The 2022 BET Awards was a true fashion spectacle that drew a crowd of celebrities who all walked the red carpet in their best statement looks! Although there were countless fashion moments to inspire us for a lifetime, we were particularly intrigued by one outfit Novi Brown‘s stunning black, asymmetrical, bustier gown featuring cowrie shells.


The look created by Ivorian designer Lafalaise Dion Queen of Cowrie, as she calls herself, gave off major African queen vibes that captured our attention. We also love how the actress complemented the ensemble with gravity-defying braids, cowrie shell earrings and a matching necklace.

According to Lafalaise:

I want to express so much, to tell the story of this dress, of the time and energy we put into this work……
I have so many emotions right now.
I would like to pay tribute to this incredible, talented actress, this beautiful soul…Novi Brown @iamnovibrown! Novi Brown…. Who for years has been following, supporting and proudly carrying my work. She is one of my great muses…
Thanks to Novi for trusting us to design this dress for the Bet Awards ceremony…
It was not a simple job, it was a great challenge that we were able to achieve thanks to the talent, the work of all my team and the expertise of @ibrahim_fernandez ✨
Thank you all!!! We have succeeded. Our first outfit for the red carpet of the iconic Bet Awards ceremony…..
From Africa to the world…


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 Styling: @ww.tuesdai.wi

 Gown: @lafalaisedionn

 Hair & Makeup: @marquiswardbeauty

 Braids: @creativexhands

 Photography: @phamousben