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AND THE WINNERS ARE:
2004 CFDA Awards
Proving that black is the fashion worlds favorite shade, yet it need not be dull or basic, were those who opted for Ralph Ruccis sculptural, architectural and clean designs. Amongst those fashion pros that went this route were Cathy Horyn who selected a deceivingly simplistic knee length black dress with sheer insert on the top (she admitted she has a winter weight version of this) paired with very sensible pointy toed black flats. The consistently turned out New York Times fashion scribe, who almost always wears black (and seems to favor Rucci in her personal wardrobe), looked chic, intellectual, and unfussy, and was so subdued that she could have easily come straight from her offices which are just a few blocks west of the library.
Who else? Neiman Marcuss Joan Kaner, Ralph Ruccis original biggest fan, looking slender and wonderful in long slim Ralph; Harpers Bazaars Glenda Bailey who I must say, made a wise and offbeat choice with her feather trimmed ballet length a line full skirted dress (I love the idea of volume these days); Ebays Fashion Director Constance White, who wore a fantastic off the shoulder long gown accessorized with a hit of color in the form of a geometric elongated clutch bag purchased on- you guessed it- Ebay. By the way, Martha Stewart was in the Ralph Rucci entourage, looking relaxed and very chic in the designers signature white satin sculptural jacket paired with slim black pants (which made her long legs look even longer), and high heeled Manolo Blahnik sandals which she proclaimed to be very comfortable. It should be noted that she wore Mr. Ruccis designs to court every day several months ago.
Black was also the color of choice for People Magazines Fashion Director - Susan Kaufman, who selected a simple strapless black dress from furrier J. Mendel. He is now designing ready to wear and told me he will stage his next show at the Bryant Park Tents. And just a note, I asked furrier Dennis Basso who was mingling in the crowd, if he too would follow suit, and he admitted that ready to wear is in his future plans.
Speaking of black, and furs, Allures Linda Wells looked elegant (if not a tad unseasonably warm) in a black gown worn with a very prominent silver fox capelet. Even though the weather was positively balmy last night (and sweltering inside, I might add), NOT to mention the fact that we are in the month of June, furs made a surprise appearance, proving they are now being seen as a year round fabric. Exemplifying this trend is furrier Adrienne Landau, a walking advertisement for her own designs, was wearing a white fox collared evening coat over her long satin gown.
As they say, opposites attract, and the polar opposite of black is white and is always a popular choice. Candy Pratts Price and Elizabeth Saltzman both effectively wore floor length and simply chic white dresses by Calvin Klein (different versions). And though Wall Street Journals Teri Agins told me several weeks ago that she was planning to wear something designed for her by Patrick Robinson, as soon as I saw her sexy, long, white, form fitting dress (which perfectly showed off a well toned body), I knew it was not Mr. Robinsons. Ms. Agins admitted she changed her mind at the last moment (a womans prerogative after all), and decided on this Vera Wang design.
If black and white is popular, the combination of the two is always a fashion insiders favorite. Vogues Anna Wintour (who normally shows up early at these events, but came on the late side last night) wore a form fitting black and white geometric top paired with a molded black floor length mermaid skirt from the house of Chanel. Though she looked perfectly fine - was flawlessly groomed, as always, and accompanied by Shelby Bryan, I was somehow not blown away by the choice. I dont know, maybe I expect too much and want to be wowed by this editor all the time!!!
Vanity Fairs Amy Fine Collins, one of the most consistently dressed editors (she only wears Beene), was in Geoffreys black and white polka dot lean and clean design (which she guessed was from 1998). Another Best Dressed Vanity Fair editor - Anne McNally, was in Carolina Herreras floor length white gown accented with red and white straps.
Editors who were dressed (down) in support of honoree Miuccia Prada were WWDs Executive Editor, Bridget Foley, in a simple knee length pale satin Prada dress over which she threw a Marc Jacobs cashmere cardigan, as well as The Washington Posts Fashion Editor, Robin Givhan, who wore a sweet pale cartridge pleated knee length dress WITHOUT the python belt it came with (she told me was going to personally apologize to Miuccia when she saw her).
But proving that nothing but nothing stands out in a crowd quite like red, was Marie Claires Fashion Director, Lucy Sykes, alluring with her hair piled up in a chic do and clad in a sexy Tom Ford for YSL fire engine red gown. By the way, this was also the color of choice for new mom model Heidi Klum, who had the paparazzi going crazy when she arrived with boyfriend, singer Seal. And what would a fashion event be without Sarah Jessica Parker, who was there to pick up her Fashion Icon Award? She is obviously in a ballet mode these days (her latest fashion statements have seemed very ballerina-like perhaps because of her Sex and the City on screen love affair with Baryshnikov?) Last night, she continued the trend with a red corset top that was traced with black lace and worn with a long and very full black tulle tutu.- Marilyn Kirschner, editor-in-chief
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