Mariah Carey in Phillip Plein at the VF Oscar Party: too tight or glam?

Photographers on the red carpet for the Vanity Fair Oscar party got to see a bit more of Mariah Carey then they may have expected, as the 46-year-old singer experienced a small “wardrobe malfunction” on her way into the party. Mariah, whose spring tour with Lionel Richie was just postponed due to Lionel requiring knee surgery, stuffed herself into a jungle print gown by designer Phillip Plein. The green-hued gown, with its plunging neckline, front slit and bust-crushing bodice, showed off a lot of skin. This dress just looks painful and tacky, but not many people use the words “elegant and refined” when it comes to Mariah Carey. I do like the hair and makeup, and her gold necklace is nice, but, overall I’m not a fan. Those black Louboutin sandals, although nice, aren’t helping. They don’t match, right? Mariah sported one of her trademark butterfly rings, but one notable accessory that was left at home was boyfriend/dancer Bryan Tanaka. Mariah met up with him later in the night.

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

Supermodel Miranda Kerr was the belle of the ball in a light blue ball gown with sparkly floral embellishments by Miu Miu. The plunging back of her dress was accentuated with pearl straps. Miranda wore small diamond earrings and a few thin diamond bracelets by Niwaka along with her engagement ring, lending to the subdued grace of her overall look. She looked radiant with natural makeup highlighted by a bright red lip and wore her dark hair pulled back into a sleek bun. Miranda’s fiancé, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, wasn’t at the party, but her ex-husband Orlando Bloom was there with girlfriend Katy Perry. If we were playing a game of “Who wore their after party fashion best?” between Orlando’s current and former flames, Miranda would win, hands-down. She is a class act and I adore that dress. I wish I could go to prom again so I could wear a gown like that.

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

Speaking of models, Sports Illustrated model Emily Ratajkowski also turned heads on the red carpet in a beaded gown by Jonathan Simkhai. Emily continued the cleavage trend with her gown’s deep-V neckline. The figure-hugging gown also featured a gorgeous feathered train and minimal jewelry. Between Miranda’s dress and this one, I am suffering from some serious #gownenvy. The 25-year-old beauty brought attention to her eyes with a smoky look, highlighted with some blue shadow on her inner eyes that definitely made them pop. Her hair was the perfect topper for this look. I love her slightly messy, effortless-looking bun. Brava, Emily.

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

Gabrielle Union, currently starring on Being Mary Jane (which is filmed in my hometown of Atlanta, and once employed me as an extra), also left little to the imagination in a black and blue gown by the always edgy Jean Paul Gaultier. The 44-year-old actress accessorized her barely-there dress (described more than once as “a bikini meets an evening gown”) with Hearts on Fire diamond earrings, a Le Vian diamond bracelet, sapphire and diamond ring, DVANI diamond and ruby rings, and a Harry Kotlar yellow diamond ring. Her makeup was flawless and I can’t even begin to express how much I love her haircut. The bob really works for her. I do love that combination of black and cobalt blue but the jury’s out on the dress overall. It does stand out, but (not to sound like your Nana), I think it shows a little too much skin. But hey, I guess it’s a fun dress and Gabrielle sure looked like she had fun, posing for a candid photo with Olivia Munn and Jessica Alba.

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter

And now my favorite post Oscar photo ever, courtesy of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star (and my new imaginary best friend), Rachel Bloom. This girl isn’t on RuPaul’s “Tic Tac Diet”, and I love her for it. Rocking a lovely black sequined gown, Rachel unashamedly tears into a hamburger at the party, posting the carnage on Twitter with the caption, “Really, thanks to @VanityFair for having burgers at this party. Better than any award.” I love this woman.

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  1. Flahoola says:

    Jaysus Mariah’s breasts look like they’re about to explode!

    Good god no, to all of those looks!

  2. MunichGirl says:

    Union’s outfit is ridiculous.

  3. justsaying says:

    Well hello, boobies!

    • LoveShoes says:

      How the hell did she get her “girls” in? And why does she always look like someone who wants to squeeze into a dress 2 sizes too small and show everything to the world. This girl has issues.
      And Miranda Kerr looks stunning!

      • Kosmos says:

        I agree, and while I totally love Mariah as a singer, I have always had distaste for most of her overly busty and cheap looks. I’d love for once to see her in something that is not displaying her fake breasts. I’ve seen her younger photos, and she looks a lot better with smaller breasts, but then she was a lot less heavy way back then. She’s just too over the top and it doesn’t show good taste, sigh. I thought Mariah was somewhat pretty when she was younger, but today, she looks overly madeup and fake. She needs tolose some of the breast enhancements and dress a bit differently as well. This look has just lost it’s appeal……

  4. Babs says:

    Of course I knew the answer about Mariah’s dress before clicking on the article. She is so beautiful, it’s a shame she cannot dress.
    I’m very much in love with Gabrielle’s dress. I could never pull that off but she did that.

