Elizabeth Banks in Jenny Packham at the VF Oscar party: whimsical or goofy?

2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
We’re wrapping up our Oscar party fashion coverage and including some of the people that the photo agencies added later in the day. First off we have the lovely risk-taking Elizabeth Banks in sequined and feathered light blue Jenny Packham. This is like a homage to her Effie Trinket character, and I can’t think of an actress whose fashion is more suited to playing that role. I know some of you will disagree, but I actually like this look. I find it fun, and I love Banks’ attitude. If anyone can pull this off, she can.

This is my favorite photo of Banks, but those gold shoes have got to go.
2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Here’s Alison Brie looking amazing in strapless floral Giambattista Valli. This is understated bombshell and I absolutely love this dress. Look at the incredible draping and the very subtle feminine print. So pretty. Her styling is great too.

2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

The 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Here’s Emma Roberts in red Fendi with red shoes. This dress is more movie premiere than Oscars party, but it’s cute enough and her earrings and clutch are perfect. I really like the stitching detail on the dress, it gives it a modern edge.

2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals

Poor Emmy Rossum never quite gets it right. She’s in Monique Lhullier in one of the blush-colored gowns that were so popular at the ceremony. This is a pretty enough gown, but her severe styling brings it down. Plus she’s wearing booties with it! Those are the same shoes that were worn on the runway and they look so out of place here.

2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

The 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles

Finally here’s Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen. This is a very typical look for her, she loves contemporary dresses, and she often wears McQueen. Anna and her man, Stephen Moyer, were at both the Elton John party and the Vanity Fair soiree. This dress isn’t my favorite, the bustline is bizarre, but I like the matching clutch and it’s great to see her smiling! She so rarely smiles on the red carpet.

22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing/After Party

2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing/After Party

Photo credit: WENN.com and FameFlynet

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  1. Lucy says:

    Adore Emma Roberts outfit and styling, she looks stunning.

  2. Cleveland Girl says:

    Oh this is sad. Loved Elizebeth Bank’s dress in the first picture, then hated it in the second. If it were a mini skirt it would have been so much cuter. Hate Emmys shoes and makeup, but like the dress well enough…

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      The second pic is a really awkward angle, I have seen much more flattering shots of the whole outfit elsewhere. I get that this is not everyone’s bag, but I saw it and was dazzled by it right away, love the colour, and the fun of it.

  3. lucy2 says:

    Alison looks stunning, what a pretty gown. The rest, eh. I can usually get on board with Banks’ off beat choices but not that one.

  4. smee says:

    I like the skirt Eliz Banks is wearing but not that top – I can accept the crop, but it’s so wide and clunky. It looks o.k. from certain angles, but not really………

    Alison Brie is gorgeous (and funny) and her dress is beautifully cut – but I don’t think that pale color is for her, imo

  5. MrsBPitt says:

    I saw a picture of Emma Roberts yesterday in this outfit, and I thought she looked great…young, modern and fun…I love Elizabeth Banks, but that cheerleader pompom skirt is hideous, the whole outfit is a big “NO” from me…Emmy and Anna look okay…but Alison Brie is stunning…that dress is so beautiful, so soft and feminine…I WANT IT!!!! Of course, its probably a little to formal to be cleaning my house and going to buy groceries, which are my usual weekend activities…

  6. emmie_a says:

    I like the top Elizabeth is wearing but the skirt looks cheap. I love Alison Brie but I’m not liking her dress at all. Seems too stuffy and boring for her. Actually love Emma Roberts dress — beautiful color & shape.

  7. SamiHami says:

    Anna Paquin looks deranged in that first picture. The eye make up is all kinds of wrong. Allison Brie looks fantastic. Emmy Rossum’s dress is absolutely beautiful, but I agree her styling is off. That dress demands a softer look.

  8. Beth says:

    I kind of like Elizabeth Bank’s skirt but it’s cold here and the skirt looks warm…

  9. Marianne says:

    I like Emmy’s dress, but I agree that the booties are a bit much.

  10. poppy says:

    red dress is amazing. the lips, not so much.

  11. Aussie girl says:

    Anna and her partner look so stiff in there poses

  12. Curious Cole says:

    That’s as Effie she can get without venturing into Lady Gaga territory! She’s having fun, but we’ve seen Elizabeth do better. I liked Anna Paquin’s dress, especially the unique neckline and beading, but the winged eyes weren’t a success. It was sweet seeing Stephen Moyer and Evan R Wood exchanging baby photos on their phones at the party!

  13. JEM says:

    Every one of those dresses are horrible. I know I sound cranky (I’m sleepy but not cranky!), but these ladies could all look much better.

  14. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I adore Banks and her outfit is super cute imo. Beautiful colour and textures, just fun and flirty and I bet amazing on the dance floor. Alison Brie’s is pretty but bedsheet-y. Emma Roberts, meh. Emmy Rossum, horrid shoes and styling but dress is pretty stunning – maybe a tiny bit ott for the after party? I don’t love Anna Paquin’s but can appreciate her style, she always wears fun things and the matching clutch is almost swinging it for me. She need to do something with her hair though, it is a fried wreck.

  15. mercy says:

    I love the cut, fit, and soft material of Alison’s dress and her styling is impeccable, but the print is a little too staid Laura Ashley looking. Emma looks cute, but that’s a lot of red lip. But her that hairstyle is perfect. I’d like Emmy’s look better if the skirt was less full, she had different shoes on, and her hair wasn’t so severe. Anna’s dress is fun, but I’m not sure I like it on her. Elizabeth’s top doesn’t photograph well and could maybe be slightly more fitted, but I like the concept and the colour is beautiful on her.

  16. Frida_K says:

    In my eyes, Elizabeth Banks will always be Effie Trinket. She did such a wonderful job with the second movie–oh, she made me cry!–so whatever she wears is fine by me. Lovely lady, wonderful character, nothing more, nothing less.


    As to Emma Roberts–butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, I reckon. Did she ever face charges for attacking her boyfriend? Domestic violence is ugly whether it’s the man who perpetuates it or the woman, and no pretty dress and bright lipstick covers up that kind of ugly.

  17. phlyfiremama says:

    I would have loved to have seen Bank’s outfit at the Oscars~

  18. taxi says:

    Rossum’s feet look weird – strange boots or toe-cleavage T-straps with sequin stockings?

  19. Alexa says:

    I’m crazy about Elizabeth Banks and her outfit here! And while this isn’t my favorite makeup look on Emmy – I think she also has a beautiful, fashionable outfit that’s lovely on her. Love both of these looks.

  20. Carolyn says:

    Yes yes yes to all except Emily. How could she step outside wearing that? Elizabeth’s makeup needs to be more Effie :) Emma looks really really good.