The Council of Fashion Designers of America awards has long been heralded as the Oscars of the fashion industry. It is an event that launches the careers of newcomers into the mainstream, earning them the privilege of attracting investors, partners and a following they otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to encounter. Fashion is a tough business, especially for designers nowadays with the recent profitability of High Street brands. The CFDAs also honor the pioneers who have been influencing the way we dress for decades such as Norma Kamali, Marc Jacobs and the recently departed music, fashion and film legend, my own hero, David Bowie. The Fashion Icon award went to Beyoncé, aptly so and in true renegade fashion, she shows up in a pinstriped suit and a wide brim hat from Givenchy Haute Couture.
Here are my favorite looks from this year’s ceremony. Enjoy!
All images from Vogue.com
It’s no secret that I’m an Olsen everything fanatic and delighted that baby sis Elizabeth joined her sisters on the pink carpet. The girls now wear black as their uniform and even though it’s tricky to decipher what exactly they’re wearing, it’s still super chic and fashion forward like no other. Because they’re just so damn cool and talented like that.
Ever since Cruel Intentions, I’ve been a fan of the quirky Selma Blair. Her personal style is as unique as her movie roles and translated to her pregnancy looks even though she was ballooning during her final trimester. That to me was amazing and inspiring! I love the dress over pants look with the single sleeve cut to perfection she wore from Christian Siriano; definitely put him on the map for me. Good job, honey!
I don’t know Morgan Macgregor or the designer Baja East (yet) but this two-piece dress and the way the matching belt is nonchalantly tied around her waist is a match made in fashion heaven! I also love the absence of accessories and the punctuated red orange lip as the single pop of color. Oh and her date Michael C. Hall looks good, too.
I’m not exactly a fan of the Queen Bee but this unexpected Givenchy Haute Couture suit is as unique a statement as they come. The choice of peeptoe shoe is also on point to break the too covered-up ensemble and the hat is the cherry on top. Plus, it makes a good contrast against the fuchsia pink carpet. Bet she planned that too.
These moody models in Thom Browne are the epitome of his signature style. Perhaps I related to it since I’m petite with narrow shoulders and can only probably wear a pantsuit if cut like this. Love everything about it: the cropped sleeve, the way the white shirt extends over it, the ankle-grazing pant that’s so slimming with a thick cuff, the shoes and bags! They look similar but a bit different in styling, keeping it dynamic and not too matchy-matchy. Winner! Paging Joey Samson.
Love Rodarte, Love Kirsten Dunst and her incredibly detailed dress, hair ornament and I’m-so-bored look. It’s a modern 1920s style and silhouette and the sheer skirt offers just the right edge. The sisters stay true to their uniform albeit a more glammed up version. They also stuck to comfortable footwear which is an ultra-smart move worth noting. F*uck it flats FTW!
Of course you’ll expect Queen Anna and Princess Bee to stand out in vibrant prints from Gucci in a sea of black. Anna has been known to say she’d never wear black head to toe even though she’s like a fashion god and black is the fashion uniform. They’re just too cool for that. I love, love this mother-daughter look and can spend hours staring at the details. Anna also makes me want to seriously take up tennis lessons to achieve those arms. Hello, 60-something!