While folks were recovering from their 4th of July activities, guests spent the weekend at the 25th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans. From conferences to concerts, attendees arrived ready to serve looks and share in the culture. It's impossible to pick our favorite look from the weekend…so here's a collection instead!


Mary J. Blige looked magical while performing on Saturday. She strutted her stuff in this blinged out animal print romper paired and Fenty shades.


Teyana Taylor also performed at the festival wearing a fun twist to the traditional men’s button up and tie. She went with a short bob and statement red lip that we were here for.

Estelle went onstage in a printed dress with knee high white boots. To pull the look together she put her braids in a half up-half down top knot.

H.E.R.’s performance look consisted of a neon green camo paired with round shades and a voluminous low ponytail.


Keri Hilson, LeToya Luckett-Walker, and Eudoxie Bridges all participated in the Essence Festival #IfNotForMyGirls weekend and looked amazing all three days.


Michelle Williams who attended multiple days of the festival snapped with each appearance and we just couldn't pick.


The one-shoulder trend had a moment at the festival. Marsai Martin wore a very sophisticated one-shoulder black and white jumpsuit.

Angela Rye also got in on the one-shoulder trend with a grey ruffled dress and matching metallic heels.

Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson kept it effortlessly cool for the festival. Tina wore a one-shoulder grey top while Richard showed off a sports jacket.


Jackie Aina looked like a doll in the best way possible as she showed up to the Beauty Carnival event of Essence Fest.


Tamron Hall had fun with prints in this red and black halter dress and perfect pixie.



Keke Palmer also kept it effortlessly chic with rolled up jeans, a button up, and white booties.


Zendaya gave a nod to the 70s with her high-waisted suede striped pants and brown tube top.


Ava Duvernay participated in an Essence panel looking every bit stylish with a white dressed accented with pink details.

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