Fashion Crush: Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington nailed it on every stop of her Django Unchained press tour. She continued to take risks into award season, and her adventurousness  paid off, landing her at the top of best-dressed lists week after week (she was one of my favorites at the Golden Globes; if you missed that post, you can read my full recap here).

While Washington knows how to rock bright colors and pushes the envelope with vibrant patterns, she always looks stunning in white. Below are a few of my favorite KW looks from the past year, and not surprisingly, many of them come in variations of my choice neutral hue.

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In Giles at the

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In Ralph Lauren at an event for the designer

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In Peter Pilotto

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In Stella McCartney at the American Music Awards

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In Rodarte at the SAG Awards

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In Louis Vuitton, at a Berlin photo call for Django Unchained

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In Donna Karan at the Keep a Chile Alive Black Ball (*this may be from a few years ago, but I just love everything about it)

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Rodarte’s Wearable Van Goghs

Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the designers behind Rodarte, turned to Vincent Van Gogh for inspiration for their Spring 2012 RTW line. They pulled from the artist’s color palettes and brushstroke patterns in two of his most famous works, Starry Night and Sunflowers, for a collection of short dresses.  The references to the painter were blatant; however, the silhouettes were a little too prom-y for me.

This is not the first time the Mulleavy sisters have interlaced fashion and art. For the New York Times Magazine 2010 Winter Olympic portfolio, the designers collaborated with artist Ryan McGinley on custom designed knitwear for Olympic athletes. That same year, the designers were awarded a National Arts Award from Americans for the Arts – the first designers to receive that honor. Rodarte is included in the permanent collections of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Museum at FIT, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the brand has been featured in solo exhibitions around the country.  The designers are constantly engaging in unique ways to merge the worlds of fashion and art, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night; two looks from the Rodarte Spring 2012 RTW line

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers; three looks from the Rodarte Spring 2012 RTW line