Post by CM
It’s a lucky week for a style blogger when there are not one, but two red-carpet fashion events to drool over in the space of a few days. Two fashion capitals of the world on either side of the Atlantic paid host to all the beautiful people, first in New York for the CFDA Awards and then in London for the GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual awards on Monday, bringing out the great and the good of the fashion industry in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Despite being named Best Womenswear Designer for their label The Row, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have failed to make our top three best dressed, but congrats to the diminutive pair all the same (we tiny twins need to stick together). So, who did make the list?
2. Jemima KirkeI usually shudder at the sight of a flower behind the ear or in the hair if it’s not on a beach (and even then I can’t ever quite accept it), but cool Jemima’s is subtle enough to work, and offsets the red of her two piece perfectly. Some were concerned by her added accessory of armpit hair, but if you can’t display your hirsute pride on the red carpet where can you?
Runner Up: Diane Kruger
It’s not often that our beloved Diane Kruger is pipped to the post, and in this Prabal Gurung number she almost made it! Effortlessly put-together and polished as always, Diane is still a winner in our eyes.
1. Alek Wek
We haven’t seen a lot of the late 90s Super in recent years, but when she sashays back into our lives she does it fiercely! It’s like the dress was made for her (and being the CFDAs, it may well have been), but it’s her poised stance and perfect polish that makes her our Best Dressed of the night.
And the rest of the winners are as follows:
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row
Menswear Designer of the Year: Tom Ford
Accessory Designer of the Year: Tabitha Simmons
Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Rosie Assoulin
Swarovski Award for Menswear: Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Rachel Mansur & Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel
GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards
On to Tuesday night, and The GLAMOUR UK Women of the Year awards. A looser, less formal affair, there are gowns, there are shifts, there are suits – anything goes as long as it suitably portrays the wearer’s own personal style.
3. Fearne CottonAnother lady in red – I wasn’t expecting red to make such an impact this summer, but here it is in abundance right in front of our eyes! Best Radio DJ winner Fearne looks cute as a button during her second pregnancy in the unusual cape style shift, and the red ball bag is really making me want to peek inside to see what it’s holding (and how many essentials can even fit in it.)
2. Ella Catliff
The shoes may be a bit Strictly, but the blue tinged feathery detail is just lovely on a youngster like Ella Catliff. The hair styled back so severely prevents the look from being too girlish, and I always applaud a nifty little shoulder bag rather than a clutch on nights like these.
Runner Up: Gemma Chan
1. Kerry Washington
Could Kerry look any better? I’d very nearly say no. That voluminous hair perfectly off-sets the simple tailering, and the slightly 80s chain detail is taken from brash to class in her capable hands. Kerry, you can do no wrong.