Last night on June 6th 2016, the annual CFDA Awards took place, bringing the fashion industry’s finest professionals and icons to New York, to honour designers for their creations and Beyonce for her wardrobe.
But as well as ward-giving, the event brought us plenty of new style inspiration, with stars taking to the red carpet in brilliant looks to work into our own repertoire.
See below all the best outfits from the night, broken down into trends to try for Spring/Summer’16…
1. Sparkling Silhouettes
Queen Bey was bestowed the best award of the night, being given the ‘Fashion Icon’ award that Vogue had said should go to Kim Kardashian…
Wearing a sparkling Givenchy suit, Beyonce mimicked a famed look Michael Jackson once wore, but crowned hers with a wide-brimmed hat that has a haunting, but commanding appeal.
Top British model upped the ante here with her intricately detailed cream dress.
Pictured here with designer Jonathan Simkhai, in a glittering gown from his Resort’17 collection, Ms Dunn showed us how to do sparkle and sheer, with a flapper-inspired dress we know we’d slay with at any after party.
Fellow model, Adriana Lima wore an embellished look by Marc Jacobs, bringing glamourous vibes to a tomboyish outfit that also bore 00s-feels (hello, midriff, choker necklace and baggy trousers).
Celebrity stylist Rachael Zoe got the sparkle memo, wearing a striped sequinned gown with glittery heels.
We love how the dazzling neck detail brightened up the simple shift dress silhouette.
Also in a bedazzled, stripy column dress, model Jasmine Tookes took it to glamourous territory with her black gown by Prabal Gurung and pointed court shoes.
We love the subtle stripe and the way the whole thing was styled, with a softened ponytail ‘do, box clutch and sparkling earrings.
Also in a sparkly number, actress Kirsten Dunst stepped out to turn heads in this light-catching gown from Rodarte.
The mirror-like sequins wouldn’t have been out of place on the Met Gala a few weeks back, with its “Manus x Machina” theme – the brightly coloured earring matching the asymmetrical hemline and showing off a playful wardrobe personality too.
The beautifully-bodied model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whitely brought sweet amounts of subtle sparkle to the event, with this cream stroppy dress by Michael Kors.
Beaded with tiny embellishment, the gown towed the line between glitz and girly, and ultimately looked sweet on her petite figure.
2. Curve-Loving Cutouts
Super model Naomi Campbell stepped out to slay with her simple silhouette and a carefully placed cutout showing off her svelte figure.
We love the braid and the way her Brandon Maxwell gown just skims her frame, almost like a second skin.
Fellow top model Karlie Kloss bore a cutout right in the middle of her Rosie Assoulin dress, in case you missed it.
Contrasting against the girly frills and polka dot print, the cutout added a certain quirk while giving us a glimpse at her abs…
Joan Smalls always brings the fire when she’s seen on the red carpet, but almost reinventing herself last night with this new hairdo, the model really got pulses racing.
We love this beige cutout Givenchy gown and its exotic feel – just the inspiration we need as we at SPICE are thinking about holidays and travel this month.
Also in Givenchy, model Shanina Shaik hit the CFDAs, bringing a bright pop of colour in this cutout, mustard dress.
We like that it came with a metallic, strappy heel, and an unusla furry bag.
The similarly-named model Irina Shayk also came to the red carpet with a cutout – hers placed at the cleavage to add attention to her standout red look.
Known for her brilliant wardrobe choices, Irina nailed it with this highwaisted, billowing ensemble, styled with just a messy bun.
Also making an appearance in the bold hue (just in time to watch Bey nab her ‘Fashion Icon’ award, too!) is the rumoured ‘other woman’ in the Beyonce-Jay Z Lemonade debacle, Rachel Roy who looked chic in her simple column gown.
The cutaway neckline added interest in an otherwise simple dress, and gave the lady in red some style points (even if the run-in with Bey may have left her a little red-faced…).
3. Draped Decisions
Going the drapey direction with long, elegant sleeves, actress Laverne Cox continued her reign as a red carpet nailer, with this gown by Marc Bouwer.
