For the 2017 BET Awards, a slew of prominent names and a promising crop of emerging talent gathered at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to celebrate black excellence. While plenty of ladies took home trophies -- Beyonce, Remy Ma, and Solange to name a few -- honoring their various achievements, the female guests rocked an eclectic mix of off-the-runway and custom-made ensembles. Below, Billboard rounded up the five best-dressed women at the 16th annual award shows red carpet event.
Above: Atlantic Records signee Sevyn Streeter rocked a gold body-conscious gown by Yousef Aljasmi and complementary gold Dsquared2 high heels. Although the “My Love for You” singer--who’s set to release her debut album Girl Disrupted on July 7--kept her jewelry minimal, her stunning dress, made with intricate cutouts, complemented her shimmery makeup and soft caramel hair color.
LeToya Luckett rocked a gorgeous black and pink floral wrap dress by Project Runway season 14 finalist Candice Cuoco,complete with ruffle-and-leather-trimmed bell sleeves and a dramatic train. To complement her dress, Luckett sported a pair of gold drop earrings, a simple gold necklace, and minimalist black Casadei high heels.
Producer-actress and television personality LaLa Anthony celebrated her 38th birthday in a custom gold Thai Nguyen Atelier gown, gold pointed toe Sophia Webster heels and dangling H. Stern earrings styled by Maeve Reilly--who also counts Halsey as client. The ultra sheer, asymmetrical dress with strategic cutouts struck a balance between sexy and polished, thanks to her shimmering eye makeup and ladylike high ponytail.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Before presenting New Edition with the Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, and Tiffany Haddish--Jada Pinkett Smith wore an attention-grabbing gold Alexandre Vauthier Couture gown. The high-slit and sequin dress, which hails from the designer’s Fall-Winter 2016 collection, was paired with a simple pair of pointed toe black Christian Louboutin pumps.
Rapper Lil Mama rocked a beige Steven Khalil gown that was anything but boring. The feminine chiffon piece featured polka dot details plus delicate gold embellishments along the neckline and complemented both her soft, shimmery makeup and metallic champagne platform heels.