Finally, an awards show where it’s all about the red carpet. At last night’s (Oct. 15) VH1-Vogue Fashion Awards in New York, actors, models, and musicians-turned-designers were feted for their penchant for looking absolutely fabulous.
“I think the most important thing about style is the smile you put on other people’s faces — or the look of absolute terror,” quipped Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler as he picked up the Rockstyle award. Tyler also performed with pop star Pink.
Platinum-blond rapper Eve was given the breakthrough style award; she thanked her nail stylist, among many others. Singer/actress-turned-designer Jennifer Lopez was named the most influential star of the year. But anyone hoping that she might wear some of the sexy, jaw-dropping fashions of previous awards shows were likely disappointed; she was demurely dressed, like a schoolgirl, wearing a white tam, a white shirt covered by a black sweater, a flared white miniskirt, and stiletto heels.
Hosted by “Will & Grace” star Debra Messing, the affair mixed music with fashion. Performers such as David Bowie sang in between tributes to designers such as Ralph Lauren and Alexander McQueen, as well as mini-fashion shows. Celebrities paid homage to designers, and vice versa: Donatella Versace gave Lopez her award, while Sean “P. Diddy” Combs paid tribute to Lauren, and John Travolta presented Tom Ford with the designer of the year trophy.
Venus and Serena Williams, Claire Danes, LL Cool J, Naomi Campbell, Cate Blanchett, and Naomi Watts were among the other celebrities who took part in the two-hour show, which aired live on VH1.
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