Oct 7, 2022

Actresses Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner wear ALMASIKA



by Kate Matthams-Spencer 


Queen Sugar, Ava DuVernay’s hit series for the Oprah Winfrey Network, recently closed season four. The show has been critically acclaimed for its portrayal of contemporary society and praised for costumes that showcase black culture, created by designer Ayanna James-Kimani, also behind the looks for three seasons of Issa Rae’s Insecure (HBO) who has worked on costumes for Beyoncé and Saturday Night Live.

Set in the Deep South, the drama series follows the Bordelon family, who move from LA to rural Louisiana to run the family sugarcane farm. With an all-female directorial team, the show has been lauded for its progressive approach to both storytelling and production.


Ayanna featured Almasika pieces in costumes in the show that have garnered a cult following of their own. As the season kicked off, she told the Hollywood Reporter that she was aiming to “elevate” the looks of sisters Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner)  and Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley) who lead the Queen Sugar cast. 

Ayanna Kimani chose Almasika’s Berceau diamond and 18k gold creole hoop to take Charley from day to night as a working mother and successful sports executive managing her NBA star husband, while her activist author sister Nova wore both Le Cauri Endiamanté and the Berceau cuff, in a more eclectic looks rooted in the city of New Orleans.

With a fifth season coming up, viewers are looking forward to more contemporary storytelling and more cult looks for the Bordelon leading ladies.