Also known as “the Oscars of fashion”, this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards was a fancy affair including the who’s who of the fashion world, from designers, publications, retailers, and stylists.
The red carpet itself was blessed with the presence of style gods and goddesses, each with a poise and air that was truly their own. Couturing scoured the assemblage of outfits to bring you the trends of the evening.
Elegance with a bit of cheek was seen on the carpet, with Adriana Lima, Constance Jablonski and Cynthia Rowley opting for the sheer layers that showed a bit of skin without the obvious flesh-flash. Teamed with metallic or delicate embellishments, the look was a mix of the risqué and the elegant.
WHITES AND CUT OUTS
The night also gave way to the simple palette of white upon skin. Long length gowns added a demure touch that only enhanced the geometric cut-outs, balancing the look without overbearing it. Alessandra Ambrosio, Erin Wasson, Donna Karan, Harley Viera, and Joan Smalls all opted for this look. Candice Swanepoel took on a more Grecian theme with embellishments and soft draping.
The array of black couture provided great contrast with the bright colours of the night. Jessica Chastain, Karlie Kloss, Hilary Rhoda, Linda Evangelista, Rooney Mara and Rose Byrne pulled off this look to a tee, with simple colour blocking and delicate detailing that did not overpower. This was then enhanced with plunging necklines or soft layers that provided texture and allure. Elizabeth Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen and Jourdan Dunn took one step further with their pant suits, showing how a woman can pull off the look with flair.
METAL AND GOLD
Metallics featured heavily on the night, from rustic pirate’s gold to inter-galactic silver. Ellie Kemper and Nicole Richie opted for the warmth of gold with Ellie’s classic detailing and Nicole’s full length metallic Marc Jacobs gown. Karolina Kurkove and Cody Horn took a leaf out of NASA’s book and experimented with psychedelic silver prints and embellishments, achieving a space-girl look with an air of 80s nostalgia.
GATSBY, OL’ SPORT
From Space travel to flappers, the red carpet covered it all. Such beauties as Georgina Chapman, Keren Craig and Olivia Palermo wore Gatsby-inspired ensembles, with glamorous beading, fringes, tulle and all the extravagance one would find at a 1920s speak-easy.
Despite the overwhelming trend towards the style staples of black and whites, the brights of last season still stood strong. Canary yellows were seen on Jessica Stam and Kerry Washington, whilst Juliette Lewis was a picture in peach satin. Miranda Kerr, Bee Schaeffer and Anna Wintour wore peacock-inspired palettes, with bright blues, cobalts, aquamarines and emeralds adorning their bodies.
Images courtesy of Vogue UK