Best & worst dressed: Oscars parties

02:48, Mar 04 2014
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THE UNEXPECTED: I don't know what makes me gasp more - the fact that J-Law decided to forgo underwear for the Vanity Fair Oscars after party, or the fact that she's wearing a designer other than Dior. From red couture during the ceremony, to this short and edgy Tom Ford number - the girl sure knows how to make a splash (or should that be, a tumble). I actually kind of love the shattered-glass inspired embellishment, and from the front - when you can't spy those ghastly and unnecessary sheer spots - the dress looks extremely classy. Love the smoky eye and flash of leg, but we don't need to see your hip flesh and side-boob Jen, it just doesn't feel right.
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THE GOOD: Miranda Kerr looks every inch the glamazon in this beaded Kaufmanfranco gown. Yes, that neckline sure is plunging, but the simple cut of the dress in combination with understated accessories means she pulls it off with aplomb.
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THE CHEAP: She's the highest paid reality star in the world which begs the question - why wear a tacky-looking sack to such a high profile event. Granted, that particular shade of red looks spectacular with her colouring and her hair and make-up is flawless, but the voluminous skirt on this Celia Kritharioti dress just overwhelms her. Oh, and Miranda's cleavage is one thing, but this is next level...
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THE GREAT: She totally won me over with her Atelier Versace look during the ceremony, and Kate Hudson has done it again in this exquisite Zuhair Murah gown. Everything from the stunning black beading, to the nude netting detail is just perfect. Breathtaking.
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THE GREAT: I just can't even comprehend how stylish this woman is - week after week she's appeared on our best dressed list, and this time is no different. Naomie Harris has knocked it out of the park in this strapless Naeem Khan creation - who would've thought red and black embroidery could look so damn good. The only suggestion I can make is that she goes for a sleek pony next time instead of the tried and true loose waves.
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THE AVERAGE: Hollywood's favourite new Aussie actress Margot Robbie debuted her new darker locks on Oscar day and while she seems to be one of those ridiculous humans who can pull off any hair colour and still look stunning, I'm not sold on this dress. The large embellished bow on the back looks lovely from some angles, but from the front it just appears to add to the width of her waist. She could do so much better.
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THE GOOD: Never one to surprise, Heidi has stayed true to her love of dramatic, cleavage-baring gowns in this Atelier Versace number and this time, her tried and true aesthetic has paid off. The embellished corsetry on the dress is great and I love the angular sweet-heart neckline as well. Heidi's elegant up-do and minimal accessories add just the right amount of glamour.
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THE I'M NOT SURE: While Rita Ora looks undeniably beautiful (her hair and make-up have been gorgeous lately) I'm finding it hard to get excited about this lace Miu Miu frock. That assymetric peplum is less than flattering and the neckline screams tacky: is it supposed to look like she's wearing a bedazzled push-up bra beneath her grandmother's nightgown? Strange.
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THE BAD: What is it with Ireland Baldwin and ill-fitting necklines? The plunge on this purple monstrosity just isn't cut right and is that a nipple cover I see glinting in the flash of the camera? Holy, moly that is not a good look.
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THE BAD: As much as I want to love Anna Paquin's Alexander McQueen dress, I'm just not a fan of that multi-coloured bodice at all. I'd rather she went all our and opted for something truely playful rather than just attempting a tiny amount of off-puttingly beaded colour.
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THE GREAT: Now THIS is how you pull off daring cut-outs. Kate Beckinsale is absolutely mesmerising in this sequin Elie Saab gown - the colour suits her complexion perfectly and she manages to work those peek-a-boo holes with ease. Definitely one of my favourites of the night.
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THE AGEING: Allison Williams has to be one of the most stylish young actresses out there, but this Emilia Wickstead gown is so covered up, it'd be better suited to someone double her age. She's elegance personified and I can't fault her hair, make-up or styling, but it's all just a bit safe for me.
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THE GREAT: Amy Adams continued her amazing day of style in this Grecian-inspired Carolina Herrara dress. I love that she went for white, and left the fussy jewellery at home instead opting for those beautiful Tiffany & Co earrings and not a lot else. Classic and stunning.
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THE GREAT: While we all know Rosie Huntington-Whiteley can work high-octane sexy looks like no other, it's incredibly refreshing to see her exuding elegance in this pale blue Cushnie et Ochs gown. As per usual Rosie's whole look is utterly flawless - another style win.
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THE DISAPPOINTING: While there's no arguing this dress is pretty, I feel like Alice Eve could've done a whole lot better. Once again, I'm just not feeling the sheer sections - is it really necessary for everyone to know whether or not you're wearing underwear?
