As usual, I'm only looking at the women's outfits and I've tried to include the designer name where possible. I've included as many unique outfits as I can find and excluded outfits that have already appeared in either the Academy Award or Elton John red carpet posts. Most people who attended these other events wore the same outfits to each one but a few did change between events.
Very image-heavy post after the jump! They're there so that they don't clutter up the page and so that people who don't want to look at or load that many pictures don't have to.
Let's get started!
Camila Alves in Zuhair Murad
This is definitely a dramatic dress and it fits her to a tee. The fact that she would blend into certain wallpaper styles is irrelevant.
Serena Williams in Ines di Santo
Not many people go to both big parties and those that do don't usually change outfits. Serena was one person who did change dresses between the parties. Of the two dresses I think I prefer this one because the colour is great, the dress looks good, and she's smiling.
Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham
If you're going to put sequins only on the bodice, this is the way to do it: make the bottom edges uneven and star-bursty. I love this dress - she looks dressed up and ready to party at the same time.
Jessica Biel in Versace
SQUEEE! I love the sequin blocking on this dress! the different shapes and sequin colours. The straps and little train are gorgeous, too. Her hair is perfect for the dress and occasion. I wish I could afford this dress and could wear it somewhere.
Weird. Somehow her hips look super-wide in comparison to her knees and bust. The colour is lovely against her colouring. It's quite similar to Anne Hathaway's dress, unfortunately for her.
Is that a pocket up at the waist against her hip? I think it is, and I think the dress would have been lovelier without it because the skirt hangs funny. Great colour for her.
Anna Paquin in Monique Lhullier (with Stephen Moyer)
Looks like she started partying early with the way she's leaning. Good thing he's there to hold her up. The dress is an uneven, short hem version of a red bridal dress. The skirt looks like the fabric version of tarring and feathering.
Naomi Watts in Zac Posen
I'm not sure what to say about this. There's the weird sheer inset on the bodice and the front hip accents and the feathered side skirt. This isn't one dress but three without any one focus or place for the eye to rest. The best thing that could happen with this dress is that someone does step on that feathered train and rips it.
Jane Fonda (with Richard Perry)
She looks fabulous! Her exposed shoulders are sexy but not vulgar, the dress fits her to a tee, and the colour is fantastic against her skin and eyes.
One problem (or advantage, depending on how you look at it) with using stiff fabrics for a dress is that the dress can practically stand on its own. This skirt on this dress is poufy in front and there's no way to get around that because the fabric is so stiff. Cutting it on the bias might have helped but as it is the shape is unflattering. As is the colour.
Joan Collins in Georges Hobeika
The light purple is a fabulous colour on her but I don't love the textured flower things. Between her escaping boobs - that bodice looks tight! - and the extra texture on her shoulders and boobs she's extremely top-heavy. It's a wonder she doesn't fall over. The ombre effect here makes her waist and hips look big which is no mean feat next to that bodice and shoulder pads. If the waist and hips were a darker purple this look would have been somewhat better balanced.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Michael Kors
This dress looks like the lining for some other dress - something lacy, perhaps, or something sheer. Sure, the dress fits like a glove (which might be part of the problem) and it's long and got a bit of subtle sparkle but the colour is so close to her skin colour that the overall look is kind of boring.
Kelly Lynch in Lanvin
It always happens - someone puts out a movie involving dancing and everyone suddenly wants to look like they're that kind of dancer. Look at that bun and those shoulders and arms and the flowy skirt. She's got "ballerina" written all over her. But if she wanted to look like a dancer, she could have chosen a more flattering dress that wasn't a weird length and that didn't have that strangely-placed shoulder strap.
Lily Collins in ADAM
Wonder woman, wonder woman - you're a wonder, wonder woman! Who told these people that this was a costume party? All she needs is gold cuffs to complete the look. She would have looked a lot better in this dress if it was pulled down about two inches because the top of the bodice and the waist are too high. Even so, it's a pretty good costume.
Lynn Collins in Gabriela Cadena
I wonder if these Collins ladies are related? If so, they're certainly differentiating themselves from each other by their dresses. Now, I love a print on the runway because they're so unusual but this print on this dress isn't working. Her boobs are trying to break out and she's got some underarm boob going on. There's some ruching in the hip area that's kind of wrecked by the belt (whose colour doesn't work with the dress). The overall look is kind of cheap.
She looks comfortable. From the waist up this is a fabulous look but below that it's not as good as it could have been. She'd have looked a lot better if she'd brought the hip ruching up by about two inches and taken the ruching up to her waist. As it is, the dress looks like it's sagging down at her hips, also making it too long.
Even though this dress is just a touch too long, it's lovely and perfect for a party. It's form-fitting without being too tight and it's sparkly and eye-catching.
