Zoe Saldana, Pharrell Williams and Mary Kate Olsen at the CFDA awards.
Sometimes the fashion world can seem intimidating and stuffy, but then events like the Met Gala or last night's CFDA awards ceremony pop up and the world that was one intimidating gets to bust out all of its creative, gutsy excitement for the world to see. A designer, a blogger, and a model singing and dancing to "Call Me Maybe" while getting ready? Check. A host decked out in a lace dress and boxer shorts? Check. Some of our favorite celebs wearing GORGEOUS couture? Check, check, check, check. While there were a TON of outfits that struck our fancy on last night's red carpet, there were a few that stuck out in particular. Zoe Saldana wore one of the more striking looks of the night, although it was also one of the most simple. Prabal Gurung dressed the actress in a jet black, carpet-sweeping illusion gown, with figure accentuating sheer panels, long sleeves, and a slit to there. The look was gorgeous paired with a strong kohl eye, nude lips, and tightly pulled-back hair. Pharrell Williams also managed to make black look risky in...dare we say it...a shorts tux. The modernized tux, which also featured a giant bow tie and a beanie, was designed by Comme Des Garçons and revealed the music and fashion mogul's calf tattoo. It's a fresh take on a timeless look that some say needs no updating, but we say go for it Pharrell, what's the point of being in fashion if you're too afraid to take a risk every once in awhile. Also, we need to add that this is not 100% uncharted territory: Joe Jonas wore a giant bow tie to last year's CFDA's. Just sayin'. Ok, ok, we know it's summer and that we need to move on from all the winter-colored outfits, but we couldn't leave out Mary Kate Olsen in The Row, especially since the talented twin and her sister took home the award for Women's Wear Designer of the Year, considered the biggest achievement of the night. Mary Kate joined the winners circle with a new 'do, showing up to the show with brand new brunette locks. The color makes MK's blue eyes pop, an effect that she accentuated with a pair of oversized emerald green drop earrings.
Lily Collins, Solange Knowles and Mandy Moore at the CFDA awards.
Unlike at your typical event where trends are the norm and many women end up wearing variations on a similar concept, the CFDA red carpet had nary a trend-follower in sight. While the previously mentioned celebs went black for the event, several attendees chose to wear much more seasonally appropriate hues. Lily Collins, who presented the Swarovski Awards for Emerging Talent in Menswear, Womenswear, and Accessories, opted for a shimmery white Marchesa cocktail length frock with cream detailing and...is that an eagle? Love it. Also springtime ready was Solange Knowles in her favorite color, yellow. Her buttercup colored Marni paillette dress was equal parts prim and daring, pairing a conservative below the knee pencil skirt with a plunging neckline and plenty of decollete. Now, What's better than wearing a beautiful designer dress? Wearing a beautiful designer dress custom built just for you, of course! That's exactly what Mandy Moore did in her one of a kind cream Lela Rose shift with metal and pearl shoulders. complimented by a sleek ponytail and a pop of pink lipstick, the look is totally seasonally on point and matches the "Candy" singer's former teenybopper, all grown up image to a T.
Dakota Fanning, Ashley Olsen and Kate Bosworth at the CFDA awards.
Let us not forget prints! Dakota Fanning added color to the carpet in a brocade Proenza Schouler dress, one of the most unusual and daring looks of the night. Paired with what looked like hybrid cage heels/clog booties, the look was fashion-forward and undeniably eye-catching. Paired with minimal makeup and a center part, the look was perfect for the 18 year old actress. Joining in on eye-popping-print-train was Kate Bosworth, who gleamed in a red and orange patterned Altuzarra "Laal" dress and Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra velvet pumps. Both actresses were proof that dressing daringly requires a subtle touch, and Kate, like Dakota, also paired her dress with minimal, glowy make-up and a smooth, pulled back hairstyle. Joseph Altuzarra was the winner of the Swarovski Women's Wear award at the festivities. Last but not least, we can't forget the night's other big nominee, Ashley Olsen. She, like her sister, wore one of her own designs, a long, draped plum silk dress from The Row, that somehow managed to look flowing but not at all shapeless.
Who do you think had the look of the night?