'Fashion and comedy go together like Bar Mitzvahs and Galliano': Seth Meyers tries to raise a laugh in lace dress at CFDA Awards – but daring jokes get mixed reception
15:41 GMT, 5 June 2012
Getting the fashion industry to laugh at themselves can sometimes be like pulling teeth.
And even Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers, struggled at points last night when he opened the CFDA Awards.
Though the crowd was in stitches when he stepped out wearing the same lace dress that Marc Jacobs wore to the Met Gala last month, a joke about John Galliano within the first two minutes of his speech was met with nervous laughter and stony glares.
Who wore it better Seth Meyers (left) walking onstage at the CFDA Awards wearing the Comme des Garcons lace dress Marc Jacobs (right) wore to the Met Gala last month
In a dig at Galliano, whose anti-Semitic comments in a Paris bar last year saw him fired from his post at Christian Dior, he told the crowd: 'Fashion and comedy go together like Galliano and Bar Mitzvahs.
'No one in this room got where they
were without taking a risk. I just took one, and I think we can all
agree I shouldn't have.'
Acknowledging the reception, he continued: 'That joke went so badly I'm going to get fired
CFDA comedian: Seth Meyers hosted the Awards, and while his politically incorrect fashion jokes were met with nervous laughter, the comedian poked fun at the industry and eventually had the crowd in stitches
large portion of his speech was set aside especially to making fun of
Marc Jacobs, who shocked the fashion set when he wore a Comme des Garcons see-through lace dress to the Met Gala last month.
Butt of the joke: John Galliano, who was fired from Dior after making anti-Semitic jokes, was the target of Mr Meyers opening speech
He joked: 'Let's give it up for the look of the year: Marc Jacobs' Met Gala outfit!
is a long way to go to prove you're wearing a clean pair of underwear!
Who wore it better, Marc Jacobs or a widow at an Italian funeral home'
way through the ceremony, Mr Meyers walked on stage wearing the
designer's exact Met Ball outfit, minus the Marc Jacobs pilgrim shoes.
said: 'I've had like, eleven drinks since you last saw me, but this has
great ventilation…my nipples have never been so freezing.'
He then moved on to Tommy Hilfiger, who was to be presented with the lifetime achievement award.
'I've long been an admirer of Tommy and his clothes,' he said. 'Wearing Tommy Hilfiger tells people, “Yes, I know what a spinnaker is.”'
He then touched on high-fashion's often expensive garments, and their chain store knock-offs.
He began: 'I've been told tickets tonight were expensive: $7,500. If that's too expensive, you can get tickets for a tenth of the price over at Topshop.
'But I should warn you that even though they look like the same tickets, they will fall apart in your hands,' he joked.