Memorial Day might have been low-key for the fashionable but they made it up for it in stylish droves this weekend with a slew of events, including the MTV Movie Awards. So who lit up the red carpet and who went down in flames? Let’s take a look!


Ciara popped up at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan in this rubberized mini-dress with a gold-spangled waist. A matching column of bracelets and classic black Louboutin stilettos round out the look. I’m mixed about this one: love the colors (the fuchsia pop of color on her lips is genius) but feel like CiCi’s way too committed to this dominatrix steez she’s got going and should switch it up every once in a while, Hmm…


Back in the U.S., probably the hottest event of the weekend was the MTV Movie Awards in LA and one of our fave Bomb celebs, Taraji P. Henson, kept the black mini-dress theme going in this artistic Roberto Cavalli number with a ruffled bustle, black peep-toe platforms, and a satin minaudière. Her chic choppy ‘do and minimal accessories save the dress from being too cutesy; Taraji’s been going for the edgy yet feminine look lately and I’m feeling it on her. Hot!


I normally find Vanessa Hudgens très adorable but this peach Max Azria slip dress fails to flatter her shape and looks more like a true nightie than a lingerie-inspired gown. I get the look she’s going for (think Michelle Pfeiffer in “Scarface”) but it just doesn’t come together, especially since her loose hair and chunky sandals seem to weigh down the look instead of enhance it. Love the wooden clutch, though.


Keke Palmer’s red carpet style continues to mature, and she sparkles in this abbreviated salmon-hued Elise Øverland sheath with a beaded Art Deco print. I want those grey shoe boots for myself but not on Keke, though–they’re too heavy for such a flirty number. It’s a halfway Hot…


Forest and Keisha Whitaker also stopped through the MTV Awards: his grey suit paired with black Air Force Ones (check out the matching grey gum sole–OK, Forest!) is a perfect foil for her body-hugging, shimmery metallic number. The silver clutch and fluorescent shoes round out the ‘fit nicely. Definitely a coupled-up Hot!


From the neck down, I’m loving Lil’ Mama’s 1950s-inspired, flirty look but the 1980s hair stops me dead at Hmm.


Before she and Jamie Foxx got into some heavy PDA on stage (someone please explain why?), Halle Berry struck a pose as she arrived at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards. Back to rocking her trademark short ‘do and wearing the heck out of a thigh-grazing, black halter Riller & Fount jersey dress, HB is in fine form–Hawt!!


Loving bombshell Rosario Dawson‘s asymmetrical, faux-wrap gold frock, which she sported at this weekend’s Global Green Millennium Awards, but think the ensemble would have been better served by strappy, open-toe evening shoes, Hmm…


Tatyana Ali‘s modern “ladies who lunch” look at the Boyle Heights charity event is just lovely (very First Lady Obama-esque) but as gorgeous as she is, her hair brings the glamour down a (big) notch, and gives her look a bit of a frumpy air. I know many of us Black and Brown folk love our long hair but I’m worried that every time I watch “Fresh Prince” reruns and then see Tatyana out and about, I feel like I’m stuck in a time warp. And not in a good way. Hmm…


I’m not normally a fan of Lisa Raye‘s style but homegirl is stuntin’ elegantly in this fabulous satin number. The colorful beading, drawstring shoulders, and filmy A-line silhouette fit her beautifully, not to mention those shoes…the shoes are in-sane! I’m about to write a Mail Bomb myself to find out where I can get ’em. Definitely hot!


Finally, ever since Claire’s post on Yodit Eklund, I’ve been craving African prints and L.A.-based DJ Rashida‘s form-fitting Boxing Kitten sheath is my favorite Hot of the bunch. The “America’s Best Dance Crew” spinner hit all the right notes at an MTV Movie Awards pre-party, giving major style with her dress, gold accessories, and black ankle-strap pumps. The ivory hair clip with feathers gives her a playful yet regal bearing that make this look a Hot from head-to-toe!

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8 thoughts on “Hot! or Hmm…: Ciara, Halle Berry, Taraji Henson, Vanessa Hudgens, and more!”

  1. LOVED this post. Especially when I saw the Boxing Kitten dress at the end. I love that line. All of the hots were very hot, and I completely agree with Lil Mama, I loved her outfit and then I saw her hair. :(

  2. Yes!! I only commented because I saw Rashida’s Boxing Kitten dress.. they are FABULOUS. That entire line of clothing is ridiculous.. I love it… I cannot wait to own my first piece. I think the creator said she tries to represent post-civil rights angst in some of her designs, hence the tension in fabrics, etc.

    Be blessed,

  3. I like Rosario Dawson’s dress although it isn’t very flattering on her. Halle looks great, I always loved her with short hair (she went overboard with Jamie Foxx the other night, though.)I wish Ciara would relax, her look is a bit much for this event. I would say Keke Palmer takes the cake…she looks great : )

  4. Everyone’s looking pretty damn fab, but I absolutely LOVE Lisa Raye’s outfit (for once, haha). A mail bomb on the entire thing from the dress to the shoes is much-needed!

  5. • Taraji looks so cute!
    • Halle is always giving off that sexy vibe so effortlessly
    • Lil Mama I like the color combo, I love turquoise
    • Ke Ke, she looks cute but is it true the chick is only 15? If so I am sorry but it’s just too mature of a look.
    • Lisa Raye is always gorgeous–she has a fab shape where everything looks good on her
    • Ciara the make up looks good but its summer, go head with the leather. I feel like she needs a new stylist–she’s gorgeous though
    • Tatiyana, I’m really feeling that skirt, especially the color, anybody know who its by?

  6. Halle’s haircut brought her back into the fabulousness she was known for. My oh my what a haircut will do for ya…

    Tatyana is a gorgeous girl however she can’t dress for crap! Having a stylist would do wonders for her.

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