When some of Hollywood’s most fashion-obsessed stars step out with their most stylish foot forward, the results are too cool to handle. That’s exactly what happened last night in Los Angeles, where It girls like Gillian Jacobs, Abigail Spencer, and Katharine McPhee stepped inside the Lombardi House, a vintage-looking farm house in the heart of Hollywood, to celebrate the CFDA and beloved e-commerce site Forward by Elyse Walker’s new Rising Talent program.
Created to help highlight the innovative work of young designers such as Juan Carlos Obando, Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis of Suno, and Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard of Veronica Beard, the new initiative sparked plenty of clothing-related conversation. Jacobs rocked a sleeveless floral Suno dress and couldn’t stop gushing over its designers. “I remember seeing their first collection years ago and going to Barneys to buy a Suno skirt I still have that I get compliments on every time I wear,” she told InStyle. "Getting to know Erin and Max, they’re both such cool, down-to-earth people that it makes you like their clothes even more.”
Jacobs wasn’t the only beauty inspired by the work of the designers. Clad in a red lace Self-Portrait dress with nude Brian Atwood pumps and matching Irene Neuwirth jewelry, Abigail Spencer expressed her love for the fashion site, where she found the statement piece. “I picked it from the Elyse Walker Forward site, which is amazing, by the way. This was probably in my top five, but there were probably 40 things I wanted to wear from the site. It’s really, really beautiful,” she said.
So how can other talented designers also get their foot in the Forward door? “I think it’s so easy now to inspire people because there’s such direct contact now, like Instagram and Twitter,” McPhee, who rocked a gray sweater and skirt by Isabel Marant with thigh-high Sergio Rossi boots, told InStyle. “I think it’s so easy for young people to get inspired because they can be in their small towns and follow anybody they want and see what other people are doing.
Elyse Walker, the name behind the celebrated site, was just as excited. “We launched our site with a lot of mega brands but we’ve been working on finding up and coming things that we can add to our assortment,” she told InStyle. “People come to us because we’re well curated. We want to get better and better and we think all these new up and coming designers are so important.”
And while the next generation of clothing makers were on everyone’s radar, one party favorite certainly did not go unnoticed. “Well, the lobster rolls are delish, I’m not gonna lie,” Nicole Richie quipped. “And you know, I love supporting other designers and it’s a good night to be here.”
—With reporting by Kathryn Romeyn