The WSJ Magazine 2017 Innovator Awards on Wednesday (November 1) in New York City were an elegant affair with many stylish attendees opting for an inky colour palette.
Naomi Campbell: Despite the asymmetrical proportions of her Jean Paul Gaultier Couture outfit, methinks many will be focused on the chain facial jewellery. She went for a show-stopping look, but I wish there were a few less accessories so we could better appreciate the way the dress merges into trousers.
Gwyneth Paltrow: Donning Michael Kors Collection Spring 2018, the actress tempered a sleek white and black dress with an oversized black blazer. I’m sure many will describe this as shapeless, but I found the proportions refreshing. What’s more, I appreciate the way she carried it off with a relaxed elegance.
Maddie Ziegler: The dancer struck a pose in a slinky Tommy Hilfiger slip dress which was enlivened by gold zigzags and inky sequined diamonds on the hem. The gold lace-up shoes tied in the frock’s detail while adding a fun element that was appropriate for her 15 years.
Karlie Kloss: Favoring an elegant pantsuit as opposed to a gown, the supermodel proved black to be anything but boring with a lace corset, sequined blazer and matte cropped trousers. The black colour palette harmonized everything and allowed each fabric to speak for itself. The bronze clutch added just the right contrast.
Joe Jonas: The singer looked dapper mixing tones of black, grey and navy to full effect. The way the lighter stripes in his shirt played off the satin collar is most effective. Joe enjoys experimenting with different casual looks, but this shows he does formal menswear just as well.
Joan Smalls: Shimmering in head-to-toe Nina Ricci Fall 2017, the model reinvented the typical black sequin dress with a coordinating triangle top. The look was originally shown on the runway with a matte top, but the sequined version was more appropriate for this occasion as it created a striking cutout effect.
Martha Hunt: Deviating from the night’s popular black color scheme, the model opted for sophisticated colourblocking courtesy of Celine. The mix of deep jewel tones with the off-white and warm gray is elegant, but this feels a bit too casual compared to dresses festooned with sequins.
Constance Jablonski: The French model went dark on the bottom but light on top. The contrasting colours of her Proenza Schouler Fall 2017 look were tied together with the pleating and soft architectural shapes. Some might also think this was too casual, but the accessories help elevate it.