Sarah Jessica Parker Leaves The Hat At Home For The CFDA Fashion Awards

Tumbling yards of Alexander McQueen butterfly fabric, swishing sequins skirts, and silver satin trains glided up the step of Alice Rully Hall in New York yesterday (June 7) covering the slender bodies of the fashion world and the fashionable stars of Hollywood. The CFDA Fashion Awards drew legendary designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, Rachel Roy, Zac Posen, and Vera Wang as well as the men and women who love their clothes.

I have to say everyone really looks lovely, no clown head necklaces or disco ball playsuits here.

Gwyneth Paltrow was statuesque and stunning in a fitted glimmering Michael Kors gown and Sarah Jessica Parker was radiant in her fairytale printed gown from the late Alexander McQueen’s pre-autumn 2010. She really looks great when she goes edgy, but shows some restraint. Another stunning long gown belonged to Whitney Port who’s old Hollywood knotted silver gown brought a great contrast to her young, fresh look. The only dress I’m not totally loving is Jessica Biel’s yellow printed Diane Von Furstenburg, but it’s not causing me any visceral pain. I think it just needed to be broken up with a colored belt in the middle there.

Several ladies went for the cocktail dress, which were equally elegant looks thanks to embellishments and lush fabrics. Maggie Grace went super short in a baby pink tunic with a beaded collar, Rachel Weisz wore a fitted blue Jason Wu shift, Kate Mara wore a red Zac Posen mini with t-strap shoes and a gold belt, and Emille de Ravin went for a crushed oragami, watercolor dress with peep toe heels.

More fashion talk after the jump.

Click through the gallery to see my favorite (Rachel Zoe with a sparkly midnight blue number and round toe heels), a big-skirted Betsy Johnson, and a gorgeous shot of an orange and maroon Zac Posen posing with Devon Aoki in a black and white gown and racy red lips.

Another big theme for the night was a spectrum of summer whites (thank you, memorial day). Dakota Fanning donned a white Marchesa mini, Alexa Chung wore a beige Marc Jacobs button up wrapped in it’s own silver bow, and Alexis Blendel looked sweet in a shimmery pearl one shoulder dress. Dree Hemingway had fun in an all white pantsuit and top accented with a headband and gold bangles.
The men looked dashing as well, Ed Westwick in a button down and light suit and Hayden Christensen channeling a 50’s rock star in a slick do, skinny tie, and shiny gun metal suit with contrast black lapels.

Inside the event supermodel Iman was presented with the Fashion Icon award by Isabella Rosselini and she joked to husband David Bowie in the audience “Move over, you’re not the only icon in the house.” Rachel Weisz presented Jason Wu with the Swarovski award for his womenswear collection saying she had been a fan since she first say his design on Michelle Obama.