Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon: 5 Best Dressed Stars

A lot of beautiful women in Tinseltown gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday for the 6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. During this event, which celebrates African-American women in music, film and television, celebrities including Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell, Naomie Harries, Mara Brock Akil, and Gabriell Union stood out in their stunning dresses.

Check out what these lovely ladies wore, and see if you can help us choose a favorite look of the night!

1. Kelly Rowland in a Fendi Resort 2013 Frock

The 32-year-old recording artist was on-trend in her color-blocking look. The yellow/navy Fendi Resort 2013 dress was perfect for the luncheon, but we couldn’t help but be a little disappointed that she didn’t go with something a little more daring. We all know she has a bold fashion sense, but this time she kept her ensemble chic and minimal. Of course, Kelly looked stunning as usual, and we applaud her for shining in such an appropriate outfit for the event.

Kelly Rowland at the 6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood LuncheonKelly Rowland at the 6th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California

2. Naomie Harris in a Monique Lhuillier Resort 2013 Frock

Here’s another on-trend look spotted on Bond girl Naomie Harris, who received the Lincoln Shining Star Award. Her dress shows a dominant white color with a mirrored floral pattern in bright spring colors. While the dress was perfect, her footwear, a pair of boots by Stuart Weitzman, didn’t quite complement. We think a pair of dainty sandals would have matched her chic and girly vibes much better.

Naomie Harris at the 6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood LuncheonNaomie Harris at the 6th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California

3. Naomi Campbell in a Azzedine Alaia Dress (Full Story)

‘The Face’ coach slash judge Naomi Campbell looked sweet and sassy in her Azzedine Alaia dress. It appears to be in a light pink/cream shade and it features perforations at the bodice down to the pleated skirt. Perfectly completing her look were her Alaia gladiator sandals, which added a refreshing touch of edge to the ensemble.

Naomi Campbell at the 6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood LuncheonNaomi Campbell at the 6th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California

4. Gabrielle Union in a Versace Dress

40-year-old Gabrielle Union, who took home the Fierce & Fearless Award, looked lovely in a vintage-looking green Versace dress. With woven shining fabric, the gown showcases a mod-inspired geometric pattern that looked incredible on this fierce actress.  Though her black sandals were a little plain for our taste, we can’t deny that she looked stunning in her getup.

Gabrielle Union at the 6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood LuncheonGabrielle Union at the 6th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California

5. Mara Brock Akil in a Peter Pilotto Mini Dress (Full Story)

Last but not least, Mara Brock Akil, who was honored with the Visionary Award, was also looking stylish in a printed Peter Pilotto frock. The multicolored printed silk-blend dress has a seersucker-effect and gathered panels at the skirt. Are you a fan? Printed dresses are so in vogue, and we think Mara looked trendy and playful in her patterned dress paired with Jimmy Choo sandals.

Mara Brock Akil at the 6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood LuncheonMara Brock Akil at the 6th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California

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