This party held by Elton John was one of the big parties on Oscar night. Most of the people attending didn't attend the Academy Awards for one reason or another.e Instead of staying home and watching the Oscars, they dressed up and got together with others in the industry to watch the show. Afterwards some headed off to the other big Oscar night party: Vanity Fair's party, which I'll cover in the next post.
This red carpet was beige, not red, but I'll call it a red carpet anyway. Some of the trends on other red carpets showed up on this one, of course, but really just about anything went. Because the party is associated with the Oscars, the dresses did tend to be upscale and glamourous and sparkly.
As usual, I look only at women's outfits and I've included as many as I can find. Where I can find the designer of an outfit, I've included that, too. The pictures are after the jump... this way, the post isn't quite so long for those that might not want to look at the pictures.
Here are the women who attended the 19th Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party, in no particular order.
|Hayden Panettiere in Luca Luca|
The bodice is certainly unusual. It simultaneously flattens and spreads her boobs which isn't a look most women would choose. This look is ok even though I don't love her makeup or her hair or her shoes. Or her dress.
|Nicole Ritchie in Halston (with Joel Madden)|
Lately I've liked what she wears but I'm not wild about this particular dress. The cut-outs look strange and the sleeves don't look quite right. Her hair and makeup are impeccable, however.
|Clare Danes in Calvin Klein|
She wore this to the Vanity Fair party as well. This is something we don't see very often: a dress that is too big. The shoulders and waist are droopy and the whole thing is shapeless, making her look like a rectangle.
|Kim Kardashian in J. Mendel|
The dress is a little snug on her but it's still flattering. I don't like the mermaid silhouette - it's a little too bridal for my taste - but the design lines, skirt, and bodice work for her.
I wouldn't think that a t-shirt dress would be completely appropriate for this kind of party but the dress does look comfortable.
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|Jessalyn Gilsig in Romona Keveza|
Now here's a print that I like, even though it's probably a brocade or jacquard. It's a relatively simple dress that's quite flattering to her colouring and figure although it might be a bit young for her.
|Maria Conchita Alonso|
Hmm. It's a little like a "Dancing with the Stars" dress except for the train. Those drapey things around her hips don't work with the rest of the dress. I'm totally against the Snooki pouf in her hair.
|Charlotte Ross in Sue Wong|
What a lovely prom dress! The little ruffles on the skirt and the torso embellishments are pretty but not exactly adult party-worthy. The silhouette makes her look like a rectangle.
Now THIS is an elegant gown. I love everything about this dress except for the train which doesn't add to the glamour of this dress. The fit, silhouette, and colour are spectacular on her.
She could have time-traveled from the 70s to now for all we know. That dress, that necklace, that fur thing, that hair - all very, very 70s. Too bad the dress gives her no waist because that makes her look fat.
The skirt is a touch too long - or too short - and doesn't balance out the bodice. While the dress fits her, it's a bit simple for this event. Had the dress been floor length or had more in the bodice or sleeves it would have been better.
|Ashley Bell in Catherine Deane|
Here's another pleated-and-ruched-to-an-inch-of-its-life bodice with a goddess-type skirt. It's pretty and it fits her but the colour isn't perfect and there's nothing all that special about it.
Poor lady has no neck! I'm fairly certain that Prince (or the artist formerly known as, or whatever he's calling himself these days) is going to want his look back. A person would definitely be noticed wearing this outfit.
This is a pretty dress and it's definitely flattering on her figure. The cowl neck adds volume to her bust and balances out her hip while the ruched waist minimizes any figure flaws she might have there.
And yet another too-long dress. This one skims her body but doesn't add anything to it or make it look curvier or anything. It's also a touch sheer but that's probably because of the camera flash.
photo sources: stylebistro.com, guardian.co.uk, glamour.com, starandstyle.com, nydailynews.com, osoblog.tv, tomandlorenzo2.blogspot.com, zimbio.com