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July 28 2014

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28 posts tagged "CFDA Awards"

Amy Sedaris Dresses Like a Scarecrow, Looks Good Doing It

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Amy SedarisToday on Style.com, Amy Sedaris, author, comedienne, former Strangers With Candy star, and bona fide rabbit expert advises readers on how to care for their fashion bunnies. But when I spoke with Sedaris in her cozy Greenwich Village apartment, she had some fashion tales to share, too. For instance, last year, at her good friend Adam Selman’s debut presentation, Sedaris made an onstage cameo as a photographer (left), directing models as they posed in their silk shorts and swimsuits on set. “The other photographers thought I was a real photographer,” laughed Sedaris, who met Selman while the pair was working on a Dolly Parton video. “So they were mean to me—you know, pushy, bossy, aggressive. One photographer asked me what I was shooting for, and I was like, ‘Oh, there’s no film in this camera.’ Cuckoo!”

Selman, who made Sedaris’ late rabbit Dusty a custom awning to sleep under, designs a number of the actress’s dresses. “He’s great, and he’ll help me pick out shoes,” she noted. While her custom Selman wares are decidedly more demure than that infamous fishnet-and-crystal number Rihanna worked at the CFDA Awards, Sedaris insists that she wouldn’t shy away from a similar ensemble. “I’d do it for a laugh,” she chuckled. “I’d just wear it out every day. To the gym even. Everywhere.”

That would be a bold move (and one we’d fully support). But Sedaris admits that the other night, while preparing for an evening out on the town, she was at a loss for what to wear. “Adam was here, and I was being restless, so I Googled how you’re supposed to dress when you’re over 50. And it was, like, stuff I would never wear in a million years! Not ever!” So how does Sedaris, who at this particular moment was donning some Junya Watanabe-esque patchwork jeans and a white T-shirt, describe her personal style? “I usually dress like a scarecrow,” she deadpanned. Well, Ms. Sedaris, if that’s the case, it’s working for you.

Photo: Getty Images 

Pencil Skirts, Polka Dots, and More: This Week’s Best Looks, According to You

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look of the dayWe’re in full-on Resort mode here at Style.com. The best way to keep track of the season’s must-try trends? Our Look of the Day poll, of course. On Monday, we were loving the foolproof combination of a crisp button-down and pencil skirt. The winning look, a sheer blouse and paillette-covered skirt from Burberry Prorsum, was anything but basic. Riley Keough even sported a button-down and jacquard skirt on the Cannes red carpet. It was a refreshing alternative to the festival’s bevy of ball gowns. Next up: On Tuesday, we made a case for straw hats—and not just for the beach. Tomas Maier’s winner consisted of cropped jeans, a loose sweater, and a black floppy hat fit for the streets of New York. The look was chic, simple, and supremely wearable. As the week went on, we played favorites with high-slit skirts (like Joan Smalls’ stunning Prabal Gurung number at the CFDAs); butter-soft suede; and playful, retro polka dots. Which looks won your vote? Click here to see all of the results, and don’t forget to cast your vote every day.

A Modest Proposal: Designers Take a Covered-Up Approach to Eveningwear

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EveningwearIn today’s social-media-fueled culture, modesty has become an overlooked virtue. While we admittedly got a thrill scrolling through endless Instagram posts exploring various angles of Rihanna’s butt crack following Monday night’s CFDA Awards, it takes a brave fashion icon like Rih to pull off a look leaving that little to the imagination. But for those women who still prefer to maintain an air of mystery, designers have us covered—literally. In recent months, we’ve noticed an upswing in full-on maxi dresses, which serve as evidence that high necklines and long sleeves can be sexy, too. Take, for example, Dolce & Gabbana’s billowing floral gowns for Fall (wind machine not included) or the body-veiling, mosaic-print numbers (complete with matching harem pants) featured on Chanel’s Cruise runway in Dubai last month. Adding fuel to the more-is-more eveningwear trend are the new Resort collections from Gucci’s Frida Giannini and Erdem Moralioglu, who presented curve-hugging column styles and floor-skimming guipure lace confections, respectively. For IRL proof that modesty and sensuality don’t have to be mutually exclusive, look no further than The Row’s Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen: The chic twins have been rocking maximum coverage ensembles for years.

Click for a slideshow of our favorite modest eveningwear looks.

Menswear Is Changing, and for Tim Coppens, Change Is Good

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DIOR Celebrates RAF SIMONS' 2014 CFDA International Award

When Tim Coppens walked on stage last night at the CFDA Awards to collect his Swarovski Award for Menswear, he was wearing a Tim Coppens suit and Adidas Stan Smith sneakers. “When I put on my suit yesterday, I had a couple options,” Coppens told me this morning over the phone. “And one of the options was the Stan Smiths, and I was thinking, Should I do it? I don’t know. But I said, ‘I’m just going to do it. Fuck it.’” For Coppens, the decision to wear sneakers was about more than just a stylistic choice, it was an expression of the ease he feels as a designer. “As the seasons go on, I feel more comfortable with expressing what the brand is about and following what I think is right for my vision.”

coppensblog2As far as visions go, Coppens and the other two nominees in his category—Todd Snyder and Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air—couldn’t be more different. Snyder’s conventional menswear elevates familiar designs, while Oliver is rattling the industry with collections that are unlike anything worn before, on the runway or the street. For Coppens, in this dichotomy there is a sweet spot—not between the two, necessarily, but alongside them. His collections are innovative mash-ups of sportswear and luxury. “[Tim Coppens] is not the typical menswear brand,” he says. “It’s not the suit and the tie. [This is] a time when menswear is changing, when there are a lot more influences. Menswear is a lot more open. It’s a lot broader than it used to be, and I think that’s super-positive.”

With an LVMH Prize nomination and the Swarovski Award win under his belt, Coppens will continue to develop his womenswear efforts, as well. “We’re not showing it yet,” he says, “but I’m definitely developing it. And I’m doing it at the same rate as the men’s—gradually I’m building a collection and seeing what works, what doesn’t work. I’m very focused and not going in it too soon. It’s got to be the right time and it’s got to be the right thing that I want to show.”

On that note, his thoughts on Rihanna’s showstopping CFDA gown? “She can pull it off, you know? I think somebody like that, determined, you’ve got to respect that. She got that award for a reason.” And—for different reasons—so did he.

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com; Tim Coppens Fall 2014, Kim Weston/Indigitalimages.Com

Marina’s Must-Haves: CFDA Award Winner Altuzarra’s Striped Pants

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Altuzarra pantsCongrats to Joseph Altuzarra, who won the CFDA Award for Womenswear Designer last night—though we can’t say we’re surprised. During New York fashion week, his show is always one of the hottest tickets in town, and his woman is always as powerful as she is feminine. I’ve been lucky enough to have invested in a few of his pieces over the years, and now that Pre-Fall is hitting stores, I want his navy-and-red-striped pants. It will be the perfect transition piece—a winner, if you will.

Altuzarra pants, $816, Buy it now

Photo: Courtesy of Altuzarra