2011 CFDA Awards Red Carpet

Posted on June 07, 2011

Darlings, if the Met Gala is fashion’s prom night, then we suppose the CFDAs are more like a school awards banquet, except everyone’s afraid to move too much or eat anything because they’re all dressed in thousands of dollars of borrowed clothes. Ah fashion world, you’re so deliciously bizarre. Let’s run down the looks, kittens:

Amber Heard in Cynthia Rowley

Cute. We don’t love the hem or the shoes paired with it. Mustard yellow with beige is one of those color combinations that actually sounds bad without having to see it.

Anderson Cooper in Ralph Lauren

Perfection. That hairstyle makes him look a little older, though. Not a crime; just an observation.

Ashley Greene in Michael Kors

The dress is cute, although it gives off a pretty casual vibe. We really don’t like the shoes.

Ashley Olsen in The Row and Mary Kate Olsen in a Chanel jacket and The Row skirt

We’ll give them credit for having clearly definable styles. Unfortunately, those styles are (on the left) “70-year-old former movie star” and (on the right) “70-year-old socialite.”

Brad Goreski in Simon Spurr

BRAVO, sir. BRA. VO.

Chloe Sevigny in Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

Ohmigod, you guys! We think Chloe may have returned as “Sage” this time! Looks like she’s undercover as a bitchy, nymphomaniac fashion editor, so mum’s the word.


LOVE that shade of bronzey gold. HATE every one of her accessories.

Jessica Alba in Diane von Furstenberg

We love that color combination and we love the gold accents, but we don’t think that peachy top goes with her skin tone.

Joy Bryant in Rachel Roy

Pretty basic.

Judith Light

Stunning dress in a gorgeous color. She looks great. Love the cuff.

Kathy Griffin

Oh, Kathy. You look really great, but you’re wearing way too many bangles. It honestly looks a little silly.

Katie Cassidy in Behnaz Sarafpour

It’s pretty and fresh-looking, but the skirt’s a bit figure skater. And we will never stop declaring that “nude” platform pumps are the devil’s shoe.

Kerry Washington in Calvin Klein

Very pretty and minimalist chic. It also looks enviably comfortable. We bet a lot of women in more restrictive getups were giving her the stinkeye all night.

Kirsten Dunst in Patrik Ervell

She always falters with the hair. The outfit looks great (although the pants are a skosh too tight), but that top knot does nothing for it.

Leelee Sobieski in Adam Kimmel

Love it in a “Charlie commercial” kind of way, but we really think it needs a belt to keep the front from looking as sloppy as it does. Those shoes were an inspired choice.

Linda Gray in Pamella Roland

We miss drunk Sue Ellen and her eyebrow acting. This is classic and pretty. Nothing earth-shattering, but she looks good and the color suits her.

Liv Tyler in Proenza Schouler

She can get pretty cracky in her fashion choices, but this is the best she’s looked in a long time. LOVE the colors on her and the black accessories paired with it. A very put together look that suits her.

Lucy Liu in Monique Lhuillier

Nice to see someone bring a little diva drama to the proceedings. It’s not the most original look in the world, but she does look spectacular.

Marcia Cross in Pamella Roland

FABULOUS. She really should have followed the Ann-Margret thing to its logical conclusion and gone for big hair and lots of purple and green eyeshadow.

Miranda Kerr in Michael Kors

Girl is working the SHIT out of this look. Not one wrong move made. She’s serving fierceness.

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

The problem with the Calvin Klein aesthetic is that there’s a fine line separating “chic minimalism” from “depressed person.” She looks like she won the “decorate your hospital gown” contest at the inpatient facility.

Sofia Coppola in Marc Jacobs

Conventional, but pretty.

Come to think of it, almost everybody played it pretty safe, didn’t they? Then again, there aren’t many real disasters either.

Whitney Port in Pamella Roland

Yup. Safe and conservative. No one wanted to risk pissing off the fashion gods and no stylist wanted to be known among all their peers as the one who fucked it up for the CFDAs. Still, no complaints. For the most part, everyone looked chic and the outfits looked surprisingly well thought out. Well done, ladies.

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  • Amy F

    Sofia…put on some make-up please. PS. Love your champagne in the little cans. Mwa.