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THE GOOD: If anyone thought Selena Gomez was happy to live in Bieber's shadow, think again. The young actress looks glamorous beyond her years in this dazzling Emilio Pucci dress. The hieroglyphic-inspired beading along with the graphic keyhole elevate this look from yet another boring sheer gown to a work of art.
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THE PRETTY: Emma Rossum is the picture of elegance, if a little bridal, in this delicate Monique Lhuillier creation. The dress fits her body perfectly and I she looks wonderful from head to.... Wait, are those sheer ankle boots she's got on?! Shudder.
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THE BAD: I love that Brooklyn Decker was gutsy enough to wear a white tuxedo to an Oscars after party, but bravery only goes so far. Yes, it's a beautiful Calvin Klein two piece, but that jacket just does not fit. It's as simple as that. Perhaps she's going for the oversized, I just threw on my boyfriend's clothes kind of look - but it just isn't working for me. Thoughts?
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THE OK: It was a special night for Lupita Nyong'o and her happiness certainly shines through in these photos, but I just feel a tad under-whelmed with her choice of celebration dress. While this Miu Miu number is chic, it would've been nice to see Lupita rock another bold, bright dress. Plus that green fringing is really not my cup of tea - does anyone feel the same?
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THE UGLY: This dress reminds me of the kind of old, moth-eaten blanket you'd find bundled up in the back of your grandma's wardrobe and not in that funky, vintage kind of way. It may be Valentino but this folk-inspired dress does not belong at any Oscars after party, take note Rashida Jones.
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THE GREAT: Her choices may be a bit on the safe side - another column dress anyone? - but there's no denying how classy Anne Hathaway looks in this black and white Viktor & Rolf number. The structured bodice and flowing skirt work wonderfully on Anne's figure, and her pixie crop and styly clutch add the perfect finishing touches. Ps. How good is Jared Leto's photobomb - props to Anne for remaining serene in the face of yet another photog.
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THE GOOD: I don't know what it is about Diane Kruger, but no matter how out there or how high fashion her outfit is, she always seems to look good. On anyone else I feel like I'd be calling this Valentino couture dress a witchy disaster, but the German model and girlfriend of Pacey from Dawson's Creek wears and rocks it, rather than it wearing her.
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THE BAD: Want to know what's worse than a full-on mullet dress? A half-hearted mullet dress. Why, oh why would you bother having a shorter hem up front when the only thing you're showcasing is perhaps the most awkward part of the a woman's leg, along with an abundance of shiny, cheap looking fabric? From the neck up Colbie Smulders looks gorgeous, but this Honor dress is just plain fugly.
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THE BAD: Wet-look hair, a mis-matched berry lip, weird thatched fabric and a thigh split that's about ten centimetres too long all in one look? What is going on Malin Akerman?
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THE GOOD: I can't say I would've ever picked Anna Kendrick to wear something quite so sexy, but this time the unexpected has paid off. This Atelier Versace gown is both beautiful and unbelievably flattering - she nailed it.
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THE BAD: After looking oh so elegant last week, supermodel Irina Shayk is disappointing in this black mesh get-up. Please tell me the dress isn't intentionally designed that way in the bra area, although without that feature I guess it would be completely see through, much like the bottom half. The whole thing is just confusing and not in an intricate and glam kind of way.
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THE GOOD: While she usually looks a tad mumsy on the red carpet, Reese Witherspoon is fab in this plunging Hugo Boss dress. I love the half pleated skirt and pop of colour via the stunning green earrings.
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THE GREAT: In a welcome departure from her flesh tones and cutesy outfits, Taylor Swift opted for a vampish look in this embellished black Julien Macdonald gown. Her moody make-up, angular clutch and amazing cocktail ring were the finishing touches of this screen siren look.
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THE SURPRISINGLY GOOD: Finally, an outfit that doesn't have either sheer panels, cut-outs or black. Elizabeth Banks bucked tradition with this blue Jenny Packham top and skirt and although it isn't something I'd usually like, she wears it well. The feathery skirt and sequin top work unexpectedly well together and I love the jewelled neckline. Isn't it nice to see someone who's actually having fun at an Oscars event!
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THE AVERAGE: Aside from the fact that Lady Gaga is literally morphing into Donatella Versace which, let's be honest, is the stuff of nightmares, this dress really does nothing for me. With the bands of silver embellishment, glitzy train and nude coloured panels - it's really just another run-of-the-mill Versace look and I expect more from someone with Gaga's stylish eye.

The year's glitziest awards show may've come to an end, but the after parties are where the stars really let loose.

While some have opted to continue wearing their Oscars gowns, most have changed into something a little more daring.

Check out our gallery for the all the best and worst dressed celebs after dark...

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