Yesterday evening (June 6th), the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards 2016 in collaboration with Swarovski took place in the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City and my oh my what a fabulous red carpet it was! I’m sure you may still remember Rihanna attending the CFDA 2014 ceremony in that risqué Adam Selman number, but there was only a whole lot of class, and thankfully not a lot of ass at this year’s turnout. Receiving the CFDA Fashion Icon 2016 title award this year, Beyoncé surprisingly skipped the red carpet but did attend the ceremony with her husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy. Jump to the bottom of the post to find out all of the winners of this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards, but for now check out who has made the Killer Fashion Best Dressed List!
The Best Dressed
Josephine Skriver looked truly fabulous at the CFDA Awards, donning this red strapless gown by Sachin & Babi. The custom-made creation featured a sweetheart neckline with furry ruffles on sheer red throughout the dress and a peplum-folded waterfall skirt & train finish. The gorgeous hue of this red against her skin tone are what really stood out, and the nude barely there Stuart Weitzman sandals with statement Sachin & Babi drop earrings really helped bring the look together. Dewy fuss-free makeup, with soft pink lips and a slicked back straight hairstyle completed her look to perfection.
Joining her fellow models on the red carpet, Elsa Hosk attended the awards in this stunning custom-made Naeem Khan jumpsuit. The gold look featured variations of beading & sequins in an intricate boho design over a nude sheer underlay, with a wide-legged finish and an eye-catching bead-fringed cape from the shoulders. She added black & gold statement drop earrings with a gold foil box clutch to her look, alongside sideswept Old Hollywood curls and soft makeup to finish.
CFDA Fashion Icon 2016: Beyoncé
Beyoncé was announced as the recipient for the CFDA Fashion Icon Award this year, and her ensemble for the soirée sure backed it up. Attending in Givenchy, she wore a two-piece suit that was completely lined with Swarovski Crystals. Her superstar look was matched with a high-frill neck sheer lace blouse teamed with a crystal-beaded choker pendant necklace, diamond pavé earrings, Christian Louboutin peeptoe platforms and a black oversized wide-brimmed hat. Talk about an iconic moment! Queen Bey shone from every angle, and was also a surprise attendee to the awards. Opting for neutral makeup with a simple plaited hairstyle, she really looked fabulous. Congratulations on your award!
Lady in Red
Irina Shayk attended in a halterneck jumpsuit by Misha Nonoo. The dress-like one-piece also featured a keyhole cut out on the bust, which she wore with red peeptoe platforms and a messy hairbun.
Also opting for red, Nadja Swarovski was of course in attendance wearing a red caped dress from Michael Kors that sure was a statement look. The dress featured a sheer nude panel creating a plunging neckline with a leg slit on the skirt that showed off her gold sandals. With Swarovski jewellery and a box clutch too, she rounded up the look with an updo, strong eye makeup and pink lips.
Actress Jamie Chung opted for a Banana Republic dress with a contrasting pink halterneck and a keyhole cut on the bodice that reflects the mid-slit on the skirt.
Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone was a lovely surprise on the red carpet, as she stepped out in this red gown by Christian Siriano. Channelling the 1990s, the blonde’s dress featured plaited shoulder straps to match her sandals, with a tight-fitted waist and a thigh-high slit on the skirt. An embellished box clutch, soft red lipstick and blonde hair completed her look.
Girl boss, founder & CEO of Glossier Inc. Emily Weiss looked fabulous in her relaxed red femme suit. Attending sans shirt, the brunette beauty wore a slightly flared pantsuit with white pointed pumps and rolled up sleeves on the jacket, with a Louis Vuitton mini purse and the beauty trend of the season; soft smokey eyes with a nude lip.
Designer Vera Wang stepped out for the awards in her own-designed dress, which featured a structured oval front and cut outs at the side & back, with a high asymmetrical neckline too. Her signature black straight hair & barely there makeup were teamed with silver jewellery and a black croc purse.
Fashionista Alexa Chung attended in a black leather dress, designed by Atelier Prabal Gurung. The low v-cut mid also features a lace fishtail skirt finish, that contrasted with the upper & the black pointed ankle pumps.
