Check out my best dressed list for the CFDA Awards‘ red carpet. Also, at the conclusion of my piece, the full list of winners from the night’s festivities!
Ahhhhh, Whitney looks AMAZING!! I’m loving the black & white looks at the CFDA’s, but especially this Dennis Basso knee-length creation. But as we all know, the look never stops at just the dress, here is the breakdown for the remainder of her look — black closed heels by Nicholas Kirkwood; jewelry by Eddie Borgo and Ilana Ariel; clutch by Rafe New York; Katie Jane Hughes of Butter London for makeup (Butter London’s orange “Lady Bird”) and nails (“Yummy Mummy”); Neil Gogoi for hair (super sleek straight look w/ the aide of EVO’s “Root Canal” spray in for volume and worked through the line’s “Easy Tiger” smoothing balm before drying); and stylist Lara Backmender. I’m a huge fan of the Butter London Yummy Mummy nail color as well, so nice to see I amongst some fashion elite when using!
Here are some of my beauty/nail looks in the Butter London “Yummy Mummy” color, also pictured a golden snake ring from nOir Jewelry, an Ashlyn’d clutch, an American Eagle silver bow ring, and a mint green Francesca’s clutch.
I don’t see Busy enough on the red carpet to have ever included her on one of my best dressed lists, so when I see her looking so divine, I MUST include her! This red halter-necked Honor gown, in flaming red, is very Victorian-esque, but you know, with the CFDA red carpet, there can be a little dramatic flare. I mean hey, Rihanna, was wearing a blinged do-rag, so for me, this is at least fashionable flare! The statement making necklace chosen to complete Busy’s looks is from Irene Neuwirth.
ASHLEY & MARY-KATE OLSEN
I was so shocked I enjoyed the twins’ looks as much as I did. Don’t get me wrong — I love these ladies and am happy for all of their fashion success with The Row & Elizabeth and James. But sometimes I don’t completely get their red carpet looks. However here, I’m seeing totally chic, well put together looks by both ladies! Ashley’s long-sleeved black dress is courtesy of her own brand, The Row. Mary Kate’s looks is as well, but her black Nymphette sandal heels are from Christian Louboutin.
I’m definitely about the drama and high-fashion in this black and white # Coco is donning. It is full on glam and I love all the details in this Christian Siriano look — the strapless neckline, the intricate pattern on the skirt, & more! And of course there would be no drama to this look without the black hat by Heather Huey. Coco’s whole look is just major drama, including her bold beauty look & slick do, both from hair & makeup artist Veronica Chu.
CHANEL IMAN — Chanel looks exquisitely glam in this fitted black look courtesy of Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2014 collection, complete with sheer netted long sleeves & cutouts at the plunging neckline. A diamond ring from Graziela Gems and earrings from Effy were the perfect touch to finish this look off.
Heidi is usually wearing too much, or I guess I should say too little, for me to generally call her a “best dressed.” But in this reserved pale tangerine Donna Karan gown, with a deep-V neck, I have to say I really like the look. This gown is actually part of DK’s 2015 Resort collection. This is a great color and I like that the look is not so “in your face.” I think she should keep on this path of still looking sexy, but also very high-fashion & high-class! Her jewelry is from Lorraine Schwartz. And coordinating in addition, quite nicely, are Heidi’s remaining accessories, clutch & shoes, both from Jimmy Choo.
Blake just seems to be unstoppable as of late when it comes to ruling on the red carpet. And she has done it here again in this olive Michael Kors mini with pale pink embellishments. Her major hoop earrings are by Lorraine Schwartz. I have to also say, I love her rose pink Casadei heels since I too have a very similar pair, but mine are from Lauren Conrad’s exclusive Kohl’s collection. So if you like these shoes, I can assure you, LC’s are lower in price and very good quality!
HILARY RHODA — Lace can be very hit or miss nowadays. It use to be all the rage, the trend to wear, but now, for me, it’s become a bit riskier to actually pull off. But no worries for Hilary in this bright & colorful pink & tangerine hue, semi-sheer J. Mendel gown.
JODIE SNYDER MOREL & DANIELLE SNYDER
These lovely ladies are the design team behind the statement-making jewelry brand DANNIJO. The pictures below show some better shots of them, also pictured are Hilary Rhoda and Sophia Bush. So it is my guess then that all of the ladies’ accessories, even to clutches, are courtesy of DANNIJO! I named Hilary best dressed above so this goes for her look as well.
STACEY BENDET — I’m not jumping up and down over Beth Behr’s look from Alice + Olivia, but assuming designer for the brand, Stacey Bendet, is wearing A + O as well, then this look is definitely worth making mention of and including on my best dressed list. More black and white and also reminding me of my own black and white leather look, courtesy of A + O!
JAMES MARSDEN — I need a best dressed guy on my list right! So I pick James, who looks very handsome in this classic black tuxedo suit by Todd Snyder.
So now to the actual awards presentation. The awards are presented in coordination with Swarovski. Other official sponsors are — Intel (Office Technology Sponsor), MAC (official beauty sponsor), Lexus (Official Automotive Sponsor), Veuve Clicquot (Official Champagne Partner), & Proximo (Official Spirits Sponsor). Final votes were tabulated by Ernst & Young, official accounting firm for CFDA.
The awards presentation was at Alice Tully Hall — Lincoln Center. Film director and screenwriter John Waters was the host for the evening. Here is the full list of winners:
- Womenswear Designer of the Year — Joseph Altuzarra
- Menswear Designer of the Year — Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow of Public School
- Accessories Designer of the Year — Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen for the Row
- Fashion Icon Award — Rihanna
There are also the Swarovski Awards for emerging talent —
- Womenswear — Creatures of the Wind — Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters
- Menswear — Tim Coppens
- Accessories — Irene Neuwirth
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tom Ford. The Founder’s Award went to Bethann Hardison. The Media Award to Paul Cavaco. Raf Simons of Christian Dior received the International Award. The Board of Director’s tribute went to Ruth Finley, founder of Fashion Calendar.