A smorgasbord of eleganza with only a handful of tacky let-downs! Yes, kittens, the Vanity Fair red carpet was surprisingly stylish and formal. We wonder if a bunch of ladies had to postpone some promised gowns in order to find some black ones for earlier in the awards season, leaving them with unusually high-end looks for the after-parties. It’s a theory! But who cares? It’s more important that we all come together like a family and judge their choices.
Allison Janney in Brandon Maxwell
This is like the Casual Friday version of her Oscars gown.
Allison Williams in Jean Louis Sabaji Couture
Not our favorite look from her, but it’s striking and different.
We started off this week willing to be convinced on the sudden trend for dyed-to-match shoes and bags, but we’re getting off at the next stop. Enough.
Amanda Seyfried in Oscar de la Renta
She somehow slipped through the cracks when we were putting together the post about black dresses at this party. This is surprisingly strong and dramatic, but we’ve had our fill of sheer black lace dresses.
Ava DuVernay in Armani Privé
Gorgeous. A great color and silhouette for her. She looks great with the squared-off shoulder. She has a love of big black belts, which doesn’t always work for her, but this time, it’s the perfect touch of hardness.
Danai Gurira in Gabriela Hearst
That epic side-eye has us completely incapable of making a critique. Not that we have anything here to complain about.
Donald Glover in Gucci
He always looks so cute in tuxes – especially when he opts for velvet.
Greta Gerwig in Christian Dior Couture
Good for her for snagging Dior Couture for an Oscars after-party. She truly has made it to the A List. It’s a unique look, softly pretty and graphically interesting. But she’s not a B&W kinda gal. It’s not a color-combo that sings on her.
Halle Berry in Zuhair Murad Couture
So very Halle. We want to ding her for being under-dressed, but the fact is, the VF party is typically a bit less formal than it turned out to be this year. And she’s 51. You think we’re gonna bitch at her for showing off what she’s still got? Keep going, girl.
Jared Leto in Gucci
Velvet Rocker Jesus. It’s stale, but it suits him and it’s a hell of a sight better than his clown clothes period.
Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Pamella Roland
The kind of gown a dancer would pick. She looks amazing. Beautiful color.
Karen Gillan in Ronald van der Kemp
Love her Nerd Girl Chic ways. This is goofy as hell, but strangely cute. It needed a better do.
Marisa Tomei in Valentino
Well, we can’t say she doesn’t have the right look for this style. Sometimes it takes an Italian girl to work a red lace dress. Still, it’s kind of a stale style.
Miley Cyrus (in Prabal Gurung) and Liam Hemsworth (in Burberry)
We’re a bit stunned by how elegant she looks. Hemsworths always look great in tuxes, so that’s no surprise, but her dress is surprisingly chic and old-school.
Mindy Kaling in Atelier Prabal Gurung
Slaying. Never looked so hot on a red carpet.
Naomi Campbell in Alexandre Vauthier
Gorgeous pendant aside, it’s fairly basic. But that’s really all Miss Naomi ever needs. She can make this most basic design in the world like avant garde couture.
Olivia Munn in Andrew Gn
We almost decided to give this look its own post, we loved it that much. The color looks amazing on her and the neckline and sleeves work really well for her. Just a lovely look all around – and a bit off from her usual preferences. Nicely done.
Padma Lakshmi in Naeem Khan
Get a hold of yourself, lady.
Paris Jackson in Atelier Versace
She’s got the youth and the personality to wear completely nutty stuff like this, but this is horrible. We miss when she was doing the Boho thing. That suited her better.
Salma Hayek in Gucci
No one wanted to tell Mrs. Pinault she was wearing the garment bag her Gucci gown came in.
Sarah Hyland in Ermanno Scervino
Pretty, if not groundbreaking. Fabulous earrings.
And with that, the ENTIRE 2017/18 awards season has been PUT. TO. BED.
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