Removed per copyright request, Feb 12, 2014
|Selena Gomez in Dolce & Gabbana (with Justin Bieber)|
She looks gorgeous in this beautiful surpliced bodice and floaty skirt. He's a mess - what is going on with his pants? It's so cute that her belt and his pocket handkerchief match.
|Lea Michele in Roberto Cavalli|
I want to love the sequinned design but it's kind of weird the way it forms an arrow to her lady bits and a star at her thighs and knees. It ends up looking like she's wearing her shortened taller sister's dress.
Her waist looks tiny in this dress! I kind of love the fluttery aspects but I don't like the bow on the one shoulder or the limp train. This is a good colour for her.
|Georgina Chapman in Marchesa|
She's a Marchesa designer so it's no wonder that her dress has a bunch of frou-frou and ruffles. This mullet dress with its roses would be perfect for a prom but is a bit too young for this occasion.
|Zoe Galdana in Prabal Gurung|
I like her shoes with this dress and the way they pick up the pink accents in this dress. I don't like this dress with the collar and sleeves and skirt and black belt but it suits her and it's a good choice for a party.
I want to reach through the monitor and twist her bodice back so that it's sitting properly. I like asymmetric looks but this particular asymmetric doesn't go far enough; it looks less deliberate than accidental. And while I love sequins and sparkles, I don't love the pattern of them on this dress. This is an ok look for a party (except for the train).
|Amanda Seyfried in Valentino|
I'm not sure what to think of this. Her hair and makeup look so fresh, as does that hemline, but the collar is way too much with the sleeves.
|Eva Mendes in Donna Karan|
The lines of her hair, that bodice, and skirt make her look like a triangle on legs. I suspect that's not the look she was going for. Less midriff, less tulle, and less volume would have suited her better.
|Charlize Theron in Atelier Versace|
I like the black sunburst embellishment on this one-shoulder look. If you're going to an upscale party and want to be comfortable and gorgeous, this is a good choice. Love her hair and makeup, too.
|Elizabeth Banks in Vintage Versace|
Oh I love this. I love sequins and sparkle - I'm a bit like a crow that way - and I really love this understated shine. The illusion neckline and sleeves balance out the short, non-tight skirt.
|L'Wren Scott (and Mick Jagger)|
Presumably she's wearing something of her own design and I love it. I love the slight ombre effect, the style, and the fit. Too bad she's standing next to that wrinkled mess.
I'd be surprised if she wasn't wearing a well-fitting, flattering, suitable-for-the-occasion dress. She's been in the public eye for so long that I'd expect dressing well is second nature.
What a lovely coat! I think she's wearing a dress underneath but since her coat is so awesome the dress doesn't much matter.
|Nancy Davis (left) and Barbara Davis (right)|
Both ladies are dressing appropriate for their age and body type except for that silver cardigan. I love silver and I like cardigans but this one doesn't belong with that dress.
|Anna Kendrick in Notte by Marchesa|
The dress fits just fine but the ruffles look tacked-on and do nothing for her figure. The colour doesn't quite suit her and the black accessories are too heavy.
|Emma Stone in Chanel|
OMG it's a mullet dress. The train looks silly. I love the rest of the dress because it's cute, it's sparkly, and it looks fun. Her hair and makeup work with it too. But that train.... that train has to go.
|Kate Beckinsale in Julien Macdonald|
Rawrr this is some kind of sexy! This form-fitting, completely covered dress is sexier and more attractive than any dress that shows off everything. The sheer sleeve inset is genius!
This short, fringed sheath is a refreshing change from the long gowns at this party. This is a party, after all, and who wants to worry about someone stepping on your dress? This dress is formal but fun. I love it.
At first I thought she was wearing a caftan over a dress but that's not at all what she's wearing. This is more like one of those half-dress/half-suit dresses. One side has the sheer fabric over a strapless dress and the other side is a dress with a strap. Weird.
This looks suspiciously like either a wedding dress or a nightgown. There are some interesting design lines but the dress doesn't appear to fit all that well up in the bodice and neck area.
|Brooklyn Decker in Joi Cioci|
Running late after being pleasantly ravished in the cornfield and having nothing else to wear, she shoved her boobs into her torn and fluttery dress as best she could and arrived fashionably late to the party.
The colour is flattering and it's sparkly. The dress looks comfortable for a party. The helmet hair .... whoo boy. It's helmet hair. Now why would she do that?
This is presumably her own design, and this is how you dress a real woman with a real woman's body. The draping, waist detail, and one-shoulder zigzag the eye over her body, making it look smaller.
I like it. Many of her dress choices have over-emphasized her hips but this gives her a balanced figure. And of course the jacket is metallic and shiny, which I like. She wore this to both parties.
She may as well be called Boobsy McBoobsalot. Cleavage can be a good thing but this is way, way too much. On the bright side, she can store food in there for when she gets hungry.
|Liv Tyler in Givenchy Couture|
It looks like either she's holding up the bodice or trying not to be sick. The train - especially with the strapless bodice - is not suitable for a party. It's a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.
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