“Then after the show it’s the after party, and after the party, it’s the hotel lobby.”
– R. Kelly
The Oscars’ red carpet was disastrously dull, with no real risk takers apart from Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong’o. But what about the after parties? Let’s take a look.
Above: I was pleasantly surprised to see a good amount of oxblood-colored dresses at the Vanity Fair party. Model Crystal Renn vamped in a glamorous Zac Posen gown, Behati Prinsloo rocked a modern and minimal look, and Sheryl Crow beamed in laid-back, bohemian Roberto Cavalli.
Above: Deep crimson was another popular hue. Jaime King nailed it in a unique and stunning Ulyana Sergeenko dress. And I will begrudgingly admit that Khloe Kardashian looked great — the fit and color of the gown, hair and makeup perfectly suited her. Naomie Harris was elegant, but her ensemble was missing any sartorial punch.
Above: Ladies in red. Sienna Miller’s arm jewelry was so different and unexpected, but it’s a shame that her thrift-store-esque belt detracts from an otherwise chic ensemble. I die for Lily Aldridge’s sleek, 60s-inspired dress, and based on her figure, you’d never know that Kristen Bell gave birth a few months ago. Bravo, Gossip Girl!
Above: Pretty in pink. I loved seeing these bright gowns! Allison Williams’ dress looked odd from the front, I wish she had worn a big necklace or larger earrings to counter the high neckline. I usually don’t care for Kelly Preston’s style, but she surprised me with an amazing Steve Khalil gown. Everything about her look is so good: minimal accessorizing and simple hair offsets the insane draping of her dress.
Above: Sparkly nudes in classic silhouettes. These looks are absolutely stunning, but they’re missing a wow factor. It’s like a supremely good-looking man lacking an interesting personality. Nice, but nothing memorable.
Above: Silver screen sirens. In the film Empire Records, there’s a woman who says, “baby you are sex!” and that is how I feel about Miranda Kerr’s smoldering get-up. Rumer Willis’ hair and makeup is a bullseye, but her dress is a little too crazy for my taste. It’s a fine line between kooky and eclectic, isn’t it? And Hilary Rhoda is a goddess in her vintage Halston.
Above: America’s sweethearts. Slinky black dresses with sweetheart necklines were another recurrence throughout the night. Purrrrrrrrrr.
Above: Who knew that one-shouldered white dresses would be a trend? I love Amy Adams to pieces, but I wish she had worn something akin to her American Hustle character. Maybe she felt that we had seen enough of her breasts for one year.
Above: There were many variations on the sequined, deep v-neck dress. I loved them all.
Above and below: I’m swooning over these badass sheer cutouts. They lend a rebellious, adventurous sensibility to classic silhouettes. This is what you wear to make your ex think: “DAAAAAAAMN. OOPS.”
Above: In the pink. Taking a cue from the runways, pale pink dominated the red carpet. Like her husband, Camila Alves easily won her category with an elegant Gabriela Cadena dress. The hue and cut suited her perfectly, and the drape lent a sense of old Hollywood glamour.
Above: Golden girls. Vanessa Hudgen’s look was my favorite variation on this theme. I loved the interesting fabric and cut of her dress, while Selena and Kristin’s gowns feel a little too Vegas-showgirl.
Above: Strapless black dresses with soft details. Margot Robbie’s ensemble was everything. Her hair! Her makeup! That bow! She perfectly channeled the spirit of a 1940s Hollywood starlet a la Veronica Lake. And Emma Heming, Bruce Willis’ wife, is absolutely divine in a chic gown adorned with bows. I’ve never seen pregnancy look so good.
Above: Pastel party. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Cushnie Et Ochs gown made me gasp: it’s a well-done juxtaposition of feminine and classic, modern and badass. I adore the unique color of Paz Vega’s beautifully-executed pale, blue-green number. And Lupita Nyong’o showcases her impeccable taste in offbeat, sea foam green Miu Miu.
Above: These were my favorite gowns that defied any categorization. Model Doutzen Kroes radiated in a minimal black dress with pockets(!!!) and bejeweled heels that I desperately need to own. Anne Sweeney, president of the ABC-Disney Television group, chose a strapless, architectural navy-blue gown that fit her perfectly. I hope Zara or H&M makes a knock-off, because I absolutely need to own this dress. Kate Hudson should give her stylist a big raise because she epitomized everything a Hollywood movie star should be. She worked that step and repeat and shut it down.
And with that, we bid adieu to awards season. Until next year!