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CFDA Fashion Incubator

Bracelets, Dezso by Sarah Beltran

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) may be best known for crowning established, successful American designers as at last night’s CFDA Awards, but they also help out a select few emerging designers along the way. A recent CFDA Fashion Incubator showcase spotlighted up-and-coming talents who should be on your radar.  (more…)

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Hamish Bowles in a Swarovski Crystal Bow Tie, 2012 CFDA Awards

As usual, Hamish Bowles takes the award for best in men’s fashion. At the 2012 CFDA Awards, sponsored by Swarovski, he wore a Swarovski crystal bow tie with his tux. The magenta socks are the icing on the cake.

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Jessica Paré in Jason Wu, 2012 CFDA Awards

I am completely obsessed with Mad Men actress Jessica Paré. She had me at “Zou Bisou Bisou.” And she looked just as amazing in person when she walked the red carpet at this week’s CFDA Awards in this beaded black and fuchsia Jason Wu dress. Cute but edgy, much like her character on the show. The tassel earrings are by Eddie Borgo, another CFDA nominee.

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Garance Doré and Scott Schuman, 2012 CFDA Awards

One of the issues many people have with black tie dressing: they get all dolled up in a style that doesn’t look anything like the way they normally dress. So it was refreshing to see Garance Doré and Scott Schuman looking like their normal selves to receive the CFDA media award, only even more fabulous. Garance wore a green Derek Lam dress, a nice, cheerful flash of color on the red carpet, and Scott a Dior tux. Congrats for the award, and especially for keeping it clean when so many other bloggers blur the line between editorial and advertising.

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Erin Wasson in Antonio Azzuolo, 2012 CFDA Awards

While there weren’t as many menswear looks on women as at last year’s CFDA Awards, model Erin Wasson went black tie with a black and white suit by CFDA-nominated designer Antonio Azzuolo.

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Jessica Stam in Jason Wu, 2012 CFDA Awards

Lace was a big motif in the spring collections and also on the CFDA red carpet. Designer Jason Wu’s sheer blue silk crepe gown with a black lace underlay looked super sexy and glamorous on model Jessica Stam.

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Selita Ebanks in a White Dress, 2012 CFDA Awards

There are now three photos of stylish women in white dresses on the home page. See a pattern emerging? Model Selita Ebanks did the black tie version with this Herve Leger dress, a combination of his signature bondage dress and flowing gown with silver sequin detailing.

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Arizona Muse in Diane von Furstenberg, 2012 CFDA Awards

Model Arizona Muse wore head-to-toe Diane von Furstenberg to the CFDA Awards. The silver puffer paisley dress and knee-high boots were particularly refreshing since this mod look runs completely counter to the rather tired mermaid dress trend. Like Arizona herself, this DVF outfit is a breath of fresh air.

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Tabitha Simmons and Karen Elson in Proenza Schouler, 2012 CFDA Awards

Tabitha Simmons’ shoes have become a big favorite for celebs walking the red carpet, so it’s no surprise that the designer herself looked perfectly at ease in the same environment. The designer and former model, who won the Swarovski award for accessory design, wore a Proenza Schouler jacket and dress and shoes of her own design, as did model Karen Elson, in a green Proenza Schouler ensemble. These were two of my favorite red carpet looks of the night – elegant but daring.

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Hilary Rhoda in Rebecca Minkoff, 2012 CFDA Awards

Rebecca Minkoff may have been nominated for a CFDA award in accessory design, but it was her dress that really wowed on last night’s red carpet. Model Hilary Rhoda wore this fabulous blue Rebecca Minkoff dress to the 2012 CFDA Awards. The vivid color, the complex structure and sexy cutouts all combine for a modern bombshell effect.

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In the Crowd, 2011 CFDA Awards

Anytime there was a dull moment on the CFDA Awards red carpet (which was rarely), we turned around to scan the crowd of non celeb guests. Often they were just as well dressed, like this guy in an expertly styled preppy look. The bow tie, windowpane plaid shirt and khaki blazer with pocket square are perfect for a formal-ish summer event.

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CFDA Takeaway: Red Carpet Trends

Even if you’re not attending anything as glamorous as the CFDA Awards this summer, chances are you’ll have to get dressed up for a wedding or charity event. Black tie attire is always tricky to navigate, but especially in hot weather, so take a few tips from these fashion pros.


The latests trends in red carpet attire, after the jump.  (more…)

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Slideshow: Best Dressed at the 2011 CFDA Awards

To corrupt a line from Who What Wear Daily: I don’t care who you are, I just care what you wear! Here are the best looks from the CFDA Awards red carpet on men and women – not just who wore it, but which designer they wore, whenever the information is available. The standouts were not just celebrities like Naomi Watts and Gerard Butler, but fashion industry insiders like Michelle Parker, Hal Rubenstein and Linda Fargo.

Slideshow of the best looks, after the jump. (more…)

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Lady Gaga, CFDA Awards 2011 Red Carpet

Needless to say, the most anticipated arrival of last night’s CFDA Awards was Lady Gaga. What would she wear? By Gaga standards, her custom-made black Thierry Mugler dress was on the tame side – form fitting, with a huge tulle train – but the studded bodice was pure Gaga. She also pulled off the impressive feat of walking the red carpet in 24-inch platform wedges – with grace, all the way.

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CFDA Awards Red Carpet and Full Fashion Analysis!

One great thing about a black tie event for the fashion industry? You’ll never be bored. Guests at the Swarovski-sponsored CFDA Awards last night wore daring, dazzling looks with no worries of playing it safe for the mass media, since this 7th Avenue version of the Oscars is a little more sheltered than the Hollywood event. That’s not to say the women and men here weren’t elegantly dressed: fabulous gowns and tuxes abounded, but look closely and you’ll see towering shoes, short hemlines and plunging necklines that really pushed the envelope in terms of what works for the red carpet.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen, CFDA Awards

Sarah Jessica Parker created the biggest stir of the night in a gorgeous, art nouveau-style Alexander McQueen gown. She presented a Board of Directors Special Tribute Award to the late designer at the ceremony.

The best red carpet looks: Alexa Chung, Emile de Ravin, Jessica Biel, Dree Hemingway, Irina Lazareanu, Sasha Pivovarova and many more – all photos by Gastro Chic! (more…)

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