    • Anonymous

      Or maybe an accessory?
      Kerry Washington is perfection, especially the shoes with her skin tone!
      Miranda Kerr is a different sort of perfection, but I am surprised you boys didn’t call her out on her Wonder Woman Bracers!

  • Anonymous

    Lots to see!  I’m sorry, Brad looks like an idiot trying WAY too hard in that suit.  Why do the Olsen sister always do that weird “joined at the hip” pose with the heads floating above their starved, sagging bodies?  Awful.  Chloe as “Sage” – “What?  Why are staring at my sagging breasts and perky nipples?”  Kerry Washington – FABULOUS!!  Liv Tyler – FABULOUS!!  Miranda Kerr – FINALLY a MK dress that isn’t as ugly as dog shit on a sidewalk.  And lastly, Naomi Watts looks FANTASTIC in that CK dress, you boys just don’t like her and she can’t catch a break her for anything.  She looks great.

  • Anonymous

    You want disasters…look at the Olsen’s again! 😉

    I’d think the CFDA’s would be one of the events that celebs and stylists would want to take more risks…have fun, rather than play it safe.  Some of those (Whitney, Sofia, Naomi…) were downright boring.

    Brad Goreski – while I like that he dresses fun and unconventionally, I’d have preferred the pants to be solid black…perhaps the vest too.  This looks like pajamas. 

    • Anonymous

      Exactly!  I couldn’t quuite figure out what the suit looked like but PJs it is!

    • Anonymous

      Pajamas were my first thought too, but I’m surprised that I actually think he’s working it.

      • Maria Muniz

        I think he looks like airline upholstery.

  • Valerie Owens

    Love Miranda Kerr’s Wonder Woman bracelets. Break out the feminum!

  • “She looks like she won the “decorate your hospital gown” contest at the inpatient facility.” Funny yet accurate description. Agree with most of your comments. A quibble here and there, but for the most part you were spot on. 

  • T-Lo, explain men’s suits to me, please! (Or anyone else, for that matter.) Brad’s is obviously perfect but aren’t Anderson’s sleeves a bit too short? Or the shirt too long? How is this meant to work in general?
    I will admit that I’m a stylist but I don’t do menswear, that’s my excuse!

    • scottyf

      Of course I’m not T&Lo but, if I’m not mistaken, the rule of thumb is that about one-half to three-quarters of an inch of shirt cuff should show below your suit jacket.

      And if Mr. Cooper wants ANYONE to believe he’s straight, he needs to stop dressing and looking so incredibly dapper.

      • Amanda in Austin

        I don’t think Anderson Cooper has ever wanted anyone to believe he’s straight. He’s pretty open about being gay, isn’t he?

      • Ah thanks for clearing that up, darling! I shall make my husband try on his suits tonight and practice menswear on him 😉

  • mc90

    Leelee Sobieski: “Those shoes were an inspired choice”??!!!? Wha? I’m assuming you’re being facetious (Oh please, lawdy, make it no be true!) –Emmylou

    • Anonymous

      Amen. Those shoes are hiddy.

  • Anonymous

    Those Olsen twins are hilarious.  Everyone here, including them, looks either pretty good or fabulous.  Next I suppose you will post pictures of the male attendees in their jeans and sneakers.

    • margaret meyers

      ain’t it the way?

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe Miranda Kerr had a baby a few months ago. She looks fabulous!

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t Sevigny old enough to know that always looking disdainful is not cool? She just looks like she’s trying too hard.

    Liv Tyler looks a mess. She should hide those knees.

    I LOVE Amber Heard’s dress. It’s a tad too long, but that’s minor. And I think the shoes work.

    The Olsen girls just make me sad.

    Judith Light and Kerry Washington both look completely fabulous. Naomi looks terrific.

    Brad’s suit is cracking me up. And I’m grateful it’s not plaid.

    Anderson Cooper is always perfect.

    Sofia, why so grim?

  • Amanda in Austin

    My favorites are Judith Light (KILLAH), Kerry Washington, and KiKi Dunst.

    Why was Whitney Port at this event?

  • Anonymous

    When the Olsons get as old as they always look what will they do for fashion? I’m betting they break out the pinafores and mary janes. Lord they annoy me! Linda Gray–pretty color but the eyes have the look of being made up with a shaky morning after (or morning during) hand.

