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CFDA Awards: The fashion fails at one of the world’s most fashionable events

Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid went futuristic skater girl at the CFDA Awards on June 4. Photo: Getty
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The annual Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDA) is a magnet for the fashionable and cutting edge, hailed by Vogue as “one of the most prestigious nights in the industry”.

So it was bizarre that so many A-list celebrities, models and designers showed up on Monday night’s red carpet – made from eco-friendly recycled materials – looking so very bad.

There were a stack of severe high ponytails, ugly pantsuits and looks that were more vaudeville costume than high fashion.

Even Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour got it wrong, trying out a new boho look.

Kim Kardashian West exemplified the tone when she took to the stage to accept a CFDA for being an influencer: “I am kind of shocked that I am winning a fashion award when I am naked most of the time.”

That about summed it up. Kim wasn’t naked on the night but showcased her abs as a consolation, looking like she was auditioning for the part of Third Slavegirl in an Arabian Nights pantomime. A bra might have helped.

Meanwhile, sister Kourtney glowered in a spangled Christian Siriano pantsuit with, yawn, plunging neckline that looked like PJs or something a hopeful backup dancer would wear to impress.

Kim Kourtney Kardashian
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Busy Phillips also turned to Siriano for a pantsuit, aiming for a 1970s disco vibe and looking like a G-rated version of a friendly pimp, complete with super harsh hair and makeup.

Busy Phillips
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s deconstructed blazer and sheer lace-panelled pants were reminiscent of a breakdancer performing at a local fete. The over-the-shoe pant made it look like she was wearing old-school netball runners. Designer Joseph Altuzarra knew it was a bust.

Rosie HW
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Martha Hunt threw everything at it: Thom Browne corset dress with detached skirt (with train), exaggerated silver eyeshadow and tacky sandals. Fembot from the wrong side of the tracks.

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This man dictates fashion. Ralph Lauren (with wife Ricky) teamed a tuxedo jacket and bowtie with distressed denim and an orienteering trainer. High comedy. And time for an intervention.

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Gigi Hadid appeared fresh from a Cirque du Soleil performance in a love-it-or-hate-it Versace bodysuit.

Gigi Hadid
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Whoopi Goldberg also went the pantsuit route, but her version came with a cartwheel hat, giant belt and sense of fun. Actually, this might be fabulous on some levels.

Whoopi Goldberg
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Diane Lane. Pantsuit. Matronly shoes. Cutaway pants that revealed the matronly shoes. More boring than a professor of boring at Boring University. Must try harder.

Diane Lane
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Madeline Brewer possibly read the dress code as ‘Guest you don’t want to get stuck next to at a 1985 wedding as will drone on about her sewing classes and fabulously behaved children’.

Madeline Brewer
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Anna Wintour impersonated a bedspread in a holiday house where there are lots of spooky dollies and a musty smell.

Madeline Brewer
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Emily Ratajkowski mixed coy florals with a minxy-but-folksy neckline. And lace. And tiers. And a velvet bag!

Emily Ratjakowski
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Among the disasters, there were standouts. Naomi Campbell, who took home the CFDA Fashion Icon Award, was perfection in scarlet-fringed Calvin Klein with super sexy shoes and lashings of class. The woman you want to be when you grow up.

Naomi Campbell
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Cate Blanchett was severe and stunning in a headmistressy Monse silver sequinned skirt with black overlay.

Cate Blanchett
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And Kendall Jenner chose a lilac, feathered, one-shouldered dress with clashing elements that made one perfect look. Over-the-top yet refined, she set the standard.

Kendall Jenner
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