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the cfda’s turned up the fashion heat

So this is way way overdue, but better late than never right? Consider this fashionably late ;).

Last Monday the Council of Fashion Designers of America had their annual awards show  and as always, the style stars came out in droves. What I love about the CFDA’s is that this is one place where the men refuse to be outdone by the ladies. Fashion guys aren’t afraid to rip up convention in favor of crazy cut suits (see Thom Browne) ridiculously chic pattern (a la Brad Goreski) and even a funky baseball cap that somehow works at this formal affair (Mr. Kanye West). Of course the ladies also turned up the heat, led by this years Fashion Icon honoree Lady Gaga – but I’ll let the hundreds of female fashion blogs out there tell you about that. This post is all about the dudes that are paving the way for guys everywhere. See the pics below and hopefully one or two of these looks will inspire you to jump out of your routine and have a little fashion fun. Enjoy! Jump to the bottom of this post for a complete list of the winners and head to CFDA.com for more on this fantastic party. 

– brother

Alejandro Ingelmo looking hot in all black. A shawl collar works well for a bow chested guy and emphasizes his shape.

Gerard Butler in Gun metal grey. I would have lost the vest personally, but again, monochromatic (wearing all one color) is a surefire way to project a chic sleek look.

My favorite of the night Haider Ackerman killed it in a periwinkle blazer with silver and white pinstripe trousers. A tucked scarf in a complimentary color is a great way to embellish an outfit that is also WAY more comfortable than a tie. Well done.

True to his bad boy image, Kanye showed up in this laid back ensemble. The lighter denim is a nod to the throwback trend we’ll be seeing this spring (look for lighter distressed jeans as opposed to the skinny dark denim we’ve been seeing as of late). Kanye could have made this look a little more “evening” had he worn the same jeans in White with a pair of 90’s high top jordans to compliment the ridiculous bulls cap. I do kinda love it though. Why not right?

My get out of jail free card Matt Bomer looks daper in a classic tuxedo. The black glasses a very “a single man” and compliment his chiseled features.

Nate Berkus opted for a navy tux with a wide bow tie. Single button works well on his narrow frame and forgoing the typical black tuxedo buttons, the white buttons help keep this look clean (take note goomsmen!).

Patrik Ervel channeled the country club with his crisp club collared shirt and knit tie. Like Nate, he too rocked the navy suit, a major trend in 2011.

And finally, signature Thom Browne in of course, Thom Browne. I’m not big on the “I’m 35 and wearing my first communion suit” look, but hey, we know who this guy is because of it don’t we? I guess it works for him. Expect a lot more guys to be stepping out in formal wear without their socks. I’ve recently seen Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper sockless on air – and you know what they say – where go the hollywood gays, so goes the world.

The winners and honorees of the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards:

Womenswear Designer of the Year
Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
Menswear Designer of the Year
Michael Bastian
Accessory Designer of the Year
Alexander Wang
Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Prabal Gurung
Swarovski Award for Menswear
Robert Geller
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
Eddie Borgo
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Marc Jacobs
International Award
Phoebe Philo for Céline
The Media Award, given in honor of Eugenia Sheppard
Hilary Alexander, The Telegraph
The Founder’s Award, given in honor of CFDA Founder Eleanor Lambert
Hal Rubenstein, InStyle
Fashion Icon Award
Lady Gaga

Board of Directors’ Special Tribute
Arthur Elgort

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