Some of our favourite cat-walkers were among the mix of style royalty at the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. The models definitely had their moment last night, strutting out a slew of bold-name designers and even bolder looks to match.
Adriana Lima: Donning a leggy and luxe Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Fall 2013 confection, this Brazilian beauty did justice to the edgy designer—who was the CFDA International Award Winner—even with black bloomers peeking through the gown. A center-parted ‘do and glowing makeup finished the look. Fellow model Joan Smalls rocked a similar Givenchy sheer design at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala. Who do you think wore it best?
Miranda Kerr: This model mom made waves with a retro-modern frock by Proenza Schouler. The square neckline and fit-and-flare shape were nothing if not fun and provided the perfect palette for the trippy, painterly cerulean and verdigris hues. More sophistication came with a classic pair of black, triple ankle-wrap Stuart Weitzman heels, Jennifer Meyer jewels and a silver Stuart Weitzman clutch, along with a fuchsia lippie and low bun.
Joan Smalls: The lovely Latina wore a breezy white, strapless Givenchy gown. The matte white panel on the bottom created a sort of casual, sundress feel. But upon closer inspection, it was anything but beach-y with a corseted bodice and sheer lace-embellished skirt. The glittering choker-necklace added a daring, darker note.
Karolina Kurkova: Well, Karolina showed us that her legs really do go on for days in a metallic Michael Kors shorts-and-top set. It was like the most fashionable piece of shiny aluminum foil in the world. This was a look that really only works magic on a model. A long, double-horn pendant necklace and a barely-there pair of thin-strap silver sandals, along with effortless blonde waves, added a California cool edge.
Karlie Kloss: The statuesque stunner took the plunge in a Cushnie et Ochs black gown featuring a patent leather, armor-like bodice that contrasted with the fluid draping of the skirt. Her slicked-down bob and a shadowy eye completed the vampy effect that was uncluttered by any accessories except a barely-visible black clutch.
Alessandra Ambrosio: Like Joan, Alessandra wore white, posing to perfection in a Kaufmanfranco one-shoulder creation that had her masterfully turning her back to the cameras on more than one occasion. After all, the wow factor here was the backless silhouette and the slight train of the skirt. Her bronzed glow, a metallic clutch and a few well-placed diamonds were all the accessories she needed.
Jessica Stam: As it turns out, Kerry Washington wasn’t going to be our only bright star at the CFDA Awards. Jessica also wore a lemony-yellow shade in her Rebecca Minkoff peplum dress paired with matching neon Christian Louboutin Dufoura sandals. A gigantic, door-knocker necklace and equally sizable earrings, along with a gemstone bracelet and acrylic clutch, were perhaps one- or two-too many accessories, especially since she took her bob to the next level with a curled pompadour look. With her stunning features, she doesn’t need all that distraction.
Candice Swanepoel: The blonde Victoria’s Secret model appeared to have been revisiting the Met Gala’s punk movement in her slightly chaotic Prabal Gurung design, what with its swoops of sequin-printed fabric flung onto the white dress, all cinched in with a wide black grommet belt. Heavily buckled black sandals toed a slightly more subversive line, too.
Erin Wasson: Taking an Alexander Wang gown out for a spin, Erin also wore white. Edged in sheer, windowpane paneling, the architectural design wasn’t quite so innocent. But it was unquestionably sexy in the most sophisticated way possible. Sleek, slicked-back strands are obviously a go-to hairstyle among the supermodel set.
Hilary Rhoda: Hilary made a dynamic entrance in a monochrome Helmut Lang below-the-knee dress. Was it as overtly sultry or daring as some of her other runway royals? No. However, I still loved the intriguing draping not to mention the sunny yellow flash of her earrings and bangle that added a bright pop to the ensemble, as did her poppy-red pout.
Lily Aldridge: The model wore a strapless The Row dress with red floral appliqué heels. I’m more intrigued by the heels than the dress.
Linda Evangelista: Wearing a black silk organza and chiffon embroidered Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013 gown, Linda gave us a true supermodel red carpet moment.