Rihanna’s Naked Again
Yay, page views! But seriously, I felt like there was nothing else I could title this CFDA recap because, after all, this is all anyone has been talking about all week. Yes, we may be a few days late, but we had other important things to write…like flower crowns. Anyways, I know the CMT Music Awards were last night so I should technically be recapping that red carpet but 1) there’s a country music award show, like, once a month and 2) I don’t know anyone who’s popular in country music so I couldn’t include fun little anecdotes. So there.
If the Met Ball is considered fashion’s Oscars, then the CFDA Awards are definitely the Golden Globes. They honor a handful of people, a number of big names in fashion turn up to celebrate their peers and other celebrities within the industry just turn up to be fabulous. I couldn’t get enough of this red carpet, and while I didn’t have as much to choose from as I did the Met Ball, there were still some stand-outs in my book. For one, MANGO was there. He’s the new face of T by Alexander Wang and for that I request the highest of fives because whoever came up with that deserves a medal.
Don’t remember Mango? Allow me to refresh your memory:
I mean, really with the leather booty shorts? Genius. Love. Watch the video.
So other than that as my best dressed (just kidding). Let’s talk about the rest.
Obviously we have to talk about RiRi first because, you know, the title. Had to find the most work appropriate pic of the outfit, which not surprisingly, was nearly impossible. Luckily, this one doesn’t have as much nip. If this was ANYONE ELSE, and I mean anyone else, I would immediately decry “attention whore.” Instead, I can’t. It’s Rihanna. We’re so used to seeing her barely clothed/not clothed/getting banned from Instagram that this doesn’t shock us anymore. If anything, I’m most shocked she decided to put on underwear. Rihanna: 1. Instagram: 0.
What in the who what what? Look, I hate peplums because I think they’re pretty unflattering…but WHAT ARE THESE? They almost look like nipple tassels gone wrong. If it was just the shift dress, I would have been totally for this look. It’s springy, she has cute shoes, she looks very Parisian. But I’m sorry, I don’t care how many campaigns Raf Simons gives you, you do not under any circumstances try this gown on during a fitting and say “okay, I’ll wear it.” Save it for when the Met Ball’s theme is origami.
Gotta say something nice about Solange before I find myself in an elevator with her…I know, I know. I had to. She actually does look pretty great, though, but I’m guessing part of the reason is 1) she’s naturally gorgeous and 2) she’s the date of Francisco Costa, so it’s not like he’d let her show up looking worse for wear. Also, I’m a huge fan of the statement lip. It can sometimes feel a bit much pairing such a pink hue with metallics but I think it’s really working for her.
I’m loving the Lady Justice costume. In all seriousness, everywhere I’ve been reading has been gaga about Rosie Assoulin and her love of intricate draping and fabrics. I, for one, am not sold yet, so many I’m not as fashion-conscious as I’d like to think I am. Regardless, Keri gets points for sporting the designer on her big night, even if she was ultimately beaten by Creates of the Wind. Maybe my problem with this is it works on someone like Man Repeller, but on Keri it just kind of falls flat. Yeah, let’s go with that.
I say unknown because I can’t find creds anywhere (other than Mary-Kate’s Christian Louboutin shoes). However, if I HAD to guess, they’re wearing pieces from their line “The Row,” which won, by the way. These outfits are fine, I tend to accept the fact that the Olsens beat to the tune of their own drums when it comes to fashion choices, so I can’t really be mad about this. Although Ashley’s shoes remind me of a similar pair I wore to an 8th grade choir concert…so there’s that.
This whole ensemble looks like it belongs in a painting. It’s very striking and while I was initially a little turned off by it, it’s really grown on me. Coco is a high-fashion model, after all, so we should expect her to take sartorial risks. My only major qualm is the black and white/long sleeves/dark lipstick feels a little too wintry for me. I understand we’re having a pretty cold June so far, but this would have been better-suited for an event in October.
I kind of love how Emmy Rossum admitted this dress was on her Pinterest page for some time now, before she chose it to wear to this occasion. It’s like the celebrity version of a wedding board. I really like this color on her and am a huge fan of the cutouts, lace detail. I only have one tiny gripe in that I wish it was all one length rather than being a mullet-cut dress. I just feel like it would have made the entire gown come together rather than look slightly disjointed.
I feel safe in saying that if anyone else wore this outfit, I would hate it, but because Lupita time and time again helps me see the light in fashion risks, I’ll allow it. I mean seriously, who else could wear a bermuda-short and crop-top combo and bright blue eyeshadow and still look awesome? No one. Is it the best she’s ever looked? Not even close, but I like that she’s having so much fun with fashion…and fashion is having so much fun with her.
In a look clearly made for Blair Waldorf, Blake Lively continues to channel 60s glamour with this fun ensemble. While Lively easily has one of the best manes in the game, am I the only one who thinks pulling it back in this way kind of ages her? I can’t help but immediately think Betty Draper. Anyway, overall I think Blake looks amazing and I love the salmon-colored shoes she wore with an olive dress. Definitely a pretty combo.
And now…my worst dressed of the evening. This looks like a cross between a costume from Heidi and Bianca Stratford’s prom dress. Also, those shoes? What IS this. I only want the best for My Girl and this is just plain awful. I mean, she looks awesome for just having a baby, but why would you take away from that by wearing this monstrosity? What are those threads hanging from the skirt? I just…can’t. At least I have a best dressed pick….
It’s no secret I love everything Olivia Palermo does and this outfit is no exception. Leave it to her to wear something you can pick up at a mall and make it look like a million bucks. Also I need to find those shoes immediately because they’re so amazing. While part of me wishes this was reserved for fall, it’s so fabulous I don’t even care. Those statement chokers are also all the rage right now, as is fringe (I smell a #TT idea), so she’s clearly on point.
Look at that, a whole CFDA post not completely dedicated to Rihanna’s naked body. Who was your pick of the night?