After-Oscars WERQ: Naomi Watts in Emilio Pucci

Posted on February 26, 2013

She may not have won the big prize, but we’re ready to crown her the Queen of the night; from a style perspective, that is.


Naomi Watts attends the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in an Emilio Pucci dress accessorize with Neil Lane jewelry, Jimmy Choo shoes, and a Chloe clutch.

Spec-fucking-tacular. And when you combine it with her earlier dress, you’ve got a one-two punch of fabulous. You WERQ that “gracious loser” bullshit, girl!

Although, P.S.? The shoes are a bit on the literal side. But oh, don’t listen to silly us. You are a GODDESS.



[Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

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  • Literal? the shoes are TERRIBLE, but yes…gorgeous x2. 
    Wish we could see the back

  • HOLY SHIT she……………..pulled out all of the stops. Done. I’m dead. She blew me away at the ceremony and now she is just putting perfection on top of perfection. Dead.

    • MissAmynae

      You said it perfectly.

  • charlotte

    Why did they all look so gorgeous at the after parties? Did the stylists have a scheduling mix-up? This is definitely as WERQ as it gets.

    • And where do they change clothes?  I mean, they aren’t doing it in the bathroom.

      •  My thought/question exactly! Is there a post-Oscars/pre-party prep area where minions run around with dresses and hair & make-up people are ready to switch them over to their party looks?

      • 3boysful

         I think they get hotel rooms to prepare and then change again in.  MY question is where are all the armed guards who collect all these loaned baubles after they’re worn?

      •  I was just wondering the exact same thing.  They even change their HAIR!

  • formerlyAnon

    Nice. When you average out her two dresses, she may have the best Women’s Combined Score.

    • Little_Olive

      Absolutely. And how both dresses relate to each other is great to. 

      I would have lost the weird bracelet/watch, but that’s a minor quibble. 

      The shoes… it’s a hard dress to find shoes for, no?

      • VioletFem

        A pair of strap-y gold heels, perhaps ? It seems like it could have worked as well, without being so overly match-y.

        • Glammie

          Yeah–a lighter, more delicate shoe would have worked better as it’s such a lot of gown.  She’s not tall, though, so she probably wanted the added height you get from a platform.

          She and Cate Blanchett have always been favorites of mine when it comes to style–though Cate’s more likely to do the crazy on occasion–not quite Helena BC territory, but the occasionally over-the-top.  Naomi’s kind of between her and Michelle Williams.

          • VioletFem

            Good point. I can’t knock a girl down for wanting a little bit of comfort when wearing some really high heels.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        If you don’t want the bracelet/watch, I’ll take it!  🙂

  • fringebenefit

    She would not get my vote. This, like the dress she wore to the Oscars, has such a forced aesthetic. It’s self-conscious and over-designed, although I prefer this one to the other.

    • Mary229

      Hmm.  What do you think is self-conscious about it?  I’m interested in that descriptor.

      • fringebenefit

        Hi Mary…Different for the sake of being different. Different in a forced way. One gesture too many. Like if the dress just had the gold criss-cross detail but not the big gold panel. It’s just trying too hard. IMHO, of course!

        • Mary229

          I understand what you are saying.   I think the dress would be gorgeous without the gold criss cross detail.  But this just works for me as is.  I might think it was too much on another person?  But Naomi has such a kind demneaor and never seems to be attention seeking.  So I like it on her.  thanks for the clarification! 

          • fringebenefit

            I understand exactly what you’re saying, Mary. On Anne Hathaway, for example, it might seem to be more of a STATEMENT. 

          • Mary229

            Maybe.  I just know that when I think of Naomi I think of a GREAT talent who doesn’t try to draw attention to herself.  So if she shows up in a dress that is attention getting I’m more like, “Way to go.  Good for you!”  I don’t really mind if she wants to draw attention.  She just got an Oscar nomination!  Draw away! 🙂

    • charlotte

       Really? I’ve seen plenty of overdesigned dresses in the last couple of weeks, but I don’t think this is one.

    • 3boysful

       Me, too.  This is a little too 80’s for me, but she does look great.  And I bet these shoes were more comfortable that what most gals were wearing.

      •  That was my first thought when I saw them.  They look really comfy.  (This coming from someone with a closet full of toe-pinching stilettos, so should be taken with a grain of salt, of course.)

  • A. W.

    Strongly dislike the silver watch with the gold detailing on the dress. Clashes.

    • shirab

      Wasn’t she wearing that with dress no. 1? I think it suited that one better. Maybe she didn’t have a safe place to stash it during the afterparty.

