CFDA Awards 2016: Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Chastain, Olivia Palermo, and more

The halter tops. The trains that start at the arms. The David Bowie tribute. Cut-outs galore? The amount of fashionistas that wore Michael Kors? Yup, that was the CFDA Awards this year in a nutshell. The fashion kick-off to summer event even produced a very “Prince-looking” honoree – Beyonce (although I think she was supposed to be going for a Michael Jackson look?)

While the CFDA Awards are always an experimental time (more so than even the Met Gala in my opinion) this year the celebs really seemed to want to take fashion risks – and not for the better. Is the fashion world running out of ideas? Is it because every fashionista/actress/singer/entertainer/It Girl wants to get back her 15 minutes of fame? That remains to be seen.

For now we want to show you the trends of the night (besides cut-outs). Some were great, some were good, some were bad and some were just really ugly. You can decide which category you think each one belongs.

Best of the Night 

Jennifer Hudson in Prabal Gurung
Jennifer Hudson in Prabal Gurung
Riley Keough in Proenza Schouler
Riley Keough in Proenza Schouler

I don’t know why but I LOVE this dress. I just adore the uniqueness, the print, and of course, it’s by my favorite label Proenza Schouler. Looks a bit like a sack on Riley Keough, but I still appreciate how special it is.

Jourdan Dunn in Jonathan Simkhai
Jourdan Dunn in Jonathan Simkhai

Part lace, part art deco, part lingerie – there’s something I just love about this dress.

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Alexa Chung in Prabal Gurung
Alexa Chung in Prabal Gurung

Surprisingly demure for Alexa Chung, but a pretty leather dress nonetheless.

Alek Wek
Alek Wek
Sarah Paulson in Altuzarra
Sarah Paulson in Altuzarra

Love the dress, HATE THE HAIR!!!

Gabrielle Union in Lela Rose
Gabrielle Union in Lela Rose
Olivia Wilde in Rosie Assoulin
Olivia Wilde in Rosie Assoulin
Emily Ratajkowski in Jason Wu
Emily Ratajkowski in Jason Wu

We’re calling Summer 2016 the summer of the slip dress (hey, we called pajama dressing a big one) and this number perfectly exemplifies just that.

Joan Smalls in Givenchy
Joan Smalls in Givenchy

The off-shoulder trend is alive and kicking and this unique Givenchy design on model Joan Smalls is a perfect example  — at least the top half. Not loving the color or Smalls’ hair but this was still a stand-out number for me.

Jessica Chastain in Prabal Gurung
Jessica Chastain in Prabal Gurung

 

Olivia Palermo in Carolina Herrera
Olivia Palermo in Carolina Herrera

 

Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Christian Siriano, Kate Spade, Prabal Gurung

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Michael Kors
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Michael Kors
Alessandra Ambrosio in Michael Kors
Alessandra Ambrosio in Michael Kors

And why is everything black for summer???

Ashley Graham in Michael Kors
Ashley Graham in Michael Kors
Claire Danes in Calvin Klein
Claire Danes in Calvin Klein
Doutzen Kroes in Calvin Klein Collection
Doutzen Kroes in Calvin Klein Collection
Selma Blair in Christian Siriano
Selma Blair in Christian Siriano
America Ferrera in Kate Spade
America Ferrera in Kate Spade
Olivia Culpo in Kate Spade blazer & feather skirt
Olivia Culpo in Kate Spade blazer & feather skirt

Silver 

Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross
Kirsten Dunst in Rodare
Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte
Julianne Hough in Michael Kors
Julianne Hough in Michael Kors

Halter Tops 

Karlie Kloss in Rosie Assoulin
Karlie Kloss in Rosie Assoulin
Jamie Chung
Jamie Chung in Banana Republic

The big story of the day was that this dress came from Banana Republic. I guess I might be surprised if it was anyone but Jamie Chung, the girl that makes a potato sack from Target look awesome.

Irina Shayk in Misha Nonooo
Irina Shayk in Misha Nonooo

Unique Trains 

Ciara in Roberto Cavalli
Ciara in Roberto Cavalli

I don’t think anyone but Ciara could pull this off.

Laverne Cox in Marc Bouwer
Laverne Cox in Marc Bouwer

I like the idea of the cape/arm train but I wonder how many people had to side step her at the event.

Beyonce in Givenchy
Beyonce in Givenchy

And of course, Queen B looking as silly as I’ve ever seen her!!

– Simona Shemer

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