Mary J. Blige is an legendary icon in the music world. She definitely invented the whole around the way girl persona. Year after year she headlines Essence Fest and brings fashion and flava.
– via Essence Magazine
People, this was a moment! Not only did we have soul sister #1 Mary J. Blige killing it with the vocals and her iconic dance moves, but she literally brought New York to New Orleans with her musical set.
The Yonkers Queen looked regal in not one, but two, custom-designed Gucci ensembles by Harlem’s King, Dapper Dan. The first was a yellow short-set emblazoned with Gucci logos and she donned hot pants and a zip-up hooded vest. She topped off the first look with a pair of red leather ankle boots (that zipped in the front), clear yellow sunnies, bamboo earrings and a perfectly coiffed Gucci bucket hat.
Look two was even more fire! Mary rocked a red catsuit with a white/red Gucci-logo cropped moto jacket, gold hoop earrings, a red fedora hat and white leather knee boots.
As she rocked the mic, the designer of the blazing fit (Dapper Dan himself), was in the audience enjoying New Orleans AND the Festival- for the first time.
In addition, before Mary took the stage, our fave multi-creative hip-hop icon Missy Elliot tore down the Superdome in a Gucci outfit too
According to Essence Fest organizers, 510,000 people turned out for this year’s four-day music and empowerment event.