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.