Yes, all the stars of stage, screen and runway were at Lincoln Center's 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards. Yes, it's one of the biggest fashion events of the year. So why was this year's such a snoozefest?

The Good:

Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

There were disappointingly few getups at the event that made you catch your breath; Devon Aoki and Zac Posen were a pleasingly chic exception.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

It's true, I'm a sucker for Alexa Chung's granny-chic...especially when most of the assembled duds are so snooze-worthy.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Michelle Trachtenberg, quietly lovely in Rebecca Taylor.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

There were a few of the obligatory sparkle-togs; Alex Bledel's sleek Behnaz Sarafpour stood out.
Black and White


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Ashley Olsen, Sasha Pivovarova and Mary-Kate Olsen demonstrate the evening's dress code: stark black and white, with a twist.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

In basic LBD, Bernadette Peters


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Also typically unfussy, Harper's Bazaar's Glenda Bailey.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Having gone froufrou at the Met ball, Doutzen Kroes scales back to basics.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Vera Wang, sleek and simple.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Molly Sims, short and disco-glitz.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

On to not-so-basic black: Jessica Stam in Yigal Azrouel.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Gwyneth Paltrow is polished and elegant - if not reinventing the wheel - in Michael Kors.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Iman's fishtail Giambattista Valli is on the fussy side, but since it's Iman - accessorized with the starman himself- she still rocks it.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Betsey Johnson and daughter Lulu, in their version of unembellished basics.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Anna Wintour, bridging black and white camps in her signature silhouette.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

A stark masterpiece: the man, the legend, the Quinto.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

When the fashions are this safe, Hana Soukupova's tree-ear-like embroidery gains points for innovation, at least.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

I kind of love how Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the toasts of the town behind Rodarte, are frequently not afraid to look both shleppy and pissed off.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Allison Pill does a kimono-esque take on the evening's color-palette mandate.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Irina Lazareanu, per usual, gives things a rather gratuitous hipster twist. Personally, I think the Philip Lim would have been statement enough on its own. But whatever, she's a scenester.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Speaking of making the scene, you just know Paz de la Huerta is longing to rip off her dress and slather herself in raw honey. (Then Yigal Azrouel might take it personally.)


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

The world's ostrich population will breathe a sigh of relief when the feather craze - as modeled by Rachel Roy - dies out.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Dakota Fanning shows that "bridal" is still going weirdly strong.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Dree Hemingway marries whites, le smoking, and a dash of kookiness. The result is...somewhat incoherent.


Color

Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

While most of the assembly was a sea of Rorshach, there were bright spots, like Kate Mara's tomato-hued mini.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Daisy Lowe channeled Cyndi Lauper in D&G.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Also in buttercup: Amanda Hearst.
Prints

Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Rachel Weisz, demure enough for a palace tea in Jason Wu.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

I like to think Jessica Biel's DVF was a Golden Girls tribute.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Diane Von Furstenberg herself dips a toe into Loehmann's leftovers territory.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Tracy Reese defies the somber peer-pressure with a riot of florals.


Sparkle

Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Whitney Port does 70s goddess in lame.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Carmen Kass' column dips sexily low in the back. In case you were wondering.


Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

Nanette Lepore: not afraid to channel Klimt, The Snake Pit. (Never bad things.)


The Bad:

Fashions Were Black & White & Bad All Over At The CFDA AwardsS

I don't actually like proclaiming things "bad." I especially don't like to when, as in the case of SJP's Alexander McQueen, the designer has recently passed on. Nevertheless. If and when the fever-dreamy shoe fits...

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