The Oscars + After Party Dresses: My Favourites


Last night was THE night of awards season, no awards show brings out the cream of the Hollywood crop like the Oscars and the subsequent after parties. I spent the best part of last night live tweeting all about the red carpet arrivals from the live stream and couldn’t wait for the pictures to come in this morning. It’s hard to say who was REALLY dressed the best, though it’s definitely a toss up between the unstoppable Angelina Jolie, girl of the moment Rooney Mara, Hollywood sweetheart Michelle Williams and THAT Milla Jovovich dress that caused such a stir at the beginning of the night. We saw so many trends hit the red carpet, most notably the ’20s style, (very apt seeing as Midnight In Paris scooped best original screenplay), so I thought I’d group the girls together according to trends so we can see who nailed the look best.

Ready?

Monochrome

Angelina is the queen of the red carpet in my eyes, she stole the Golden Globes in Atelier Versace and she was back and better than ever in Atelier Versace last night doing the same. This look is perfectly put together. You’ve got that gorgeous soft fabric, risque side split, messy yet chic bed hair and then her trademark red lip to top it all off. Super sexy shouldn’t really work on paper at the Oscars, but this to me is one of the looks of the night. Plus, how achingly cool do they look together? Best looking couple in the world award goes to…

She was one of the first celebs to hit the red carpet and put the whole fashion world in a spin when she turned up in this gorgeous Elie Saab gown. Yes, it’s Milla Jovovich looking absolutely stunning, it’s no wonder both her name and the designer’s were trending on Twitter instantly after she arrived. Milla told reporters that as she wasn’t nominated she wanted something ‘simple yet sophisticated’ and she nailed it.

Rose Byrne has been earning her place among the fashion elite lately, and hasn’t put a foot wrong since she lopped off those locks in favour of a sleek Anna Wintour-esque bob. Last night her Vivienne Westwood sequinned number looked gorgeous as she proved black on the red carpet is never boring.

Dragon Tattoo actress (and my girl crush of the moment) Rooney Mara opted for a typically edgy outfit last night courtesy of Givenchy Couture. Mara reportedly only picked out this white floor length gown that morning, talk about leaving things until the last minute! Her sister, 127 Hours actress Kate Mara also looked lovely in a beaded gown and soft chignon.

If you read my Stylish Ten on a Monday you’ll know that there are two people whose style I’ve been obsessing over lately; Elizabeth Olsen and Felicity Jones. The two young actresses have hit the scene with their indie films this year and have even graced Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue this month, which would explain why they were both at Vanity Fair’s Oscar party.

Elizabeth (above) shuns a typically Hollywood shape in favour of this tiered Dior gown which she paired with a cute black bag from The Row, her sisters’ (Mary Kate and Ashley’s) brand. Talk about borrowing your sister’s bag, this takes it to a new level, but if my sister had a luxury accessories brand that would definitely be my first port of call too. Nice one Liz!

Finally in the monochrome category Like Crazy actress Felicity Jones opts for an offbeat rocky look with this leather Joanna Johnson dress. This look could’ve easily been done badly, but Miss Jones pulls this off with serious attitude. The sleek hair and simple shape mean the texture can do the talking and there’s just enough drama. Love it.

The roaring ’20s

The Great Gatsby’s set to come out this year, Midnight In Paris picked up best original screenplay, last night paid homage to a fabulous fashion era. And thanks to J.Lo (and her amazing derriere) this category proves you don’t have to be stick thin to work the ’20s trend, the ’20s silhouette likes curves too girls!

The Descendants’ Judy Greer was the first lady who hit the red carpet in the ’20s trend and it was a welcome break from the typical one shoulder, form fitting frocks that are ever popular at these events. This gorgeous Monique Lhuillier frock looks great on Judy’s slim figure and even incorporates a sports luxe style neckline. Making ’20s look modern gets Judy top marks from me.

Katy Perry added her own blend of kooky cool to this ’20s style Blumarine dress with her new blue bob. The sheer panelling adds a more sophisticated edge to this fun and party perfect frock. Imagine it under disco lights, hello gorgeous glitter ball!

Taken actress Maggie Grace was dripping in gold sequins in this gorgeous gown at Elton John’s Oscar party. Keeping it chic with an Oscar worthy updo Maggie let the dress have all the attention and seriously worked it.

J.Lo was the ’20s personified last night in this extra-fabulous art deco dress. See, curves can do ’20s! Jen poured her curves into this gown that drew audible gasps from everyone on the red carpet. It was an entrance everyone paid attention to and Zuhair Murad is one of Jen’s go-to designers for red carpet looks. True to form she wore another revealing Murad frock to the Vanity Fair party later that evening. Top marks.

Red, red, red

This wouldn’t be a red carpet round-up if I wasn’t swooning over Michelle Williams’ outfit. After playing my idol in last year’s hit film My Week With Marilyn, Williams has stepped out in a string of fab outfits and this is definitely one of them. Peplums were all over the spring/summer catwalks and Michelle’s obviously been taking notes from the frow, nailing the look with this cutesy peplum in vintage Louis Vuitton. This summery coral dress, made from ‘burnt silk mousseline and organza ribbons done in layers’ apparently took 300 hours to make, and what a creation it is!

Last year heavily pregnant and up for her award for Black Swan, Natalie Portman looked radiant. You could have put her glow down to her imminent award and baby joy, but this year Portman looked just as fabulous in her vintage polka dot Dior dress. Out of all the dresses I loved this year, this is probably the one I would pick for myself for some reason. It could be the cutesy polka dots, it could be the gorgeous fitted, strapless top teamed with flowing, floor sweeping hem, I just think it’s what I would choose, if ever I was lucky enough to be dressed for the red carpet that is!

Many a fashion critic commented that this bow drowned petite Emma Stone, and many said redheads should never wear red. I say, she looks amazing and I love her. Ever since she played the lead role as quirky Olive Penderghast in teen comedy Easy A, I’ve followed Emma’s career (and fashion choices) and always love her red carpet looks. This Giambattista Valli frock is no exception. It’s romantic, it compliments her alabaster skin and it’s perfect for the Oscars, bravo Emma.

Ladylike

When Dita Von Teese tweeted a sneak peek of her dress last night I was super excited to see it in full, and it didn’t disappoint! Sticking to her trademark vintage style Dita’s nude Jenny Packham dress was just dramatic enough with the gorgeous shoulder detailing and was set off perfectly with her jet black hair and gorgeous make up. I featured a Dita Von Teese make up tutorial by Pixiwoo’s Samantha Chapman in my Videos of the Week post yesterday, so be sure to check it out to recreate this look! Just click here.

Finally Phil Collins’ gorgeous daughter Lily stepped out in this Monique Lhuillier gown that screams ‘princess’. Usually these full skirted frocks are the ones I find least appealing on the red carpet, but there’s something I love about this look, she almost reminds me of Disney’s Belle. You can see why Lily is perfect to play Snow White in upcoming film Mirror, Mirror, that gorgeous pale skin sets off this dress perfectly and creates a gorgeous contrast with the bright blue embroidery. There’s something a little Kate Middleton about it too, I could imagine our Kate sporting this at an official event, so it definitely has princess credentials.

Disclaimer: none of these pictures were taken or are owned by me. I have featured them here for comment purposes only. The images are all from look.co.uk, glamourmagazine.co.uk, instyle.com and stylist.co.uk.

That’s it for my pick of the Oscars guys, I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know who your favourites were by tweeting me or leaving me a comment. Did you stay up and watch the red carpet too? I’d love to know if you all took part in the big event. Until next time…

Millie x

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