Jennifer Hudson in Kaufmanfranco at the CFDA Fashion Awards: pretty or plain?

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We’ll be bringing you coverage of the CFDA Fashion Awards this morning. There weren’t a lot of A-listers there, but there was definitely fashion. The CFDA Fashion Awards honoroutstanding contributions made to American fashion,” with awards given in the womenswear, menswear and accessories categories along with journalism, lifetime achievement and creative vision. A list of winners is here.

First off we have Jennifer Hudson in a black asymmetric Kaufmanfranco gown with clean lines. I like the idea of this dress. It’s contemporary, it’s simple and it’s somewhat classic. It looks like her left boob is about to pop out, though, and I wish the dress had more interest. It needs a print or some embellishments somewhere. It looks too plain as is. Still, she looks lovely and I really like her styling. Her makeup is excellent.

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

Also in black here’s Olivia Palermo in Ann Taylor. That dress is so overdone. It has layers of fringe stripes down the chest that make her look like a furry muppet. The long hair shirt leads to a skirt with tiers of fringe and two rows of black beads. It’s bizarre, and her fug shoes and jewelry just compete. She’s wearing Aquazzura “Madison” sandals, and carrying a Lulu Guinness perspex “Lips” clutch. That dress calls for much simpler accessories.

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

Busy Philipps was in a high neck red Honor sleeveless gown. Red Carpet Fashion Awards points out that this dress had sleeves originally, they’re the kind where the shoulders are exposed and it looks like a shrug across the arms. I’m glad they omitted the sleeves from this version. To quote RCFA, her statement necklace is a “Neuwirth one-of-a-kind white-gold necklace set with pink opal flower carvings, rose-cut diamonds and diamond pavé.” She has on a matching ring. I’ve been wanting to try a statement necklace but I don’t have the nerve. I like that she did an uncomplicated dress with bold accessories.

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

To round out this post we have Bridget Moynahan in purple Lela Rose. This dress is amazing. It’s a bold color, it’s got an incredible subtle diamond texture, and it’s tailored perfectly. I love the cut on the bodice. Plus she went with gold drop chain earrings and didn’t detract from her neckline with an unnecessary necklace. Such a striking look.

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

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  1. kimber says:

    Jennifer’s hair doesnt have the same trendy vibe I’ve seen on others. Too long still? Idk bit the style isnt flattering. Reinvention styling needs to be better. Trying to pull an umbrella Rhianna make over? Idk.

    Busy reminds me of flinstone with that necklace.

  2. Jules says:

    That dress! I love Bridget’s dress!

  3. Kaye says:

    Moynahan’s outfit Needs a Bracelet (shout out to the Fug Girls).

  4. Dani2 says:

    Bridget’s dress is fantastic, Jennifer’s is nice, and she looks beautiful here but that dress isn’t impressing me at all. Anyone could have worn that dress, it’s nothing special.

    • SpookySpooks says:

      I think completely the opposite. Jennifer’s dress is very interesting and simple, any embellishment would be overkill.
      Bridget looks boring and that colour is princessy.
      Busy would look better if she kept the sleeves. The necklace is ugly.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    Jennifer looks great but I don’t love the top half of her dress.
    I do really like the red and purple dresses.

  6. GeeMoney says:

    Jennifer’s hair/weave/whatever does not look good. Her dress is just ok.

  7. Ag says:

    love jennifer’s hair! the dress is a bit plain, but very elegant. (damn, now i want to have my hair cut that short again…)

  8. Lorgasm says:

    Busy Phillips looks like Wilma Flintstone.

  9. Adrien says:

    Wow! JHud is gorgeous. Love her dress too.

    • Lex says:

      Ehhh…I think I liked her better with natural curly hair and a bit more weight on her… but good on her for managing to keep it off. It isn’t easy and should be applauded.

  10. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I guess I’m the only one that doesn’t like Bridget’s dress?
    I find it really unsuited to her amazingly athletic frame.
    Also, the slicked-back hair….eh. Seems too severe.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I hate it. Shiny prom dress.

      • Arock says:

        Agree. She’s a beautiful woman, it looks almost juvenile on her frame. I don’t care what anyone says, I like Olivia whatsherfaces Ann Taylor dress. And j-Huds hair is great.

    • Nina says:

      I think she looks like she’s wearing Xmas wrappng paper. But ilove her simple look otherwise!

  11. SBJ says:

    Jennifer looks plain and that hair cut makes her look like a man.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      I thought you were talking about Jennifer Aniston lol – only Robin Wright can do this cut right.

  12. QQ says:

    I Legit kept scrolling down saying NOPE, NOOPPEE, God NO Then Nope Bridget dress but scrolled back to it cause of the shade , everyone in this round looks a variety of matronly mommyish or blah (not fashion forward either!)

  13. Kaylen says:

    Those Aquazzura “Madison” sandals are amazing.

  14. kellyinseattle says:

    Jennifer’s dress looks like it came from Wal-Mart, and I don’t like the hair. Haven’t had my coffee yet…bitchy, huh?

  15. JH says:

    I love formal dresses with pockets!!!!

  16. Francis says:

    Mr Bigs ex wife is so beautiful. 🙂
    Jennifer Hudson looks lovely. I just think she doesn’t really GET fashion. She tries and she does look quite nice, but something seems off. Still girl has talent galore, she could wear a bag and it wouldn’t matter. She’s awesome.

  17. Becky1 says:

    I think Jennifer looks great. I’m not a fan of the high collar on Busy’s dress.

  18. Patty Cake says:

    Jen’s left boob has no support at all. The dress is too big for her or desperately needs to be tailored in the boob and hip areas. I think almost all of Jen’s dresses make her boobs look saggy and unhappy. Poor Jen. I know if I had the cash, I would invest a breast lift. 🙁

  19. melain says:

    Dresses anymore… It’s like they are all statements and designers seem like they are trying to outshine these beautiful women. What ever happened to just making a woman look pretty?