Marc Jacobs wins Womenswear Designer of the Year from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. What a surprise. Michael Kors wins something as well (a Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award). Shocking. And hold onto your hats...Michelle Obama fave Jason Wu won whatever, as did Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, and Burberry's Christopher Bailey. Sponsor-of-everything Vogue got their money's worth with an Eleanor Lambert award for Tonne Goodman. And the industry bestowed great honors - and even an SJP presentation - on Alexander McQueen, which no doubt elicited rolling (of the eye sort) from his grave.
However, what's much more fun than the predictable and self-congratulatory insider snoozefest is seeing what fashion's elite choose to wear on their Big Night Out!
THE WINNERS! Definitely SJP in a stunning McQueen gown, along with a surprisingly chic Jessica Biel in DVF. DVF herself (who also happens to be our fave fashion wackadoodle) looked quite the part of the jetsetting glam fashionista in a cheery floor-length print, while the charming Phillip Lim got kudos for a look we plan to steal for ourselves. And the gals to get down and party with are obviously Tracy Reese and Betsey Johnson. The Most Flawless Award goes to the impeccable Carolina Herrera for managing to look glamorous, comfortable, appropriate, and most importantly, age appropriate - all at the same time.
How does Rachel Zoe take a disco ball-shiny drapey dress - possibly the most fattening thing you could ever put on - and have it make her look even more emaciated? Bananas! Fail. Vera Wang appeared to be channeling the 70s and the Valley of the Dolls literally (a droopy jumpsuit) and figuratively (apparently self-medicated up to her eyeballs). Normally pretty Brooke Shields looked matronly and downright dumpy in a shade that proves all those "new nudes" you've been reading about in the fashion rags are a much better idea for a "fabulous!" editorial than an actual appearance on a real person. Alexa Chung, as usual...didn't disappoint (at least she's consistent). And the prize for Most Headscratching Because You're Technically a Fashion Designer goes to Yeohlee. Dressed too casually and shapelessly, made worse by the hot-mess long graying hair (honey, see Donna Karan's stylist, stat), and with a hem-length that's simply too-too short for her age. Even if your own particular knees aren't wrinkly when you hit 40 & beyond, it still doesn't mean they need to be on show anywhere other than the bedroom or the beach. Giant Fail.
- Lesley Scott
(all photos via WWD.com)
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