On the other hand, the red carpet looks proved to be stale. There were some folks you could say looked "nice", but overall the celebrities are just not getting the flow correctly for an award show event.
Below, is a rundown of the looks from the evening. What went right, what went wrong, and what just didn't work...
Jayknowles said she looked like she was attending a funeral. I would say there or working at an office. Although these pieces are directly off the runway, and super expensive, I don't believe this is a look that effectively translates to award show. We can't get the full experience of her face because the shades are blocking. This look is proven to be inappropriate because she looks like she is present at an office meeting, rather than an award show.
FS Suggestion: Stick to what you know works. A body accentuating, stylish dress would of worked here, without the shades.
The Real House Wives of Atl: Appolo & Phaedra
Although they are both dressed up appropriately and look nice, her dress and his tie are two separate entities that don't compliment each other.
FS Suggestion: Next time Apollo should opt for a tie that coordinates with Phaedra's dress. She could change to a silver/grey metallic clutch to pick up the grey in his suit , thus making them a perfectly balanced couple attending the same award show.
Does Common look good in this pic? Yes, of course he is a sexy brotha, but again he doesn't look like he is attending an award show, but rather like he didn't have time and just threw something on. It doesn't look like simple sheik. It looks more like he is going to the store to pick up some groceries.
FS Suggestions: Wear your performance outfit, which was a suit, on the red carpet so it looks like you care about an event that our people have assembled to honor one another.
Very basic but well executed. You don't always have to be innovative and make some crazy fashion statement. He looks like a well dressed man attending a dressy occasion. Like the fit and finish of fabric.
FS Suggestion: This look works. If he wanted to put a little more flair he could of opted for a black texture bow tie.
This look is dull. The color is bland and the shoes nor do the earrings help to pop this look, and the silhouette is awkward. The braid is an absolute fail because it conflicts with the oversize earring.
FS Suggestion: If dress must be kept, apply red lip, and couple with an up do to balance entire look.
This is sexy and he looks good. This is not perfect, but it is pretty damn close. Can't we all appreciate a well dressed Black man. Amen!
FS Suggestion: A slight adjustment with belt and shoes to black would make a perfectly balanced look, although this does work.
This I would say I like. The two different pattern texture of blazer and shirt work and the color pops. This is a subtle way to create dimensions and present style.
FS Suggestion: Dispose of hat to be assure not to be compared to Sammie Davis Jr.
I think this dress works for her. It is cinched in all the right places, and has great lace detailing to create a classy, stylish LBD (little black dress).
FS Suggestion: To complete, commit to an all black look and include a solid black pump. Discard hoop earrings and replace with a shimmering drop earring and bracelet.
This is decent. Hair and make-up are great. Now if Erica on right is pregnant than the dress is perfect. If not I apologize, but spanks are required.
FS Suggestion: Remove skinny silver belt and replace with black belt so that the matching of the top and shoes are the focal point of look. A dramatic silver earring would of complimented maxi dress, shoe, and bracelet.
Stylish attempt but not quite. I like the fact that he takes risk, and is creating a retro feel look.
FS Suggestions: A regular length jacket would of created a balance silhouette without the necklace.
These looks all work. Since they are a group the stylist paired one like piece, their pants, and matched it with an individual coordinating top for each member of the group. They look like a successful music group. Cute!
FS Suggestion: Keep up the good work.
Robin Thicke is sexy, so he looks good. He is confident with himself and talent so he can get away with wearing whatever her wants.
FS Suggestion: The inside shirt should be a quality white graphic T-shirt with black and blue design, to bring this whole look to the next level.
Basketball Wives: Shaunie O'Neal
She looks good and the dress has a good fit. Unfortunately this look is safe, and boring. There is not much styling that took place. The dress wore her, rather than her creating a look for the dress.
FS Suggestion: Give us some complimentary pop color jewelry.
She looks pretty. Dress and shoes work well together.
FS Suggestion: Remove fringes from dress. The extra detailing is distracting from beautiful black lace detail against the satin pink fabric.
Basket Ball Wives: Tami Roman
Dress is cute and fits well. The look can accommodate many different events. It's not too dramatic and doesn't specifically say, I'm going out for something other than dinner.
FS Suggestion: Immediately disregard that necklace because it doesn't fit the genre of dress, over powers her neckline and doesn't lay correctly on her chest. Definitely use different jewelry such as bold chunky pieces.
So there it is; this year's 2011 Soul Train Music Award looks. No one's look tickled our fancy and I'm sure didn't inspire you to copy "that look" for your next dressy event. We just gotta do better. Hey celebs reach out to FierceSubtlety.com so we can show you how to get it done, and RIGHT. That way your looks will live on well after the show lights go down.