  • Anonymous

    Love Judith Light’s gown, but she has uneven boobs. Noticeable uneven. And I think, amazingly, Kathy Griffin looks awesome!!!

  • I had “Barbie & PJ” paperdolls in the early ’80s, and I swear to god, PJ had Marcia Cross’s outfit. This is not intended as an insult in any way  — love(d) it on both of them. 

  • Ashley Greene’s shoes and clutch totally destroyed her look. 

  • Wow, seems like a put together crowd.  Liv’s dress was one I appreciate for being bold, love Liu and Kerr.  but a big NO on Goreski’s suit.  He looks like wrapping paper.

  • Ella B. Mudge

    The Olsens look like they have osteoporosis already.  And Sofia needs a damn snack.

  • sophie elliott

    I actually love Amber Heard’s outfit. The little bit of yellow in the belt and the lipstick make the shoes work. Ashley Greene looks hopelessly out of place on this carpet, but I kind of love the Olsen twins shtick.  I didn’t pay attention to Miranda Kerr before she had a baby, but holy crap, she has looked amazing since then.

    Nude heels are never going to go out of style. Boring as they may be, they make a woman’s legs look incredible. We don’t all have Miranda’s legs. But I hate platforms. They look tacky.

  • Anonymous

    Are you kidding me? Joy Bryant (whoever that is) looks like she’s in a damn neglige.

  • Anonymous

    Kerry Washington is perfect. Just perfect.

    Other personal favorites: Leelee Sobieski, Brad Goreski (the perfect crisp white shirt and plain black tie are the cherry on top) and Kathy Griffin (for the dress). I want to put the Olsen twins in that list, but as much as I love how they dress, I am put off by the facial expressions which, with their eating-disorder thinness scream “extreme anxiety disorder!” to me.

    Honorable mention to Anderson Cooper for doing the expected thing so well and to Miranda Kerr for making it work in a dress that I think would make most brave enough to wear it look like a yoga instructor at a formal banquet or pudgy, or (if not pudgy) like a delusional socialite who thinks that being thin enough means it looks good on you.

    • MilaXX

      The Olsen twins share Posh Spice’s fear of smiling on camera only instead of bitchface, they give starving granny face.

  • The second  I saw Marcia Cross’ outfit. I was IN LOVE. Miranda Kerr looks fantastic–I want her shoes. Brad Goreski’s suit=fabuloso

  • Anonymous

    Eek, I think LeeLee’s shoes are a crime against nature. Linda Gray’s eye make-up totally confounds: I believe Cintra Wilson’s phrase for it is “black buttered eyeballs.” I don’t understand how the Olsen twins can manage to have the same amount of black roots at the same time, do they actually get their hair “did” together? I think Estelle is having a boob situation, and Kiki Dunst wins my Best Of the Bunch Award. I think she looks fabulously chic and the hair is done right.

  • Chloe looked like she was channeling a french maid.

  • After further thought, I think Chloe looks like an amish french maid.  Who knew that was possible?

    • Anonymous

      I’d go with Amish French floozie, but Amish French maid also works. And don’t forget, Chloe is multi-talented.

  • Anonymous

    Notice that the Olsen girls have the same purse, only in different colors? Maybe it’s holding their prescription meds and check books. These girls always look awful – then I’m reminded how rich they are and remember that they could care less what anyone thinks.

    Is Marcia Cross wearing a jump suit? She looks great. And the backdrop of Swarovski is perfect. Also Judith Leight. While I think the color would look better in another setting she looks incredible in that dress (I, who greatly am impressed by women of a certain age). Speaking of which, WTF Linda Gray? Great to see you again, girl. Unlike Roma Downey, this former TV star knows where to put her boobs.

    Didn’t Penelope Cruz where Lucy Liu’s dress before? Maybe in white?

    And put my vote in for Kerry Washington for the win here. Fabulous.

    • margaret meyers

      And the Olsens are carrying daytime bags.  I guess evening bags aren’t big enough for the checkbooks and the pills.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, Kathy Griffin’s restructured face looks kind of silly.

  • Anonymous

    Judith Light: Brought. It.

  • Anonymous

    The first thing I thought when I saw the Michael Kors that Ashley Greene is wearing is wondering whether he was inspired by the color block dress in Mondo’s final collection.

