The CFDA Awards

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by Leandra Medine
June 4, 2013
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We’re up all night to get lucky.

 

 

If, as the host of the evening, Andy Cohen, pointed out and reaffirmed last night, the CFDA awards are the prom of fashion, I once again found myself at the helm of an event that requires a date, without a date.

On the bright side, however, I was not underage, I did not drink too much, and I finally wore the pant suit (white pants, black jacket, bra) I wish I had mustered big enough balls (ovaries) to wear when I was 17. Under those circumstances, do I really need a date anyway? Probably not.

Real prom has no precursor like the Met Gala to get our fashion loins quivering, anyway. And in spite of the considerably more subdued outfits that were evident last night (will anything ever really top Sarah Jessica Parker’s mohawk?) there were certainly several quirks to note. Here’s the caveat though: most of them revealed themselves in details that bled beyond the fabric. Sure Marina Abramovic’s full Givenchy look (including that awesome Favelas lace jersey–if you’re not rooting for South American slums, what the hell are you doing?) was memorable, but it was the meticulously produced video that came just after Jessica Chastain’s earnest introduction for Ricardo Tisci, which included a slew of his closest friends and fans, ending with Abramovic herself, sitting down in large wood arm chairs, opposite Tisci, staring him in the eye that lent salt to her look’s worth.

Andy Cohen shared a cabinet of curious jokes but only really hit his home run in a playful slideshow poking harmless jabs at the exhausting number of collaborations and diffusion lines, referencing the imminent Toreo Burch (you know, flats with oreos at the toe,) DVF for The Army (tanks with her signature kiss marks stationed around them,) and one such inconspicuous nod to Michael Kors’ face on a model’s body wearing a white full piece bathing suit.

I am going to have to say though, that in spite of the beautiful set created for the designers to accept their awards (congratulations again to Suno, Public School, Pamela Love, Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne, Phillip Lim) and the wildly pleasing video content that came in conjunction with their nominations, there was nothing quite as awesome as hearing Hillary Clinton vouch for award recipient, Oscar de la Renta (and pantsuits). Or actually, that’s not true, hearing Oscar de la Renta publicly declare his future vote for her presidency was a tinge better. And in case you’re wondering where the dynamic duo went after Hillary presented the award and Oscar received it, it was to Henry Kissinger’s 90th birthday party. So, there’s that.

Per the fashion, click through the slideshow and let us know what you’re thinking. I know you haven’t asked, but I was particularly smitten by Lily Aldridge in The Row (slide #2), Dree Hemingway in Creatures of The Wind (#3), and Thom Browne in shorts. I will also say that Ralph Lauren’s tuxedo on top, skinny, slouchy whiskered jeans and cowboy boots on bottom has given me a whole new slew of outfitting ideas for future Man Repeller posts. If tux on top, nothing on bottom is popularly referred to as Donald Ducking, what can we call Don Drapering on top and cow-boying on bottom? I’ll let you think about that.

And, of course, if you haven’t watched the Live Stream–do that! It’s airing on Style.com and Daft Punk’s Get Lucky is an integral part of its progression. Slideshow images via Women’s Wear Daily, cover photos via The Huffington Post.

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  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    Adriana Lima looks amazing!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

    • anna

      In scandinavia people think jews have a very strange face, especially the nose is very bad-looking,kinda scythe-like they say, . They call it ” Ful nasa”. the word “ful” is pronounced like the english word “fuel”. i kind of feel sorry for them, but maybe its the testosterone.. i´ve heard it increases the tissues inside the nose, especially bone mass.

      It´s intresting to note that the hebrew work “nasa” can mean both “to marry” and “to lift” and “to desire” among many other verbs..

      In scandinavia people think jews have a very strange face, especially the nose is very bad-looking,kinda scythe-like they say, . They call it ” Ful nasa”. the word “ful” is pronounced like the english word “fuel”. i kind of feel sorry for them, but maybe its the testosterone.. i´ve heard it increases the tissues inside the nose, especially bone mass.

      It´s intresting to note that the hebrew work “nasa” can mean both “to marry” and “to lift” and “to desire” among many other verbs..

  • Look Sharp Sconnie

    leandra leandra leandra

    I think we all know who we REALLY want to see…

  • Somebody from Somewhere
  • Luciana Safdie

    I’m obsessed with Lily Aldridge’s and Dree Hemingway’s looks. Those purple pants and and that jacket are calling my name. (Jacket? Jackets? Doesn’t it kinda look like its two, one on top of the other? Or is it just me?)

    I’m a bit disappointed about not even getting a manstagram on what you wore, I guess now I will have to take 35 seconds out of my day while I google you and the event until I find a picture…

  • Francoise

    Anyone know who is with Philip Lim in that photo? She’s super familiar.

  • monkeyshines

    fascinating picks!

    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.farandwildjewelry.com/ abigail lind

    having gone to prom in texas i can vouch for the fact that ralph laurening is pretty common round those parts.

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.com

  • Leandra Medine

    Ralph Laurening–there it is!

  • Nico
  • brunetteletters

    Every time I read the word ‘prom’ I remember that time in high school in which I was banned from it. So, I’ve never been to prom because of that and I don’t have a clue of how it is besides of what I saw in pictures!

    Check out my Ring Theory post here: Brunette Letters Blog

  • http://redlipspinkcheeks.blogspot.co.uk/ Georgie

    Is that Hailee Steinfeld in the coordinating crop top and maxi skirt? She looks beautiful!

  • Meredith

    Don Draper on the top, Dick Whitman on the bottom makes a Don/Dick combo which could be called..Don Dicking?

    • liz

      I went for Don Wayneing.

  • Well. P.
  • Shammara Lawrence

    Is it just me or doesn’t one of the Olsen twins look odd, as in different?

    FashionPopQueen

    • Stephanie

      One of them is a twin and the other is the younger sister, Elizabeth….

      • sarah

        lol

  • Tiffany

    omg… adriana looked AMAZING!

    tiffanyroselew.blogspot.com

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    I’m gonna have to cast my votes for Dree and Lily, as well. And by the next election, I’ll be of votinng of age, so I’ll do as Oscar has declared he will do.
    Andy Cohen was just awkward, to put it eloquently.

  • Andrew

    Phillip Lim and Thom Browne are werking it.

    http://www.theinclub.blogspot.com

  • ADJ

    The Olsen sisters. They are so damn fabulous.

    http://www.greeneggsandglam.blogspot.com

  • s

    awesome recap of the event! such amazing fashion worn

    xx

    http://spoonfulofdiamonds.com
    http://www.facebook.com/SpoonfulOfDiamonds

  • erica jensen

    Well, I like your outfit!

    simplyonelove.com

  • http://www.quirkitout.blogspot.com/ Putri Soe

    I especially love Dree Hemingway’s style here! Something that i would really like to wear to a party!

    Cheers from Jakarta,
    SUPERNICE

  • ela’s world

    love that Ralph lauren is wearing jeans!

    Also, check out these new ela PreFall13 bags!

    http://elabyela.com/en

  • aLaMode

    Having been to debutant balls in Dallas, I can attest to the existence (and popularity) of the “Texas Tux.” Tell Ralph he would fit right in!

  • Inbal R

    Sorry, I am not feeling Dree’s look whatsoever. regardless of the clothes, she has a wide jaw so that tight ponytail is really unflattering. I really liked the looks on the #4 slide and last slide (the white dress), don’t know the names, sorry…

  • natalia

    Adriana and Ralph killed me

  • liz

    Don Wayne. To answer the question in the second-to-last paragraph. Don Wayneing. Bam.

  • FKXOXO

    Adriana Lima is a doll :)

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