Vanity Fair Oscar Party Red Carpet Rundown

Posted on February 12, 2020

The Vanity Fair Oscars party is like the last gasp of awards season, a final explosion of glamour and attention-seeking before Hollywood retreats to its hidey-holes and eats carbs. Let’s assess. Vigorously.

 

Billie Eilish in Gucci

She’s kind of making all of these fashion houses look a little foolish, since they all wind up making the exact same garment for her.

 

 

Billy Porter in Christian Siriano

This vision of restrained elegance seems very much in order and on point.

 

 

Ciara in Ralph & Russo

Girl, you don’t need permission from us and by all means do what you want, but this all looks so hellaciously uncomfortable. Get yourself a caftan and some slippers and have a little fun.

 

 

Cynthia Erivo in Atelier Versace

It’s nearly a repeat of her Oscars dress, with eye-searing colors added. She can pull it off, but it’s a LOT.

 

 

Florence Pugh in Louis Vuitton

Kinda love this for her.  It even works with the tight hair.

 

 

Freida Pinto in Galia Lahav

Gorgeously luxe ’40s screen goddess realness. That’s how you do it.

 

 

Gabrielle Union in Giambattista Valli Couture

Another dress that does not make the wearer look remotely comfortable in it. It’s a bit bathmat, to boot.

 

 

Gal Gadot in Givenchy

A HUGE improvement over her Oscar ceremony look. This is basic, but classic – and it looks amazing on her.

 

 

Greta Gerwig in Dior

Terrible. The widely placed straps and the swiss dot skirt are awful.

 

 

Hailee Steinfeld in Prada

This doesn’t even look all that much like Prada. We tend not to love the style of a net or sheer dress over another dress, but this almost works. We wish both dresses were the same length, though.

 

 

Hailey Baldwin Bieber in Atelier Versace

Sure. Okay.

 

 

Idina Menzel in Pamella Roland

It’s fine, which puts it in line with a lot of her formal red carpet choices. She could do better, but we suppose this middle-of-the-road stuff is what she prefers.

 

 

Kate Hudson in Vivienne Westwood Couture

Great textile, even if it’s not entirely suited to her. It seems silly to complain about a Westwood neckline, but this one is only so-so on her.

 

 

Kerry Washington in Zuhair Murad Couture

It’s fabulous, but it’s really more costume than fashion, to our eyes.

 

 

Laura Dern in 1017 Alyx 9sm (Blazer) and Armani Privé (Dress)

That’s a great variation on the theme of her earlier dress, although that double keyhole or racer front or whatever you want to call it is not great.

 

 

Lena Waithe in Richfresh

Love the jacket. The bottom half is too casual for the rest of it, but this party has a fairly broad dress code.

 

 

Lucy Boynton in Miu Miu

Cotton candy.

 

 

Mindy Kaling in Reem Acra

Gets the job done, great color, not-so-great shape.

 

 

Olivia Wilde in Fendi Couture

She can do the witchy stuff better than almost anyone. This is damn near Endora drag.

 

 

Rachel Brosnahan in Dolce&Gabbana

We’d like it a lot more if the skirt were lined  – and if it wasn’t Dolce & Gabbana.

 

 

Reese Witherspoon in Dolce&Gabbana

Cute, but also D&G.

 

 

Regina King in Prada

Gorgeous. She always does well with a little hardness in her style.

 

 

Salma Hayek in Gucci

It’s a gorgeous color, but we don’t love the shape and the shoes don’t go with it at all.

 

 

Sandra Oh in Cong Tri

Feels like a variation on her earlier gown. She was clearly feeling all draggy that night.

 

 

Sarah Paulson (in Andrew GN) and Holland Taylor (in Dolce&Gabbana)

Sarah looks like a glamorous but stern governess and Holland looks like she owns a cosmetics company and it turns out we are totally feeling this couples cosplay.

 

 

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