Beyoncé, Bowie, 'Broad City' + More At The CFDA Awards
Last night’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Award Show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York was turnt. It’s one of fashion’s very biggest nights, an occasion to celebrate the greatest practitioners of the craft, and an opportunity to look at one of year’s very best red carpets. This year, the CFDAs embraced some solid humor via host Joel McHale, gave a beautiful tribute to fashion icon David Bowie (featuring alterna lady Bowie Tilda Swinton), and gave a powerful statement on body positivity via Beyoncé. You may have seen what everyone was wearing, but you didn’t see all the behind the scenes posts that I dove deep into the Internet to find, so you didn’t have to. Check out the fashion madness below for a full recap of the CFDA Awards sickest moments.
Beyoncé and Diane Von Furstenberg
Last night at the CFDA Awards, CFDA Chairman Diane Von Furstenberg presented Beyoncé with the 2016 Fashion Icon Award. Her speech, like most things Bey does, was something we will not forget. She spoke of a time before anyone was willing to style Destiny’s Child, and how her mother (whose own Instagram account cannot be missed) a woman with amazing talent and no brand at the time, created the groups clothing out of love and support.
“Starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels didn’t really want to dress four black, country, curvy girls, and we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture,” said Beyoncé. “My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams.”
Bey’s not afraid to say what’s right about controversial topics. During her epic 2014 VMA performance, she stood in front of that F word with large, bold, capital letters that some people are still afraid to use–“Feminist.” Now she’s the one to call out the fashion industry about body positivity, but she still manages to do it in the classiest way possible.
“We have the opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection,” said Queen B. “Soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes far beyond what the eye can see. You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, and to show people how to embrace their complications, and see the flaws, and the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us.”
Jay Z and Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy already knows how to deal with the f-f-flashing lights. Jay Z walked his daughter into the CFDA Award show and she was not having it. She shook her finger at the paparazzi and fans, and walked out like a baby baller. You do you, Blue Ivy.
Jillian Hervey, Adam Selman, and the Bowie Tribute
One part of R&B duo Lion Babe, Jillian Hervey, and her date, designer Adam Selman rocked the CFDAs together. Hervey, who was recently named the face of Pantene for her rockstar curls, wore her date’s floral design. Hervey took over the Mac Cosmetics Snapchat for the award show, and shared the whole day with us regular people. Her snap story took us through the Mac makeup prep, walking on the red carpet with Selman, secret behind the scenes makeup prep for David Bowie‘s tribute (featuring major model and Milk fav Hanne Gaby Odiele), and an after party at a bowling alley. Tilda Swinton accepted the Board of Director’s Tribute Award on behalf of Bowie, and his widow, Iman, who won the 2010 Fashion Icon Award. During his tribute, Dexter and Hedwig and the Angry Inch star Michael C. Hall sang Bowie’s “Changes,” as models decked out in the starman’s most memorable outfits strutted across the stage.
Ilana Glazer and Joan Smalls
— ilana glazer (@ilazer) June 7, 2016
New BFFs Ilana Glazer and Joan Smalls took matching selfies on the red carpet last night. It turns out Glazer’s favorite model is Smalls, and Smalls is (of course) a fan of Glazer on Broad City. This was quite possibly the cutest meet up of the night. Glazer obviously rolled up with her ride-or-die, Broad City babe, Abbi Jacobson, as well as designer Rebecca Minkoff. Smalls channeled Cleopatra in her nude Givenchy dress, and the broads, of course, wore their date Rebecca Minkoff’s designs.
Mary-Kate, Ashley, and Elizabeth Olsen
The Olsen sisters joined forces for CFDA show and kept it so real. Meme master Instagram account @youvegotnomale perfectly showcased their family dynamic, though sadly no bowls of cigarettes were present. Obvs Ashley is Indica, aka in da couch, being chill AF. The hybrid, Mary-Kate, is getting a pretty turnt. Then Elizabeth is Sativa, basically blasting off. Know your ganja memes. Also, fun fact: did you know that when the Olsens pose for photos, they softly whisper the word “prune?”
Jessica Chastain and desinger Paul Andrew’s ride broke down on the way to the CFDA afterparty, but that didn’t seem to put a damper on the night. Chastain’s date, Andrew, had just won the Swarovski Award for accessory design earlier that night. The Zero Dark Thirty actress took this video of Andrew trying to call an Uber. Stars! They take Ubers! They’re just like us! The two weren’t stranded for too long and ended up getting picked up by actor Sebastian Stan, who coincidentally has a five-star approval rating.
A perfect end to the night photo. Lena Dunham rocked the sickest, fluffy, bunny slip-ons to the award show and the inevitable happened. Her panties got caught on her slippers, a classic Dunham move. She wore a matching carved, opal, bunny necklace, made by Irene Neuwirth, her date for the evening. The adorable bunny shoes are from Steezies–we need.
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