The 2018 CFDA Awards

Penélope Cruz as DontellaTaking to Instagram instead of their usual cocktail party (a sure sign-of-the-times), the Council of Fashion Designers of America revealed their nominees and honorees for this year’s 2018 CFDA Awards.Certainly not a Fashion Week rundown of models or even a MET event, the CFDA is people-in-the-industry recognizing other people-in-the-industry.

The event, to be hosted by Issa Rae, creator of HBO’s “Insecure,” sees some returning nominees, some repeated new categories and plenty of notables recognized. They include; Raf Simons, once again nominated for both womenswear and menswear Designer Of The Year. Paul Andrew, Stuart Vevers (for his work with Coach), Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel (working with Mansur Gavriel), Irene Neuwirth and for their work with The Row, the dynamic duo of fashion Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen all nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year. Of those ‘newer’ awards, Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent’s nominees are Mike Amiri, Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock for Brock Collection, Aurora James for Brother Vellies, Sander Lak for Sies Marjan and Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss.

Honourees include, Diane von Furstenberg being presented with The Swarovski Award for Positive Change, The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert going to Caroline Herrera and The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award going to Narciso Rodriguez.

The International Award will got to Donatella Versace this year. Even with the airing of the controversial FX show “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” the sister of the famous designer seems to have kept her moda creds. In fact, many are commenting on how she is indeed facing a ‘comeback’ of her brand and popularity. Her CFDA might prove to be just another credit in her march back to prominence.

Even with venue changes in the past few years and the addition of new categories, the CFDA seems to march on into the future. The 2018 CFDA Awards takes place 6/4 at the Brooklyn Museum, the 2nd time this venue is hosting.

Fashion Solidarity At The 2018 Golden Globes, But Winona Steals The Show

Winona L'OrealWas it one of the better runway fashion displays because of the actual fashions or because of a cause? This is what one needs consider about the couture we saw for The 2018 Golden Globes. In a move to show solidarity against sexual harassment, most women attending the Hollywood awards show held this past Sunday night came dressed in black. Good for them. But can fashionistas and style critics step back for an honest assessment of the dresses-as they always do post these types of events-in the face of a movement in full bloom?

The only way to confront this honestly is to simply look at who was wearing what and how well they wore it.

Mandy Moore stepped out regally in a Rosie Assoulin, with no sleeves but a bright red belt accenting the long gown. Margot Robbie, star of I, Tonya rocked a Gucci with a plunging open neck and a sparkling design down the skirt’s front. Issa Rae managed to flash her chest as well as lots of one leg out the slit of her Atelier Prabal Gurung tunic gown; she accessorized with a Lorraine Schwartz necklace. Viola Davis looked elegant in a long black sleeveless gown and accessorized herself with Harry Winston. Diane Kruger wore a crisscrossing front, various shades of black, Prada. And Blanca Blanco went in stunning red, bucking the trend. All of this full fashion style and statement, in red, black or whatever, proved you can look great in any color really.

Maybe though the best ‘appearance’ of the night, as strong a show of femininity as any other, was the Twitter-alighting Winona Ryder L’Oreal hair commercial (see here) that ran during the G.G.’s. The one minute clips showed an actress whose face is not revealed until the very last seconds of the commercial, prepping back stage, playing occasionally with her long dark locks, a stirring string accompaniment swirling around the scene. This is sure to get L’Oreal’s Elvive line lots of press, Winona furthering her comeback from Stranger Things and us all consider fashion and statements.


Color Splashes BET Awards Fashion

BET AwardsFrom Jada Pinkett Smith’s spinning pure gold, to Big Sean’s crimson, there was bright bodacious color everywhere are the BET Awards show over the weekend. Sure, there was plenty of leg showing, lots of bare backs, the usual attempt at the big Instagram-worthy skin reveal (Blac Chyna went very sheer revealing lots of her tats…and so soon after her car crash!). But mainly it was a bright color display, single or mixed, that the stars posed to show on the red carpet walking into the event.

The aforementioned Jada Pinkett Smith was dressed in a Alexandre Vauthier gown. The haute couture here was shiny and bright gold, with a choker (at least it looked like a choker from the front) that draped down the lady’s back almost as a cape. The big slit in the dress showed off copious amounts of beautiful Will Smith’s wife’s leg.

Leslie Jones rocked her own single bright color-emerald green-in her halter ensemble. The white sandals she added really added to the brightness. And as also mentioned, Big Sean wore his own single color, crimson, in a velour suit. His white T-shirt underneath and Gucci sneakers completed his bright wardrobe choices.

Kat Graham decided on dueling black and whites, with some blue, in her Raise & Vanessa. What made her dress especially ‘colorful’ (= interesting) was the figure-eight-like cutouts across her chest, these cutouts bordered in blue.

But for true multi-color options one need look no further than Issa Rae’s rainbow-striped jacket, Destiny’s Child’s LeToya Luckett’s floral gown with poofy sleeves and long train, or Fat Joe in a vintage-and oh-so-bright and colorful-Versace jacket. French Montana also wore a bright graphic-emblazoned coat.

Is the era of the nude dress, sky-high slit and meat dress behind us? Are our stars opting to show themselves off with color and brightness?