Top model Coco Rocha showed off her porcelain skin in a black Co+Co midi dress with waist cut outs and a slit across the upper chest.
Legendary model Naomi Campbell looked hot in her revealing black choice by Brandon Maxwell, whom she accompanied on the red carpet. The British brunette showed off her cleavage in this plunging dress that also featured cut outs on the sides with a full fringe & plaited ponytail look that was all sorts of sexy chic.
The Olsen sisters was a great vision on the red carpet, as Ashley, Elizabeth & Mary-Kate Olsen walked together in head-to-toe black outfits.The sisters all wore pieces from The Row, accessorizing with tan purses, cut out shoes and soft smokey eyes & nude lipstick.
Jennifer Hudson looked fabulous attending, as she stepped out in a strapless gown by Prabal Gurung. The fitted waterfall skirt look featured red & black panels showing off her black Kurt Geiger pumps, accessorized with minimal jewels. Her dark smokey eyes, red lipstick and that slicked back hairstyle were absolutely flawless and I just cannot fault this look.
Shirt dresses aren’t the the most popular choice for a red carpet soirée, but for Christina Ricci it was her perfectly chosen LBD look. The blonde actress opted for this long sleeve by Coach, which featured boho detailing on the collar & along the ruffles, with a gold studded leather waistbelt and skirt-trim. She added gold-heeled chunky black sandals with a full fringe updo and kohl-rimmed cat eyeliner to finish.
A lovely surprise on the red carpet were friends and Broad City co-stars Abbi Jacobsen & Ilana Glazer, both who wore designs by Rebecca Minkoff. Abbi’s full length dress featured a deep-v neckline with chevron-patterned sheer sleeves and skirt overlay, styled with peeptoe heels, a red croc clutch & red nails and a soft red lipstick to finish. Ilana’s crochet lace mini dress also featured a deep-v neckline and was styled with black barely there sandals, a metallic leather envelope clutch, with her natural curls and a baby pink lip to complete her look.
Joining the actresses, designer Rebecca Minkoff was also in attendance in her own-designed midi sleeves full length dress. The airy black ensemble featured subtle polka dot patterns all over, with more sheer material on the sleeves and lower skirt, and a slight scooped neckline. A simple suede choker bolo, a chic updo and a black mini handbag rounded up the brunette’s look.
Curvylicious model Ashley Graham attended wearing Michael Kors. The brunette beauty wore a sleeveless halterneck dress that featured a wrap effect on the waist with a side leg slit. Black barely there sandals, soft waves with silver shimmering & kohl-rimmed eyes and nude lipstick completed her look.
Model Sara Sampaio attended in a classy black dress by Diane Von Furstenberg. The look featured lace-trims along the v-neckline and from the at-the-knees skirt making it a midi dress. Black ankle-strap pointed pumps with an aubergine clutch rounded up her styling, with flawless fresh-faced makeup and a soft curled hairstyle. Just beautiful!
Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo looked gorgeous in her classy LBD for the occasion, wearing Kate Spade New York. Her blazer dress featured a feathery skirt with a clean v-cut neckline and long sleeves. She added same designer lace up heels to her look, wearing a Mattia Cielo diamond necklace as a headpiece atop her slicked down hairstyle. She added little other jewels, opting for soft smokey eyes & nude pink lipstick to finish.
Pretty in Pink & Purple
Attending in a pop of pink, Gillian Jacobs wore Tanya Taylor to the awards. Her strapless midi featured embellished motifs down both sides of the dress for a nice twist, that was styled with silver strap sandals, ochre eyeshadow and matching lipstick.
Designer Carly Cushnie attended with her co-designer Michelle Ochs (below), she wore a sexy cut out gown in a lilac hue. The Cushnie et Ochs dress featured a twisted detail on the front with wide cut outs on the waist and a plunging neckline too, adding to the sultry tones. She added statement earrings by Dannijo to her look, with a quiff updo, strong purple lipstick and a white & grey clutch. Carly revealed via Instagram that she wore MAC Cosmetics on the night.
