shaun Robinson brought the red carpet to life with their hot hues. Hudson’s tangerine-colored Atelier Versace dress adds just as much pow factor as the tremendous vocal range that won her an Oscar in 2007 for her role in Dreamgirls. Saldana’s flirty Prabal Gurung frock and Robinson’s royal blue gown show these ladies’ flair for fanfare as two of entertainment industry’s hottest talent.
As celebrities made their appearances during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, many stepped out with bold power moves in terms of style. From Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry to Russell Simmons and 50 Cent, these African American stars combined grandeur, bling and classics to seal the deal with red carpet swag. Take a style cue from these industry heavy-hitters for your next evening or cocktail hour event to take your look to the next level. Oprah Winfrey‘s crystal-infused Zac Posen dress was the perfect combo of confident allure and fierce wowness– as is the media powerhouse in her role as queen of her multi-million dollar media empire managing Aha moments and balancing billion-dollar bank rolls.
Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson accented her gown with stacks of jeweled bangles and diamond drop earrings, adding luxe detail to her slimmed-down silhouette.
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry‘s elegant yet edgy choice –a Marchesa gown which starts with nude tones and crystals and ends with a contrast of dramatic tulle–is reminiscent of her diverse range of roles, branding her as one of the most versatile and successful black actresses in the industry.
For each, the “look-at-how-I-dare-to-shine” sentiment is clear. These ladies are comfortable and confident with being the center of attention.
Black and navy are timeless colors that few can get wrong, giving the perfect expression of strength and assurance. Thesehandsome gentlemen, philanthropic music mogul Russell Simmons, British-imported actor and deejay Edris Ilba, and hip-hop entrepreneur 50 Cent make walking the red carpet look bold and easy in these sleek and simple looks that scream power and respect from head to toe.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 27: Actress Rosario Dawson arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 27: TV personality Robin Roberts arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)