Erykah Badu hosted the Soul Train Awards for the second year in a row Sunday night, and yet again stole the show with her impeccable and utterly unique-to-her sense of fashion. Who else could do a ring of Isis and her wings, a neon green nail and a honeycomb cuff with bees on it? Oh, but that wasn’t all. Let’s get down to it.
Here’s her full look, complete with a hood and giant top hat and, I think, a rosary; she looks like a Georgia O’Keefe heroine, some kind of protector of the Southwestern lands she harvested and you know, paints on the side. Incomparable.
Teyana Taylor continues flossing her physique and none of us can blame her; the embellishment on this gown is a full-on alligator pattern (check the tail train in front) and gives her the air of a goddess come to life. Yuna’s lacy, all-black ensemble is profoundly chic, particularly with matching black tights and contrasting belt buckle.
IMPORTANT: Baby love, plus Iman Tayla Shumpert’s iridescent tiny Vans and kimono jacket: do they make them in adult sizes?
Normally I’m opposed to the bodychain, but Draya Michele pulls it off so well with her minimalist velvet suit I think we can let it fly here. MC Lyte is elegant in a knee-length embellished dress with cut-out neckline; Tamar Braxton proves that one-leg look will never go out of style; V. Bozeman’s cute trains jumper is both thematic and a throwback to the Soul Train glory days.
Soul queens at the Soul Train: I love and relate to Angie Stone’s “Yay Rosé” shirt a lot; India.Arie’s in a similar reptilian mindframe as Teyana, with spiky lizard sleeves; Jill Scott’s sheer ruffled gown is another throwback jam, and I love the baby’s breath in her hair; Lalah Hathaway’s gorgeous in that bell-sleeved hot pink pattern, and you can’t see in the photo but it beautifully compliments the purple in her hair.
Some attendees dressed for the party it was: Candice Boyd’s bronzed lamé was very Grecian goddess, while Claudia Jordan’s fringed leather bralette was extra cute with a pencil skirt. Porscha Coleman’s blush body-con matched her fun attitude, and Zee James’s mermaid hem is both elegant and modern with her pixie cut.
Here are some statement looks: Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily is a superheroine at the party in a luscious-looking lavender tiered frock; Elise Neal’s cut-out jumper came with not one train but two, a swathe for each leg; Keke Wyatt did my favorite, easy trick to outfit completion, which is total monochrome, down to the hair hue.
Lloyd looks good in dual length coats, and also very grown, whew, while Luke James’s leather bad-boy look is working for him as well. Michael Colyar and Tank both accessorized with little accents of red, though I think Colyar pulled it off better with the tie/pocket square/shoe unity.
I love all these men’s personal style. Darius McCrary brings back the silk leopard shirt and looks like the male lead in a Jodeci video; D.R.A.M.’s velvet-hemmed jacket is nice and even nicer is that he always accessorizes with a smile; stylist E.J. King went with equestrian chic and a butt-length weave; Vine superstar Jay Versace’s graphic sweater and matching shades are as fun as he is.
It’s just one of the greatest musicians of all time Teddy Riley and his entire, perfectly coordinated family—satiny crop tops for the ladies, Adidas and leather for the guys—I love it when a crew looks like a crew.
Speaking of crews, Michael Bivins, Ronnie Devoe and Ricky Bell—aka Bell Biv Devoe—look great in coordinated suit-tux-moto jacket combos. Meanwhile Fat Joe and wife Lorena Cartagena arrived in a take on floral camo and tan; Remy Ma and husband Papoose went for wine velvet and flannel. Remy is utterly stunning—matching pumps! Yay rosé, but may marsala live on forever, too.