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Second act: The best and worst looks from the Oscars after-parties

Kate Beckinsale turned heads with her mega mini dress at the Vanity Fair after-party. Photo: Getty
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Sashaying into the Vanity Fair Oscars party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, model Kendall Jenner wore a dress that pushed the envelope more than most.

During a day and night when lots of A-listers chose a gown with ubiquitous thigh-high split, Jenner went for one that was sideless and backless.

Well, it’s about time someone in her family interpreted a dress code as Full Trash Bag.

Kendall Jenner Vanity Fair party
Kendall Jenner. Photo: Getty

It’s now a thing for stars to do a quick change between the ceremony and its favourite after-parties – the Vanity Fair bash, the Governor’s Ball – so that they can have a strong second act.

Moving to the dark side, Gemma Chan ditched her lollipop pink tiered Oscars head turner for a sleek spangled column dress and red lip that shrieked glamour.

Gemma Chan
Gemma Chan. Photo: Getty

Also taking the undone look to the next level: Zoe Kravitz, who wore pretty much a gold bra and a tube skirt.

Zoe Kravitz 2019 Oscars
Zoe Kravitz.

Miley Cyrus (who arrived at the Vanity Fair party with husband Liam Hemsworth) smashed it by mixing beachy hair with stacks of diamonds and a sequinned plunging dress.

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus. Photo: Getty

Australian model Shanina Shaik went for a complicated metallic dress that defied gravity, until it didn’t.

Shanina Shaik Oscars 2019
Shanina Shaik. Photo: Getty

Elizabeth Debicki chose an elaborate brocade dress with practical flats and, even more practical, a freedom fighter scarf.

Elizabeth Debicki Oscars 2019
Elizabeth Debicki. Photo: Getty

Jennifer Lopez changed from her daytime shiny reptile dress into one that looked like a seahorse had vomited on it.

Jennifer Lopez 2019 Oscars party
Jennifer Lopez. Photo: Getty

Stella Maxwell reinvented the flapper look in a beautiful beaded dress with bandeau top. Great hair.

Stella Maxwell 2019 Oscars
Stella Maxwell. Photo: Getty

Did Lady Gaga go overboard with the fake tan? She switched up her black Oscars dress for a princess gown with singlet top and that stonking $30 million Tiffany & Co diamond necklace.

Jennifer Lopez 2019 Oscars
Lady Gaga. Photo: Getty

In a year when feathers were ditched for bows and pink, Lupita Nyong’o was a standout in fluffy fun white.

Lupita Nyong'o 2019 Oscars
Lupita Nyong’o. Photo: Getty

Kate Beckinsale also had a crack at feathers, in a mega mini dress with peacock train that might have almost been too much for Lady Gaga.

Kate Beckinsale 2019 Oscars
Kate Beckinsale. Photo: Getty

Ashley Graham was sultry in an off-the-shoulder dress with lots of random bits hanging off it.

Ashley Graham 2019 Oscars
Ashley Graham. Photo: Getty

Laura Dern’s night-time choice was the same A-line shape as her Oscars dress and looked like a fabulous grown-up sundress. Goals.

Laura Dern 2019 Oscars party
Laura Dern. Photo: Getty

Tessa Thompson pulled off the most fashion-forward cocktail look of the night in a bad fairy dress with just the right amount of bling and tulle, anchored with tough boots.

Tessa Thompson 2019 Oscars
Tessa Thompson. Photo: Getty

Kate Bosworth took a sunny approach in a golden column with dramatic cape. Ignore the dubious look on the chap’s face.

Kate Bosworth 2019 Oscars
Kate Bosworth. Photo: Getty

Vin Diesel and wife Paloma Jimenez looked ready to be the life of the party. Vin was even practising his lines from an invisible book to the obvious delight of his lady.

Vin DIesel Palomo Jimenez
Vin Diesel and Paloma Jimenez. Photo: Getty

Total class act Olivia Colman switched her matronly forest green Oscars look for a chic evening number that seemed as British as the Blitz.

Olivia Colman 2019 Oscars
Olivia Colman. Photo: Getty

Constance Wu ducked into the Vanity Fair bash on her way to a college toga party.

Constance Wu 2019 Oscars
Constance Wu. Photo: Getty

Natasha Lyonne looked really, really cool working an ’80s big shoulders, big hair professional assassin vibe.

Natasha Lyonne 2019 Oscars
Natasha Lyonne. Photo: Getty

Hailee Steinfeld was pretty in a mini made from huge peachy flowers.

Hailee Steinfeld 2019 Oscars
Hailee Steinfeld. Photo: Getty

Regina King slayed in a coral dress with floaty skirt, off-the-shoulder sleeves and peekaboo neckline. No wonder she looks so happy.

Regina King 2019 Oscars
Regina King. Photo: Getty

Sofia Vergara discovered how to time travel back to about eight years ago then went shopping for a prom dress.

Sofia Vergara 2019 Oscars
Sofia Vergara. Photo: Getty

And Sofia kindly took Maya Rudolph with her.

Maya Rudolph 2019 Oscars
Maya Rudolph. Photo: Getty

Tina Fey worked a strapless chocolate number with sea anemone skirt with the cachet that comes from being Tina Fey.

Tina Fey 2019 Oscars
Tina Fey. Photo: Getty

Big question is, how did Molly Sims sit down?

Molly Sims 2019 Oscars
Molly Sims. Photo: Getty

Elizabeth Banks was fantastic in two-piece red with turquoise earrings. She looked free-spirited, as if she was ready to stand on a piano and lead a rendition of Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves. 

Elizabeth Banks 2019 Oscars
Elizabeth Banks. Photo: Getty

Making her first red carpet appearance since revealing she has multiple sclerosis, Selma Blair made her cane look like a dashing accessory to her magician’s assistant swirling cape dress with great neckpiece.

Selma Blair 2019 Oscars
Selma Blair. Photo: AAP

And Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone pulled off a joke which made them the envy of everyone strapped into suits, heels and uncompromising gowns: Matching Adidas tracksuits for the marathon of mixing and mingling.

Ben Falcone Melissa McCarthy 2019 Oscars
Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy. Photo: Getty

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