We love the hue and how it works beautifully with her complexion, and will be looking to add something similar to our wardrobes too – though maybe a touch less dramatic drape-wise, because we’ve no Summer invitations so far that warrant a triple train…
Actress Selma Blair also chose to go draped to the CFDA Awards, working this usual ensemble by Christian Siriano which saw one side manned-up in a tux, and the other, draped with half a black gown.
The look was rocked in tribute to Prince and David Bowie. Eccentric yes, but we don’t hate it.
JHud, who performed at the event, stepped out in two outfits – both swathed in fabric.
The first was a layered red and black from Prabal Gurung’s Resort’16 collection, which she rocked on the red carpet, and the second was sparkling ensemble similar to Larverne Cox’s, with a cape-like neckline that draped at the sleeves.
Both looks are currently polarising the internet, and Team SPICE are uncertain too.
4. Monochrome Ensembles
Blue & Jay
So the monochrome trend was rife on the red carpet at the 2016 CFDAs, with even Blue Ivy Carter seen sporting a back and white look.
Matching her mum and dad, Bey and Jay Z’s ensemble, Blue twinned with her parents while working that carpet like a pro – signalling her status as number one when it comes to being a trendy Hollywood tot.
Going for an all-black look from Jason Wu, model and actress Emily Ratajkowski wore a dress that skimmed her frame, adding just a box clutch and simple pair of drop earrings to accessorise.
We appreciate the attention to fit here and how luxe such a simple ensemble can look.
Actress Gabrielle Union always stun when she steps out, and her ageless self did it yet again in this printed gown by Lela Rose.
We adore that asymmetric, double-strapped side of the dress, but really any chance to see the stunner’s toned arms is great inspiration to get moving and in shape for Summer, so thanks Gabs for the reminder that we’re slacking.
Actress Riley made a splash with a printed ensemble by Proenza Schouler, courtesy of their Autumn/Winter’16 collection.
The waved hem detail gave us life, but the top portion of the dress, with its loopy fastenings are also worth a mention in as to why we really like this look.
Jessica Chastain made an appearance last night at the CFDAs, and hit the red carpet wearing Prabal Gurung’s high-low gown from the brand’s Autumn/Winter’16 collection.
What’s not to love about this, with the star looking luxe and serving classic feels via that side-swept hair and strapless bodice…
Rocking Kate Spade, actress America Ferrera donned the monochrome look, with a dress that came bejewelled at the neck and waist.
Highlighting her figure by nipping in her waist, the diamantes were very well placed, and we like the filled hemline too.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Designer Diane Von Furstenberg also wore monochrome, and we got a great look of it on the red carpet, as well as hen she presented Beyonce with her ‘Fashion Icon’ award.
The length was flattering and the embellishment added a playful feel, but we’d expect nothing less that good vibes from Ms Von Furstenberg since she’s been setting trends for decades.
5. Romantic Ruffles
Singer Ciara opted out of her recent over-exposed looks, covering her body in girly, romantic ruffles.
The gown by Cavalli came in a beautiful peach and she matched it well with her Stuart Weitzman strappy heels.
Also going for a peachy hue, model Taylor Hill brought a certain romance with a floral maxi dress with a ruffled neckline.
While it’s not exactly a flattering look (doesn’t quite flaunt the figure) the Thakoon gown is a definitely a “lewk” in that it commits to a vintage theme. For that, we like it.
Style icon Tracee Ellis-Ross made her mama proud with this ensemble, made up of a printed gown by Suno, with a quirky vertical ruffle.
The texture on texture was a great choice, and we love the unexpected pop of red going on here via the shoe, matched to her red lips. And we didn’t miss those hoop earrings either.
Wearing custom Sachin & Babi, Danish model Josephine Skriver went for it with this red, asymmetrically-hemmed gown, which came covered in a mini-ruffled texture.
We like the styling, with the elegant earrings and nude shoes, which altogether gave a Wonder Woman-type vibe, thanks also to the sweetheart neckline. Powerful look, Josephine.
But what trends did you spy on celebrities last night? Tell us about your favourite looks at the 2016 CFDA Awards red carpet, by tagging us in your comments online using @SPICETVAFRICA.
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