The really great part of the Oscars? When the ceremony is over, and Hollywood’s real annual celebrations start – the after-parties.
And by far the most star-studded, glamorous event is the Vanity Fair after-party, attended by nominees, supermodels, media moguls and political figures.
Now in its 24th year, the Vanity Fair bash at a custom-built space near the Beverly Hills City Hall kicks off with a viewing party for stars who didn’t score a ticket to the main event.
This year, Jon Hamm walked the green and white carpet early to watch the show via a giant screen, as did Isla Fisher, Olivia Wilde, Janelle Monae, Amy Adams and Elizabeth Banks.
But every year the real excitement lies in the gowns the attendees change into so they can truly let their hair down.
When it comes to the best-dressed star of the after-parties there can be only one winner: Kate Beckinsale.
The 44-year-old Brit looked half her age in a figure-hugging Reem Acra gown that fit her so perfectly it looked to have been sewn onto her body.
As for the rest, here are the night’s most memorable looks.