Photographer: Vante Doncamss

Stylist: Monica Rose assisted by Karolina Frechowicz, Ithalia
Katie Peare, Shelby Barbour
Outfit: Annakiki
Makeup Artist: Meghan Yarde
Facialist: Vanessa Marc Spa
Hairstylist: Dhairius Thomas
Tan Artist: Mishel Kay
Bag: Givenchy
Shoes: Saint Laurent
Jewelry: Mara Paris | Effy

Every once in a while I choose to write about a black ensemble, but only if it has an interesting aspect to it and today is that day.

I looked back at what stars wore to last year’s CFDA Fashion Awards and I was intrigued by Cassie Ventura‘s outfit for the night.

All photos are courtesy of Annakiki

Cassie opted for a black Annakiki structured blazer with little silver embellishments, paired with black palazzo pants from the Spring-Summer 2023 collection.

The stunner accessorized her look with Mara Paris Eucalyptus sterling silver earrings, an Effy Classique 14k white gold diamond Waves ring on her left index finger, an Effy Classique 14k white gold diamond ring on her left ring finger, another Effy diamond ring on her right ring finger, a black Givenchy Kenny Mini silk shoulder bag with G cube chain strap and removable 4G padlock on the front and black pointy Saint Laurent shoes.

The model’s makeup was in itself a work of art by Meghan Yarde. She painted a black negative graphic eyeliner on Cassie‘s face, enriching it with small black rhinestones applied on the inner corners of the eyes and a bit below her lower lash line for the most avant-garde effect.

It did not come as a surprise that the intricate updo sported by the famed Black musician reprised the curves of her blazer and those of her eyeliner, keeping everything grounded and cohesive. The look was courtesy of Dhairius Thomas.

Her nails were short and painted with a bright red nail lacquer–we weren’t able to identify a possible manicurist for the occasion, in case we do, we will update this space.

Annakiki is a brand with an edgier feel and it was well balanced out by the mysterious allure of the YSL pumps and the more fashion forward approach of Mara Paris jewels.

I loved the juxtaposition of the colors and the materials which is pretty much part of stylist Monica Rose visual dialogue. Simple but effective lines, statement pieces and carefully selected labels that make heads turn.


The CFDA is the Council of Fashion Designers of America. It was founded in 1962 by publicist Eleanor Lambert and is a not-for-profit trade association of over 450 American fashion and accessory designers.

The organization promotes American designers in the global economy. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization develops future American design talent through scholarships and resources in high schools, colleges, and post-graduate schools.

The CFDA also provides funding and business opportunities for working designers. Through the CFDA Foundation, the organization supports charitable causes.


The 2022 awards were in partnership with Amazon Fashion and took place at Cipriani South Street at Casa Cipriani in Manhattan.

@dhairiusnyc #grwm Glam on #Cassie for the #cfda Awards #HAIRbydHAIRius we for sure had the best hair of the night! #celebrityhairstylist #snatchedpony ♬ Long Way 2 Go – Cassie
@boothbybryant @Tinashe ³³³ & Cassie Ventura in BoothByBryant at the @cfda ♬ original sound – boothbybryant
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