The 2016 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala Dinner

The evening started off with cocktails and a soundtrack featuring everything from Chance the Rapper to disco classics, but the subtext of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund gala dinner was all about tomorrow evening’s election. Comedian Sarah Jones gave a nod to the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in an ensemble from Joseph Altuzarra. “I am channeling Hillary,” said Jones with a laugh, “it’s still pants and it’s still a suit. We are manifesting tomorrow.” And what of her look for the voting booth? “Public School and some J.Crew. Lots of friends on my body who also love Hillary.” That sentiment was echoed by actress Olivia Munn, who was joined by friend and interior designer Ariel Ashe. “The best advice for anyone going to vote tomorrow is to wear comfortable shoes,” said Munn, dressed in a Tanya Taylor frock punctuated with pumps from this year’s nominee, and Munn’s date, Chloe Gosselin. And while Munn already voted via absentee ballot—“I was probably wearing my bathrobe!”—Ashe plans to heed the actress’s advice. “Probably Vans and jeans,” said Ashe, dressed in a sinewy, vintage Versace slip dress paired with Gosselin’s heels. For New York Giants wide receiver and male fashion plate Victor Cruz, this election is all about family. “I plan on being with my daughter,” said the all-star in a head-to-toe ensemble from nominee Chris Stamp, adding that his goal is “having her watch [the election] at a young age to get her into it.”

That familial sentiment was shared by Diane von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour, who opened the evening’s celebration with an upbeat tone. “Being in the Fund is like being part of an extended family,” said Wintour, who Von Furstenberg dubbed “the soul of the Fund.” “Family are always there for one another,” added Wintour. After a customized chicken potpie, which spelled out “VOTE” and featured an HRC flag, it was time for the main event. “The most important thing tonight is to celebrate talent and style,” said Michael Kors, who imparted wisdom he has gained during almost 40 years in fashion. “You have to put yourself out there,” urged Kors to the designers in the room. “It’s not luck. You have to make your luck happen. Do whatever you have to do. You never know what’s going to happen.” And that mind-set resonated with one of the evening’s newest designers, music sensation Zendaya. The 20-year-old might have just launched her label, Daya by Zendaya, in three pop-ups nationwide, but she’s already got her sights set on great things. “It’s an evening about making dreams come true,” said Zendaya in one of Kors’s effortlessly elegant frocks. And does she hope one day to be a nominee? “Hey, you never know.”


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