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When we say there’s more to Fashion Week than fancy clothes—this is exactly what we’re talking about.

With the Fashion Week rotation having turned from New York to London, there’s nothing more quintessentially British than a Burberry show. While it was the photo above, of English nymph Sienna Miller rubbing elbows with Burberry designer Christopher Bailey, that initially drew us to the 150-year-old British brand’s Instagram feed this morning—the shot of American model Arizona Muse, below, is even better. There’s something about a woman in winter clothes that makes it totally bearable that summer is winding down:

…Also not hating this photo of British model Suki Waterhouse (not to be confused with Sookie Stackhouse). Female fashion trends we’re currently (actually, always) into: shearling, aviators, eyebrows:

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Check out this morning’s Burberry women’s show in full on The Thread
and read our previous recap of the Spring ’14 Burberry men’s show.

Congratulations to Thom Browne for taking home top honors in the Menswear category at Monday night’s CFDA Awards.

If you’re curious what that means, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) puts on what basically translates to the Oscars of the fashion world each year. As for the winner (seen above in a fittingly subversive twist on black tie): After famously reviving the menswear industry’s interest in slim tailoring a few years back, Thom Browne has persistently pushed the boundaries of what constitutes a ‘fashion show’ to the limits of absurdity (note his Punks vs. Jocks and Preps from Space -themed shows as examples) while somehow maintaining a somber atmosphere that implies what’s on view is nothing short of art.

A snapshot of Browne’s Fall ’13 Amish cloaks, pixelated for the business park, popped up in the CFDA’s #cfdaawards Instagram feed—as did hundreds of shots of dapperly dressed designers and drop-dead-gorgeous actresses and models. Here are the highlights:


L: Prepping the red carpet.
R: Michael Bastian, 2011 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, with Todd Snyder,
nominated for this year’s Swarovski Award for Menswear.


Legendary supermodel Linda Evangelista with future hall-of-famer Karolina Kurkova.


L: Billy Reid, last year’s CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year.
R: The crowded venue at NYC’s Lincoln Center.


House of Harlow 1960 designer Nicole Richie and Australian model Jessica Hart.


L: The good stuff. | R: Model Frida Gustavsson and BLK DNM designer Johan Lindeberg.


Actress Sofia Vergara. (The new Peg Bundy?)


L: Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-yi Chow, winners of this year’s
Swarovski Award for rising stars in Menswear.
R: Alexander Wang and friends on the steps outside.


Michael Kors with a model on each arm. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.


L: Mood lighting at the after-party.
R: Womenswear winners Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler
who appear to have a firm grasp on menswear, too.


Actress, award presenter, and Bridesmaid Rose Byrne—getting photo-bombed.


L: CFDA International Award winner Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy with actress Jessica Chastain.
(How hardcore was she in Zero Dark Thirty?)
R: One of our favorites (and definitely the funniest) from the female blogosphere,
Man Repeller Leandra Medine is a certified CFDA superstar.


End on a High Note: In the clip above, an army of male models awkwardly a capellas Daft Punk x Pharrell disco jam ‘Get Lucky,’ all while wearing the Fall ’13 collections by all three CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year nominees—and somehow keeping a straight face.

 

Crashing a black-tie bash of your own sometime soon?
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[Instagram photos via CFDA.com; click here for individual credits and tons more photos. Video via KCD. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

We tend to gloss over at the sight of red carpets, but these candid, backstage polaroids—shot by photographer Lucas Michael at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, using a Warhol-era instant camera—capture stars looking like real people. Well-dressed, attractive, hilarious real people, but still.

While Paul Rudd, above left, definitely took home the night’s prize for best botched dialog, his bow tie comes off as a little stiff. We’ll award best-dressed to the incomparable Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, whose floppy bow carries far more character—and gives an appropriate nod to 19th-century presidential style.

Check out more of our favorites below (click images to enlarge)—and view the rest at New York Magazine’s Vulture.com.


Christoph Waltz. Buzz cut x thick rims—digging the Trainspotting vibe.
Julianne Moore. What can we say, we’re suckers for freckles.
Ben Affleck. Brash peak lapels are befitting an actor turned very serious director.


Adam Driver. Went from clearly psychotic to strangely sane on HBO’s Girls.
Morena Baccarin & Morgan Saylor. Damian Lewis’ TV fam deserves props for putting up with him.
Sacha Baron Cohen.
Polka dots and a 4 o’clock (not 5 o’clock) shadow add chutzpah to his tux.


Bryan Cranston. Killer goatee. But what, no Pinkman?
Jennifer Lawrence. Date-night alert: Silver Linings Playbook is a rom-com you won’t hate.
Quentin Tarantino. The man still has a way with words—and a knack for memorable soundtracks.

 

Because you never know when you might get snapped backstage:
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[Photos by Lucas Michael, via New York Magazine's Vulture.com. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]