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Favorite Looks From Essence’s 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

L to R: Mel B, Gabrielle Union | Photo by Brian Killian – Getty Images, courtesy of Essence

The 2nd Annual Essence Street Style Block Party took place on Sunday, August 13th in honor of New York Fashion Week and it was absolutely spectacular! Thousands of fashionistas gathered at The Dumbo Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn for the event, sponsored by Chevrolet, Home Depot, and Shea Moisture and is practically the largest and most fashionable block party that Brooklyn has ever seen.

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

DJs Tiff McFierce (L) and Olivia Dope pose during the 2015 Essence Street Style Block Party. | Photo by Brian Killian – Getty Images for Essence

Keeping true to the vibes of a block party, there was something for everyone to do no matter the age. The crowd was filled with people who were natives to the borough, and even those that had traveled from afar to take part in the festivities. One of the key components to a great block party is the tunes, but there was no issue as we had DJ Tiff McFierce and DJ Olivia Dope on the 1’s and 2’s. They led the party with old school dances as they took party go’ers down memory lane musically. If you ever have an event, consider these two as you won’t be disappointed. Two female disk jockeys killing the game right now and also making it very possible for women to aspire and dream to be a DJ.

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Host Dana Blair onstage during the 2015 Essence Street Style Block Party. | Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images for Essence

The beautiful Dana Blair was the host for the afternoon and featured a special mix of music, fashion, art and culture while act like vocal powerhouse, Andra Day stunned with a live musical performance. Gabrielle Union-Wade was the honoree of the “Closet Crush” award, a prestigious award —honoring one’s exquisite closet gems. If her acceptance outfit was only a sliver of what she owns, we think the award is well deserved and we are dying to see the rest of her closet. She left the crowd with some awesome advice as well, saying that the best advice is to not take any advice.

Don’t think for one second the Essence is going to have a block party with the theme being street style without incorporating the audience somehow. Lucky guests got the opportunity to rip the runway in a fashion show, co-hosted by your favorite Spice Girl, Mel B.

Aside from the festivities of the block party, what made the entire event complete was the street style. Check out some of our favorites from the 2nd Annul Essence Street Style Block Party below:

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

All street style photos by D. Will for OurBKSocial.

Debra Hare-Bey of Hype Hair Magazine, IG: _omhhredroom

Outfit – Shirt: H&M; Boots: Anthropology; Glasses:Meow & Barks Boutique

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Destiny Owusu, IG: ohwawa

Outfit – Dress: Cookies Armoire; Shoes: Steve Madden
Inspiration – Simple; she wanted to support an African designer. Owusu also recently walked in her first NYFW!

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Kerry Fiona. IG: kerry_fiona

Outfit – Clothing: Forever 21; Accessories: Aldo

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Marlene, and her son Maximus IG: mdotstyles

Outfit – Marlene’s Dress: Gaultier for Taget; Vest: Vintage; Glasses: Cleo Nicci; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell; Hat: Urban Outfitters

Outfit – Maximus’ Top: Ralph Lauren; Jeans: Mimi for Target; Shoes: Stevies
Inspiration – Personal style, mix and matching, and a little 70’s vibe.

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Giovanna, IG: _msgeezy

Outfit – Shirt: Club Monaco; Jeans: Levi’s; Glasses: Dior; Slippers: Adidas
Inspiration – Casual chic!

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Nik, IG: nikfourpeace

Outfit – Top: Forever 21; Skirt: Jean Paul Gaultier for Target; Shoes: Aldo; Bag: Alexander Wang.
Inspiration –  “Black Girl Magic”

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Ace, IG: delightfulace

Outfit – Everything is thrifted. Top: $1.99, Bottom: $2.99!
Inspiration – Getting back to roots and culture.

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Alrene, IG: empressak

Entire Outfit– Zara; Headwrap: Etsy; Jewelry, handmade
Inspiration – Nubia, Effortless Regality.

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Trae Harris, IG: gypsybruja

Outfit – Head Wrap: The Wrap Life; Jewelry: L’enchanteur; Top: Vintage Mobile; Jeans: Vintage Guess; Shoes: Opening Ceremony.
Inspiration – Picture traveling to the 60’s, hipster mod conscious!

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Jessica, IG: thee_shopaholic

Outfit – Romper: Roxx By HotPoint; Necklace: Tassel from the fabric store; Shoes: Aldo
Inspiration – Simply not having anything to wear!

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Tenesha, No Instagram

Outfit – Romper: Jach’s Girlfriend; Jacket: Levi’s; Sneakers: Adidas; Hat: H&M; Bag: Michael Kors
Inspiration – Relaxed chic!

Favorite Looks From Essence's 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party

Briana, IG: brianaroberson_

Outfit – Top: Forever 21; Pants: Thrifted; Sneakers: Huaraches; Bag: TJ Maxx
Inspiration – Street chic, tomboy.

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