In the immortal words of R. Kelly, after the show, it’s the after party – and when the show is the Oscars, the after party’s guaranteed to have some pretty stellar fashion moments. Hollywood’s biggest Oscars bashes are hosted by the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Vanity Fair, and both make for a visual feast if photos of pretty, pretty dresses are your thing.
Elton’s party actually kicks off before the Oscars begin, functioning as a viewing party for those stars not invited to the Academy Awards. (This isn’t necessarily a snub, by the way: no matter how much of an A-grade A-lister you are, the only way to be guaranteed a ticket to the ceremony is to be nominated for an award.)
Once the prize-giving is over, Elton’s event transforms into an after party, as the stars who were invited to the Oscars hot-foot it over to the Rocket Man’s place – usually squeezing in an outfit change en route.
Next, it’s on to the legendary Vanity Fair Oscars party (which, of course, requires yet another change of clothes). Housed in a custom-built space next to the Wallis Annenberg Centre and Beverly Hills City Hall in Los Angeles, the party draws attendees from across the celebrity world – from supermodels to musicians and Oscar winners past and present.
From Emma Stone’s political accessory to Halle Berry’s Tina Turner tribute, scroll through to see a selection of the night’s best outfits on some of Stylist’s favourite stars – or click here to see all the behind-the-scenes action from this year’s Oscars.
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Klum opts for a simple bias-cut scarlet dress from Alberta Ferretti’s Limited Collection for Elton John’s viewing party, paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
Teamed with her slicked-back hair, the swimsuit-esque cut of Orange is the New Black actor Ruby Rose’s sheer Julien MacDonald dress makes her look fresh from a dip in the pool.
Supermodel Lima’s simple white Elisabetta Franchi maxi dress only needs minimal accessorising.
Lima’s fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio wears a peachy silk Ralph & Russo dress with Grecian-style draping.
Glee star Lea Michele looks striking in a black Elie Saab gown with a subtly sheer layered skirt, worn with a sleek topknot and gleaming bronzed skin.
At Elton John’s AIDS Foundation’s Oscars Viewing Party, singer Lewis wears a Tony Ward strapless couture gown in contrasting shades of taupe, blue and gold.
The Downton Abbey star cuts a sleek figure in a white Roland Mouret gown with embellished embroidery detailing and a cut-out panel.
The actor delivers a modern twist on Old Hollywood glamour, in a black cut-out Armani Privé gown, bleached hair slicked to one side and fire engine-red lips.
Kerr teamed a princessy pale blue Miu Miu gown with scarlet lipstick and a simple, slicked-back updo.
The People vs. O.J. Simpson star’s yellow and black Roland van der Kemp dress was one of the night’s most striking.
Pinto’s showstopping turquoise one-shouldered Elie Saab gown requires only minimal accessories (and a statement lip).
Ultimate cool girl Stone has the best accessory for her studded Givenchy blazer and pale silk shift dress: her Best Actress Oscar. She also wears a blue ribbon in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organisation that works to defend Americans’ constitutional rights.
Does two make a trend? Supermodel Kloss also plumps for a shimmering one-shouldered dress and a dark red lip. Hers is by Naeem Khan, accessorised with Cartier jewels.
Lovato goes full princess in a romantic pink tulle Monique Lhuillier gown and long, loose waves.
Thandie Newton and Ol Parker
Westworld’s Newton attends the Vanity Fair party with husband Ol Parker, wearing a silver sequinned Schiaparelli dress with hot pink embellishments (the designer’s signature colour).
The supermodel, who recently announced she is pregnant with fiancé Jason Statham’s baby, attends the Vanity Fair party in a silver custom Atelier Versace dress accessorised with diamonds by London jeweller Nirav Modi and a Tyler Perry clutch.
Joining Huntington-Whiteley in choosing Atelier Versace is Halle Berry, who channels some serious young Tina Turner vibes in her shimmering minidress.
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
Timberlake gives Biel props on the Vanity Fair carpet for her bronze-caped Ralph Lauren dress and Tiffany & Co. jewels.
Actor Chopra teams her sequinned black cap-sleeved Michael Kors gown with smoky eye make-up and a bright white manicure.
Hudson goes for a smoky taupe Chantilly lace evening dress by Cavalli Couture, Charlotte Olympia shoes and a Tyler Ellis clutch.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Golden Globe winner Ross glows in a ruby-red, bedazzled Zuhair Murad gown with Seventies-style bell sleeves and super-cool Neil Lane hoop earrings.
Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak
Kaling attends the Vanity Fair party with close friend, former The Office co-star and ex-boyfriend B.J. Novak, wearing a vibrant floral Naeem Khan dress, Edie Parker clutch and Jennifer Meyer jewels.
Johannson throws a jacket over one shoulder of her black sheer Alaia dress for the Vanity Fair party.
Jones attends the party in a navy satin Prada gown, teamed with a bright red lip, dark manicure and her signature straight fringe.
The winner of the best supporting actress Oscar in 2016, Vikander walks the carpet in a forest-green long-sleeved dress by Louis Vuitton.
Two former Oscar winners, two green gowns. Vikander’s fellow Oscar-winning actor Larson also wears a slinky dark green dress to the after-party – hers by Ralph and Russo.
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth
Witherspoon attends the party with husband Jim Toth in a short black Michael Kors Collection dress embellished with silver sequins, Tiffany & Co. jewellery and a Tyler Ellis clutch.
Multiple Oscar-nominee Adams often wears Tom Ford on the red carpet, and chose a shining silver dress with a plunging neckline by the American designer for the after-party.
Viola Davis and Julis Tennon
Best Supporting Actress Viola Davis walks the press line with her husband, Julius Tennon, in a sharp white Brandon Maxwell tuxedo, gold platform trainers and that all-important gold statuette.
Bosworth channels Grace Kelly in a dusky teal J. Mendel gown teamed with finger-waved hair, ruby red lips and Piaget diamonds.
Like Bosworth, Kruger also goes for a teal-coloured dress – but her Alexandre Vauthier micro-mini, Messika jewellery and silver Jimmy Choo stilettos were more Seventies disco diva than Fifties prom queen.