Beautiful clothes were in the spotlight at Monday night’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards gala in Brooklyn, N.Y.—but there was plenty of great jewelry to ogle at the high-profile fashion event, too.
The gala, which celebrates emerging designers handpicked by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (the CFDA), crowned a new prince of fashion Monday: designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, founder of the provocative Pyer Moss brand.
Jean-Raymond—whose thought-provoking collections have called out social injustices, gun violence, racism, and police violence—took home the top prize, which comes packaged with a $400,000 purse and mentorships with top fashion designers.
Pyer Moss’s inclusive DNA, which embraces body, age, gender, and racial diversity, made for invigorating fashion-watching Monday night. It wasn’t so long ago that the event’s red carpet felt like a baggage carrier ushering in white, size-2 models almost exclusively.
But on Monday night, Vogue and the CFDA showed that they’re receiving the messages both consumers and brands are broadcasting: diversity and inclusivity aren’t fashion trends—they’re the future of fashion.
The event’s focus is clothes, but what are great clothes without killer jewels? (The CFDA Awards, a separate annual event, honors jewelry and accessories.) Gala attendees didn’t disappoint there. Here are five not-to-be-missed jewelry moments from the event.
Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Leon, wins our award for most offbeat accessory of the evening: a pair of long, silver-tone earrings dangling tiny white coin purses. Yes, actual coin purses! She also wore a silver (or white gold or platinum) necklace bearing the initial “L.”
Model Ebonee Davis wore a stunning Pyer Moss purple jumpsuit from designer Kerby Jean-Raymond—paired with thin-but-huge hoop earrings dripping a single pearl.
Actress Logan Browning also wore Pyer Moss, and what looks to be (this is unconfirmed) a pair of Annie Costello Brown geometric gold earrings.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour paired her boldly printed floral dress with reams of gold, pearl, and crystal (maybe diamond??) necklaces.
Model Dree Hemingway came festooned in delicate, small gold hoop earrings and layered gold necklaces—the casual-feeling jewelry was a bold choice for such a high-profile event, but it absolutely worked.
Top: Lourdes Leon in earrings that feature tiny coin purses (photo courtesy of Pyer Moss)