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Retro-inspired Suits Are Trending at NAACP Image Awards With Keke Palmer, Usher and John Boyega

The Boss is back in town.

Keke Palmer, who has dubbed herself “The Boss” on social media after her “Big Boss” album, opted for retro-inspired tailoring on Saturday in Los Angeles at the 55th NAACP Image Awards. The singer and actress appeared on the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall embracing a look that nodded to Sammy Davis Jr.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 16: Keke Palmer attends the 55th Annual NAACP Awards at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on March 16, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Keke Palmer at the 55th Annual NAACP Awards.

Palmer chose to slick her hair back into a tight bun. The style complemented her menswear-inspired look. She wore an oversize white dinner coat by Tom Ford with a white dress shirt and a black bowtie. She also wore wide-leg black trousers. The look was styled by Seth Chernoff.

“It’s a little ode to entertainers, the vaudevillians, the Sammy Davis Jr.’s, Julie Andrews, a little ‘Victor/Victoria,'” Palmer told Terrence J before the event.

Lil Rel Howery and Keke Palmer at the 55th NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 16, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
Lil Rel Howery and Keke Palmer at the 55th NAACP Image Awards.

But she wasn’t the only one to channel retro inspiration. Usher seemed to find inspiration from the 1970s. His black silk suit fit close around the body, with a shirt unbuttoned to the chest. The pants featured a flare at the bottom.

Usher at the 55th NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 16, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
Usher at the 55th NAACP Image Awards.

John Boyega also was looking backwards. He wore a double breasted pinstripe oversized suit with a matching trench coat.

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Halle Bailey at the 55th NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 16, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
Halle Bailey at the 55th NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 16, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
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John Boyega at the 55th NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 16, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
John Boyega at the 55th NAACP Image Awards.

The 2024 NAACP Image Awards honor the accomplishments of Black creatives in film, television and music. Queen Latifah hosted the ceremony and winners were announced prior to the show’s air date. This year’s honorees include Usher, H.E.R., Megan Thee Stallion, June Ambrose and Ciara.

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