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CFDA Awards 2017

The annual CFDA awards (Council of Fashion Designers Awards) was held yesterday on the 5 June at New York’s Manhattan Centre Hammerstein Ballroom, in partnership with Swarovski.

The event was hosted by Seth Meyers, and is a celebration for the International Fashion Community to honour the best in fashion design, often described as the ‘Oscars of fashion’. The winners were:

Menswear Designer of the Year: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

Accessory Designer of the Year: Stuart Vevers for Coach

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent: Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

Inaugural Swarovski Award for Positive Change: Kenneth Cole

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Rick Owens

International Award: Demna Gvasalia for Vetements and Balenciaga

The Founder’s Award: Pat McGrath

Board of Directors’ Tribute: Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem and Janelle Monae

Fashion Icon Award: Franca Sozzani, Italian Vogue editor-chief posthumous

Every name who is serious about fashion attends this event, and last night was no exception. The fash-pack were out in force with the likes of Chairwoman of the event Diane Von Furstenberg, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Adriana Lima, Olivia Palermo and the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen to name a few. We take a look at what the ladies were wearing and what trends appeared on the carpet:

All White

An all-white base was a popular choice for many at last nights awards, with many letting natural, stripped back beauty take centre stage and prove that minimalism is sometimes the loudest style option in the room.

Victoria’s Secret veteran Adriana Lima led the carpet in a powerful statement white trouser suit / one piece. The satin material elegantly drapes over Adriana’s figure making it a very flattering and sophisticated outfit choice. Her look was finished off with a very minimal bronzed make-up base and hairstyle, leaving the outfit to do the talking and simplicity to take a step forward. She proves with this look that less really is more.

Gigi Hadid looks every inch the demure angelic angel in this long satin dress and coat two piece. Something which is quite an unusual look for Gigi to opt for, it suits her down to a T and the simplicity of the overall look allows her natural beauty to do the talking with minimal make-up and loose curls in her hair. Paired with sequinned creme mules, the outfit is also glammed up with an embellished diamond choker to add a modern twist.

A white midi dress can never do you wrong with a simple cut and a simple colour, as demonstrated by supermodel Hailey Baldwin. A simple cami-style dress was given a modern twist for Hailey’s look with a long sleeved ultra crop top overlaying drawing attention to the cut and detail of the camisole underneath. To add a youthful spin to the look Hailey proved that you can have fun with elegant fashion as she teamed a fur clutch and fur heel sandals with a high textured pony for a bombshell look.

Heidi Klum stunned in a grecian inspired gown teamed with a gold body chain which was again, another minimal outfit with a stripped back neutral toned make-up look to look every part a grecian goddess. The deep v-neck gives a very feminine and sexy vibe to this look, elevating it and with the floor length cut it flatters the figure and elongates the body making you appear taller and leaner.

Black + White

The easiest, most gravitating colour palette for anyone to sway to has to be traditional black and white. It’s smart, always makes you feel ready for the occasion and is always a safe colour choice to go for. But you don’t have to desert your unique designs to stick in with the formal colours, use the simple tones to your advantage and let the cuts and textures give it a bit of oomph to stand out from the crowd.

We can always count on Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen to show us how to test pushing the boundaries of masculine dressing and make it work for women. Mary-Kate teams an oversized white shirt layering over black wide leg trousers skimming the floor for a very simple silhouette cut teamed with a boxy black clutch bag. While Ashley opts for a floor length black buttoned up dress looking quite victorian-esque. She teams her outfit with a burgundy boxy clutch for a pop of colour to their minimal colour palette. The excessive material feature is prominent to these looks as they are bold and captivating, whereas if they had gone for a more tailored, cinched-in style it would have looked very generic and like something we see day in – day out.

Janelle Monae rocks a loud, eye catching two piece with contrasting patterns to prove how you can have fun with black and white and alternative trouser suits. She teamed her trouser suit with androgynous contrasting stripes to add definition and volume to one of the trouser legs and her simple cropped bra top. By adding a simple sophisticated black blazer it elevates the edgy look still making it smart but with a fashion-forward twist. Janelle also paired her look with a bright red lip and sunglasses for a bold but classic make-up approach.

