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CFDA Awards: Let the Blood Spill!

June 15, 2009

20090602_cfda2_560x375Hip Chic Fave, Alexander Wang and Rodarte Girls, just like “Beetlejuice” (photos by Craig McDean for CFDA Journal)

Fashion gets bored with itself. Yet, sometimes underdogs push through like colorfully topped weeds. Take for example the California based Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte, who in another generation would have been labeled as odd spinsters, the kind who sewed in the attic and charged with witchcraft. So, to see these two likely sized ten siblings charm the sized two chic set with wonderful antique  type frocks and webbing, could be deemed a type of sorcery. How wonderful. I bet they win tonight’s CFDA title for Best Womenswear Designer. 


Also predicted, despite garnering a cult following among hip gals who love the Eighties’ look, Alexander Wang might just lose to Jason Wu, who seems to possess the staying power of a real couturier of beautiful elegant clothes. Rumor has it that Michelle Obama had been tipped off about Wu for the Inaugural Ball via Vogue editor Sally Singer, who consulted one of Obama’s dress shops in Chicago. Both Wu and Wang are up for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear (**given to new talent.)  As much as I like Wang’s vibe — low slung shorts, vests, leather, and hats  ooze kick ass cool — Wu cannot be denied as a cut above as a superior designer.


Scott Sternberg should take home the menswear award for his line Band of Outsiders. Great stuff, classic with edge. But this year’s FUGLY award goes to another contender for the menswear category, Michael Bastian. YUCK. His designs turn men into “fey nerds,” guys trying so hard to look stylishly casual, they come off as desperate.


The only version  of “ugly” fashion should rock rests with  vampiric goth fabulous, like the photos above from this year’s CFDA Journal, shot by Craig McDean and styled by Karl Templer. In case you haven’t noticed people, vampires and real life blood suckers are all the rage. Let the blood spill…. The true survivors and talent will remain.



Jason-Wu-ReviewWho can deny Jason Wu?

Michael-BastianMichael Bastian: Can you spell NERD??

band-of-outsiders-2009Band of Outsiders, VERY NICE!

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