At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

Last night in Beverly Hills, Essence hosted a red-carpet event honoring Black Women in Hollywood. Katie Holmes (not black) came! Star Jones (not Hollywood) was also on hand! Katie, of course, looked gorgeous, as did so many of the other women in attendance, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Tatyana Ali (who embraced the best of California casual), Gabrielle Union (who made basic black glam), and Paula Patton, who was over-the-top in polka dots. Less successful looks were worn by Rashida Jones, Garcelle Beauvais, Layla Ali, Nia Long, Vivica A. Fox, and Kerry Washington. The full Good, Bad, and Ugly, after the jump.





The Good:

At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

Despite the hand of Tom Cruise yanking her down the red carpet, Katie Holmes looks gorgeous.

At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

The hair needs a little help, but I love Tatyana Ali's slouchy and bright laid-back look.

At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

Gabrielle Union shines in black.

At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

Jada Pinkett Smith's dress makes up for her zombie face.

At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

Paula Patton's a pin-up girl!


The Bad:

At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

There's just too much going on with Rashida Jones's dress: The one shoulder, the ruffles — pick a detail and run with it.

At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

Layla Ali's dress is so bottom two on Project Runway material.

At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

Too much bad color matched with too much sine makes for a miss for Garcelle Beauvais.

At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

Nia Long: No, no, no.

At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

Vivica A. Fox's offense? Having failed to update her look past 1996.


The Ugly:

At Essence's Hollywood Event, Glamour Girls Abounded

I'm saddened to see that Kerry Washington strapped a tutu to her bust and then covered her body with sequins.

[All images via Getty.]