After running the gauntlet of the red carpet, enduring a lengthy ceremony and cringing through a string of Seth MacFarlane “jokes”, all in the name of that coveted little gold statue, Hollywood’s elite breathed a collective sigh of relief as they left the Academy Awards to let their hair down at the Oscars after-party of their choice. Some headed to Elton John’s star-studded AIDS Foundation party, while others graced the Governor’s Ball or the Vanity Fair celebration. Of course, most celebrities wouldn’t dream of going from the Oscars to the after party without a change of clothing – the post-Awards celebrations give them a chance to be more daring, more casual or simply to show off another enviable outfit from their designer wardrobes. Let’s take a look at three of the evening’s best-dressed ladies.
The Silver Linings Playbook star will undoubtedly look back on her debut Oscars ceremony ensemble with mixed feelings in the years to come – the gorgeous Dior dress made her look like a fairytale princess, but the voluminous skirt caused her to take a dramatic tumble on her way up the stairs to collect her Best Actress Oscar. There was indeed a silver lining for Jennifer at the Vanity Fair after party however – the 22-yeqar-old starlet switched to a simple yet sophisticated metallic Calvin Klein dress. She sparkled in this streamlined floor-length number as she posed for photographers with her treasured Oscars statuette.
Sources say the Best Supporting Actress winner was planning to wear a red Valentino number to the ceremony, but apparently changed her mind at the last minute when it was rumoured that Le Mis co-star Amanda Seyfried would be wearing a similar gown. Hathaway opted instead for a classic and simple floor-length Prada number in baby pink, which she accessorised with jewellery from Tiffany & Co. For the after party, the actress chose a custom-made Yves Saint Laurent dress in grey, accentuated with a glittering gold halter neck (which incidentally, perfectly matched her newly awarded Oscar statuette).
The Zero Dark Thirty actress may not have taken home the Oscar she was hoping for, but she was definitely a winner in the style stakes. Jessica Chastain paid tribute to the glamour of “Old Hollywood” in a sequined gown by Armani Prive, in a tone somewhere between nude and golden, which perfectly complimented her red hair and fair complexion. Jessica decided to stick with this excellent fashion choice as she attended the Governor’s Ball, but this wasn’t her only Oscars outfit – she was snapped the night before at the Chanel pre-party, wearing a cream-coloured Chanel dress with plunging neckline.
Now that the Oscars after parties are over and the red carpet has been rolled up for another year, we might have to content ourselves with pics of stars in tracksuit pants and baseball caps as they unwind after a busy awards season!