CFDA Awards: Grace on the Grey Carpet

The carpet was a fashionable grey, an appropriate backdrop for luminaries of the American rag and mag trade.

Prabal Gurung tweeted that his tux was from Dior Men – an elegant choice for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear nominee. Gurung is up against Joseph Altuzarra and Jason Wu for the award.

Gurung in Dior Homme. Photo by @hanukhanuk.

Rachel Roy was on her way in feather earrings, green eyeshadow and David Yurman rings – and her own designer duds, of course. (I’m totally regretting throwing out my leaf green eyeshadow in my recent spring cleaning frenzy, now!)

Just glamourous enough. Photo by @Rachel_Roy.

She then picked up model Hilary Rhoda for a fashionable girls’ night out. I thought their matchy-ness looked mah-vellous.

Like two peas in a shimmery pod - model Hilary Rhoda photographed by Rachel Roy.

Her Royal Fashion Highness, Iman will be honoured as a Fashion Icon at tonight’s ceremony and she certainly looked the part.

Women’s Wear Daily tweeted:  “Iman is at the CFDA Awards with the best accessory of the night – David Bowie.” But I disagree. It’s her night – so really, he’s got the best accessory of the night on *his* arm.

Recipe for a healthy marriage: take turns being cultural icons. (Future husband: please take note!)

Queen Iman arrives. This woman should really run a country or something. She exudes power. Image courtesy of CFDA.
Lucky girl, @dkny tweeted: “Iman just arrived with David Bowie. I happened to be standing in the right place & she stopped to kiss hello. #Gracious.” Blessed by fashion royalty, no doubt!

How many red carpets have we seen with ill-fitting dresses? Designers/celebs/stylists take note: this is how a dress should fit. Perfectly. (Don’t know whose it is yet – stand by, caller.)  [Update: Iman’s gown was by Giambattista Valli because she wanted the pictures to be timeless.]

Fit for a Queen. Photo by Kevin Mazur, courtesy of FabSugar.

Speaking of fashion royalty, the divine Donna did it again. Wonder if she knew that the carpet was going to be grey? Well played, Ms. Karan.

Graceful in grey, Womenswear Designer of the Year nominee, Donna Karan. CFDA image.

Do you know what I am loving lately? With all the pop tarts and starlets removing their clothes for mags and red carpets, it’s wonderful to see elegant, sophisticated and successful women dress so beautifully and age so gracefully. It speaks volumes.

Rachel, Donna, Iman and Brooke, your outfits tonight showcased your personalities and inner beauty – well beyond what we see (and what remains covered!) on the surface.

Thank you for inspiring us to be beautiful. That’s what a night of fashion is all about, ‘innit?

We needn't shield our eyes: a different kind of nude attracts attention, too. CFDA image.

More from the CFDA fashion scene and winners tomorrow…

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