  • MilaXX

    Goodness it’s hot out. So glad to finally be back home under the AC. So now I can judge properly. 🙂

    Amber Heard – It’s okay, but the accent color needs to be a jewel tone, not mustard yellow.
    Anderson Cooper – Love my prematurely gray silver fox.Ashley Greene – bad shoeAshley Olsen and Mary Kate Olsen – Why are The children of the Corn carrying such giant bags? Those are working girls purses. What did they need other than a few dollars, a lipstick a cell phone & a credit card?
    Brad Goreski – I love how Brad wears prints.Chloe Sevigny – Oh hey there Sage!Estelle – She should ask Iman how to dress like a bronze goddess.Jessica Alba – the color combo is pretty, I wish it was flipped because the purple would look great up by her face.
    Joy Bryant – I like Joy, bur she could have done better than this boring outfit.
    Judith Light – With all the soaps being canceled I can’t help but remember the first time I saw her when she was on One Life to Live as Karen Woleck(sp?) the nympho. She;s come a long way sine then and looks great here.
    Kathy Griffin – It’s an okay dress, but who told her she needed bracelets up to her elbow?Katie Cassidy – Bland ice skater costume.
    Kerry Washington – She looks great. I hope her new series doesn’t suck.Kirsten Dunst – Poor Kiki, I like the suit but the hair is a miss.Leelee Sobieski – Like the pantsuit, hate the hair and wish she had a different shirt on.Linda Gray – Nice, age appropriate look. Nothing earth shattering.
    Liv Tyler – It’s okay, but the best she ever looked was the cream and yellow Versace.Lucy Liu – Diva-licious
    Marcia Cross – It’s nice but Gwen Stefani & Iman have already worked the sparkly jumpsuit far better.
    Naomi Watts – Boring. this either needs some bling or a darker skinned person to wear it.Sofia Coppola – considering how tragic she often looks this is almost a WERQ look.
    Whitney Port  – A bit mother of the bride looking for such a young person.

  • Abby’s comments:

    Kathy Griffin looked the best she has EVER looked, bangles and all.  LOVE!

    Kerry Washington, she looked pregnant.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

    LeeLee Sobieski, Praise Jeebahs she got rid of the Crystal Gayle hair!  LOVE the new ‘do!  Instantly thought of the “Charlie commercial” before I read your comment.  LOVE TLo!

    LINDA freaking GRAY??!!  Yay!  She looks lovely as ever!  Speaking of the 70s, Crystal Gayle, and Charlie cologne.  Everything old is new again…

    Thought Naomi Watts was Jewel… Weeeeeeeeeeird…

    Sophia Coppola always has that constipated baby look on her face…

    Kirsten Dunst always has that look on her face that says, “Jake Gillenhal still won’t return my calls even though he’s single now…”

  • I have a thing for Korean pop music, and looking at the men’s celebrity fashion there makes me so jealous. Male pop stars can get away with wearing such FABULOUS things.
    This guy is a rapper (and considered very “masculine”), but look at how awesome his outfits are! http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_llt4ke7CuQ1qilynso1_500.jpghttp://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_llogginX531qbdv3vo1_500.pngIt just makes me wish that American men could wear interesting things too. Brad looks great, but he’s such a minority.

    And I want Marcia’s spangled jumpsuit 😀

  • dickinson-julie

    Judith Light does look fabulous here!  I think I would have liked Lucy Liu’s gown a better if she had been standing in the atrium instead of right in front of the the red carpet backdrop.  My eyes kept moving back and forth from the Swarovski logo to her dress.  She looked like the swan, only skewed at a 45 degree angle. 

  • the olsens always remind me of twins who create their own language & are, thereby & therefore, cut off from the rest of the world.

    as an aside, i am not saying that like it’s a bad thing {as sayeth the kids o’ today}.

    • Anonymous

      Very interesting observation. Plausible.

    • margaret meyers

      As a twin, deeply devoted to my monozygote, I have to admit that the Olsens set off my freak-o-meter.

  • Lisa

    OMG, I cannot get OVER how awesome Marcia Cross looks!  Vegas, baby, Vegas!  I love it!

