F The Oscars, VF’s The After-Party

Jessica Alba in Ralph & Russo

When metallics offset powder blue, this is the chic result. Jessica gets it!

Allison Williams in Miu Miu

The Girls (HBO) starlet opted for sleek, sexy and chic in a custom Miu Miu gown. Sequin did right, effortless and insouciant.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely in Atelier Versace

Damn it Donatella, that's how you do a baby bump sheath.

Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo

You know a gown is sublime when it transcends just about any occasion.

Alessandro Ambrosio in Ralph & Russo

Of all the Ralph & Russo gowns worn last Sunday (over 20), this was it!

Sarah Murdoch in Alex Perry

A classic silhouette offset by the sensual halter baring nothing but décolletage.

Diane Kruger in Alexandre Vauthier

What's a Vanity Fair afterparty without a starlet in a mini dress? Ask Diane Kruger and a few other starlets, alas, hers is the only one we're talking about.

Kate Bosworth in J Mendel

Oh darling Kate, you do everything so well.

Viola Davis in Brandon Maxwell

The evening's golden girl stomped around in Stella McCartney Elyse flatforms and the chicest Brandon Maxwell crêpe suit along with her hubby Julius Tennon. You go, girl!

Adriana Lima in Labourjoisie

Ovahness. Head-to-heel perfection!

Nicole Trunfio in Escada

Luxury and sequined glamour personified.

Dakota Johnson in Gucci

Gucci this, Gucci that! Johnson brought a modern day Fallon Carrington to the Oscars red carpet and Vanity Fair after-party.

Sara Sampaio in Ralph & Russo

Structure and elegance: a peak at old Hollywood glam.

Jasmine Tookes

Who is she wearing? A custom gown and pure, refined black girl magic.

Ciara in Jovani

Yes, Ciara's dress is the same silhouette as Beyoncé's grammy selection earlier this month, yes Ciara wore it better, stay mad!

As fashionistas, dreamers, creatives, and all-around viewers with an interest, we look to the annual awards season events for inspiro. This year was different; the red carpet fashion at the 89th Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, was, how do you say uninspiring? Jejune? Well, if by any chance, you're expecting us to praise that Valentino gown worn by Loving frontwoman Ruth Negga, scroll first, then click away.

Now my favourite part of The Oscars isn't even the Oscars, it's the Vanity Fair afterparty (no relation to the awards show whatsoever). When all the cool kids ditch the snoozefest main-event. It's not surprising then that 90% of my favourite looks are also from the VF afterparty. Quite a few looks came close, like that gilded lamé Christian Dior Couture gown worn by Charlize Theron — which didn't give me what I wanted from my usual red carpet victor, but, from the neck up? Gawjus, as always.

PSA: To all present and future red carpet walkers: sequins anything is getting old. I know, sequins are synonymous with gaudy showgirl-y celebratory extravagance, but no (unless it's worn with a Joan Collins insouciance, or if you're Adriana Lima wearing Labourjoisie, then you'll be forgiven).


(From left) Taraji P Henson in Alberta Ferretti; Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta; Viola Davis in Armani Privé; Darby Stanchfield in Georges Chakra Couture; Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo.


(From left) Jon Hamm in Canali; Tom Ford in Tom Ford; Riz Ahmed, Mahershala Ali in Ermenegildo Zegna; Miles Teller in Hugo Boss with his girlfriend Keleigh Sperry, wearing PatBo; Dev Patel in Burberry; Nick Jonas is Ermenegildo Zegna.

Photos: Getty Images, Steve Granitz, Kevin Mazur, Hannah Thomson)

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