Kate Winslet wows in sexy but understated dress at party celebrating 50 years of US fashion


Classic style with a sheer twist: Kate Winslet wows in sexy but understated dress at party celebrating 50 years of US fashion

It was a night when the fashion heavyweights of New York were supposed to come out and celebrate their impact on the industry.

But Kate Winslet almost stole the limelight with her simple twist on an eternal classic.

The 36-year-old mother-of-two arrived at an exhibition celebrating 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) last night.

Sheer luck: Kate Winslet showed off her curves in a classic little black dress at the Impact CFDA Party in New York last night

Sheer luck: Kate Winslet showed off her curves in a classic little black dress at the Impact CFDA Party in New York last night

The actress wore a simple little black dress that hugged her curves.

But in a certain light the sheer panel showed a hint of her cleavage even though the dress looked modest with its high neck and long sleeves.

The Oscar-winner cut an elegant figure as she strode in on the opening night of the prestigious exhibition.

She was surrounded by veterans of the fashion world, including the editor of US Vogue, Anna Wintour and fashion designers Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui.

Striking: The Oscar-winning actress looked elegant and at ease at the fashion event

Striking: The Oscar-winning actress looked elegant and at ease at the fashion event

Striking: The Oscar-winning actress looked elegant and at ease at the fashion event

Posing up: Kate was seen matching the background at the exhibit

Posing up: Kate was seen matching the background at the exhibit

Happy and relaxed: Kate was clearly enjoying herself at tonight's event

Happy and relaxed: Kate was clearly enjoying herself at tonight's event

While Wang and Johnson dressed casually, Winslet stepped up to the occasion in her figure-hugging piece.

The
event – which comes in the middle of New York Fashion Week – marks the
start of an exhibition that looks back at the US fashion industry over
the past 50 years.

In
honour of the exhibition CFDA members such as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors
and Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs were asked to craft ‘impact statements’ and
choose outfits and photos they felt best represent their style.

View with awe: Kate Winslet looks fascinated with the exhibits as she strolls along inside with St. John Creative Director George Sharp

View with awe: Kate Winslet looks fascinated with the exhibits as she strolls along inside with St. John Creative Director George Sharp

Fashion heavyweights: Vogue editor Anna Wintour and designer Diane von Furstenberg both attended the exhibition

Fashion heavyweights: Vogue editor Anna Wintour and designer Diane von Furstenberg both attended the exhibition

Even relative newbies Mary-Kate and
Ashley Olsen – who launched their fashion label The Row in 2007 – were
invited to contribute their comments.

One of Von Furstenberg’s original wrap dresses from the Seventies is one of the 80 outfits on display.

Earlier this week the designer said: 'This dress happened, and it was a phenomenon.

'Before I knew it we were making 25,000 a week, and it was madness.

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Quirky: Fashion designer Betsey Johnson made an entrance while looking casual in fitness leggings and a sheer grey sweater

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Quirky: Fashion designer Betsey Johnson made an entrance while looking casual in fitness leggings and a sheer grey sweater

Quirky: Fashion designer Betsey Johnson made an entrance while looking casual in fitness leggings and a sheer grey sweater

Designing women: Fashion favourites Anna Sui and Vera Wang were also in attendance

Designing women: Fashion favourites Anna Sui and Vera Wang were also in attendance

Designing women: Fashion favourites Anna Sui and Vera Wang were also in attendance

'Then, of course, it became the third word out of people’s mouths after saying my name.

'And for a while, I kind of resented it.'

She also said: 'My goal in fashion is to make women feel confident.

'I’ve never met a woman who is not strong. They don’t exist.'

The
65-year-old released a statement on the CFDA website, saying: ‘American
designers have always had impact on how people dress.’

She
added: ‘”Impact” was the one word that came to mind immediately [when
deciding what to name the exhibition] – it is so strong and defining of
our individual and collective influence…’

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