      • Meg0GayGuys6

        Aw too bad. I would have held this for her.  In fact, if any of the other stars needed a jewelry holder (Jen Garner, I gotcha necklace!), I would have obliged! I’m generous like that 🙂

        • Indigo54

          ROFL!  Whatchu talkin’ ’bout Willis. 

    • Dot

       Sounds a little like a “no white after Labor Day” rule.

      • A. W.

        We should make that an ironclad rule after all the boring, bland white/peach dresses we’ve been subjected to this awards season. 😛

    • I totally agree.  I would have worn something else.

  • She looks incredible. Drop dead, absolutely spectacular stunning.

  • Scimommy

    Definitely Queen of the Night. As in The Magic Flute.

  • *big ol’ gay gasp*

    I hope she never goes back to half-assed looks with stringy hair and no makeup. We all knew she’s a gorgeous woman, but now we now how gorgeous she can be with a little help (because, despite both of her looks being striking and dramatic, she kept it relatively simple).

    Two personal bests and two of the best looks of the Awards season.

    P.S: I’m missing her arm-candy *sigh*

    • reebism

      Also? Her face, it looks like that of a human being’s. Most Hollywood actresses of her cohort are botoxed into uncanny valley. Definite WERQ, my vote for best of the night.

      • Mary229

        YES.  I said that below.  It’s so wonderful to see a woman aging gracefully and naturally.  These women are under such tremendous pressure to stay young looking but my goodness….look how STUNNING she looks just embracing who she is.  She has always been gorgeous but I dare say she has gotten even more striking with age. 

        • reebism

          Honestly, some of the women featured here, I just kind of think they look like aliens. When they’re photoshopped into looking uncanny valley-esque, that’s creepy enough. But there are just so many actresses that don’t look quite human anymore, and it really freaks me out.

          • Mary229

            Yeah…they are all under tremendous pressure to stay young forever in a way that the men just aren’t.  It’s a shame.  It’s great to see a woman like Naomi though just seemingly leaving that beautiful face alone.   Lines on a face are not a bad thing.  They are a part of life.  And you can be gorgeous over the age of 40.  It’s nice to celebrate that.

          • reebism

            Well, I think some of the men look like aliens, too. 😉

      • kschwarting

        I said the same thing on the post of her Oscars dress–she can move her lovely forehead, so that’s a huge IN by itself.

    • Yeah, where is he? Liev is one of those actors who knows how to wear a tux and rarely looks sloppy.

  • Love it all but the zipper on the clutch… but that’s a mino quibble, she looks spectacular, best dressed of the night for sure.

  • DaveinAlamitosBeach

    I love it.  It’s like she’s subliminally telling the Academy to put an X by her name the next time she’s nominated.

  • Jessi03

    Werq, bitch!  Amazing!

  • oldbobbydraper

    damn, who styles her?

  • Mary229

    Such a beautiful woman.  And talk about someone who is aging gracefully and naturally and looking all the best for it.  I love her.  This dress is a total knockout and I loved her red carpet dress as well. 

    • Lisa_Cop

      She should try telling her BFF Nicole about aging naturally.

  • ccinnc

    I like the gown in theory, but it’s doing strange things to her torso. Not crazy about it.

  • aeb1986

    WOW. Just amazing. Mentally bowing down to her while sitting at my lame desk job in jeans.

  • I love everything, even the shoes! And I love the fact that her toes are painted black. She rocks! 

  • kathryn_dc

    I want my hair to look like that, but I can never achieve it!

  • She is definitely coming into her own as she gets older.  Gorgeous.

  • Dot

    Damn, these ladies were looking FINE for the after-party!

  • Cousin_Rose

    You’re going to let her get away with having toenail polish that matches her dress?

    • kimmeister

      Yes, that too was on the literal side – black with a gold sheen.

  • LOVE the hair!

  • Her face is amazing.

  • mozzer0906

    She nailed it with both looks.  You go girlfriend!

  • teensmom99

    WERQ, WERQ, WERQ.  And this dress might need the literal shoes.

    • I think I might need the literal shoes, too.

      • teensmom99

        Me too now that you mention it.

  • BrooklynBomber

    The dress is a little too old school mature for my taste, but she looks fabulous. I agree about the one-two punch.

  • Sobaika

    This is fabulous, but I do prefer her Oscar gown. She really did the night, fashionably speaking.

