2012 CFDA Fashion Awards Red Carpet

Posted on June 05, 2012

Darlings, it was the CFDA Awards! If the Met Gala is fashion’s prom night, then the CFDAs are sort of like student body elections. You know; kinda dorky.


Busy Phillips in Martin Margiela

 Honey, your tits appear to be weeping. Examine that.


Gretchen Mol in Sophie Theallet

Love the shape of the skirt; hate the shape of the top. Not crazy about the color scheme, either. A bit too “Easter basket” for our tastes. In addition, the shoes are ridiculously heavy for such a look, and the hair and makeup appear to be DIY, which is a mortal sin in the fashion world.


Heather Graham in Nicole Miller

 It’s a little bit “1982 prom,” but it’s pretty enough. The shoes appear to be awful.


Jennifer Tilly in Nicole Miller

We suspect this dress is pretty enough on its own, but on someone as busty as Jennifer, it all goes Ethel Merman-frumpy.


Jessica Chastain in Prabal Gurung

Rip off that capelet and this would all work perfectly. Love the shoes.


Jessica Pare in Jason Wu

 The outfit is really pretty and eye-catching, but the shoes are awful and she could’ve used some more dramatic makeup.


Julianne Hough in Kaufmanfranco

 Kind of an odd shape. She looks sophisticated but once again, at least a decade older than her age.


Kate Bosworth in Altuzarra

Crazy dress, too-heavy shoes, severe hair and invisible makeup. Great plan.

Is it us?

Kyra Sedgwick in Reed Krakoff

If she’d just zhuzh her hair, work some night-time makeup and slap on some jewelry, this could easily be chic, but as it is, she looks a little day-time.


Lily Collins in Marchesa

We don’t love the eagle embellishment – makes this look like Wonder Woman’s clubbing outfit – but it’s an overall striking look. Not sure such a high neckline suits her, though.

Mandy Moore in Lela Rose

 Good styling might have lifted this up, but it’s pretty drab overall.


Padma Lakshmi in Naeem Khan

 Gorgeous dress.


Sophia Bush in David Meister



Solange Knowles in Marni

Did she and Kyra come in from the same luncheon? This is kinda cute, but also kinda daytime. And the bag doesn’t quite go.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Sobaika

    Padma Laskshmi for the win.

    • MoHub

       Much as I hate to say it: Padma all the way.

      • TieDye64

        In agreement. And I hate to say it, too.

        • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

          I don’t hate to say it!  She’s a beautiful woman and the best dressed one in this crowd!  Lily Collins looks good too, although I agree with T and Lo about the eagle embroidery.  Otherwise, cute and age appropriate.

          • Josephine E. Segura

            the summery colors/shape are great on her. I think Solange looks super cute....FreeLancerJob.notlong.com

    • LuisaNL

       really. hands down.

    • merciblahblah

       There’s not even a question. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.

    • Cathy S

       I was just about to post that! 🙂

    • padma is an exceptional woman, beautiful and smart, but i don’t think black is flattering to her coloring.  she looks best in brights and deep jewel tones.

      • Sobaika

        That’s actually kind of disappointing because I have similar coloring and my entire wardrobe is black 🙁

        • butterflysunita

          Oh dear.  Me too.  But I think Padma looks gorgeous in black.  

  • MilaXX

    Are these heavy ankle length peep toe boots going to be a thing this summer? They are ugly and far too heavy looking for anything but jeans. Please make them go away.

    I like Chastain minus the sheer caplet ad surprisingly Kate Bosworth, even though she needs a stringer lip. Lily Collins looks like she’s going ice skating and everyone else is “meh”.

    • minnye

      I’m surprised to like Bosworth’s too. With the cutout and that wacky paillette fringe, the dress should be tacky but (to me) it just crosses the line to quirky, and the summery colors/shape are great on her. I think Solange looks super cute.

      • MilaXX

         I like a lot of stuff she wears but I agree she may have been a bit under dressed.

        • most of them seem underdressed.  isn’t this the event where the designers usually bring their favorite muse, and show off their best work?  or am i confused?

