On Mon. evening, actors, models, and fashion It-girls walked the red carpet at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the CFDA and Vogue Fashion Fund Awards — the culmination of a four-month long competition between emerging American design talent. As expected, the attendees, which included everyone from Emily Blunt to Karolina Kurkova, brought their style A-game, but it was Sara Paxton's green slip dress that ultimately won the red carpet. Not only was it the perfect fall-friendly take on one of summer's biggest dress trends, but its design struck the perfect balance between femininity and edge.
The 30-year-old kicked off the evening in a green-and-black floral-print slip dress by Tanya Taylor. It features a straight silhouette and elegant black-lace trim on the side seams and around the V-neckline. Thanks to its silhouette and slinky fabric, Paxton's dress is perfectly romantic, but the subtle lace detailing adds just enough edge.
Because the piece is already statement-making on its own, Paxton kept the rest of her look simple, opting only for a pair of strappy black mules by Sophia Webster, a small, sparkly clutch, and minimal jewels. A swipe of soft red lipstick added a subtle pop of color.
Paxton, who you may remember from the 2006 comedy Aquamarine, is gearing up for the release of her new movie, The Front Runner (which hits theaters on Nov. 21). Paxton takes on the role as Donna Rice, a key figure in the 1987 political scandal involving Senator Gary Hart (portrayed by Hugh Jackman).
Along with the release of a new movie come many premiere events. For the fashion-obsessed, that also means a consistent stream of style moments to relish. And Paxton's CFDA ensemble proves she's certainly one to keep an eye out for come award show season.
Slip dresses were everywhere this summer, and as Paxton's red-carpet outfit demonstrates, they work just as well in the cold-weather months, too. The trick is to pick one that looks a bit more seasonally-appropriate. A velvet slip dress is a no-brainer for the fall and winter, as are any rendered in quintessential autumnal shades (think: burnt orange, ruby red, dark navy, green, and classic black).
But, if you have a favorite summer slip you simply can't part ways with just yet, don't fret, because there's an easy way to make it wearable beyond the warm-weather season. Layer an oversized knit or long cardigan on top for added coziness. And as for footwear? Black combat boots are a cool contrast to the elegance of a satin dress, but crisp white sneakers, mules, and sock booties work just as well.
Ahead, shop Paxton's exact red-carpet slip dress, as well as The Zoe Report's roundup of perfect midis you can wear this fall and beyond.