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The 2016 CFDA Awards certainly lived up to their reputation as the biggest night in fashion. The red carpet was studded with fashion personalities of every variety including top fashion models like Elsa Hosk, burgeoning actors like Ansel Elgort, established fashion writers like Leandra Medine, viral comediennes like Abbi and Ilana, and of course the very designers who make this night possible. Of course, the highlight of the night had to be a surprise appearance by Beyoncé to accept the Fashion Icon Award. The celebrated singer skipped the red carpet in order to build on the suspicion of her as the award winner, but her acceptance speech made the suspense well worth the wait and made it more evident than ever that with Beyoncé as our guide, girls can really run the world.
Checkout out the list of winners and the best looks from the red carpet below, then head over to Vogue.com to read Bey's Fashion Icon Award acceptance speech.
Womenswear Designer of the Year - Marc Jacobs Menswear Designer of the Year - Thom Browne Accessories Designer of the Year - Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, Mansur Gavriel Swarovski Award for Womenswear - Brandon Maxwell Swarovski Award for Menswear - Matthew, Alex and Samantha Orley, Orley Swarovski Award for Accessory Design - Paul Andrew Fashion Icon Award - Beyoncé Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award - Norma Kamali The Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert - Donna Karan International Award - Alessandro Michele, Gucci The Board of Directors’ Special Tribute - David Bowie
Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture with her family in tow
Ciara in Roberta Cavalli
Lena Dunham in Creatures of the Wind and Irene Neuwirth
Anna Cleveland in Rodarte
Elsa Hosk in Naeem Khan
Karlie Kloss in Rosie Assoulin
Pamela Love in Mara Hoffman
Monique Lhuillier and Hilary Rhoda in Monique Lhuillier
Ansel Elgort in Thom Browne
Olivia Palermo in Carolina Herrera
Ashley, Elizabeth, and Mary-Kate Olsen
Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer in Gucci
Naomi Campbell in Brandon Maxwell
Gia Coppola and Alessandra Michele in Gucci
Zoia Mamet in Maiyet and Gigi Burris Millinery
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Galzer in Rebecca Minkoff
Jessica Hart in The Row
Leandra Medine in 3.1 Phillip Lim
Diane von Furstenberg
Rosie Huntington Whitely in Michael Kors Collection with Michael Kors
Lindsey Wixson in Cynthia Rowley
Riley Keough in Proenza Schouler
Janice Alida, Grace Bol, Sarah Abney, and Drake Burnette all in Thom Browne
TOMS is back for the 2016 #withoutshoes campaign and today's the day! You know the brand for its "buy a pair, give a pair" philosophy but this one day event is slightly different. Even if you're completely strapped for cash or couldn't possibly fit another pair of shoes in your closet if you tried, you can still help get shoes onto the feet of those in need.
For today only TOMS with donate one pair of shoes for every Instagram photo of bare feet or empty shoes with the hashtag #withoutshoes. Seriously, it's just that easy. At any point today, simply slip out of your shoes and snap a photo. The company has pledged to donate up to 100,000 pairs of shoes to children across 10 different countries, so tag your friends to keep the movement going.
Want to do more to help? Go ahead, get a pair of TOMS for yourself and feel good knowing your purchase just bought a pair of shoes for a child in need as well.
Whenever I have the urge to shop but my budget won't allow even a small trip to Forever21 for socks, I clean out and reorganize my closet. This may sound counter intuitive but it actually helps me to realize how much clothing I actually own and how, even though I really really want those adorable robot print sneakers and that Hawaiian print pencil skirt, I absolutely do not need them. Cleaning out my wardrobe seems to be the perfect remedy to my shopping addiction when need be, but more than just saving my bank account from a hit it can't take it also makes me feel good to think of the people who will give my clothes a second life once they're donated. And now favorite "It Girl" brand Reformation is hoping to make it easier for you to do just that.
With any and every purchase from TheReformation.com, the brand will include a RefRecycling shipping label you can use to pack up your old clothes and send them back to Reformation to be recycled and made into something new. As a brand already known for it's environmental efforts, it comes as no surprise that Reformation wants to make it easier for everyone to recycling when they can, especially when Americans reportedly throw out 68 pounds of clothing per person annually.
In addition to the RefRecycling movement, Reformation is starting its #OutfitOfThePast campaign. Just post an old photo pf yourself rocking your best (and by that they mean worst) out of date, blast from the past outfit and post it on social media using the hashtag #outfitofthepast. One lucky winner will be rewarded for their questionable fashion choices with $500 to spend at Reformation and get the closet update they so obviously need. So get cleaning and looking through all your ld photo albums to find those pieces ready to be remade for their second lives!
At this point, you probably don't think twice about buying tampons, pads, and liners. You either have your go-to brand or really couldn't care less as long as you can still wear you favorite white summer dress without fearing a stain from the riding the red wave. But what you may not think of is all the women out there who can't pop into CVS or Duane Reade at the last minute. Women whose lives are truly interrupted once a month. You may not have considered them, but She Thinx has.
She Thinx founders Antonia Dunbar, Miki Aragal, and Radha Agrawal are rethinking the process of dealing with your period. Originally inspired by their own frustration searching for tampons that don't leak, underwear that resists stains, and the ever-impossible comfortable pad, these three friends set out to create undies that can do it all. Now available in three styles (thong, hiphugger, and cheeky) the She Thinx brand allows women to keep living their lives without the constant, sometimes irrational, fear that white clothing is doomed to fall victim to your period.
"THINX is made up of THINX QuadTECH, super-thin high-performance materials that resist stains and leaks, wick moisture and provide anti-bacterial support. The first line of THINX can completely replace panty liners on days when you want light support or it can act as back up to your traditional disposable or washable/reusable methods on heavier days." - She Thinx for Elle
More importantly, however, might be the fact that for every pair of She Thinx undies purchased, the company sends a portion of the profits to their partner organization AFRIpads which trains women to sew and sell washable, reusable cloth pads. These are women who have to miss school one week every month because of the stigma attached to having their periods, leaving them far behind boys their age and sometimes leading to their need to drop out of school.
She Thinx is not just for the "modern woman" living in the U.S. or Paris or London. It is for modern women everywhere. After all, it's 2015 - women shouldn't be held back by their periods any more.
Still unsure of how they work or, to be frank, really grossed out? She Thinx is more than happy to address all you questions and concerns. Check out their FAQ page or shoot them an email and they will be there to talk you through all your period woes.