Tuesday Afternoon Quarterback
| Tao Okamoto, in 3.1 Phillip Lim, with designer|
So, we all know who went home with the CFDA awards last night. Now its time to talk about the fashion worn by attendees. After all, isn't it all about the clothes and what one is wearing? Which, by definition, takes on a whole new meaning when the subjects are serious fashion pros and fashion insiders. Thankfully, the red carpet for an event such as this is not your average run of the mill red carpet. One expects to see interesting variety and individualism, rather than the usual, boring, and uninspiring parade of long gowns and borrowed jewels which are routinely seen on other red carpets. Even if, (or should I say, especially if), the results are not so great and beg the question of good taste. Who needs good taste anyway? As Diana Vreeland said: "Bad taste is better than no taste".
In any event, there were a number of themes which stood out, and these are some of my observations:
|Stella Tenant in Joseph Altuzarra|
|Kerry Washington in Jason Wu|
Cut it Out
|Rachel Roy and Jessica Hart|
(Photo: Randy Brooke)
A league of Their Own
Proud as a Peacock
|Michael Kors with Karolina Kurkova & Cody Horn,|
both in looks by the designer
It's becoming more and more routine to see men actually stand out at events these days. In addition to Thom Browne, who is in a class by himself, and Zang Toi both of whom love to show off their legs apparently), Cameron Silver always makes an individual, unique, and eye catching personal statement.
And once again, Michael Kors proves that a man can make a grand entrance on the red carpet even though he's a minimalist when it comes to his sartorial choices. This was exemplified last night: he wisely 'accessorized' his classic tuxedo and signature dark aviators, with two long stemmed beauties (Karolina Kurkova and Cody Horn) flanking him on each side. Both were wearing Michael Kors, of course, and resembled dazzling bookends.
The Long and Short of It
|Rafé Totengco with Mary Alice Stephenson|
Sometimes, a gal doesn't know whether to go long or short. Which is why it makes perfect sense that one of the more ubiquitous fashion statements around, is a dress that is both long AND short. Mary Alice Stephenson, clad in Bibhu Mohapatra, pulled this off with aplomb last evening.