by Christy Lorio, Buffalo Exchange New Orleans
The New Orleans street team hit up downtown last week to bring y’all some great Essence Music Festival fashion. Going strong since 1995, this fest is the biggest African-American music and culture event in the United States. Put on by Essence Magazine, it draws noted musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, The Pointer Sisters, Trey Songz, Eve, SWV, and a slew of local acts as well. There’s also an entire roster of events taking place, including fashion shows, speaking engagements and empowerment seminars from celebrities, renowned journalists, and prominent community leaders. Even if you don’t make it to the Superdome for the music, there are unofficial parties galore.. Of course street style is best served up on the streets, but we also snuck into some hotel lobby parties and downtown boutiques to peep what everyone was wearing.