  • BobStPaul

    I think that’s the best Julianne Hough has ever looked on the runway.

  • M_E_S

    …that looks nothing like Mandy Moore…

    Or is it just me?

    • kimmeister

      I never would have known it was her without a caption.

    • Call me Bee

      No not just you.  Wouldn’t have known it was her, either.  She needs a seamstress for that hem along with a smile. 

    • TieDye64

      I had no idea it was her at first. Looks like someone much older. Odd.

      • AudreysMom

         I know. Wasn’t she 16 like 5 minutes ago?

        • Seriously. My first thought was, since when is Mandy Moore older than me?

  • What happened to Jennifer Tilly?  She looks like a (very) poor man’s Dita Von Teese.

  • Gretchen Mol is so, so pretty. She was resplendent as Betty Page. Why does she always look so random on the red carpet?

  • SpcilK

    Who are Solage’s shoes by? They are killa. Padma Shut It Down!

  • Little_Olive

    You had me at the weeping tits. 

    Padma FTW.

    Could we stage a shoe intervention? Ugh, the time of the beartrap shoes and silly putty pumps now seem like a day in the park. 

    • YoungSally

      What is that raining from her tits anyway?  Something left over from one of the Izzy’s wigs that didn’t get used in a Chris March design….or is someone upcycling discarded human hair?

      • Speaking of Chris, anyone know if there’s going to be a second season?

  • Lina_bee

    Padma & Solange look great. LilyC looks the ingenue she is, which is sort of sweet. Heather Graham has apparently stopped aging — her whole look is very pretty and suitably retro, if not eye-popping. Kyra’s a bit of a disappointment: she’s such a head-turner that I want her to knock it out of the park every time. I’d like to see Bosworth’s dress on Solange to see what she’d do with it.

  • Spicytomato1

    Padma FTW, followed closely by the two Jessicas — Pare and Chastain. Chastain has been knocking it out of the park lately — although I wavered at first on this one, thinking she was wearing white tights until I realized her skin really is that pale. And I’m intrigued to see Pare out of her MM costumes.

  • Spicytomato1

    Kate Bosworth, any dress that requires you to flex your abs during photo ops isn’t your dress. Or anyone’s dress, except maybe a bodybuilder’s?

  • Why does Gretchen Mol have two tiny bulldogs fighting under her blouse? I’m confused.

  • butterflysunita

    Nearly every outfit is either ugly or dull.  Padma Lakshmi has no competition here.  

  • butterflysunita

    Nearly every outfit is either ugly or dull.  Padma Lakshmi has no competition here.  

    • introspective

      My thoughts exactly! A shit ton of fug save for padma. And shoe choices are especially messy. For this to be a fashion event nobodys bringing it…

  • Kristy Evans

    I like Jessica Pare’s dress, but I always feel like those type of dresses look like you’re opening curtains on your lady bits. “Welcome to the Muffin Show!”

    • charlotte

       For some reason I didn’t even recognize her out of Megan drag.

  • norseofcourse

    Chastain is wearing Sandy’s dress from the big dance in Grease. Capelet and all. (Though I think Olivia Newton-John’s shoes were white.) Girl looks so born to hand jive. 

    • JimMcC

       It does look like that! But a slightly more saran wrapped version.

  • patticake1601

    Jessica Chastain is too white for that color. Shoes are magnificent though.

  • halleygee

    Jessica Chastain is wearing Sandy’s dress from Grease with a big shiny belt! WTF??

  • Susan Crawford

    Weeping breasts!
    Wonder Woman’s clubbing outfit!

    I just love you two SOOOO much!

  • SapphoPoet

    And the win goes to Padma Lakshmi for looking elegant and age-appropriate.

  • Call me Bee

    Padma FTW!  She (as always!) looks elegent and put-together. 
    Kira is looking really gaunt–please give her a cookie.  And Jennifer Tilly–bless her heart… (I meant that in the most Southern way possible!)  Always entertaining, if nothing else. 

  • Nicole Chubb

    I want to go clubbing with Wonder Woman now.

  • MK03

    Is Jessica Pare wearing home-dec tassels on her ears?

