‘Black Panther’ chic made its comeback at the ‘Wakanda Forever’ world premiere

Vibranium violet was one of the colors of the evening on the purple carpet of the "Wakanda Forever" world premiere in Hollywood.

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Have y’all picked out your outfits for “Wakanda Forever” yet?

If not, there was plenty of inspiration afoot at the world premiere of the “Black Panther” sequel on Wednesday night. A star-studded cast, crew and guests converged on the purple carpet of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, many dressed in their Afrofuturist finest. No wonder the stars of the franchise are known as the “best-dressed cast in the [Marvel Cinematic Universe]!”

Black Panther Wakanda Forever Premiere Red Carpet theGrio.com
(L to R) Kevin Feige, Nate Moore, Victoria Alonso, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dominique Thorne, Ryan Coogler, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Mabel Cadena, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Lupita Nyong’o and Louis D’Esposito attend the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” premiere on Oct. 26, 2022 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.
(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

That includes the sequel’s soundtrack star, Rihanna, who stepped out in a Rick Owens sequined strapless gown, accessorizing the look with leather opera-length gloves. A$AP Rocky matched her in oversized denim. It was an elegant return to the step-and-repeat by the new parents, who presented a unified and color-coordinated front in khaki.

Rihanna (left) and A$AP Rocky attend the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” world premiere on Oct. 26, 2022 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Of course, if there was a signature color of the evening, it was Vibranium violet, which was a unique vibe unto itself. Franchise stars Angela Bassett and Danai Gurira both stunned in metallic pleated versions of the shade, which Moschino and Robert Wun designed, respectively.

Shades of yellow and gold also proved popular choices, most notably on Michael B. Jordan, who donned the vibrant hue in a Louis Vuitton overcoat and trousers. Overwhelmingly, though, the color of the night was white, one associated with purity and peace in many African cultures, which also read as a powerful homage to T’Challa himself, the late Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, was regal in white, as were “Black Panther” Wakanda Forever” director Ryan Coogler and wife Zinzi Evans, Lupita Nyong’o (in Balmain), plus the history-making, Oscar-winning costume designer and production designer of “Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter, and Hannah Beachler. Tessa Thompson, Dominique Fishback and Nina Parker were also resplendent in white silhouettes.

Another poignant tribute to Boseman was by his onscreen little sister, Leticia Wright, whose black Alexander McQueen pantsuit with beaded shoulders instantly evoked the tuxedo that Boseman wore to the 2019 Academy Awards.

At the Oct. 26, 2022 “Black Panther” Wakanda Forever” premiere, Leticia Wright (left) wore a black Alexander McQueen pantsuit with beaded shoulders, evoking the tux that “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman (right) wore to the 2019 Academy Awards. (Photos: Getty Images)

“Black Panther” cast member Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, who played a member of the Dora Milaje, took a more direct approach in honoring Boseman. The Emmy-nominated stuntwoman wore body paint and little else on Wednesday night’s carpet, completing a colorful, African-inspired pattern with a portrait of Boseman’s face on her back.

“Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever” cast member Janeshia Adams-Ginyard pays tribute to the film and late star Chadwick Boseman at its Oct. 26, 2022 premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photos: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic and Amy Sussman/WireImage)

As was to be expected, Afrofuturism was the biggest trend of the night — and, no doubt, the season — nearing the release of the highly anticipated second “Black Panther” installment hitting movie theaters on Nov. 11. So, get your outfits ready and check out our gallery of the film’s stylish purple carpet below for inspiration.

Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Disney)

Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Winston Duke

Winston Duke attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Daniel Kaluuya

Daniel Kaluuya attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Simone Ledward-Boseman

Simone Ledward-Boseman attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Ruth E. Carter

Ruth E. Carter attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Halle Bailey and Chloe Bailey

Halle Bailey (left) and Chloe Bailey attend the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Regé-Jean Page

Regé-Jean Page attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Zinzi Evans and Ryan Coogler

Zinzi Evans and Ryan Coogler attend the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Tyler Perry, Ryan Coogler and Zinzi Evans

(L-R) Tyler Perry, Ryan Coogler and Zinzi Evans attend the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Quinta Brunson

Quinta Brunson attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Marsai Martin

Marsai Martin attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Dominique Fishback

Dominique Fishback attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Zuri Hall

Zuri Hall attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Auli'i Cravalho

Auli’i Cravalho attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Karrueche Tran

Karrueche Tran attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Xochitl Gomez and Hannah Beachler

Xochitl Gomez and Hannah Beachler attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Disney)

Danny Sapani

Danny Sapani attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Dominique Thorne

Dominique Thorne attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Frederick Joseph, left, and Nikkolas Smith

(L-R) Frederick Joseph and Nikkolas Smith attend the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Jemini Powell

Jemini Powell attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Daveed Diggs

Daveed Diggs attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

April Reign

April Reign attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Nina Parker

Nina Parker attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Maya Macatumpag

Maya Macatumpag attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Berkeley Gross (left) and Rebecca Gross

(L-R) Berkeley Gross and Rebecca Gross attend the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Caroline Wanga

Caroline Wanga attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Sope Aluko

Sope Aluko attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Grace Africa

Grace Africa attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Og

Og attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Ivy Haralson

Ivy Haralson attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Marija Abney

Marija Abney attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Isaach de Bankolé

Isaach de Bankolé attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Princess Love

Princess Love attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Jasmine Cephas Jones

Jasmine Cephas Jones attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Jo Koy

Jo Koy attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Connie Chiume

Connie Chiume attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Simu Liu

Simu Liu attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Divine Love Konadu-Sun

Divine Love Konadu-Sun attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)


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