Kerry Washington in canary Jason Wu at the CDFAs: lovely or too much?

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington went big and bold at the CDFA fashion awards by choosing this Jason Wu gown. Kerry is letting us know in a big way that she considers herself to be a fashion girl — and she’s probably correct. The gown itself has a simple cut in the front and gets dressier in the back with a backless criss-cross pattern and bow detail. Overall, I think it’s a bit too fussy, but the bright canary color makes it pop enough to look like a fashion statement. She looks great, but this isn’t a dress that will be remembered even though it’s a bold look.

With such a bright dress, Kerry was quite wise to go with a simple bun and very understated makeup. She likewise shunned accessories aside from a statement ring and a simple clutch (made of wood!). Beautiful.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Karolina Kurkova

Karolina Kurkova really wants us to realize that she’s got great legs, and I guess she has a point. Those stems are to die for. Otherwise, this shiny, metallic Michael Kors shorts set seems strange, but it’s just weird enough to work in this venue. I guess it’s a blessing in disguise that Karolina is wearing shorts instead of a tiny skirt, or we’d be seeing some beav for sure. She’s a very pretty woman, but her hair is a bit meh. She could have poufed it up for some fun, and her makeup is a bit lackluster as well.

Karolina Kurkova

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis is so adorably quirky that she’s forcing me to keep a one-person reserve on Scientologists that I’d actually rescue from Xenu’s volcano. I can’t help loving this chick. Here, Juliette is having a hell of a time with Zac Posen while wearing Zac Posen in the form of a swingy, peach-colored satin dress. This is the sort of dress I would have dreamed about as a little girl, and I like that it has pockets. Strange, right? Juliette wins.

Juliette Lewis

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosiotoga, toga, toga! Ugh. Her white Kaufmanfranco gown looked like Victoria’s Secret meets fraternity row.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld is only 16 years old, so she gets a pass here because she’s dressing for her age in this Suno top and skirt. If this was anyone over 20, the print and cut of this outfit would look out of place at a fashion event and more suited for a springtime wedding or tea party. But Hailee is young, and she’s just having fun here.

Hailee Steinfeld

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie was an elegant dream in a metallic bronze Marc Jacobs dress with spaghetti straps. I know some of you think that Nicole seems sickly, but to me, she’s just a tiny-boned girl. She really pulls off this dress, and the slicked-back hair and minimal makeup (aside from the dramatic, bold lips) suit the dress perfectly.

Nicole Richie

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne looked like an utter disaster in this Thakoon dress. The top half of the dress isn’t so bad, and Rose can pull off a plunging neckline without seeming obscene. However, the apron-like detail and black-and-white contrast of the skirt makes her look like a glorified French maid. Also, the undereye concealer is a bit out of control.

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23 Responses to “Kerry Washington in canary Jason Wu at the CDFAs: lovely or too much?”

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  1. Rachel says:

    What is going on with Rose Byrne here…??? Even though she always tends to miss in fashion, she never fails to look beautiful. But here… she looks like a wax figure. And not even a wax figure of Rose Byrne.

  2. aims says:

    I think Kerry looks great. The dress looks great on her, love the back on it. I love how she went simple. Not a lot of us could pull of that yellow, but she did. She’s a very pretty women,I like her style.

  3. QQ says:

    Love Love Love Kerry

    *sigh* Rose… Just no… She doesnt even look unhealthy as she has in the past but the eye? The shoe? The Dress Is just a Hot Unadulterated mess (true story whenever i think of her i CANNOT help to start singing “my Posie, My Posie, a Ring around my posie, My Posie My Posie Im talking about my asshole” Bwahahahah I Really cant help it

  4. Lucinda says:

    Nicole Richie–Wow! Never really liked her but she is beautiful here. Stunning. She’s growing on me as she grows up.

  5. Lupe says:

    Shape is nice, but hate that color on Juliette Lewis. Bad shoes too.

    Not into the yellow on Kerry either, and the fabric looks cheap. It’s a lovely cut though, and she’s just so pretty.

  6. Elle says:

    I think that red backdrop is screwing everything up. I’ve looked through 3 or 4 CDFA picture posts and didn’t see a single thing that impressed me. There were a couple of dresses/looks that almost looked good (including Nicole Ritchie’s), but I just don’t like the way anything looks against that red wall.

  7. Nerd Alert says:

    I don’t think skinny legs equal great legs. I know she’s tall and a model, so she looks like she’s “supposed” to for her industry. I just think there should be more strong-looking women in modeling, and some sizes between 0 and 12.

  8. Mew says:

    I love it but I kinda love a lot of Wu’s design. On Kerry, it’s bright but it’s not insane, the dress really compliments her.

  9. MST says:

    Just like Beyonce, it seems that she’s getting lighter and lighter, if that’s even possible.

  10. lucy2 says:

    I like Kerry’s, though it’s a bit shiny, which is a little too much with the bright color, I think.
    I like Nicole’s though.

  11. babythestarsshinebrite says:

    Juliette Lewis!! Luvs her!

  12. RHONYC says:

    ridiculously youthful & stunning!

    like, Dr. Washington is in her mid-thirties and with this minimal bareface she’s looking like 18 yrs old on prom night! 😯

    i gotta start drinking more water, man. her skin is flawless. 😉

    p.s.~ Karolina’s got some badass legs goin’ on there.

  13. Maggie says:

    I want Karolina’s legs! KW looks beautiful.

  14. JC says:

    Kerry is one of the prettiest women in Hollywood, but her hair and makeup is TOO underdone. It looks like she forgot to do either.

  15. Ellen Smith says:

    Love Kerry Washington, but she needs bolder makeup to offset the yellow. A bright red or hot pink lip, and perhaps some dangling earrings. She looks washed out here.

  16. A says:

    Kerry looks lovely in that dress. Yellow is her color. At least that shade of yellow.

  17. moon says:

    That yellow is too bright and the lack of makeup actually makes her look very washed out. It’s rare to see Kerry Washington make a fashion misstep though.

    I still think she fits Fassbender’s ideal woman type! But she’s too good for Fassy’s womanising ways.

  18. Pandy says:

    What would Nicole have looked like without the bronzer and make up? Sickly …

  19. Deb says:

    The win goes to Juliette in the Zac Posen. Sorry Kerry, the yellow color is nice but not the design and not the lack of makeup.

  20. taxi says:

    Kerry needs makeup and a noticeable lip color. The dress color washes her out.
    Nicole looks really good here.
    Alessandra’s slicked down hair just looks dirty.
    Rose looks embalmed – too bad because she’s beautiful but bad makeup here with a fug dress.
    Juliette is her usual greasy-faced smirk-mouthed mess. Even an ok dress can’t save her.

  21. MistyNinja says:

    All these ladies look great except Rose. Um I think she is wearing a halloween maid’s costume. She needs a feather duster clutch to finish the ensemble.