  • kimmeister

    Gretchen’s blouse looks like a normal sleeveless blouse with a draped neck, that she randomly decided to pull over to one shoulder.  Ick.

  • VeryClaire

    Don’t bash poor little Jessica Chastain’s First Communion dress!

    • Catiline

      HA!!!   First Communion is what I thought of the second I saw Miss Chastain.  That’s not a good thing.

  • TxMom2011

    Jessica Pare’s earrings look like pig tails.  Lily Collins looks like a bottle-head doll.

  • msdamselfly

    loved Kate Bosworth’s dress
    Did not like Padmas’ at all

  • Kate Bosworth’s tummy looks awesome. Guess I should have more to say but oh well. 

  • For your consideration: Julianne Hough so consistently looks older than her age. So, isn’t it likely that she’s lying about her age? Probably not by a decade, but by a few years at least. I think she’s pulling a Catherine Zeta-Jones.

  • They (Anna W.) all love KBos. I don’t know why. I stopped wondering around the last time they put her on the cover of Vogue.
    Lily Collins looks like a space-girl cheerleader. Her team are the Eagles. Go team!
    Busy Philips always looks like she is gonna’ hit us with a quick chorus of ‘Hey Big Spender’ and a high kick.
    Jessica Chastain please send me your shoes.
    Solange, please send me your dress (but I am wearing it to lunch not dinner).
    But Kyra, I am most disappointed in you because you had the potential to be the chicest and you blew it. You’re just like all the other girls now.

  • Le_Sigh

    I can’t stop giggling at “Wonder Woman’s clubbing outfit.”

    Also – I’m going to steal Jessica Chastain’s shoes.  

  • Judy_J

    Jennifer Tilly does appear to be channeling Ethel Merman.  I want her to belt out “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

  • HA! I could have sworn Sophia Bush was Kelly Clarkson and thought to myself, “Damn she’s looking good!” Sigh.

  • Why does Kate Bosworth have to have her hair scraped back no matter what she is wearing? Everything looks so severe on her because of the hair. Zhuzh indeed!

    • Lilak

      I don’t think the poor child has enough hair TO zhuzh.

  • pippitypup

    Poor Kyra. It must be hard when you’re a 2000 year old dessicated mummy to find something that hides your skeleton without making you look frumpy.

  • TieDye64

    Busy Phillips and her weeping tits…bahaaaaa. She’s such a train wreck on the RC. At least it’s amusing. 

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    “Wonder Woman’s Clubbing Outfit!” I Love it!

  • greyhoundgirl

    Lily Collins==ice skating outfit.
    Padma kills it.

  • Okay, they gave an award to the Olsen twins.  That explains the cast of C-List celebrities.

  • Hermione_Granger

    You say “Wonder Woman’s clubbing outfit” like that’s a bad thing.

  • Lilak

    Can’t even begin to figure out Bosworth’s fancy home ec project …. 

    But I guess if you wear a custom Prada made out of feathers to the Met Gala – feathers which required a long and complicated schedule of oiling by Prada minions, if you please – you can wear barf like this and not jeopardize your Exalted Voguette status.   

  • Warrior89

    So much ugliness all in one place.  

  • VicksieDo

    Padma clearly won this round, but I do like 
    Julianne Hough ‘s look.  It’s very sleek.  But if I had her bod, I’d wear more adventurous things, surely.

  • Bill Curtis

    Ethel Merman-Frumpy – Ha!  Makes me think of all the Ethel musicals Jennifer T can now headline:

    Jenny Get Your Frump
    Frumpy! A Musical Fable
    Girl Frumpy
    Panama Hate It
    Call Me frumpy
    Frumpything Goes
    DuBarry was a Frump
    Red, Hot and Frumpy
    Happy Frumping
    Frumpy for the Boys
    Hello, Frumpy!

    Also, Jennifer Pare looks like she’ll burst into Fan Tan Fanny at any moment.

    This concludes my Broadway rambling for the day.

  • janetjb

    I like Kyra and Solange’s outfits quite a bit, but they forgot the nighttime accessories to make “day-to-evening look” work.

