Last night at the Four Seasons Hotel, generations of proud St. Louisans danced the night away at the premier event of the season, Nelly’s 8th Annual Black and White Ball. Celebs, business leaders, media personalities, fans, family and friends came out dressed to impress as the cameras flashed and the cocktails flowed in support of the Nelly Black and White Ball scholarship program at Lindenwood University.
Nelly’s see-and-be-seen gala has been a staple on the St. Louis social calendar for eight years.
The evening began with a VIP reception, where guests dined as Nelly announced the winners of his official scholarship program, offering two local students full-ride tuition to Lindenwood University. After dinner, the second round of festivities began with a high energy set by R & B queens, En Vogue, who dazzled the crowd with not only their biggest hits, but female power ballads and classics by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, to name a few.
Ending the night with a bang, Nelly performed with the St. Lunatics, turning the already amped crowd into a frenzy, securing the event as one of the most notable of the year.
Photos by Amber Joivon.
ALIVE on the Scene
As part of the always memorable event programming, Nelly recognizes the 2013 Black and White Ball scholarship winners.
En Vogue’s performance was a major highlight of the evening.
A-listers including former Cardinal Jim Edmonds walked the red carpet, dressed to impress.
Murphy Lee may be one of our favorite music artists, but it was his fiancé who stole the show in this custom-made white gown by local designer Michael Shead.
New local music act JGE Retro closed the night with a surprise performance following the St. Lunatics.
Joel Kern, of the band It!, rocked the all-black look, while his wife and local fashion blogger Holly added a pop of red.
Radio personality Tammie Holland with Vincent Flewellen featured chic looks and contagious smiles.
Local TV personality Jeff Small (center) struck a pose with Jeff Beatty and fashion blogger Sarah Stallmann before hitting the dance floor.
Nelly’s daughter Chanel dancing with a member of JGE Retro.
Fashion blogger and TV Host Christa DeShields kept it classy in a white blazer with metal accessories.
Post-Dispatch Fashion Editor Debra Bass looked fab in her white and black asymmetrical number featuring a pop of pink.
The men were sporting creative pops of white, from piping and pocket squares to ties and shoes. Pictured here are Dont’e Speed and Robert McPike.
Kevin C. Johnson of The Post-Dispatch sporting his signature bow tie.
When talking fashion, St. Louis came dressed to impress. From classy and chic to avant garde, several ensembles made our cut as the evening’s Best Dressed.
Akassi Kakree and Graylan Johnson Jr.
Jeremy and Jonica (last name omitted)
Christina (last name omitted)
The trend of the night, the pant suit, was in full effect–each one featuring fabulous details, accessories and cut-outs.
Carla Comer and Nicole Woodie