Lauren Conrad looked tres chic as she walked the red carpet in a soft pink silk slip dress with a black longline blazer, opting for quite the effortless look. A relaxed updo, deep berry lipstick and strong brows rounded up this awards attire.
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio wore a purple one-shoulder dress by Michael Kors. The slightly asymmetrical neckline added a bit of chic to the sequin-covered look, which was styled with Christian Louboutin heels and Chopard jewellery. Simple straight hair and neutral makeup completed her look.
In a splash of white & candy pink, fashionista Olivia Palermo looked great in her Carolina Herrera choice for the awards. The sleeveless look featured a round neckline with structured detail around the waist and sheer mesh panel cut outs. The skirt cut off just above the ankles showcasing her dark green suede pumps, all styled with chunky cuff bracelets. She opted for a a half-up half-down hairstyle, cat eyeliner & pink lips to complete.
Looking classy in an ankle-grazing shift dress, Rachel Zoe in her own-designed dress, which featured lines of crystal embellishments, ruffles and pearls, that she also wore with a pearl off-the-shoulder piece. Her side-braided sideswept hairstyle was worn with statement earrings by David Webb and silver peeptoe platforms.
Showing up in liquid silver, Daniela Lopez was quite the sight in this Galvan London slip dress. The look was teamed with diamond drop earrings and a single ring, silver eyeshadow and strong lashes with pink lips and a sleek straight hairstyle.
Julianne Hough attended in a long-sleeved dress from Michael Kors Collection. The all-over embellished dress was teamed with a Hearts On Fire diamond ring and earrings by Borgioni, styling her hair into a chic ponytail with classic eyeliner and soft nude pink lips.
Also opting for Michael Kors Collection, top model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley walked the red carpet in an ice green slip dress. It featured a low neckline and narrow-cut bodice, with all-over crystals bar panels on the pleated skirt and a delicate cross-strap open back. Her gown was styled with Chanel diamond drop earrings, Jimmy Choo heels and flawless makeup with straight hair to finish. Just beautiful!
Kirsten Dunst looked chic in her strapless choice, donning a Rodarte dress. The sleeveless dress featured lines of sequins in between sheer panels in intricate squiggles with an asymmetrical peplum ruffle along the waistline. The sides of the skirt were black & white tulle to contrast with the silver creation, that matched her paneled peeptoe heels and was worn with mis-matching yellow & purple pavé floral earrings.
Classic Black & White
Heidi Klum attended wearing a Roland Mouret gown that featured black, white & cream sections in an architectural design. Along with a pleated peplum detail on the side of the skirt, the bodice also featured Swarovski Crystals, which she wore with Olgana Paris heels. Smokey eyes, nude lips and a slicked down hairbun completed her awards attire.
Personally I’m not a fan of Lena Dunham’s red carpet looks, but ignoring the bunny slippers, her outfit for the CFDA Awards was very chic, as she wore this black strapless midi Creatures of the Wind dress with its wide sleeves and straight necklines. A colourful multi-stone necklace with a monogrammed clutch by Clare Vivier, with a straight bob haircut and simple eyeliner completed the look.
Legendary designer Diane von Furstenberg attended in her own-designed dress; a black slip with a fringed skirt and a sheer black overlay that featured white squares all over. She added Christian Louboutin t-bar sandals to the look with a selection of bracelets, and kept her makeup fuss-free.
Jessica Chastain attended in a strapless waterfall gown by Prabal Gurung. Her black & silver Jacquard dress featured all-over leaf motifs with a fitted bodice finish. She added strappy sandals to her look, rounding up with dark eye makeup, pink lips and an updo that showed off her red hair beautifully.
Opting for a black & white midi look, actress Riley Keough stepped onto the red carpet in this Proenza Schouler sleeveless dress. It featured abstract printed panels where some hung around the upper legs showing off their black underside. With a v-cut neckline, the dress also featured black shoulder straps and was styled with barely there sandals, an orange-red lipstick and a chic updo.
The Beautiful Blues
Donning a lace mini dress, model Martha Hunt looked great in her Diane von Furstenberg LBD. The halterneck was styled with black pointed pumps, a satin clutch, single drop earrings and styled her hair into a half-up half-down do with smokey eyes to finish.
