The 2022 Oscars will definitely go down in history, maybe not for the fashion and winners but nevertheless, it will be remembered. However, if you did not know about the main event of the night then you must get to know it. The Vanity Fair after-party is the most important event on the Oscar’s night.
The outfits are extensive, the makeup even more so and it gives a chance for all the winners to celebrate with fellow actors alongside people who would usually not be invited to the actual Oscars like the Kardashian family and influencers for example.
Throughout the night, we saw some well-put-together and jaw-dropping looks. However, some of them were, unfortunately, a miss, so here we have the best and worst dressed of the evening. Just to reiterate, this is strictly opinion-based: all the attendees are beautiful, and I seriously cannot judge their outfit choices when I am in my bed wearing pyjamas.
Firstly, let’s get into the best dressed. My favourite look from the evening was Anya Taylor Joy in a beautiful black Dior dress. Paired with a netted mask and a goth makeup look, she created the perfect timeless look for such an event and had heads turning. A close second best for me was Lori Harvey, wearing an incredibly unique Tony Ward couture dress. The muted green colour of her dress perfectly complemented the eccentricity of it and having her hair in a high messy bun created space for the centrepiece of the dress to take full display.
Another favourite of the night for me was Emily Ratajkowski in archived Armani, the stunning orange wrap top was the perfect silhouette to show off her amazing features and the almost disco print gave it an interesting edge. However, the best-dressed couple of the night for me were Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker in vintage Dolce and Gabbana. The beautiful sheerness of Kourtney’s dress perfectly contrasted the pure black of Travis’ suit and the flowery lace pattern that carried throughout both of their outfits was seamless. Other honourable mentions from the night include Dakota Johnson in a stunning Gucci dress which truly made her look like a princess and Kid Cudi in an oversized brown Louis Vuitton suit.
Let us move on to the worst dressed. So, to begin this will be very controversial but I was not a huge fan of Hailey Bieber’s brown Saint Laurent gown. I do not think the colour complemented her at all, the silhouette of the whole dress paired with the huge puffy flower in the middle just reminded me of a prom dress.
Secondly, I was not a huge fan of Julia Fox’s crazy Han Kjobenhavn outfit. The halter neck in the shape of a hand was a little much and reminded me of something that would be on the cover of a magazine and not an after-party of an award show. Another very controversial opinion but I also was not highly blown away with Kendall Jenner in a huge Balenciaga gown. It was a little much and reminded me of a pompom, it was also vastly different for her, and I have not seen her in anything like it before, hoping that she goes back to her gorgeously timeless looks she is well known for next year.
Other worthy mentions include Isla Fisher in a white Giambattista Valli dress, which reminded me of a wedding dress and essentially every male that wore a black tuxedo with a black bow tie: it is so basic and so overdone: examples were Jacob Elordi, Vin Diesel, and Troy Kotsur.
In summary, the looks from the after-party were not on the celebs themselves, they were on the designers who dressed them, all of which are extremely talented, and their work deserves to be showcased at a red-carpet event like the Vanity Fair after-party. Despite personal fashion opinions, I admire all the looks from the night as a lot of time and effort went into them and at the end of the day, fashion is incredibly subjective. Nevertheless, I did love some of the looks and I am looking forward to next year.
Words by: Hayley Seagrave
Edited by: Sadhana Sreeram