Given their ubiquity throughout awards season because of their association with “Time’s Up,” we kind of figured we weren’t going to see an excess of black gowns on the Oscars red carpet this year. They’re normally a mainstay we wind up complaining about because it often tends to come off a bit dull.
What we didn’t figure on? So many ladies showing up for the Vanity Fair party not only wearing black gowns and dresses, but wearing some pretty damn fierce and eye-catching ones. It’s like all the stylists suddenly figured out how to make black high-impact on the red carpet.
Shall we? Judge them, we mean?
Amy Adams in Christian Siriano
Once again, Christian nails the look for his client. This is probably one of the best things she’s worn on a red carpet in the last year or two. She really takes well to that puffy shoulder.
Connie Britton in Pamella Roland
It’s okay, but the green beading isn’t high-contrast enough to make an impact and the neckline looks like it’s binding her a little.
Emma Watson in Ralph Lauren
STUNNING. We can’t remember the last time we’ve seen her in something so dramatic and glamorous. The dress is as plain as possible because that neck… “treatment,” we’ll call it – is what makes the look. And she’s working that fringe better than we could’ve predicted.
Kate Beckinsale in Reem Acra
We always have to check if she’s the one married to Daniel Craig. Sorry, but we have Celebrity Facial Blindness when it comes to her and Rachel Weisz. Yes, we know they don’t really look alike at all.
Anyway, this silhouette sure does look incredible on her. So much so that the hip appliques and slightly tricky neckline don’t really detract from it.
Kerry Washington in Alexandre Vauthier
We love the idea of her going a little hard – and those boots are fierce as shit. But that dress is not so great. It’s really not the kind of look that lends itself to bright pink sequined flounces. Or pink earrings, for that matter.
Lupita Nyong’o in Armani Privé
Quietly bringing the drama once again. She and her team have such a great track record for picking out these pieces that combine different weights and textures. Our only issue is with the neckline. While she can work a wide plunge – and has a clear preference for them – this top half comes off almost flimsy. And the shape it’s making is a bit too severe.
Megan Mullaly in Alexander McQueen
Never looked so good. And if there’s anyone who’d wear a golden owl gown on Oscars night, it would be her, of course.
Michelle Rodriguez in Reem Acra
Girl, that is SO RIDICULOUSLY NOT your dress.
Sofia Vergara in Ralph & Russo
Mrs. Married Lady has really abandoned the coochie-coo mermaid gowns, hasn’t she? Gone are the days when she used to jokingly brag about the ass splitting on her gowns.
This is lovely, but we think the overlay gets too heavy-looking at the bottom.
Tracee Ellis Ross in Balmain
WERQ THAT DOMINIQUE DEVERAUX REALNESS, LADY.
Like Amy Adams, it would seem that Miss Tracee has a real knack for working that strong ’80s shoulder. This looks amazing on her.
Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent
Trust Miss Zoë to go her own way. And good for her for not wearing a gown if she doesn’t want to. It is a party, after all.
Having said that, it’s a fuzzy trash bag, girl. There are better ways to show off your legs.
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