Tracee Dundas Fashion Editor @fashionablyyoursnola
It was the summer fashion soirée of the season, as the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy and the City of New Orleans rollout the pink carpet to welcome Essence Fest back to NOLA to celebrate music, Black cultural and fashion in person after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.
The theme for the welcome reception was “Essence Chic in Shades of Pink” and with that said the preferred dress code for the soirée was pink attire. Pink is often described as the subdued cousin to the bold and vibrant color red. And although often classified as the sweet and feminine color, it is the perfect shade for New Orleans warm and humid weather; and pairs well with other summer palettes such as white, orange, and green.
Even if pink is not your go-to color, there are so many shades and styles to choose from that there is a shade suitable to match anyone’s distinctive style. Whether it is bubblegum, pastel or bright and bold, the options are many. This was evident with the variety of fabulous fashions present as New Orleans Fashion Aficionados welcomed Essence back to New Orleans in full-force being absent from the city for two-years. No one disappointed, including the Honorable Mayor LaToya Cantrell, who wore a one shoulder pink sequins jumpsuit. From oversize pants suits (worn by yours truly) to lace, tie-dye, and dapper dudes; Gallier Hall was beaming in attention getting styles that was a play on volume, proportion, and sultry appeal all that screamed summer chic.
FASHION EDITOR – Tracee Dundas | @fashionablyyoursnola Photographer: John Merrit | @johnmerritphotos Location: City of New Orleans – Gallier Hall