  • Spicytomato1

    I’ve always considered her beautiful but I think this is the best I’ve ever seen her look.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    She looks great! She’s really been hitting the right notes ever since she donned the Tom Ford crazy-cray sleeve dress, and that Zac Posen floral… and bam, Oscar night! Little Frances Heffernan-Conlin is all grown up and stylin’!

  • Perfection.

  • Judy_J

    I love it all…..right down to the shoes and the sparkly black toenail polish!

  • Something is not doing it for me here.

  • decormaven

    She kicked out the stops with this look. Shutting it down. [An aside: is the air quality in LA particularly heinous now? So many stars have red eyes, and I don’t think they all can be blamed on substance use.]

    • Little_Olive

      I don’t know about the air but that bust be one tiresome day. I cannot think of getting to the party after 6 hours of ceremony, plus the at least 3 preparation hours, plus the jitters. 

  • kschwarting

    Not crazy about the shoes either, but holy crap, I’m sure everyone was talking about how gorgeous she looked during and after the Oscars.  And if that translates into more work for her (and hopefully another nomination), so much the better.  She looks so glowing and healthy.

  • I wish she would have been carrying a puppy purse!

  • f_yeah_marie

    Bowing down.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Who needs an Oscar when you’ve got a Pucci gown and Liev Schreiber?

  • Tamara Hogan

    Consider my jaw dropped. AWESOME. 

  • frannyprof

    LOVE the hair & makeup. She’s actually smiling & looks happy!!

  • MilaXX

    I read she got a new stylist. Whoever it is has earned their salary. She looks awesome!

  • MaryanneGirl

    I loved the ceremony dress more, but overall? She 

  • Trisha26

    I hate one-shoulder/one-sleeve gowns – but she is gorgeous! My definite fave of the night.

  • Alyssa

    She is definitely my pick for winner of the evening. Two fabulous dresses that look amazing on her and fit wonderfully, and also make a “look-at-me” statement. This is how our nominees should be dressing!

  • DTLAFamilies

    It’s a beautiful dress but it would work better on a woman with a curvier shape. The criss-cross obliterates her waistline. But hair and makeup are perfect and she doesn’t look bad, just not a WERQ for me.

  • Heavens be praised that the gold section of the dress isn’t sheer! And I like the shoes in a perverse sort of way. Beautiful!

  • CeeQ

    Bitch brought it big time, right? I think it’s time for some national pride: AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!!! Well done hon, now go have a beer and give yourself a round of applause =) 

  • Annabelle Archer

    I don’t love the gold, and wish it were a solid black, but that’s a personal take and certainly not a take away on how fabulous this look and her night went as a whole. 

  • Definitely best of the night.   She’s so beautiful, and she gets to bang Liev Schreiber, so I hate her.  But I love her.

  • mhleta

    Wowza. Covered up but 100% more smokin’ hot than the vulgar display of tortured mammaries Ms. Klume served up. Let that be a lesson to you, Hollywood. We know you got ’em, we don’t need proof. 

  • tereliz

    Hate the shoes, but GOOD LAWD WOMAN! This dress is notquite as flattering as the Armani Prive, but it’s certainly fun and interesting and perfect for Vanity Fair. 

    This has really been her year, non?

  • Zippypie

    No, I don’t like this slashing her body in half with tacky gold on black.  Nope.  And another Wilma.  Nope.  More sequins.  Nope.  The ceremony dress wins over this one by a mile.

    Still groovin’ on that watch/bracelet thing though.  That is awesome.

  • Hot DAMN. Gorgeous. Definitely one of my winners for the night. I can even ignore how much I hate the shoes because everything else is perfection. 

  • Stubenville

    Like, but would have preferred sleek hair. 

  • RescueMe23

    I may be the dissenting voice…but I don’t love it..

    • schadenfreudelicious

      i don’t love it either……..

  • momogus

    I don’t love where the diagonal lines are hitting her. It looks like the whole dress is drooping. Face and hair are perfecto, though.

  • Sara__B

    Not a WERQ for me. The gown seems familiar in silhouette and design, and looks like it could be worn by a much older woman. She looks great, but her Oscars gown was light years better.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Hate the hair!
    Hate the way the dress chops he in pieces.
    Nope this is not a winner.

  • Unkempt

    And she got to take Liev Schreiber home too. Who cares about the Oscar.

  • Imasewsure

    That is fabulous! I even like the shoes since they don’t distract…

  • libraangel

    I want this dress. nuff said. But think she needs hand cream also, or am I sounding obsessive cause I live in the chapped Northeast?