La La Anthony attended in a sheer blue & black printed mini dress by Fendi from Farfetch, that she wore with a metallic waistbelt and jewellery by Anita Ko and Gianvito Rossi ankle strap sandals. A chic sleek ponytail and flawless makeup completed her look.
Designers Keren Craig & Georgina Chapman stepped out to the awards together in Marchesa. Keren attended wearing a sheer lace overlay midi gown with a fitted waist and high neck that was worn with a statement gemstone necklace, strappy sandals and a bejewelled box clutch. Her co-designer & friend Georgina wore this feathery creation which featured a sleeveless sheer body that was embellished with gunmetal gemstones and slate blue feathers, as well as an oversized silk ribbon waistbelt. She styled the look with more statement jewels, pavé silver sandals and a clutch to finish.
Shanina Shaik wore a burnt yellow sleeveless look by Givenchy. The dress featured a wide v-neckline that met at the thick waistband before falling into a pleated skirt with triangular cut outs along the waist. She styled her look with a furry Lanvin purse, Tamara Mellon sandals and jewels by SCOSHA.
Looking very summery, singer Lion Babe attended the awards in this Adam Selman creation that featured multicoloured floral & leaf embroidery on a peekaboo sheer black body that also had a thigh-high skirt slit at the front. The rest of her styling was perfectly minimal, adding platforms sandals, perfect cat eyeliner and naturally curly hair to the look. Lion Babe revealed via Instagram that she wore MAC Cosmetics on the night.
Designer Michelle Ochs attended with her co-designer Carly Cushnie (above), wearing a silk yellow-gold gown from her own-designed label Cushnie et Ochs. The brunette’s bodice was one-half slip dress, one-half cowl neck that also featured a side slit on the skirt. Her twisted-braided ponytail, that was weighed down by a gold hair bar, was an extremely cool twist to the look, styled with a Pamela Love gemstone chain necklace. Michelle revealed via Instagram that she wore MAC Cosmetics on the night.
Looking ever so sweet, Taylor Hill attended in this Thakoon dress, which features a ruffle trim neckline and simple off-red rose print all over the champagne-hue body. Keeping the rest of her look classy, the tall brunette opted for fresh-faced makeup and minimal accessories.
Laverne Cox stepped onto the red carpet in a mocha-coloured gown by Marc Bouwer. The v-cut short-sleeved look featured cut outs on the waist with cape sleeves and a mid slit on the skirt. Although the Orange Is The New Black actress does look beautiful, the look sort of bores me. Had the dress been a different colour I think it would have been more outstanding. Dark smokey eyes, drop earrings and a nude lip colour completed her look.
Ciara was also in attendance, donning Roberto Cavalli for the occasion. The ruffle-tiered waterfall dress was quite an interesting creation, with a half-finished vibe to it, and the lace-up on the bust was a nice twist too. She wore Stuart Weitzman strappy sandals with the look, rounding up with minimal accessories, mermaid waves, strong brows and neutral makeup for a flawless finish.
Model Joan Smalls walked the red carpet in a crepe silk gown by Givenchy. The off-the-shoulder look featured wrap detail with a cut out on the midriff and circular shoulder straps, that also had a leather croc trim on the skirt. She stacked up on Eddie Borgo jewellery, whom she accompanied, along with a wavy lob haircut, red lipstick and cat eyeliner to finish.
Joining her fellow models, Hilary Rhoda looked lovely in a sheer & bronze embellished gown from Monique Lhuillier. The tall brunette added a gold Jennifer Behr leaf crown to her upstyle and a gold box clutch that matched the ombré leaf sequin motifs on the tulle dress. Click here to buy Jennifer Behr headpieces!
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Marc Jacobs
Menswear Designer of the Year: Thom Browne
Accessory Designer of the Year: Rachel Mansur & Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel
Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Brandon Maxwell
Swarovski Award for Menswear: Alex, Matthew & Samantha Orley for Orley
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Paul Andrew
The Founder’s Award in Honour of Eleanor Lambert: Donna Karan
The Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Imran Amed for The Business of Fashion
International Award: Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Norma Kamali
Fashion Icon Award 2016: Beyoncé
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