Ruffles have been HUGE on the catwalks and street style scene this fashion season and Elsa Hosk showed us exactly how to nail lace ruffles into the black and white palette. Paired beautifully with red heels and a bold red lip, the classic monochrome trend is elevated into timeless chic. The ankle length of Elsa’s gown flatters her frame and tall structure, with the ruffled sleeves and neckline adding a vintage, innocent twist. The simple up-do of Elsa’s hair and minimal eye make-up leaves the outfit to captivate attention.

There’s nothing more classic than an LBD (little black dress) is there? You can interpret that into a black mini dress, a midi, maxi, ballgown, whatever floats your boat. But no dress in your wardrobe has probably had more airtime than your black dresses. Joan Smalls shows us how to be ultra feminine in a black dress, with her opting for an asymmetric one shoulder maxi with a top, waist split and thigh split. It’s a classic, demure look with an edgy and fresh spin making it more suitable for her age. Pairing the dress with gold accessories is a guaranteed winner for the glamorous approach, and the subtle gold strap heels blend nicely with the ‘barely there’ trend keeping the look simple and minimal. The nude lip and smokey eye adds to the allure that this dress gives you and the glossy tight curled hair looks effortless and achievable for the best of us.

Earthy tones

Earthy tones keep a look natural and simple, varying from a range of tones that can be golds, browns, creams, yellows and greens. These shades allow you to dress your look up or down, and keep your look neutral and subtle.

Lily Aldridge stunned in a neutral gold cami maxi-length dress, fitting perfectly into the ‘barely there’ trend. The subtle sequins and netting trim give it a glamorous, elegant touch and the draped neckline adds a modern touch. The entire look is classic and timeless, feeling achievable for us all to recreate and make our own and with Lily’s bronzed skin and brushed up eyebrows it keeps the look sleek and clean.

Karen Elson gives us a trend perfect for the paler beauty. This deep emerald shade contrasts against porcelain skin tones for a deep jewel indulgence, and even more so for those with auburn/gingery hair tones. It’s elegant, classic and demure. A perfect shade for both young and old and speaks volumes with a red lip and lightly smokey eye.

Suki Waterhouse shows us how to nail the brown suede dress. Opting for an embroidered, deep v-neck cut resting just above ankle length, it fits perfectly with the western summer vibe and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Teaming this colour with gold like Suki gives it a luxurious finish making the colour more enriched and less harsh against your skin tone. Paired with a small clutch, Suki let’s this dress take centre stage.

Bold brights

One way to stand out in a crowd and ensure you get noticed is to turn up to an event wearing a popping bright colour that flatters your skin tone and shape. Perfect for the summer, a bright shade can brighten your mood as well as your wardrobe.

If anyone can pull of any bold look, it is most definitely Bella Hadid. No matter what extravagant style, cut or colour she puts her hand to, she masters how to make it work making it look effortless. This pink blazer style dress is cinched in at the waist to highlight her petite figure and the boxy shoulders add definition and a subtle frame to the dress. The simplicity of just pairing the dress with clear heels and a baby pink clutch keeps the look clean and minimalistic, even in such a loud fuchsia shade. The bronze glow and volumous bob gives us serious Tyra Banks vibes and she resembles every part of a 90’s supermodel.

Sara Sampaio glows in this colbalt blue pleated sheer gown. The excessive material gives the dress a luxurious, expensive look and the draping over the shoulders is the perfect finish for women who prefer their arms to be covered. The deep v-neck cut gives it a feminine elevation and styled with a slicked back hairstyle and neutral, feminine make-up tones it is perfect for letting the bold outfit choice do the talking.

Olivia Palermo is known for her fashionable wardrobe and the fact that everything she wears or puts her name to sells out in seconds. This look demonstrates to women that summer time is the perfect season to try out an orange dress and be reckless with cuts and textures. This dress can be worn day or night with the camisole straps and button detail giving it a slight laid back touch. The ruffle texture adds depth and volume to the gown, and the ankle length allows you to showcase off your selection of heels to switch up the look each time you wear it. Style a similar look to Olivia’s with slicked back hair and a smokey eye to keep it classic but sensual at the same time.