Friday, June 19, 2009

and the winners are...

I’m so excited that Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy took home the CFDA for Womenswear Designers of the Year. I adore these two. They regularly turn out my favorite collections and always have the most entertaining stories about their process. (They famously watched four horror movies a day for a year for inspiration.)

Kirstin Dunst has been wearing Rodarte regularly for the last few years, so it wasn’t surprising to see her wearing the label to the event.

Diane Kruger in a custom Jason Wu mini dress

the always stunning Daphne Guinness in Proenza Schouler

Nicole Phelps arrived in a summery Akris shift.

I was expecting Ashley Olsen to wear something from The Row, but her vintage gown was a pleasant surprise. The color is unexpected and the shoulders are right on trend. Lately I’ve been developing an appreciation of conservative looks on young women. Although the back was pretty daring, Ashley Olsen covered up quite a bit at the Costume Institute Gala this year in her white gown from The Row. And Mischa Barton’s red carpet appearance in a skin-hiding cornflower blue Osman Yousefzada gown is one of my favorite looks of the past year. Whether it’s in response to the recession or just an interesting alternative to showing skin in the same old dresses, I’m pleased to see so many looks that leave something to the imagination without being dumpy or school marmish.

Maggie Grace in Christian Siriano

Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein Collection with the designer Francisco Costa

one of my very favorite models, Hilary Rhoda, in Calvin Klein

If there were an award for red carpet consistency, I would immediately present it to Kerry Washington. The woman goes from edgy in Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabanna to classic and feminine in Oscar de la Renta and Derek Lam. The actress attended the event in resplendent Doo.Ri.

Lake Bell made a striking silhouette in Louis Vuitton. I don't know where Lake Bell came from (she was in that show Surface, right?), but for the past two years, she's been at practically every major fashion event. Girl's publicist and stylist are working overtime.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld in her standard uniform of Balmain mini dress, tights, booties, and loose hair. Predictable? Yes. But still gorgeous.

Model of the moment Dree Hemingway (yes, that Hemingway) wore a custom Alexander Wang cut-out mini dress. By all appearances she has replaced the designer's former muse model Erin Wasson. I've been pretty bored of Miss Wasson in general and her jewelry scandal left a bad taste in my mouth. So I certainly don't mind seeing Alexander Wang attending events with someone new.

Three cheers for Blake Lively, who looks amazing in this hot pink Michael Kors cocktail dress. Little Miss Serena, who has such an enviable figure, has quite the reputation for wearing ill-fitting attire on the red carpet. It’s refreshing to see her in something so effortlessly flattering and chic.

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler took home the prize for Accessories Designer of the Year. McCollough celebrated by giving fellow designer Thakoon Panichgul a big lick on the face. Friends forever.

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