2011 CFDA Fashion Awards Red Carpet (NSFW)

The Council of Fashion Designers of America held their annual awards show, honoring Lady Gaga with their Fashion Icon award. So you KNOW this red carpet is going to be ridiculous.

Let’s get to know some designers, models, and fashion icons. And then judge them. Harshly.

Victoria’s Secret model ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO in Prabal Gurung

WORKING it. Perfect color, and we LOVE the sexy cut-outs on the sides. Perfect draping, not too much train, and we love the necklace.

Actress AMBER HEARD in Cynthia Rowley

Not bad for a relative nobody, but the shoes and belt are for a different outfit. And this is a little too run-of-the-mill for a fashion industry event.

CFDA Awards Host ANDERSON COOPER in Ralph Lauren

::drools::

Vogue editor-in-chief ANNA WINTOUR in Marc Jacobs

It’s a little business-y for an awards show, no? We love the shoes.

Twilight star ASHLEY GREENE in Michael Kors

A little more MTV than CFDA, and it’s clear that not much thought went into the styling. It all feels a little two seasons ago.

Fashion designer BETSEY JOHNSON

Crackhead in killer shoes.

Celebrity stylist BRAD GORESKI in Simon Spurr

Perfection.

Victoria’s Secret model CHANEL IMAN in BCBG Max Azria

That color is fanfuckingtastic on her. You know she’s a model, because it’s only BCBG but she’s working it like it’s Oscar de la Renta. The sleeves are a little much for a normal human being, but they work on her.

Big Love star CHLOE SEVIGNY in her own line for Opening Ceremony

Well, this is actually the best Chloe Sevigny has ever looked, though every individual piece is still awful. But for once she doesn’t look like the homeless lady that accidentally wandered into the party. And, may we add, her breasts look terrific. If the top were executed better, the ruffles were smaller, the skirt didn’t have all that business on the tummy, and those shoes were burned in a fire, this might actually resemble something a human would wear.

Victoria’s Secret model DOUTZEN KROES in J. Mendel

I’m torn on whether the shoes are trampy or amazing. Obviously they’re amazing on their own, but with the red and the high slit, it’s bordering on hooker territory. She’s clearly a good model, because I thought I loved this look for five minutes until I realized it’s a super-boring dress that she’s wearing the hell out of.

Entourage actress EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI in David Meister

Congratulations, random Entourage girl who seems like she’s spent too much time on the cover of Maxim – we don’t know how you got invited, but we are honoring you with the title of WORST DRESSED at the 2011 CFDA Awards! Congratulations! You should thank the bright yellow toilet paper hanging from your skirt – you really could not have achieved this without it.

Fashion designers ERIN FETHERSTON in her own design

Okay, nude-on-nude is over, but I still think she looks awesome. Maybe because this was the opening look in the Erin Fetherston Resort 2012 collection, which premiered the same day as this event, which is pretty stellar self-promotion.

Actress JESSICA ALBA in custom Diane von Furstenberg

She’s in like her 80th trimester, so she gets to wear something loose and shapeless and cozy, because the colors are great. But we hate the earrings, and we feel bad for her, sweating under all those layers of makeup.

Rapper KANYE WEST

Those are the gayest shoes I have ever seen.

Runway model KARLIE KLOSS in Jason Wu, with the designer

Effortless and fabulous. It’s good to be a model with an amazing fashion designer who can fit in your pocket!

Victoria’s Secret model KAROLINA KURKOVA in Diane von Furstenberg

The blogs I read today all raved over this look, and I think they’re all smoking the same crackpipe as Karolina here. It’s a hooded jumpsuit! In GREEN! With red gladiator-esque sandals that MIGHT HAVE TASSELS. We can’t be sure, and we’re afraid our eyes will explode if we examine this photo for another second.

Comedian KATHY GRIFFIN

Kathy Griffin is living proof that if the gays love you, you can get an invitation to ANY event. I mean, I love the woman, but why the hell else would she be at the CFDA Awards, besides the fact that she’s Anderson Cooper’s hag?

Actress KERRY WASHINGTON in Calvin Klein, with Francisco Costa, the label’s creative director

Not crazy about this dress. It makes her look like she’s hiding something – and bitch has NOTHING to hide. The shape just doesn’t have anything to do with her body. But we do love the shoes.

