We can think of no sadder commentary on the underwhelming red carpetry of the 2018 CFDA Awards than this: Let’s wrap this up on Day One, kittens. Back in the days when Rihanna was showing up naked at this thing, we could’ve wrung some at least a couple days’ worth of content out of all the folks trying to outdo each other on the style front. But we don’t know what happened this year; whether it’s a result of the zeitgeist, politics or just the presence of Kim Kardashian, but most of the famous folk in attendance did NOT bring their A games this year. Come tsk at them with us.
Actually, before we start the tsking we should mention that some of these ladies are wearing several of the more interesting looks of the night, even if they weren’t the kind of jaw-droppers we’d have liked to see. The event as a whole didn’t live up to the kind of high-fashion it calls for, but there are some low-key decent attempts to be found here and there.
Amandla Stenberg in Rosie Assoulin
Case in point. Amandla didn’t slack off. Now, we don’t love this at all. We’re not even sure we like it. But the combination of ’70s leisure suit, bold colors, and a wholly out-there silhouette at least gives us something unique to consider.
Amber Heard in Michael Kors Collection
The pants definitely need to be hemmed and it’s not the freshest take on the ladytux, which has seen a lot of variation in the last year or so. If this was a premiere red carpet or some other entertainment industry event, we wouldn’t mind. For the CFDAs, it’s just okay.
Busy Philipps in Christian Siriano
Ditto. It’s fun and it really suits her, but it’s not as unexpected as we might have liked. Still, Christian hooked her up with a gorgeous textile and just enough silhouette play to make it stand out.
Camila Mendes in Reem Acra
Meh. It’s overdesigned to the point that it looks like three different dresses mashed together.
Ciara in Monse
This really works for us. Monse plays with form and expectations, but Miss C has a deep need to show up looking hot. This checks off both boxes while remaining true to designer and wearer.
Cynthia Erivo in Lela Rose
The more we look at this one, the more we love it. In fact, every time we try to suggest an edit, we decide it wouldn’t be the look’s benefit. It’s fashion-as-fuck, unexpected, and perfect for her.
Julianna Margulies in Narciso Rodriguez
So generic as to be invisible.
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ahley Olsen in The Row
At first we pegged this as their usual witchy schtick, but further consideration reveals that this is all surprisingly tailored, structured, and non-Boho in style. It’s a shame they both opted for black, because it really tends to play down the boldness of these choices for them. Given these two, that was probably intentional.
Nina Dobrev in Zac Posen
A bridesmaid dress. At the CFDAs. We’re sorry my dear, but you are up for elimination.
Rosario Dawson in Studio 189
She looks like Dracula’s laziest daughter, but at least it’s not boring. We’ll take it, but we’ll hate ourselves for it.
Whoopi Goldberg in Christian Siriano
Never change Miss Whoopi. Not that there was ever any danger of that happening.
To be serious for a second, we have to give her credit. She’s not fashionista, but she never treats high-ranking red carpet events (Oscars, Met Gala, CFDAs) like she doesn’t give a shit. She never disrespects the venue or the people who consider it important. She finds ways to express herself and stay comfortable in a setting that’s not really her bag. That’s admirable, even if the results aren’t always stylish. Fortunately, she had her good pal Christian on hand and he’s built up quite a rep as the guy who can make the ladies who don’t love fashion look fabulous.
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