Ruth Negga in Oscar de la Renta at the VF party: better than her Oscar dress?

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It’s that time of year when I lament the fact that certain actresses wore the wrong gowns and dresses to the post-Oscar parties. Personally, I disliked Ruth Negga’s Oscar dress. I thought it was too fussy and too dated. But I flat-out love her Oscar de la Renta party dress, which she wore to the Vanity Fair party. This is gorgeous. And I really do feel like this would have been a great look for the Oscars, right?

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

You know what I just realized? Rooney Mara didn’t do much to promote Lion. She consistently ends up in films that are up for Oscar nominations and she really doesn’t do that much to promote them. But she still came out to party! Partying in Rooney-terms: looking morose on the carpet. Rooney’s dress here is H&M Conscious. I don’t get why she’s so afraid of color.

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

Much like Ruth’s Oscar dress, I was disappointed with Naomie Harris’s choice of a mulleted cocktail dress at the Oscars. I understand why she went with this lighter, less structured Calvin Klein gown for the VF party, but still – this is WAY prettier.

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton. I hated her LV Oscar dress and I hate this look too. It looks like something you would wear to a Christmas concert.

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

Kate Bosworth in J. Mendel. Not feeling the ballerina look on her. I also think she looks… ill.

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Sia in Armani. I’m over this.

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

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  1. Aims says:

    I know Sia wears that stupid wig for privacy , but it’s like a big neon sign pointing at her. It’s counterproductive .

    • Laura says:

      And there have been enough pics of her face on the internet that we all know what she looks like at this point. Does she move the wig back from her face before and after these pics so she can see where she walks?

    • LA says:

      I wonder if she knows that she has the option to not go to these events and stand on the media line…..?

    • Hollz says:

      While I’m sick of the wig, it’s not.

      She takes that wig off and she has anonymity while out in public. That’s what she’s after.

    • nikki says:

      It’s not for privacy. It’s her shtick. She freely admits that the purpose of the wig is because she needed to find her “thing” to become more well known and something she thought a lot of singers didn’t have is anonymity so that became her thing.

  2. cr says:

    Kate’s boobs look terribly smushed, and she looks very shiny, but this isn’t a bad look for her. And she looks healthier than she has in a long time, like she’s actually put on muscle.
    Ruth’s dress is so much better than the Oscar dress.

  3. SusanneToo says:

    Naomie is beautiful and I like both of her looks. Something about Ruth’s face makes me think she could play a role set in 1940 or in 2140. There’s something noncontemporary exotic about her. Beautiful and a great dress.

    • Kitten says:

      “Something about Ruth’s face makes me think she could play a role set in 1940 or in 2140.”

      YES. The first thing I saw her in was Preacher and that’s all I could think about when I watched her: that she has this incredible throwback look. She is so mesmerizing to watch onscreen.

      But you know, I’m not wild about how she looks here. Her face looks great with a strong lip or almost-nude makeup. I’m not sure how I feel about her with the heavy eye.

      Also, Naomie Harris looks incredible.
      So over Rooney Mara’s sad basset hound look. Ugh.

      • I Choose Me says:

        Re: Ruth. It’s the eyes in particular that draw me in. They’re so damned expressive. I love hooded eyes. My husband says she has cameo face. I remember the first time he saw her in Preacher and immediately asked ‘Who is that?’ in this hushed tone of voice.

      • teacakes says:

        I’ve been a fan of Ruth ever since she was on Misfits (which is what led me to mistake her for Brit, sorry Irish people!) and she looked totally modern there but she has the kind of features that would look absolutely at home in 1920s-50s makeup.

    • justme says:

      Ruth is not only incredibly beautiful, but she is unique. So many actresses are sort of interchangeable – but her face is extraordinary and unforgettable. On top of all that she is very talented! I look forward to seeing her in more and more films!

  4. Den says:

    Sia is going to fall and hurt herself one of these days.

    Also add Sia to the list of singer song writers > Adele and dont get rewarded half as much for it.

    • JulP says:

      Lol. How does she see with that wig on though??

    • Scotchy says:

      Oh Sia get’s rewarded.

      She is a HUGE pop top liner and has worked an many a hit over her career. Homegirl is alright!!

      While she might not be the savior of soccer moms that is Adele she is laughing all the way to the bank and can pretty much make whatever she wants whenever she wants with a pretty strong fanbase.

      Her career is sustainable.

      • Den says:

        I was talking awards not sales. I dont really care if bland human beings feel safe buying Adele. I do care that they dont undeservedly reward her ahead from better singer songwriters like Sia, Emeli Sande and Janelle Monae.

