The most daring looks celebrities wore to the 2022 Essence Festival so far

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The most daring looks celebrities wore to the 2022 Essence Festival so far
  • Essence Festival took place this weekend at the New Orleans Convention Center and Caesers Superdome.
  • Celebrities served bold looks at the annual celebration of Black music, fashion, food, and culture.
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Ashanti served up several pink looks, from a caped dress to a bright jumpsuit with sheer paneling.

Ashanti served up several pink looks, from a caped dress to a bright jumpsuit with sheer paneling.
Ashanti attends and performs at the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture on July 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence; Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence

The singer looked stunning in two different looks at the festival. Her first was a bubblegum pink dress with strong shoulders and a cape that extended down the back. She also performed in pink, this time in a bright Mugler jumpsuit with a sheer corset detail.

Lauryn Hill looked super cool during her performance in a blue floral dress and bucket hat.

Lauryn Hill looked super cool during her performance in a blue floral dress and bucket hat.
Ambré performs during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture on July 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Erika Goldring/Getty Images

The iconic singer and rapper played with masculine and feminine styles for her performance look, pairing a black bucket hat and turtleneck underneath a floral dress with puff sleeves. Hill finished the look with a white belt and flower earrings.

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Lucky Daye looked sleek in metallic green pants and combat boots during his performance.

Lucky Daye looked sleek in metallic green pants and combat boots during his performance.
Lucky Daye performs onstage during the Essence Festival of Culture on July 2, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence

For his performance at the event, the singer-songwriter sported shiny green pants with black combat boots and a black tank top. He also wore dark sunglasses and a woven accessory around his shoulders.

Jazmine Sullivan belted it out in a bright pink jumpsuit and orange cape coat.

Jazmine Sullivan belted it out in a bright pink jumpsuit and orange cape coat.
Jazmine Sullivan performs onstage during the Essence Festival of Culture on July 2, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence

Sullivan popped in a two-tone look featuring a pink jumpsuit and a bright orange cape coat. The singer paired the ensemble with metallic platform heels in a matching shade of pink.

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Patti LaBelle stunned in a silky red power suit.

Patti LaBelle stunned in a silky red power suit.
Patti LaBelle performs onstage during the Essence Festival of Culture on July 2, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence

The legendary singer and actress went for a sculptural red blazer that extended behind her and included matching pants.

Summer Walker glistened in a silver chainmail set.

Summer Walker glistened in a silver chainmail set.
Summer Walker performs during the Essence Festival of Culture on July 2, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Erika Goldring/Getty Images

Walker, who was accused of culturally appropriating traditional Hmong jewelry at the BET Awards in June, wore a strapless mesh top and silvery skirt that showed off her midriff.

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Terrence J spoke during the festival in a groovy patterned top.

Terrence J spoke during the festival in a groovy patterned top.
Terrence J speaks onstage during the Essence Festival of Culture on July 2, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence

The entertainment reporter and TV host chose a marbled shirt in green, white, and orange for an on-stage appearance.

Ambré went for a bandana-print pattern for her performance at the event.

Ambré went for a bandana-print pattern for her performance at the event.
Ambré performs during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture on July 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Erika Goldring/Getty Images

The singer-songwriter from New Orleans wore the print head-to-toe in varying shades of red and orange, pairing it with a matching bandana. Her blue guitar strapped popped against the warm tones, giving the look an even funkier edge.

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Marquita McSwain donned an all-yellow look featuring a slinky halter top.

Marquita McSwain donned an all-yellow look featuring a slinky halter top.
Marquita McSwain attends the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture at the Louisiana Superdome on July 2, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence

Actress and model McSwain donned a metallic yellow top that draped at the bust. She wore the look with a matching miniskirt and chunky yellow boots.

LeToya Luckett wore a fun feathered minidress.

LeToya Luckett wore a fun feathered minidress.
LeToya Luckett attends during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture on July 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence

The former Destiny's Child singer dazzled in a pink dress made entirely of feathers. For accessories, Luckett stuck with silver jewelry and metallic heels.

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Machel Montano sported a black and red set with a matching bandana.

Machel Montano sported a black and red set with a matching bandana.
Machel Montano performs onstage during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture on July 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence

The Trinidadian soca singer smiled as he performed in a black and red matching set. His outfit appeared to be made from a patent leather-like material, embroidered with a red floral pattern on top.

Arian Simone paired her black-and-white dress with a pop of pink.

Arian Simone paired her black-and-white dress with a pop of pink.
Arian Simone speaks onstage during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture on July 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence

The Wall Street Journal reports that Simone is the co-founder and general partner of Fearless Fund, the first VC fund by women of color for women of color. She donned a monochrome dress, complete with black feather shoulders, with a spunky pink heel.

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Jasmin Brown looked stylish on stage in a cropped floral blazer.

Jasmin Brown looked stylish on stage in a cropped floral blazer.
Jasmin Brown speaks onstage during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture on July 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence

The comedian and radio host spoke on a panel at the festival in a multi-colored floral blazer. Photos Brown shared on her Instagram from the event show that she paired the look with a matching bra top, matching skirt, and gold platform heels.