Each and every year June rolls around and I’m saddened by the lack of sun. So each and every June I rely on the gorgeous looks from the CFDA awards to cheer me up. Recognising the very best in the international fashion community, this ceremony features awards for Womenswear, Menswear an Accessory Designer of the Year, as well as the unified Swarovski Awards for Emerging Talent.
And something you can be sure of at this event is some killer red carpet styles. This year we saw a few trends emerge from some of our very favourite celebrities. In particular, the metallic textures and the daring asymmetrical shapes.
Here are just a few of the women that killed it on this year’s red carpet.
Gabrielle Union knows how to mix and match textures. The cheekiness of her sheer spotted top almost goes unnoticed against the vibrancy of the longline sequinned coat. This girl has nailed it!
Joan Smalls has mastered the sophisticated classic look but added just a little bit of edge to the style. This black, one shouldered gown features peekaboo cut-outs in all the right places. It’s the perfect balance between simple and sophisticated design.
Kerry Washington has gone for the classic strapless shape with this number and she’s pulled it off with class. The simple cinched waist and straight skirt makes the look all so feminine. All while playing with the cheeky textures and tones of a young girl whose fallen in love with gold sequins and pastel colours. So sweet and so sassy.
Luptia Nyoung’o has mixed the two top trends from the awards night – metallics and asymmetry – and she is certainly owning the look. She’s nothing short of a glowing greek goddess in this toga-esque piece.
Janelle Monae wins with my favourite look from the night. It’s almost like two looks in one with the crop style bralette transforming itself into a chic blazer jacket. Not to mention the mix of stripes against the black solids. Who ever said you can’t mix horizontal stripes with vertical obviously had never laid eyes on this outfit. It’s so clever and complex – nothing short of a work of art!
– Stephanie Riordan