Actress KIRSTEN DUNST in Patrik Ervell

Possible contender for my favorite Kirsten Dunst look of all time. I have no complains. I think she looks awesome, as long as those are very skinny suit pants and not jeans, because that would be far too casual for this event.

CFDA Fashion Icon Award winner LADY GAGA in custom Mugler

Well, the night was all about Gaga (as most nights tend to be). We started off loving the look, wig and all.

LADY GAGA with her sister NATALI GERMANOTTA

Our love grew when we read that Gaga took her sister as her date [Editor’s Note: We’d have done the same thing!]. And, though it can’t be easy living in Gaga’s shadow, Natali looks FIERCE as can be.

Probably our favorite Gaga makeup so far – we prefer a strong brow, a red lip, and a beauty mark over everything else. But I like that her eyes are so light – when you strip off eyeliner and fake lashes, you can see Gaga’s beautiful features even better.
Twelve-inch heel-less shoes, for the masochist in all of us.

She’s wearing a studded thong. GOOD LORD, SHE’S WEARING A STUDDED THONG. There’s pushing the envelope, and there’s putting metal spikes up your buttcrack. Not that we judge, but come on.

This is what Gaga wore to the CFDA Awards after-party. I repeat: THIS IS WHAT SHE WORE. Like, she just danced around and talked to people and got interviewed and partied in black nipple shields and a studded thong.

Actress LEELEE SOBIESKI in Adam Kimmel

Is it weird that we’re sort of obsessed with her? Even though we haven’t seen her in a movie since we were twelve? She looks fab in that suit, and the shoes are fun.

DJ LEIGH LEZARK in Helmut Lang

We’re easily persuaded by a mustard-yellow gown. The shoes are a little too matchy-matchy with the purse, the hair, even the nails, but we like this look, ish.

Actress LIV TYLER in Proenza Schouler

Not my favorite. I just don’t think there’s anything pretty about this print, or anything interesting about this dress.

Actress LUCY LIU in Monique Lhuillier

Oh, snooze. You, Lea Michele, and Penelope Cruz have all worn dresses just like this. It’s beautiful, but it’s an Oscars dress (boring and glamorous), not a fashion event dress.

Fashion designer L’WREN SCOTT in her own design

This old broad looks supremely fabulous. That dress would look equally great on someone a quarter of her age.

Desperate Housewives star MARCIA CROSS in Pamella Roland

Ugh, enough with the sparkly jumpsuits. It’s so ugly that unless you’re the first person to do it, it’s really never a good choice.

CFDA Swarovski Award nominees MARY-KATE OLSEN and ASHLEY OLSEN, both in their label The Row

You know what? They seem to be making their way out of the let’s-wear-trash-bags phase and into the world of dressing like a human instead of a hermit crab. The matching purses are a little tacky, but they both look beautiful in clothes of their own design, and that’s something to be proud of.

Victoria’s Secret model MIRANDA KERR in Michael Kors

Halle Berry wore a very similar Halston gown last week, which makes Miranda’s dress look just slutty instead of slutty and interesting. Also, her stylist got a little carried away with the shoes and the Wonder Woman cuffs (which are, like, officially a trend), which look more costumey than anything else.

Actress NAOMI WATTS in Calvin Klein

I think she and Claire Danes have worn this dress to every red carpet event of the last three years.

Actress SHENAE GRIMES in Rebecca Taylor

Here’s another one who clearly crashed this party, and although this isn’t something we wear, it’s the first time we’ve seen her look bathed. So that’s a start. And she took a risk with this outfit, which we applaud. If the bodice didn’t fit her so strangely, we might even like it.

The Hills star WHITNEY PORT in Pamella Roland

Snooze. I can’t believe the fashion industry takes her seriously enough to invite her to their events. And yes, I’m saying this after late-season Degrassi star Shenae freaking Grimes showed up to the party.

© Democracy Diva, 2011.

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2 responses to 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards Red Carpet (NSFW)

  1. Haley

    Of course you’d take your sister to this event!!! And we’d have looked DAMN FIERCE. Also, is it possible that Gaga’s studded thong is not studded with metal, but rather a more flexible material, like rubber spikes? Or maybe soft plastic? And also, I read an interview with the Olsen’s recently about their fashion transition and they were both like “Look, when you’re waking up at 8 am to get to an NYU class, you throw on the nearest blanket sweater and run.” So I think they’re trying to say that hobo chic was their college look and that those days are officially gone. Love you!

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