Getting Ready
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How Supermodel Lais Ribeiro and Designer Carly Cushnie Pre-Game for the CFDA Awards

It involves a little bit of rosé and a lot of selfies.

By: Hannah Baxter
Photography: Alec Kugler

Last night was one of the most important nights in fashion for both fans and designers: the CFDA Awards. Held at the Brooklyn Museum for the very first time, the event honored many of the most recognizable and up-and-coming figures in the industry. From Kim Kardashian and Naomi Campbell to Edward Enninful and Sander Lak—who took home the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent for his label Sies Marjan—it was a star-studded evening to remember. We were lucky enough to hang with two of the most stylish attendees while they prepped for the red carpet—supermodel Lais Ribeiro and designer Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs, at the latter’s Crown Heights brownstone.

Although it wouldn’t take much to prepare either woman for a night out in New York, there was still a full glam team getting them ready for the awards, including makeup artist Grace Lee and hairstylist Martin-Christopher Harper.  In between sips of chilled rosé and Cushnie whipping up a salad and snacks for the crew, we got all the details on their beauty looks, their sparkling accessories, and, of course, their stunning Cushnie et Ochs outfits.


Carly Cushnie: “This is my third time [attending the CFDA Awards]. I’m looking forward to it being at the museum this year. It’s a really beautiful space in the main atrium, [and] it’s basically in my neighborhood. It’s always a fun time to see everyone, other designers, and it’s a great time to get together and celebrate.”

Lais Ribeiro: “[I’m wearing] a bright blue dress with some details on the neck. It’s very sexy and elegant, which Cushnie et Ochs always is. I think somehow they always make their girl look chic, and at the same time it’s very sexy. I was 19 when I did my first Cushnie show.”

LR: “We have to be different for every single [red carpet]. It’s tricky. My goal is often like this one—elegant and sexy. It’s never about comfort in my opinion [laughs]. I would love to, but I can’t.”

Grace Lee: “It’s Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Definer, set with Brow Drama brow gel. A black gel liner, and the Maybelline City Palette and 24 Karat Nudes Palette, with a mix of three shades. And Total Temptation Mascara, with Color Sensational® Creamy Matte Lipstick mixed with the lip lacquer.”

LR: “It’s my first time! I think it’s always great to see new designers and see who’s going to win. I just love the glamour of all the events and dressing up and getting your makeup done and being beautiful.”

LR: “I have an [exercise] routine that I try to maintain so I don’t get desperate when the important things come up. I remember the years when I used to not work out a lot, or at all, and then when I started the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, I was like, ‘Oh my god, I have to!’ It started to be no drinking, no doing this, it’s too hard to do that. Right now, I just try to maintain and not be crazy.”

LR: “I have a trainer, and we train all the girls together, and I love to do boxing to get out of my mind a little bit and punch some bags [laughs]. At Dogpound they have the boxing trainers. I do some Pilates too, just to mix it up. The trainers are so great, and they push you through, and it’s fun. The music is so loud. Since I start to travel and I come back, everybody is yelling like, ‘You haven’t been coming as much as you used to’, and I’m like, ‘Guys, give me a break’ [laughs].”

LR: “I don’t do much [to my skin] because sometimes when I put on a mask or anything else, I start to get a rash and red. I try to not do much on my face, and every time I try I a new product I get that.”

CC: “My makeup, I really wanted a strong lip because I’m wearing black, so I thought this raspberry lip color would be nice. A red but kind of a more summery take on it, and just keeping everything else a bit softer, although I do have eyelashes on [laughs]. It’s a mix of Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink, Heroine and Lover. It’s supposed to stay on all night through dinner.”

LR: “I did lymphatic drainage [before the awards]. I do that once a week if I’m feeling a little bit swollen. I started to do Shapehouse. I love that. You just sit down and sweat, and you watch Netflix [laughs]. I love it. You’re in a sleeping bag, and it gets really hot and you sweat a lot, and it’s just great for everything. You lose calories, it helps you sleep, for your skin.”

CC: “We’re both wearing pieces from the resort collection, which I’m showing [Tuesday], so it’s a great opportunity to get the new pieces out there. I’m really excited about this collection.”

GL: “I used La Roche Posay Toleriane Daily Soothing Moisturizer for sensitive skin and the hydrating spray [on Lais]. Foundation only under the eyes, because she pretty much has perfect skin. It’s a defined eye, slightly smoky, but not major. It’s a combination of a pewter grey with a little bit of kohl-lined eye. It’s soft, but it’s still there. It’s not going to look like she has nothing on, but I want a see-through pewter.”

CC: “Lais and I are wearing Mateo’s jewelry tonight. He was one of the finalists for the Vogue Fashion Fund last year, and his stuff is just stunning.”

CC: “I was like, ‘What am I not going to embarrass myself in standing next to Lais?’ [laughs]. There were so many dresses that looked amazing on her. I’m going with a black jumpsuit this evening with a draped neckline and flared pant. I think it complemented Lais’ dress. It makes me feel long, especially standing next to six-foot Lais [laughs].”

CC: “We’ll both do Judith Leiber bags. I think it’s nice to have a little bit of sparkle. It’s a fun night to get dressed up, so I think we’re in need of some.”

LR: “Edward [Enninful] was always a supporter since I started my career, so it’s exciting to see him being so successful. I did Italian Vogue with all the black girls. I loved that editorial. It was really beautiful, and he was just so nice. I didn’t speak English yet at that time, and there were a couple girls I already knew at the job speaking Spanish with me. I think Arlenis [Sosa] was there and Ajak [Deng], Iman. He’s always trying to represent and to help push through because it’s a little hard to be out there.”

Martin-Christopher Harper: “The hair look [for Lais] is downtown Grecian goddess. The top is a cool take on Grecian structure, and the top and sides are textured and pulled back into a chignon, with lots for Brilliant Diamant for shine.”

LR: “Of course [representation] has to be better every year, but it still has a ways to go. For example, I don’t go to Milan anymore. I used to love Milan, and they’re just like, ‘Oh, we have enough black girls here, you don’t need to come.’ There were two times that they said that, and I was like, ‘Is this for real?’ It has to be better, but it’s a little bit more open for us.”

CC: “I think there are a lot of changes going on [in the fashion industry], which is very exciting, but at the same time I feel like people are doing very much their own thing. There’s not one path. Before it was 'This was fashion week and this is what happens.' Now there’s fashion week in June and some people are showing. For an industry that’s always supposed to be forward-thinking in terms of creativity, it was kind of antiquated in the whole way it worked, and then all of a sudden in the last couple of years it feels like everything has sped up.”