The industry can fully celebrate its accomplishments the night of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. Dubbed the “Oscars of fashion,” the event acknowledges the artistic achievements of the designers, creative directors, and innovators who keep the business relevant. Given the premise of the evening, the dress code encourages the exceptional (Rihanna’s glittering naked dress, anyone?). Still, forays into camp territory are rare. Instead, the ease and elegance that have made American sportswear stand the test of time serve as guideposts when guests plot out their looks.
Even when their outfits are bursting with color and overflowing with detail, the people who stand out at CFDAs honor the codes of American style. Tonight the pack was led by fashion icon award recipient Zendaya, who, in a vibrant Vera Wang crop top and matching skirt showcased why she’s the youngest person ever to take home the prize. Host Emily Blunt dazzled in a sherbet tone Christopher John Rogers suit while Ashley Olsen brought The Row's austere minimalism to the red carpet, making 2021’s ceremony one of the most interesting to date.
Zendaya in Vera Wang
Ciara in Tom Ford
Paloma Elsesser in Peter Do
Emily Blunt in Christopher John Rogers
Ashley Olsen in The Row
Original article appeared on VOGUE US | Author Janelle Okwodu