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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.

Full Closet: Mary-Kate and Ashley’s Quadruplets

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Mary-Kate and Ashley for Bik Bok

Design duo Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen added a fourth clothing collection this week, launching a line for Norwegian retailer Bik Bok to join The Row, Elizabeth and James, and Olsenboye. The grungy range is geared toward the “Scandinavian It Girl,” and its similarities to Fall ’13 Saint Laurent—lookbook model Julia Nobis included—have us doing a double take.

Photo: via www.bikbok.com

Good Things, Worth The Wait: CFDA Broadcast Delayed

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Due to technical issues, today’s exclusive premiere of the 2012 CFDA Awards on Style.com, originally scheduled for 12 p.m. EDT, will now be screened at 5 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. Highlights and interviews by Tim Blanks from the CFDA red carpet—featuring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Paré, Proenza Schouler, and more—will air as planned at noon. To check out all the highlights, click here.

Photo: David X. Prutting / BFAnyc.com

The 2012 CFDA Award Winners

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Check back tomorrow to watch our complete live coverage. Photos from throughout the night, here.

WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row

MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Billy Reid

ACCESSORY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Reed Krakoff

SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR
Joseph Altuzarra (pictured)

SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
Phillip Lim

SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORY DESIGN
Tabitha Simmons

GEOFFREY BEENE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Tommy Hilfiger

INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons

MEDIA AWARD
Scott Schuman and Garance Doré

FOUNDERS AWARD
Andrew Rosen

FASHION ICON AWARD
Johnny Depp

Building A Better Barneys

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While Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship is getting an extensive renovation, the retailer’s online home is getting some work done, too. This week, Barneys revealed the new, revamped Barneys.com, with new features to streamline browsing and product suggestions from a host of influencers, including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Julianne Moore and her stylist Leslie Fremar, and Rachel Chandler Guinness and Tom Guinness.

Among the new tools is a “Favorites” feature, which allows you to make categorized lists of your go-to designers, favorite products (those exclusive to Barneys are marked XO—Exclusively Ours), options in your size, and your preferred color choices, all of which can be shared across social media platforms like Twitter, Pinterest, and The Fancy. If you’re looking for ideas, there’s also a “Most Loved” section, which shows the products the most customers “Favorite.” And the editorial sub-site The Window now has designer pages as a home for each brand available to its customers. Once you’ve figured out what you want to buy, it’s just two clicks away.

Photo: Courtesy of Barneys