Michael Kors and Karolina Kurkova
The CFDA awards may be a high profile event on the fashion calendar but due to a slightly less demanding dress code than, say, the Oscars or Met Gala, it's prime pap time to bring out the adventurous big guns and show your style mettle. It's New York's opportunity to celebrate established home fashion talent, but also to give the young’uns a platform for global exposure. This is where the rule-breakers usually thrive, but many of the experimental clan must've chickened out last night and safe became the standard for outfits across the board. LBDs were all too common for our liking…. The overall effect was still divinely pretty, but only a few stood up to the bar to bring something different to the party.... We grade the results.
A*: FOR CREATIVITY
Kerry Washington. Many a girl opted for Grazia yellow but Django star Kerry was the most successful. Why? The commitment to full length canary satin yellow and not look OTT is an impressive fashion feat. It's her natural makeup and the lovely backless details that makes it.
Lily Aldridge kicked up a storm in those floral slippers and bandeau dress from The Row. It was unconventionally unsexy (in the obvious sense) for a Victoria's Secrets girls, but then our Lily's always had a chic style
Karolina Kurkova’s silver Michael Kors tunic + shorts combination is fun and a little bit risqué.
We don’t know where Michelle Harper begins and the statue ends… Totaty off-the-wall, we feel sorry for the people sat behind her at the awards, but appreciate the batty look for our entertainment.
B-: ON THE EDGE OF BRILLIANT
Olivia Palermo. Of course she brought some experimental polish to the CFDA line up. Tassells, embellishment, metallics... This shimmy tactic ensemble is fun, young and we want to touch it. But that'd be weird.
Hailee Steinfeld's crop top and full skirt from Suno is ultra pretty but perhaps more suited to last weekends polo in New Jersey than this high fashion moment? Nonetheless we like it very much, and she has a great 'it' accessory in the form of Douglas booth....
Nicole Richie's ultra 90s slip dress comes courtesy of Marc Jacobs and while it isn't the craziest of choices it could easily tip into grunge territory which the lady doesn't allow because of her ultra glossy finish and chic little clutch. Would've like to see it with the original Downtown-style throw.
D: COULD’VE SHOULD’VE TRIED HARDER
This is the section will be dedicate to gorgeous dresses that went to the dark side and bored us silly... If only these frocks hasn't been black we'd be SO happy with the gorgeous cuts and brilliant finishes. Boo to Rooney Mara, Jessica Chastain, Mary Kate and Elizabeth Olsen and Karlie Kloss.
F: TOTAL FLUNKS
We never like to say a bad word against Dree Hemingway, so we’'ll wait for someone to explain this ensemble to us. Soon, please.
Juliette Lewis always have fun with her fashion choices, but this has a bit too much ‘teen prom’ about it’s peachy satin than we’d ideally want.
The Aussie model crew are no strangers to swimwear, but Jessica Hart’s CFDA look is a strange mish-mash of one-piece plus lace skirt… or so it looks.
See all the looks from the CFDA red carpet in the gallery below...