  5. Linabear says:

    Kate looks like a musical box doll, but I loooove Alicia’s hair and styling, adorable.

  6. Jenns says:

    Leave it to Rooney to take a beautiful dress and make it look totally boring.

    • Kata says:

      I I actually think she makes it look interesting. Her styling is always different from others on the RC, and I love that she doesn’t wear much colour or jewellery.

  7. laulau says:

    I definitely prefer her oscar gown, tho I noticed she was one of, at least, threesimilar dresses so this is more unique.
    My deal with Rooney is more about her posture, folded hands which I strongly dislike. It’s both dour and submissive. It reminds me of and article with her and Fincher while they were making TGWTDT where she looked at him for permission before eating. Yuck.

    I love Kate’s look and not Alicia’s. I never really ‘get’ Vuitton on the red carpet.

  8. JulP says:

    I love this dress on Ruth! I hated her Oscar look so I, too, wish she had worn this instead. Rooney’s dress is a bore. I feel like she wears variations of the same dress to every event (and always wears her hair the exact same way too). She’s a beautiful woman, I wish she’d take more chances fashion-wise. Alicia’s dress looks too formal for a party, but it’s definitely better than her Oscar dress. And why is Kate Bosworth still invited to these events? I can’t even remember the last time she was in a movie

  9. MissMerry says:

    i think it’s so funny how the wig is as wide as the hat and not Sia head LOL

    also Ruth’s dress is so much better than the red oscar one but I don’t think it’s fancy enough for the Oscars, I think it works great as an after-party dress

  10. Krakken says:

    That dress on Ruth is stunning.

  11. Mia4S says:

    Love love love Ruth’s party dress!! Was not a big fan of the red carpet one.

    It must be soooo hard to be Rooney Mara, I said dripping with sarcasm. 😉

  12. Shambles says:

    Rooney Mara… I just cannot. The “I’m better than this and I don’t want to be here” facial expression. The “I don’t give a f*ck about this” posture. She grates on my nerves in a serious way.

    I LOVE Kate Bosworth’s dress with my whole heart, and I would have loved to have seen it on someone I’m actually invested in. Someone with rich, dark skin a la Lupita, or someone with pale skin and dark hair would devastate in this dress. Any ideas? Kate herself looks way too bronzed.

    • Kitten says:

      Agree with everything and said as much above.

    • detritus says:

      What is going on, it’s like she took style advice from Kate Hudson, who is all about the young bang, but Bosworth? Kate looks like she was dipped in highlighter. I am just confused.

  13. Jess says:

    Love Ruth’s party dress – which she had worn that to the Oscars. As for the other ladies, I don’t like any of the gowns but really hate Alecia’s.

  14. D says:

    I wish Alicia Vikander would give the tanning/bronzer a rest, it’s a bit much. I actually think it looks more like the tan you would get from a tanning bed, than a spray tan. I hope she at least doesn’t do that, it’s so bad for you.

    • Florencia says:

      That’s her skin color though and she’s been shooting Tomb Raider under the sun. Lainey had the pictures so she’s probably getting extra tan because of that.

      She tans very quickly because that’s just her skin tone. It’s like a Latina or Italian skin tone but because Alicia is neither nobody would dare say anything gross about her skin and she gets a “pass” because she is “white”. Strange thinking though.

      • EliSunday says:

        Not her natural skintone. I mean, it is her skin and she’s not wearing a suit made of someone else’s skin, but it’s well known (at least it is here in Sweden) that Alicia is dedicated to both heavy duty sunbathing and heavy handed applications of self-tanner. She’s been on TV here in Sweden for a long time, including when she was a child, and this heavy tan is fairly recent acquisition. Her complexion is naturally very similar to Keira Knightly’s: fair skin and dark hair/eyes.

        She’s ambitious and has done a little reinvention, found a look that she likes and has brought her success and she runs with it. Good for her. Nobody is saying anything gross about her. Just like we can wonder why Michelle Williams doesn’t tone back on the platinum blonde, we can wonder why Alicia can’t hold back from the tanner because it’s turning her into an unnaturally Trump-ish shade of orange.

        I also don’t know why you’ve written white in quote marks. She is white. I mean, not every Swede looks like Agnetha Fältskog. *shrugs*

      • SKF says:

        I just googled “Alicia Vikander as a child” and the very first photo she that came up was her as a little kid with tan skin similar to how it is usually now (right now she is a bit more tan than usual). There are a few other photos of her as a kid where she’s a bit paler but she clearly has olive skin – the kind of skin that tans deeply super easily. It’s the same skintone my sister and nieces have. A little bit of sun and that’s all it takes. She definitely does not have pale Keira Knightley skin. I’m
        Sure chica may love to tan and fake tan but let’s not exaggerate here.

