Because it was kicking off New York's Fall Fashion Week, the red carpet of the annual amfAR Gala—a black-tie event that raised money for AIDS research, prevention and education—was at once elegant and fashion-forward. Well, for the most part. Lindsay Lohan showed up.
French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld is going to be the best-dressed grandma in the world. (Leather gloves!) Getting dressed up when you're pregnant can be a major bummer, so her daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld (right), at about six-months along, added some flair to her simple dress with a headpiece.
I know it's very Carrie Bradshaw, but I love the dichotomy of SJP's tough-girl leather and ladylike gloves and pink skirt. Additionally, the matching bracelets is a nice—albeit very expensive—DIY touch to jazz up her gloves.
The art deco design of Anja Rubik's dress is composed entirely of fringe, making it the most amazing look of the night.
Oh Lord. Remember when Lindsay Lohan's hair was orange and skin was white and not the other way around? Why is she so dead-set on defying her Irish coloring? All these "nude" tones are horrific and make her look so much older. Case-in-point: Her beige nail polish makes her freckles look like liver spots.
Julianne Moore (right) knows how to play to her strengths as a pale redhead. She looks like Veronica Lake. Models Erin Heatherton and Eniko Mihalik also did well with refined simplicity.
Here's the thing about Jessica White's look: You should really only have one "thing." You know? Like, if you're gonna go off the beaten path, you need to actually pick a direction, otherwise you're all over the place. See, I don't hate her gold turban. But it looks a lot better when you don't factor in the dual-length bottom portion of her gown.
You always get a handful of chicks who wear pants to these types of events. Liya Kebede went futuristic, while Linda Evangelista was stuck in the '90s in her "Express Yourself" tux and exposed bra. Janelle Monae looks just about perfect from the waist up with that cute hair and jacket, but shit gets weird down around her ankles.
Fur (whether faux or real, it's difficult to tell) was a trend, as worn by a pregnant Molly Sims, Eva Cavalli, and Michelle Harper.
The detailing of Nicky Hilton's dress—with the lace at the top and the feathers at the bottom—is so pretty that she looks like a twee, cloth-covered end-table that would be sold in Anthropologie.
What's the deal with the orange spoiler on the back of Padma Lakshmi's otherwise clean gown?
I know in my head that I'm not supposed to like the shaplessness of Elisa Sednaoui's gown or the cheapness of Lily Donaldson's bird appliques, but both looks are just so mellow that the laziness in my soul can't resist them.
Hair twins Rose Byrne and Alexa Chung along with Rachel Roy all went a little more casual.
Cindy Crawford, Joan Smalls, and Chloe Bello all worked clav and cleav with Chloe's emerald pretty princess dress being the winner here.
The shaded detail on Natalia Andrade dress lends a multifaceted appearance like that of a Cheeto. Getty images claims the lady in the middle is Meshell Ndegeocello, which may not be true (Meshell has tattoos, for starters). Whoever the hell she is, she looks like she walked through a storm of jizz tissues. Leighton Meester put her merkin on wrong.
Denise Rich is about one tiny umbrella'd drink away from embarrassing herself in front of the cabana boy. The good choices of Allegra Carpenter's bold print and over-sized clutch are actually completely eradicated by that metallic jacket. Karolina Kurkova should hang her stylist with those shoelaces.
I'm gonna go ahead and assume that Roberto Cavalli did this to poor Jennifer Hudson, as he's always trying to make women look like sexual safaris. Heidi Klum has fallen victim to the yucky cutout feature. And there's really nothing particularly wrong with Elizabeth Hurley's gown except that she totally look like a Real Housewife of Orange County, and those are the broke ones.