The BLUE Scholarship Gala to benefit Spelman College brought out heavy-hitters and glam threads. Oh, and a strange bird costume from Star Jones.

Chairman and CEO of BET Debra Lee plays with retro shapes to flattering effect.


Shaun Robinson is softly elegant.


Cicely Tyson would apparently rather wear fur than go naked, or not wear fur.


Melanie Kusin shows off the mania for 20's beading.


Alfre Woodard does an Old Hollywood iteration.


Lynn Whitfield: pure bombshell in an old-school wrap.


Star Jones: Miss Adelaide called. She's going on in five and wants her "Bushel and a Peck" costume back.


Rosalind Brewer's dress isn't easy to walk in, but do you want to move when you're encased in a cylinder of Cookies and Cream?


Deborah Roberts' choker, in combination with her neckline, creates something of a "Green Ribbon" effect.


Tamara Mellon, in a startlingly good Oscar costume.

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