Best and worst dressed at the CFDA and Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

Best and worst dressed at the CFDA and Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

If you’re looking for a broad overview of a country’s fashion design scene,  checking out the guests at a major local industry award night is a nice way of getting one.

Tuesday night in New York, the ninth CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards were presented, with Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman taking out the $300,000 top prize, while Tabitha Simmons and Jennifer Myer claimed $100,000 each in runner up awards.

Perhaps it’s that New York is still reeling from its recent weather and infrastructure trauma, or maybe it’s that Michelle Obama wore every good American made cocktail frock during the election lead up, leaving no clothes for anyone else ...either way, the crowd looked a little lacklustre.

The fun thing about fashion awards is that the designers are there to soak up the blame for poorly dressed celebrities. So it was with Christina Ricci and Richard Chai and Ashley Greene in Wes Gordon. Meanwhile the eternally flawless Emma Stone and Anna Wintour rejected all American in favour of Burberry designs by keynote speaker Christopher Bailey. Ouch.

Aside from these two, Thakoon was responsible for one of the best looks of the night, a bright yellow haltered dress with a Chinoiserie skirt, worn by Cody Horn, while Alexander Wang’s slightly suspect suspended leather dress looked excellent on Vanessa Traina. 

The Elder Statesmen’s win is a testament to America’s continued celebration of all things casual, so perhaps this explains why more formal fashion efforts are often imported from the catwalks of Europe.

(Images via Getty)

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