The Council of Fashion Designers of America put on its annual extravaganza, a sort of Academy Awards of Fashion, at Lincoln Center Monday night, and WWD was there to explain it all to you. Let's do it stream-of-style, shall we? Yes, we shall: First,...
The Council of Fashion Designers of America put on its annual extravaganza, a sort of Academy Awards of Fashion, at Lincoln Center Monday night, and WWD was there to explain it all to you. Let's do it stream-of-style, shall we? Yes, we shall: First, the crowd. It was one of the best-dressed the CFDA has brought out in years -- almost everyone in simple, elegant clothes, but not too pared down to make an onlooker think they'd all come out in their underwear. There was a lot of black, oh surprise. There was a lot of white. And there was a lot of cream. That's the reason statuesque Sigourney Weaver was a standout in a crimson velvet body-hugger by Richard Tyler.
Slipdresses were big -- or maybe that should be little. Kelly Klein, whose husband, Calvin, copped the double-whammy for being the year's best in both women's wear and men's wear, wore one in pale silk cut on the bias. Anna Wintour, Bianca Jagger, Marina Schiano, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Moss all wore their slips. Calvin's soft gray slipdress and long sweater was a big hit, because the CFDA's Fern Mallis, Veronica Hearst and Sally Kellerman were all -- oops! -- wearing it. If you don't mind seeing yourself coming and going, it's fine. On the other hand, groan, sob, damn.
The supermodels were as drop-dead as ever. Cindy Crawford wore a black sheath, and Naomi Campbell sashayed about in an Azzedine Alaia. Then there was Christy Turlington in something by Marc Jacobs and Iman with several tons of hair.
Sofia Coppola showed up in her pal Anna Sui's silver charmeuse baby-doll dress with a little silver fuzzy sweater slung over and silver mary janes on her feet. "I'm thinking of moving to New York," said she, "doing some work with fashion magazines." Yeah.
Ali MacGraw looked great in a white Calvin Klein. Now that everyone is letting her hair grow, Ali has cut hers short. She's out way ahead or way behind. Rosie O'Donnell wore print pajamas by Todd Oldham and a fake fur coat. Hello, PETA, hello! As for k.d. lang, she looked ready to join the cavalry in a Richard Tyler uniform. Eartha Kitt also wore a Richard Tyler, a black jacket and a long, full skirt. Her hair was done in wild, wild corkscrews, but she wasn't there to hide her light, you dig?
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"