Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CFDA 2014 Red Carpet

The Council of Fashion Designer's of America (CFDA) awards were last night in New York. It is a big night in fashion with a vast array of creative personalities arriving in an equally wide array of looks.

I will share my favourites as always with a side note about the look the Internet is buzzing about with mixed reviews.

Rihanna's arrival provoked a digital frenzy of posts with everyones virtual 2 cents about her look. I felt compelled to add mine.
I would have LOVED this look if it was lined. I understand that the shock factor was possibly the point of the look but it just looked a little over done to me. There was a potential for a major Josephine Baker-Chic moment here that was missed. The bear breasts are fabulous, if you are doing a burlesque show but at this venue it felt like she was trying a little too hard to make a statement. Sometimes, even in fashion the best statements are made simply and effortlessly. There is no disputing her body is rockin, the makeup was gorgeous and I adored the jeweled head scarf complete with 'kiss curled' hair at her cheeks. The real fur is tacky and unnecessary with all the amazing faux fur textile options. I loved reading that over 200,000 Swarovski crystals were used in this custom mesh creation done by designer Adam Selman. This look would have been my undisputed FAV using a little simple style math. Add a liner, minus the fur (or replace the real fur with faux).

This sheer/nude look is nothing new either. Cher did it in the 1970's when it was truly novel and in a much more classy way in this Bob Mackie Jumpsuit. The class is in the coverage and the illusion of nude.

and then there was 1974 ...

Some CFDA Style winners for me from last night.

CoCo Rocha in Christian Siriano

 Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen in the ROW

Olivia Palermo in Ann Taylor Fringe Top/Skirt

 Olivia Wilde in Vintage

 Rachel Zoe in Custom Rachel Zoe Collection
 Emmy Rossum J Mendel

Nina Garcia

Busy Philips dress by Honor; jewels by Irene Neuwirth.
 Model Karen Elson in Michael Kors

Who were your favourites? 


  1. In addition, I also loved:
    - Joan Smalls
    - Alessandra Ambrosio
    Although extremely simple, the cut, colour and draping of these two gowns were so gorgeously perfect and they absolutely nailed it with their overall look.

    - Liya Kebede - Although a little casual for my taste for such an affair, I did enjoy it in general. It looked so polished, clean and classic.

    - Greta Gerwig - The colour stood out for me and the cut was very unusual and pretty. I am a sucker for draping. It would have been that much 'more' with a boldly coloured statement necklace, but sometimes less can be more so to each their own.

    - Loved Mary-Kate & Ashley's look. The combo of the kimono sleeves and green... so chic and elegant with their chignons.

    I also wonder what happens when a dress like Rihanna's with all those crystals reaches the certain end of its life. Sometimes a dress is so iconic or of the moment it just can't be done again. I imagine they painstakingly remove each crystal when the time to draw the final curtain closes in some cases. Just a random thought...

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