It’s that time of year again! The annual CFDA Awards took place this past Monday at New York’s Lincoln Centre. Like last month’s Met Gala (also known as the Met Ball), the CFDA ceremony is a notoriously fabulous event that honors innovation and excellence in the fashion design community. Each year, it draws a distinct bevy of trendsetters and celebrities who are eager to put their great taste on view, and2014 was no exception. Below, we’ve shared some of our favorite looks and found ways that you can reinterpret the stars’ style cues this summer.
Chrissy Teigen’s sexy, but sophisticated monochrome number makes yet another case for a fashion classic: nude pumps. Here, the pointed toe looks fresh and that lighter flesh tone creates the illusion that her legs go on for miles. Note: it’s entirely possible that her legs do go on for miles and her shoes aren’t creating any illusion, they’re just there to protect her feet. We apologize on her behalf.
Supermodel Allessandra Ambrosio carried a vintage-looking box clutch very similar to Chrissy’s. Its shiny gold surface is what makes this handbag so versatile— we think it would look awesome with a gown at a wedding or even on a night out when you’re wearing jeans and heels. Of course, Allessandra rocked it with a glamorous floor-length strapless dress. And that color? In one night, she and Chrissy proved that bright red is this summer’s hottest shade.
Whitney Port and Diane Von Furstenberg may have a couple decades between them, but both women demonstrated the beauty of wearing a dress with sleeves in the warmer months that are finally upon us. Whitney’s dress was more formal with a knee-length sheer overlay and long sleeves whereas Ms. Furstenberg wore a bright yellow, embellished T-shirt cut. The two dresses are entirely different, but they highlight one established truth: you don’t have to show a lot of skin to look gorgeous.
Minus the front slit, Rachel Roy’s outfit is an example of a casual, more wearable look for our real lives off the red carpet. Here, we see that when the temperature drops at nighttime, a lightweight, colorful maxi dress can be paired with your favorite black blazer. The key to preventing this kind of jacket from looking heavy is carrying a black clutch, like Rachel did. Her darker earrings also help pull the ensemble together and make that floral print look a bit more edgy than girly.
Finally, we love what Olivia Palermo and Marion Cotillard wore on Monday evening. Their textured whites looked amazing paired with knockout shoes in a bold color (as opposed to a demure nude, cream, or black). If you’re walking down the aisle this year, we recommend adopting these looks as outfit inspirations for any upcoming events you may have. Marion’s shift dress is a little cuter and more fun— we think it could work for a bridal luncheon, tea, or shower. Olivia’s fringed skirt, on the other hand, is a guaranteed showstopper that would be perfect for a celebratory cocktail or engagement party.