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CFDA Awards 2014 Recap: Rihanna's Sappy Speech (and Texts with Anna Wintour!), Olivia Wilde's Recycled Dress and More!

06/03/2014 at 11:59 AM ET

Rihanna and Anna Wintour CFDA AwardsAndrew H. Walker/WireImage

The Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards always promises high-fashion gowns, an Olsen red carpet cameo, and some emotional speeches from designers and celebrities alike. This year was no different. Catch a highlight reel of the five best moments for the 2014 CFDAs.

THE VIDEOS TO WATCH: Rihanna made serious style waves before she even hit the stage to accept her Fashion Icon award when she appeared in a completely sheer, custom Adam Selman dress covered in more than 216,000 Swarovski crystals. She paired the revealing look with a pink fur stole (strategically placed, of course) and matching head scarf.

Vogue editor Anna Wintour presented RiRi with the prestigious honor, and the superstar’s speech (catch it above) was heartfelt. “I enjoy the most that you can tell so much about who someone is just by their style, the way they put fashion together. I think fashion has been an outlet for me to express myself, to speak out, say who I am and to be very loud about it at times. Fashion should never be frustrating.”

Since Wintour tends to be more conservative in her style and Rih is so out there, inquiring minds wanted to know how the two got paired up for the award presentation. Fortunately, Vogue.com took the time to imagine some text conversations between the unlikely duo. (Watch the funny video above!)

THE PERSON TO FOLLOW: If you’re not following Patrick Janelle on Instagram yet, you probably should add to your roster. Why? He won the CFDA’s first ever Fashion Instagrammer of the Year Award. The graphic designer by trade is the founder of Spring Street Social Society, a group that “brings people together in unexpected spaces. our gatherings take the form of cabaret variety shows, coursed dinners, movie nights, or anything else we dream up.” And through his N.Y.C. connections he’s branded himself through a style-centric Instagram account (@AGuyNamedPatrick) with over 130k followers. And Monday night he took over the CFDA’s Instagram feed.

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THE SURPRISING STYLE MOVE: Rihanna’s sheer dress wasn’t the only buzzy fashion moment of the night. Olivia Wilde made a big statement. (And we’re not just talking about how major her post baby-body looks.) The new mom went vintage in a one-shoulder fringed Mollie Parnis dress, worn 30 years earlier by Anjelica Huston (on the arm of Jack Nicholson!) at the Cannes Film Festival in 1974.

THE OLSEN TAKEOVER: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen trumped Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang for the honor of Accessories Designer of the Year. The fashion powerhouse behind The Row also nabbed the Womenswear Designers of the year Award in 2012. Will they reach a three-peat next year? TBD.

THE OMG COLLABORATION: Alexander Wang certainly shook things up with his choice of date at the CFDAs. He was accompanied by a cape-wearing Mango (!) (who some may remember as the the late-’90s SNL character played by Chris Kattan). And by the looks of it, Mango will be fronting T by Alexander Wang’s fall/winter 2014 campaign. Stay tuned for a big reveal today on AlexanderWang.com.


What was your favorite moment from the CFDA Awards? Who was your best dressed? Sound off below!

–Brittany Talarico

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PeeP on

I’m not sure what Rihanna’s family is like, but she is trash.

Ayisha From Brooklyn on

Rihanna kills it every time

gymluv on

I must really be getting old because I do not understand Mary-Kate and Ashley at all. Two vibrant, young, pretty fashion award winners and they look sullen, sad and swallowed up by habits.

Tommie on

“The Emperor has no clothes on”.

Ahmed on

If Anjelica Huston wore the dress 30 years ago, how can it be Cannes 1974?

Sister G on

It makes me sad that nearly nude is being mistaken for fashion-forward. This poor girl thinks her body is her talent. She could be so much more than naked, setting an example for young girls. Sadly, her young fans are getting the message that wearing your birthday suit out in public, or nearly, is what will garner attention.

Mommyof2 on

This is disgusting! Its very sad that society still does not accept breastfeeding in public, but trash like this can show their nipples ass and everything else to the world and thats perfectly ok….nasty!!

Mandy on

Few things – I don’t understand why women think they need to dress so seductively now. Don’t get me wrong, I like to feel and look sexy to, but do you need to be naked or have your boobs showing to get attention? it’s a very pretty dress, but could’ve covered up more…. What the world is coming to now though….
Second, I hate to see Mary Kate and Ashley look how they do now :( …. They look horrible. They are doing great, and they used to be soo cute and put together good movies (loved them growing up, still have them on VHS). But they look bad.. Maybe drugs? Maybe an eating disorder?
Lastly, i LOVE Oliv’as dress!!!!

lilk on

I wish people mag would do research.

Rihanna’s outfit is in honour/tribute of Josephine Baker. JB’s bday is today june 3. JBaker was the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture[Zouzou in 1934] and the first African American to become a world-famous entertainer.

Megan on

Anna looks awkward with those so close n i p p l e s …

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