  15. Bridget says:

    I loved Ruth’s Oscar dress, and I also like this one.

    Why would Rooney Mara need to promote Lion when Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel were already out there hustling? She was in it, but it wasn’t really her movie.

    • Whyme says:

      I loved it too. She rocked that red dress! And the VF after party dress was gorgeous too.

      My vote for worst here is Sia. But maybe we can’t blame her because she didn’t see what it looked like before she left the house? Tee hee. Yes, i know. I’m corny. (I almost wrote she didn’t Sia it too, that would have been worse.)

    • ell says:

      i adored the red valentino, so beautiful and different. that’s why best dressed lists really do not matter, so much it’s down to taste.

      • Bridget says:

        Best dressed lists tend to reward women for wearing pretty, uncontroversial stuff, and penalize the ones who wear something interesting and different. That dress was beautifully crafted and detailed, and I thought it was lovely.

  16. EliSunday says:

    Rooney Mara stands and purses her lips just like a disappointed grandmother.

  17. Juliet- says:

    Sia should drop this sh*t, it doesn’t look cute or amusing anymore. For someone who claims not to want attention, she does manage to attract a lot of attention for herself with this crap. No one would give her a second look if she showed her face like everyone else.

    Alicia looked considerably better but that’s only because her red carpet dress was too bad. And good God, the tan? It looks horrible. She and her stylist need to rethink this ASAP. What’s wrong with her natural color anyway?

    Disagree 100% about Negga. This is such a stupid, cookie cutter dress for her. This is something Kate Bosworth would wear. She’s not frilly or bubblegum girly. She’s mature, elegant and sophisticated with a touch of 1920s vintage. She looked amazing during the ceremony imo.

  18. Whyme says:

    I have no problem if Rooney Mara doesn’t want to use color. She usually always wears black, beige or red once in a while. That’s her choice. But she can do something about her awful posture. That is bad for your health. And does she have some social anxiety disorder? Because she usually looks so uncomfortable to be in public. I feel bad if that’s the case. But wrong line of work if that’s the case, no?

    • Fiorella says:

      Yes she does have something like that! It’s been discussed here but I don’t remember the details. She shared about it in an interview

  19. QQ says:

    I Do wonder why Ruth and Naomie didnt wear these dresses?!!? They are super cute, Rooney Mara looks like the ghost of Clara Bow Haunting the VF party I have NOTHING for Alicia Vikander or The Mocktress Par Excellance… UI kinda like what SIa it’s wearing.. It’s impeccably cut, a funky color, very her ( don’t @ me about her wig/her coming/ the chick has anxiety issues and that is called a working weekend in Hollyweird, she can address the gladhanding however she well pleases, get.your.Money.Sia

    • Cherrypie says:

      I like Sia’s suit too and think the cut is great…very nice. I liked both of Negga’s dresses though and think they were occasion appropriate respectively.

    • Abbess Tansy says:

      I absolutely agree about Ruth and Naomie’s dresses, and yeah Sia’s suit is fitted very well. I like the color a lot.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Just chiming in to add my love for Sia and her suit. I love that suit. I covet the suit. I like Ruth’s dress but am not enthused about it and Naomie’s is just ‘eh’ for me. Still I love me some Naomie and no matter what she’s wearing, she’ll always be par excellence to me.

  20. ell says:

    bosworth has new boobs, congrats!

    • nem says:

      lol yes even at her healthiest she wasn’t that busty …
      i m surprised ,her fashion crowd isn’t really into this

  21. Cs says:

    I think I would actually be okay with this dress on Alicia Vikander – as it is I think it’s better than the Milkmaid-chic flashbacks I was getting from her oscars dress – if she just had better make up. What is wrong with a redder lip or a smoky eye??? Honestly, at this point my bar for her is so Low that I’m actually kind of applauding that her hair was styled in something besides ‘casually messy’.

    I think I would’ve thought that Ruth Negga’s dress was too short if she’d worn it for the oscars. But unlike a lot of people here, I actually did like her red Valentino…

  22. Kri says:

    I live Ruth’s’s like an icon. Dress is fab. I like most of these looks except Sia.Obviously.

  23. SM says:

    Finally. A great party dress on Ruth.

  24. bella says:

    I think they all look lovely. Rooney was amazing in Lion and can’t believe how much I liked her in it! I think Kate Bosworth looks great but a tad shiny. Ruth and Naomi look fantastic!!!!!!