So we’ve covered the red carpet arrivals but what went down after all the award-giving malarky? Lots of partying, of course! The hottest ticket in town was the Vanity Fair soiree which saw the stars flocking to Hollywood’s Sunset Tower for a night of champagne sipping and canapé nibbling. Swapping their floor sweepers for more party-appropriate frocks, the schlebs picked some right corkers. Check out our fash faves below...
Sticking to the sparkles, Cameron Diaz was a glowing golden girl in an jacquard metallic sheath from Victoria Beckham's collection, which went down a treat in our books while Salma Hayek paid homage to Alexander McQueen with his signature SS10 digital print. The warm tones are the perfect compliment to Salma’s tanned skin and she even manages to get away with matching her shoes to her lip colour. How does she do it?
Hm, this is a rather odd choice for Amanda Seyfried after her wonderful Armani Prive gown for the Oscar ceremony. We appreciate that she’s bravely trying the transition from glam to edgy with a short and flirty frock from Valentino's SS10 couture collection but the experimental design is reminding us of sticky seaweed. Or one of those plastic plants, causing her to blend into the hedge... And we're sure you'd agree, neither are good looks. We feel Victoria Beckham fared better thanks to one of her own sleek designs (what else?) She oozed demure chicness thanks to the nude colour while the interesting print on the skirt imparts a unique vibe. Congrats Vicky B, you've officially made it.
Ooo La Boz, how we love thee! Kate has an excellent picker when it comes to event dresses, as seen by this fabulously feminine, ruffled Valentino delight in vibrant pink. We want! Diane Kruger also brought a splash of colour with her brassiere-flashing Calvin Klein Resort dress that seemed a fitting selection given her penchant for quirkiness. Red was also the colour of choice for Katy Perry who flaunted her feminine wiles in a vampy gown from Zuhair Murad's SS10 couture collection. Doesn’t it look like something straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Yum!
Conversely, Julianne Moore, Kate Beckinsale (in Kaufman Franco) and Bar Refaeli chose shimmering body-huggers for the after party and postively glowed because of it (that standard hand-on-hip pose obviously helps, too). As ever, we're in awe of Julianne who was kitted out in a custom antique beaded gown with crescent pleated detail from the Calvin Klein Collection. Uber-elegant.
Another standout moment came courtesy of Anna Kendrick, once again wearing Elie Saab couture. A special hats off goes to the young starlet in her fun and flirty mini dress complete with lace yoke, chiffon bodice and feathered skirt, topped off with Sergio Rossi suede platforms. Just adorable.
On the other end of the colour spectrum, we have the ladies in the black corner. Hilary Swank got down right sexy in a cleavage-flashing Armani Privé AW09 dress with Swarovski embellished bodice, accented by Van Cleef & Arpels jewels – what a hottie! Jennifer Lopez also exposed some flesh by switching to a noir draped floor lengther from Gucci's Pre-Fall collection. Although she kept the sexiness low-key with a cut-away panel at the waist, the black ostrich feather detail on her shoulder brings a dose of drama, natch. Meanwhile, Marisa Tomei furthered her sartorial edge with this sparkling wrap-around Halston gown, nipped in at the waist by a silk obi sash and satin open toe Sergio Rossi pumps. Sophisticated, but not stuffy = perfect. She's like a midnight sky filled with sparkling stars. Droool.
Sticking to the trusty values of an LDD (Little Dark Dress), these ladies looked set to hit the dance floor. We were particularly enamoured with Elizabeth Banks who sported an attention-grabbing Atelier Versace SS09 delight. How ingenious is that silk folded skirt? Very ingenious, we think. And the draped bodice... The double platform Versace heels... All sooo good!
But what say you? Party perfect or sack the stylist? C'mon fashion fans, it’s time to cast your votes...
by Jessica Vince