The lush green background made the dresses stand out at last night's CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund event in NYC, where Alexander Wang took home the prize; check out all the other winners here. Anna Wintour, who may be considering retirement, hosted some of Manhattan's pretty young things at the soiree. Blake Lively and Penn Badgley traveled as a duo as usual, though they never pose together. The dress was a break from the norm for Blake who also showed off some new looks on last night's Gossip Girl Thanksgiving. Skipping TV night along with the Gossip Girl stars were Charlize Theron and Piper Perabo, who looked fantastic in the cool November night — check out love it or hate it polls on all the looks now.
For his grand prize, Wang received $200,000 and a year’s worth of mentoring from some of best designers in the industry. Albertus Q. Swanepoel of Albertus Quartus and Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava were named this year’s runners-up. Congratulations to all!
This one's a toughie considering both Lake Bell and Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman wore Marchesa's red rosette dress the same exact way. Their red satin shoes and pulled-back hair are the same, but Lake opted for a red snakesin clutch at the What Happens in Vegas UK premiere, while Georgina went with a glittery silver one at the 2008 CFDA Awards. Although Georgina designed the dress, I think Lake has more natural ability to pull off such a funky shoulder detail. Which lady in red do you think wore it better?
>> We covered most of the highlights from Monday's night CFDA Awards yesterday, but today come the videos shown to the audience.
First up? The Mike Figgis-directed tribute video to Style.com's executive fashion director Candy Pratts Price, which contains such gems as Kate Moss, dubbed over with a man's voice, saying (what I assume is a quote from Candy): "You haven't got a Birkin, oh my god, you have to have one, we're going straight back to Hermes now." Also, Anna Wintour, describing Candy: "She is a fashion character . . . a fashion . . . nista." A word which I never imagined to come out of Anna's mouth, but it does, and she simultaneously twirls her fingers for emphasis:
Then, the Douglas Keeve-directed spoof of HBO's In Treatment, which was used to introduce the Menswear Designer of the Year nominees — Tom Ford, Thom Browne, and Michael Bastian. Only Tom Ford's clip is to be found, but Tom sobs, sips a martini, and vents to therapist Gabriel Byrne with all the gusto you would expect from Tom Ford. It's like a peek at the Hollywood Tom Ford, when he left fashion to direct films, which never really happened . . .
>>In the CFDA Awards aftermath, the images of Raquel Zimmerman modeling each nominated designer's duds, which were produced for a book handed out at last night's award ceremony, have appeared, albeit in small form, featuring Raquel wearing chain eyelashes under her eyes for the Rodarte shot, and a crazy punk wig for the Subversive Jewelry photo.