Fashion-Forward Looks at Vanity Fair’s Oscars After-Party

Once the official red carpet had been crossed and the awards were handed out, stars let loose in a variety of more-fun, fashion-forward party ensembles to last through the night.

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Once the official red carpet had been crossed and the awards were handed out, stars let loose in a variety of more-fun, fashion-forward party ensembles to last through the night. Charlize Theron dazzled in a cream one-shoulder Atelier Versace gown with a starburst at its center, pairing the glamorous get-up with loose, long hair and light makeup that looked ready to dance.
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Claire Danes slipped into an oddly un-Oscar-like Calvin Klein Collection gown that more closely resembled a robe, next to beau Hugh Dancy's dapper tuxedo.
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Kate Beckinsale's dazzling black dress was covered neck to ankle in caviar-black sequins, then featured an expanse of sheer mesh at the back. The dramatic look was nicely topped off with a softer, playful ponytail.
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Teen-dream couple Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber hit the Vanity Fair after-party in Dolce & Gabbana, with Bieber sporting a color-coordinated pocket square to match his lady's on-trend crimson gown.
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She stole the show on the pre-show red carpet in an age-appropriate and perfectly magical Marchesa confection, but nominee Hailee Steinfeld kicked it in red Converse sneakers to stay up past her bedtime at the after-party!
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A short dress is always a daring move for the Oscars red carpet, but feels a bit more appropriate at the after-party. Emma Stone's was not only Chanel couture, it also featured a train, making her choice pretty on-target for the affair.
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Zooey Deschanel donned spring 2011 Valentino, but we couldn't keep from cringing at her choice to wear tights and red satin pumps. The delicate daisies worked with sheer black lace, but what went on below the knee seemed to weigh it down.
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Perhaps trying to match the drama of her soprano, Glee actress Lea Michelle stepped out in a over-the-top, sapphire sequined Roberto Cavalli.
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If Gwyneth Paltrow's second ensemble of the night looked familiar, it's because it was plucked from the Michael Kors fall 2011 runway just two weeks ago, channeling the perfect Seventies lounge-singer glamor for a glitzy party.
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Veteran Oscar-goer and winner Marisa Tomei got some heat for the stuffy vintage Charles James dress she wore to the show, so the neon-pink column she changed into for the after-party was somewhat of a relief.
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Putting herself into both the Black-Swan-inspired and risk-taker categories, Naomi Watts rocked a spring 2011 Zac Posen with a sheer bodice and feathered train.
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Justin Timberlake may have made his red carpet appearances at the Oscars with his mother, but girlfriend Jessica Biel arrived at the after-party ready to turn up the heat in a neutral Atelier Versace gown.
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We're more used to seeing Sports Illustrated model Brooklyn Decker in body-hugging bikinis, so the soft-pastel, slightly frilly Joy Cioci dress she wore to the after-party—along with loosely pulled-back curls—marked quite a different look.
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Zoe Saldana looked smashing in the color of the season, this unabashedly girly Prabal Gurung dress, topped off with a sweet black belt.
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Madonna's unlike any other mom, and in a role-reversal of sorts, she stepped out to party with daughter Lola Leon wearing nothing but a bodysuit draped in sheer lace, while the teenage Leon looked shiny and smart in an AllSaints mini.
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Making good use of her youthful five feet and eleven inches, Taylor Swift opted for a Zuhair Murad sequined, strapless mini.
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We've admired Anna Paquin's adventurous fashion spirit since she donned a beaded beanie to collect her Oscar for The Piano at age 11, so the tea-length Monique Lhuillier she wore to the Oscar after-parties was somewhat of a disappointing departure after her bold McQueen dress at the Emmys.
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Cameron Diaz showed off her legs in a perilously short mini-dress, accentuated by a ruffle at the shoulder.
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Joy Bryant picked a stunning backless gown that was at once Old Hollywood and of-the-moment sexy, in a smashing blend of marine-hued blues.
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Model Camila Alves changed from a full-skirted black gown on the Oscars red carpet into a jazzier sheer-lace-and-floral Marchesa frock for the Vanity Fair party.
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The sheer-black trend was everywhere, and Eva Mendes took a turn in her favored tea-length ball-skirt silhouette to show off Donna Karan's custom version.
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At first glance, Mia Wasikowska's prim LBD looks like just another party dress, but the Stella McCartney laser-cut cocktail dress shows off opulent detailing that we think the young actress countered perfectly with a fresh face and just-washed hair.
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Liv Tyler took an understated approach, but was no shrinking violet next to her American Idol judge dad in perfectly structured Givenchy couture.
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This sparkly slate-gray Jenny Packham dress with sheer sleeves felt slightly old for 20-year-old starlet Emma Roberts—perhaps if she took a cue from Taylor Swift and ripped off the bottom, she'd have more fun.
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Kate Spade celebrity spokesperson Bryce Dallas Howard seemed a bit overwhelmed by her overly ladylike pouf skirt, though the midnight-blue hue was quite fetching.
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After undergoing seven costume changes as Oscar-night host, Anne Hathaway settled on the sexiest for the after-party—a ruby-red Atelier Versace.
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Model Selita Ebanks went for an all-over ruffled affair rendered in the evening's signature red with a neutral trim.
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