Oscars After Parties 2018: Costume Changes

A whole bunch of folks changed before they headed to the perennial Vanity Fair shindig. Some for the better…some, not so much.

Zendaya in Michael Kors

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She is positively statuesque. Is there a Zendaya Barbie yet? If not, there should be, and she should wear this dress. I’m surprised at how much I like it – I don’t usually gravitate towards non-colors. It’s the Zendaya Effect: she can convince you of just about anything.

Emily Blunt in Alexander McQueen

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I’m tempted to give her “Most Improved” because of how much I hated her ceremony dress and how much I WANT to love this. It has a lot of things that appeal to me: detailed embroidery, sparkles, random animals. I’m thankful it’s lined, but there’s still a bit too much “hint of underboob” for my taste. While we’re at it though, “Hint of Underboob” would make a great band name…

Tiffany Haddish in Brandon Maxwell

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This is a total slam dunk for her and my favorite of her three looks. I also applaud her for figuring out a way to wear three different dresses in the span of 4 hours. Not an easy feat.

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton

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She should have stuck with the surprisingly good Louis Vuitton pantsuit instead of the Louis Vuitton mini-dress that looks like it was slapped together five minutes before the red carpet.

Betty Gabriel in Pamella Roland

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This is committing the same heinous crimes against her bosom that her last dress did. Whatever did her breasts do to deserve such mistreatment?

Allison Janney in Brandon Maxwell

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I love this, and like everyone else, am obliged to point out that it’s very Sharon Stone. I enjoy the way it gives the impression that she just threw a button down on over her original dress, ready to party. It’s like Reem Acra passed the baton seamlessly to Brandon Maxwell. Very well done.

Allison Williams in Jean-Louis Sabaji

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This is my favorite look of the night, period. Simply exquisite – the skirt seems almost feathered. I am totally blown away by this one.

Margot Robbie in Chanel

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This is fine, but feels a little costume-y. Couldn’t you see Daisy Buchanan wearing this while doing the charleston?

Gal Gadot in Armani Privé

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Gorgeous and elegant, but slouchy and cool at the same time. Well played.

Abbie Cornish in Christian Siriano

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I like this a lot – I’m a sucker for a full, floral skirt. I think the necklace is fighting with the neckline though.

Greta Gerwig in Dior

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This was one of the better looks from the recent Dior show. I’m glad it didn’t go to J. Law though – I can’t see her in it. Greta is a better fit for the inherent whimsy of a tulip cut.

Salma Hayek in Gucci

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Salma squeezed herself into another too-busy, too-tight Gucci. And who the hell is “Dapper Dan”?! So many questions.

Danai Gurira in Gabriela Hearst

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This is great and very on brand for her – simple but fierce.

Lupita Nyong’o in Armani Prive

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Gorgeous – I wasn’t 100% on her ceremony dress, which seemed to be universally beloved. This, I love more wholeheartedly.

Eiza Gonzalez in Schiaparelli 

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It’s moments like this when you realize that no one is changing outfits for the afterparties for convenience. She is going to have a significantly harder time navigating the crowdsl, partying until 4 AM in this look than she would in her dress from the ceremony. That being said, I love this. It’s so unique and intriguing: why is there an octopus on her chest; why won’t she take off her dressing gown? It makes you think. But it’s fun and playful and I love it.

Mary J. Blige in Vera Wang

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This would be killer without the filmy tulle over top and the strange black band at her knees.

Lindsey Vonn in Celia Kritharioti

Lindsey did a real 180 – from goth-madame to sexy-Bo Peep. Bad all around.

Andra Day in Nina Ricci

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She doesn’t look particularly excited to be wearing this dress. And neither am I. I’m bummed – she has such interesting taste, I think she could have really wowed us. But both her looks got lost somewhere along the road to overdone.

Kelly Marie Tran in Alberta Ferretti

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This is fine. Not terribly exciting – I won’t remember this dress five minutes from now.

Laura Dern in Gabriela Hearst

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Never been big on the “bustier as shirt” thing, I wish she had stuck with her ceremony look.

Haley Bennett in Christian Dior

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Good lord this is stodgy. Did she just walk of the set of a new movie about a stern but well-dressed school marm in Victorian London?

St. Vincent in Saint Laurent

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I mean…it’s an improvement on “pointy vagina”…but just barely.

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