  • SignLadyB

    Actually Lilly Collins in her Wonder Woman clubbing outfit looks like Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen–all head!

  • This is an amazing collection of People Who Almost Happened. If I were Jessica Chastain I would be very careful of my next move, in case I catch Gretchen Molitis.

  • Jessica Pare: This is totally because I just watched Mad Men, but all I can think of is “hot pink heavy-flow period dress”. 

  • alwaysanswerc

    re: Jessica Chastain — the capelet is indeed terrible, but it also helps distract from the fact that the rest of the dress looks like the uniform of a celestial milkmaid.

  • suzq

    That is the best I think I’ve ever seen Solange Knowles.  Snaps for her.  With a smaller bag, it would have been perfect.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    Busy Phillips looks like she’s wearing pasties made for the Green Giant’s wife.  What in the name of all that’s holy possessed her to wear that?

    Jennifer Tilly is channeling Ethel Merman to be sure.   “Everything’s Coming Up Rosesssssss”

    Lily Collins’ dress would be a win if the pidgeon? dove? wasn’t on the front.  It’s a beautiful frock.

  • VioletCube

    I’d say Jessica Pare’s shoes are more boring than truly awful. 

  • Yeah, Solange, just pass that bag over here, totally doesn’t go with your outfit.

    *saunters away whistling*

  • altalinda

    Can a PUF help me out?  What does CDFA stand for?

  • Kate Bosworth is this generation’s Geraldine Chaplin, but far too young; Pare must be trying to escape from the Mad Men mod look, but this way isn’t very flattering (and she’s so stunning on MM). Heather Graham is never going to stop working that Dick Diggler vibe.

  • altalinda

    You were too kind to Gretchen Mol.  Horrid, from tip to toe.

  • Brendan Schulze

    Jessica looks like a fairy princess with that capelet, and… well, might as well ask it.
    Is Jennifer Tilly’s left boob trying to escape, or is it me?

  • emcat8

    I hate to expose my ignorance, but what is wrong with Jessica Pare’s shoes? I think they’re lovely with that dress. It makes the outfit feel like a very sixties thing Megan might have worn.

  • guest2visits

    If Cate had lost the black shoes and bag; this would have been a pretty interesting dress for this event.
    Liked: Padma, Mandy, Heather, and Julianne. 

  • “Wonder Woman’s Clubbing Outfit” *Snort*

  • Congratulations ladies, you have collectively (excusing Padma for the moment) made me feel 100% less schlubby.  I doubt that was your goal for the day, but here we are.

  • ErinnF

    I think I need a shoe tutorial. Ever since I started reading this blog, I’ve realized I know jack about shoes. I’m pretty sure if I’m ever famous — maybe in an alternate universe or something — my shoe choices will be mocked here as well. :-

    Actually I didn’t even recognize Jessica Pare WITH SHOES ON for a change. 

  • Judih1

    I think Padma’s dress would have been far better in a color. The black looks a little harsh, especially in comparison to the other outfits worn by the others. She looks like she is going to a different event

  • Sophie Collier

    Jessica, stop slouching!  And Kyra seems to be slowly morphing into the lovechild of Calista Flockhart and the Cryptkeeper.  

  • quiltrx

    Padma’s and Jessica Pare’s dresses are by far my faves.  The rest look like they just came from “try a weird look” day at the celebrity mall.

  • ccm800

    When did Jennifer Tilly start looking like Ethel Mirman?   nd Mandy Moore is always unrecognizable. Is she that bland? Why does she always look like a different person? 

  • Qitkat

    That has got to be the worst I’ve ever seen Kyra Sedgwick look. Compare this to that recent magazine cover.
    I can never quite believe Busy Phillips. That nickname. Those shoes. Is she standing en pointe? This is a dreadful outfit.

  • nancylee61

    Jessica Pare looks like she had a menstruation accident. That is what I first thought when I saw this. Yeech. (sorry)

  • Jessica O’Connell

    She may not be wearing the most fashion forward thing, but I love Sophia Bush’s look. She looks gorgeous and I love those shoes!

  • 3rdsister

    Jessica Chastain has to learn to hold her head up — I’m so over the annoying head tilt.