  • nannypoo

    Gorgeous. Her hair’s a mess. I know it’s deliberate, but I think it looks too casual for either dress.

  • Candigirl1968

    The only thing that would have made her two outfits more awesome if Naomi, battle-rapper style, ceremoniously dropped the mike and wordlessly walked away.  

  • jorinde

    love her.

  • jw_ny

    hate that dress!  shoes look clunky.  

  • butterflysunita

    Amazing.  I wasn’t as sold on her Oscar look, but I love this one.

  • Io Vee

    Maybe I’m weird, but this does absolutely nothing for me.

  • Much as I hate one-sleeved dresses, I must admit she looks fabulous.  Also think she should’ve won the award (not that I don’t love JLaw but she’ll have plenty of time to win multiple statues-Naomi’s overdue).

  • warnerave

    without the sleeve, it would have been a really gorgeous dress

  • Wheeee! That is how you make a statement. Sexy as heck. Heidi K, take note, you don’t need your tits hanging out to bring all the boys to the yard.

  • Ehh… the fit and contrast of gold to black tricks my eyes to think her lopsided, as though she’s the petite little one-shouldered thing with her ribs and left hip BURSTING FROM THE BLACK SEQUIN SAUSAGE CASING(!!!) It’s very polished, but I have to disagree with this choice.

  • a_liking

    sorry boys. I actually really…. don’t care for this. I mean, there’s a certain degree of fabulosity to any sequined gown, but it looks. not pretty and even a little tacky to me. it reminds me of the sequined dresses I’ve purchased from value village for $7.

  • StephanieLovesTLo

    All the after-party gowns are so much more fabulous and WERQ-worthy than the ones worn for the ceremony! Although I will say that both of Naomi’s gowns were incredible.

  • SHUT. UP. This is goddamn fabulous.

  • drdirection

    holy shit! she looks amazing!

  • i think this makes her look short! the zig zag should have been higher on her hip, feels too big on her otherwise

  • Beverly Kozma

    I love it.  This week has brought out the most fabulous metallic and sequined clothing.

  • Don’t like.  The other dress was way better.  The detailing inthe middle makes her look stumpy.

  • guest2visits

    Hated this – so garish, so harsh for Naomi. Maybe I would feel different if it were a short little dress.
    Loved the hair and make-up, loved the shoes.

  • Nariya

    Am I insane? I don’t like it. It gives her a rectangular figure. Her waist has disappeared, and I’m not a fan of the sloppy hairdo. 

  • This was one of my favorite looks. Overall few others stood out.

  • ms_kat

    She looks great… and I love the pedicure color and the fact that the finger nails are just buff.

  • Le sigh. The after-party dresses are so much more fantabulous than the Oscar dresses. This one in particular is gorge.

    • There’s a Loews Hotel behind the venue (not usually seen from Hollywood Blvd angle) that can be accessed from back hallways on the property. I’m guess there are rooms/suites set up for them either through their stylists or on their own.

      Barring that it’s probably a great show watching people swap outfits in the parking structure below the mall. Must be like a high-fashion version of the “surfer’s strip” that we always see along the coast.

  • miagain

    I always wonder… where do all these people change??  Is there a mass exodus to a hotel room, do they go home, do they change in the ladies room, the limousine …. where where where???

    • There’s
      a Loews Hotel behind the venue (not usually seen from Hollywood Blvd
      angle) that can be accessed from back hallways on the property. I’m
      guessing there are rooms/suites set up for them either through their
      stylists or on their own. The theatre is off the street at the Hollywood and Highland center if you want to check out diagrams; they do a nice job of covering the shops with curtains for the red carpet ceremony.

      Barring that it’s probably a great show watching people swap outfits
      in the parking structure below the mall. Must be like a high-fashion
      version of the “surfer’s strip” that we always see along the coast.

  • peachy

    nailed it. odd that the looks for the after party (in most cases, not all) were more fabulous than the event looks. assbackwards, if you ask me.

  • LOVE. it. all.  

  • ThaliaMenninger

    That is stunning. Yep. Give her the fashion Oscar. She nailed it.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I actually like the jewelry she is wearing better than the dress she is wearing.

  • it’s a litle too harlequin for me…

  • PeaceBang

    Really? I think it feels too heavy for her in terms of color and texture and I don’t like what it’s doing to her shape.

  • mhlmh

    I didn’t get the silver dress at all. I prefer this one, and actually, I thought the shoes (and toe nails) made me like it more. . . no accounting for taste, I guess.

  • E. D.

    Don’t like the shoes, but it’s still great.