After a brief hiatus the VH1 Divas concert series was back in full effect and this time they were celebrating Soul. Some of the industry’s most soulful ladies came out to represent, and of course they pulled out all the style stops. The two ladies who brought it the hardest, though? Definitely Mary J. Blige & Jennifer Hudson, who each had at least four different wardrobe changes. That’s not to say the night’s other honorees weren’t at the top of their fashion games, though. All the ladies came correct.
Mary started the night off in Michael Kors, wearing a cream look from the designer’s Fall 2011 collection. Her jersey gown perfectly matched her fur coat, a look that was classic Mary.
She kept up the neutral theme, opening the show along with Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson wearing a long sleeved white gown that featured a figure hugging bodice.
Switching it up again for her next performance, Mary rocked black on black on black Alexander McQueen, wearing a fur trimmed leather jacket and leather pants from the British label’s Fall 2011 collection.
Keeping things fun, Mary’s fourth look was a red strapless sequined dress paired with red Yves Saint Laurent ‘Tribtoo’ platform heels.
Cream/nude apparently was the red carpet color of the night, because Jennifer Hudson also donned a neutral colored ensemble to arrive to the event. The singer/actress rocked a Francesco Scognamiglio Fall 2011 look, including a knit mini dress, and glitter thigh high boots.
Mini-dresses were a staple of Jenn’s wardrobe for the night. She wore a fringe hemmed pink number from Dolce & Gabbana, then a red sequin embellished creation from The Blonds.
The bustier style dress wasn’t the only The Blonds dress Jennifer wore during the event. She also opened the show in a floor length jewel encrusted gown from their Spring 2012 collection.
As far as style trends for the night, gold was a winning color, so much so that British singer Estelle wore two different metallic gold looks. The first was a gold jumpsuit belted at the waist. And the second was a Diane von Furstenberg gown, gold sequin, featuring a deep v-neckline.
Jill Scott also got in on the yellow/gold trend, wearing a chiffon long-sleeved gown to hit the stage.
Of course black is always ‘in,’ and it was seen heavily throughout the show. Jill again took the stage wearing a metallic blazer that featured exaggerated shoulders, pairing it with a sequin asymmetrical hemmed top, and and black tights and studded boots.
Lala Anthony, who introduced a few segments during the show, wore a houndstooth topped dress by up and coming designer LaQuan Smith, from his LQS Eclipse Collection. It was a chic take on a classic silhouette, switching up the traditional full skirted look, by changing it out for a ‘mullet’ hemline, short in the front, long in the back.
Marsha Ambrosius went for the always timeless little black dress look, adding a bit of fun to the outfit by opting for a fringed frock.
Fur coats were another hot trend for the night, having been worn by Mary J. Blige, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, and Chaka Khan. Each diva brought their own unique take on the look, with Marsha again opting for classic black, Jill going bold with cobalt blue, and Chaka being the most daring of them all in a flaming red number.