  • Anonymous

    Anderson and Brad both look fab. Mr. Goreski has oodles of style and it’s always interesting to see what he’s sporting. 

    Miranda Kerr looks amazing. All the accessories are perfection (imho) and work perfectly together.

    Live Tyler looks pretty, big sigh of relief.

    I’m digging Kerry Washington’s look but she could have knocked it out of the park with some fabulous bold earrings and different shoes. I keep wondering what earrings Twiggy would have worn with that dress.

  • Michael Telles

    Ashley Greene in Michael Kors looks a lot like something Mondo made in his finale collection.

  • Gwen Schott

    I never imagined I’d be typing these words … Judith Light FTW bitches!!! 😉

  • Anonymous

    This post clinches it:  my favorite T Lo term of endearment for us faithful is “you guys!”. Because the post that follows is invariably extra funny and bitchy. In fact, I’d wager most of T Lo’s best posts start out this way. Drunk SueEllen and her eyebrow acting! Chloe Sevigny as Sage! The Olsen Twins! Omigod my nose hurts from snorting milk out of it while laughing!

    On a more serious note, I am dismayed and concerned about the trend of the front part of a frock being longer than the rest of the garment. That makes for some awkward walking, have a piece of fabric constantly catching between one’s knees like a too-long loincloth. As though a lady would ever wear a loincloth in public. And in pregnant Jessica Alba’s case it’s potentially dangerous. It’s like the dress is trying to trip her. Plus it’s just ugly.

    But I loved that shade of gold on Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington’s frock!  LeeLee Sobieski, however, should not be allowed to choose her shoes without trained supervision.

  • margaret meyers

    Those twins!  Did they do that on purpose?  Did they wake up and say “Let’s dress like we have osteoporosis and several dead husbands!  I’ll carry the white pill minder and you’ll carry the brown one.”

    • AND Why do they always pose like they’re joined at the hip? They give me the creeps!

  • I think there’s something seriously wrong with Chloe Sevigny. Her weirdness is getting old. Love Judith Light’s dress.

  • MilaXX

    I should have known. The Children of the Corn are carrying those bags because they are part of their new handbag line I can’t wait to see who carries a $5k handbag that bland looking.

  • Ther are too many Who’s The Boss jokes floating around in my head and thus, clouding my ability to convene how slammin’ Judith Light looks. Damn. And Linda Grey! Hell yeah!

  • elzatelzabelz

    Anderson Cooper, Brad Goreski- outta the park. I hate pantsuits, but love Marcia Cross’ pantsuit. So bizarrely awesome.

  • Anonymous

    The more I look at Amber Heard’s dress, the more I covet it. It’s so fabulous.

  • akprincess72

    I love Amber’s shoes, just not with that dress & Judith Light looks FAB…   You have to have Kerry’s figure to wear that dress (I would look like a weeble) & she is making it look GOOD.

  • Anonymous

    I love Liv Tyler print look and Kerry Washingston’s simple and elagant look.

  • Anonymous

    Honest to god, I had to come back here today to see if I was still as taken with Kerry Washington’s appearance, and I am.

    I imagine there were women there wearing a fortune in carefully selected dress & accessories, in hair and make-up professionally done at exorbitant cost, who have painfully achieved the exact trainer-mandated percentage of body fat, and who sobbed in frustration on the way home because next to Ms. Washington it all felt completely futile.

    Not that I adore her ensemble or anything. (Though I do think the addition of 60’s style mod earrings someone has suggested is an intriguing idea)

  • The Olsen twins look like idiots ALWAYS standing like that, with such vapid, spaced out expressions.  I cannot abide them!

  • Beth G

    Nude shoes look like someone has encased their feet in Silly Putty.

  • Anonymous

    2 things:
    One, Jessica Alba is the Prettiest boring girl in ht world. How someone so attractive can be so damn dull is beyond me.
    Two, I would not know Naomi Watts if she smacked me in the face I NEVER RECOGNIZE her…she is somehow SO average or something. I never ever EVER can pick her out in a photo. “Oh look at Naomi…” Without a caption I would never KNOW! 

  • Look at that picture of the Olsens… If they are going to make a SATC prequel, Ashley Olsen would be a much more logical Carrie than Blake Lively. The height, the face, the hair, the voice, the “cute” vibe… no contest.