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And we do mean literally! This was a red carpet blinding in its sparkle!

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The sparkle wave was in full force at this event — and to dazzling effect. Exhibit A? Angell Conwell.

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An Old Hollywood-glam Niecy Nash.

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Anika Noni Rose.

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Essence Atkins.

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Holly Robinson Peete.

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Roslyn M. Brock, chair of NAACP, in liquid pewter.

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A kicky, sexy turn from Regina King.

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Variations on flame hues also figured prominently: see Demetria McKinney.

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A gorgeous take on the peach trend from Julia Pace Mitchell.

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Keshia Knight Pulliam.

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Pure burgundy elegance for the ever-impeccable Viola Davis. (This is David Meister.)

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And yes, white is still making a string showing — although luckily things were rather less creepily bridal than they've been in recent months. Kerry Washington, for instance, went simple, elegant and flawless in Zac Posen.

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Sara Ramirez.

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Miss Black USA Osas Ighodaro goes a little space-age, a lot fab.

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Tatyana Ali.

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On the uber-structured front, we have Amber Riley. This Jennifer Salzman isn't my favorite, but her commitment to pure glamour is unquestionable.

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Kat Graham's frock, whatever your opinion, is one of the evening's greatest risks.

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Sofia Vergara, a true modern bombshell, shows the potential of an LBD.

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Tia Mowry, in full-on maternity fab.

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Sis Tamara in teal — which, given the runways, isn't going anywhere soon.

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Kimberly Elise channels a starry night.

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Teala Dunn is clearly a style star to watch!

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Sandra Oh contributes a rare print, and man do we love an evening print.

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And Halle Berry's Pucci? Whether it's with awe or shock, there's only one word for it: stunning.

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