  5. Almondjoy says:

    Mariah Carey looks like… Mariah Carey. Her styling is always and forever awful. She’s ridiculous. With that said I love her to pieces.

    Miranda Kerr: perfection 👌🏾

    GabbyU: no. Hair, makeup and skin is on point but I hate the dress. Usually she gets it right.

    • Patricia says:

      That’s the exact word I thought about Miranda, too: perfection.
      I’m glad SOMEONE managed to dazzle me a little. With the current political shit-show I was looking forward to a few distractions via pretty Oscar and party gowns. I was disappointed in general but when I saw Miranda she made me smile.

  6. trollontheloose says:

    these fake boobs look like they need to be changed. so painful to change I want to readjust my one. ewwww… that’s really 90’s porn star. Gabrielle has a knock out body but the dress looks like they didn’t have enough material so they duct tape it to the pole. Emily looks stunning but her pose is tiresome. I loathe the “buttback and boobsy trap” look. Miranda dress is ok but her parted hair is a no no

  7. Lightpurple says:

    Poor Gabrielle thought she was going to a pool party and just wore her bikini.

  8. Loopy says:

    Those things poking on Mariah should be rested underneath the bust, so she is clearly 5 sizes too big up top, it looks hella painful.

  9. RussianBlueCat says:

    Mariah has awful taste or her stylist secretly hates her.

  10. Lightpurple says:

    Of course the dress is too tight! It’s Mariah!

  11. smcollins says:

    Just looking at Mariah in that dress makes *my* boobs hurt. Big NO! And Gabrielle Union is such a gorgeous woman, there’s no need for a dress like that. What was she thinking?!

  12. Alexandria says:

    Best dress I’ve seen on Emily R. At least she got rid of the half naked dress she’s always fronting.

    • Jo says:

      She looks like a Vegas show girl to me.

      • Ellie says:

        It’s not good by any means. Looks like ice skater Marchesa fug, to quote the Fug Girls. But she’s only partially and not completely naked, which is an enormous change for her. Huzzah!

        Hopefully unneeded disclaimer: of course women should wear whatever they want and feel comfortable in. But Emily literally never wears clothes, and I’ve yet to see her brand of feminism extend past posting Instagram pics defending her right to get the girls out. That doesn’t ring true to me as anything other than vanity/exhibitionism.

      • Kitten says:

        I hate everything about that dress and her styling sucks too. Vegas showgirl indeed.
        Her boobs are incredible though. If I was 25 and had a rack like that, I’d probably be showing them off too.

  13. Shambles says:

    Mariah always has to bring her twins with her, everywhere she goes. She does this whether she’s courtside at a basketball game or at a post-Oscar party. So demure, as delicate as the wings of a monarch butterfly, she flutters her eyelashes and shies away from the spotlight.

    Emily looks tacky as hell. She should have played the feather duster in the live action Beauty and the Beast.

  14. lucy2 says:

    I would like Emily’s if she weren’t showing so much cleavage. Gabrielle looks amazing but I can’t imagine walking around in that dress. Miranda’s is pretty.
    Good God Mariah. If your dress is making huge, painful looking dents in your boobs, that’s a sign it’s not right for you. It’d be a pretty dress on someone else, or fitted properly to her.

  15. Loula says:

    You’d think she’d be kinder to her boobs after all they’ve done for her.

    I confess to looking at the pics on the Mail online and you can also see in one picture that she’s not wearing knickers. (Strangely they don’t mention it so I assume they didn’t notice) .This biscuit flashing fashion needs to die!

  16. Kat says:

    I would expect nothing less of Mariah! Gabrielle is such a beautiful woman and her hair and makeup are flawless. The dress detracts from her beauty and it’s unfortunate.

  17. Elisa the I. says:


  18. greenmonster says:

    This looks soooooo painful.

  19. teacakes says:

    Boring and tacky. That’s all this lot is. Except for Gabrielle, who at least looks like she’s having fun.

  20. JulP says:

    Wow her boobs look so painful! Did she, uh, go up a size …? I love Miranda’s look but Gabrielle Union’s dress is awful, it looks like a Project Runway reject.

  21. Totally old says:

    Gabrielle looks like she is trying to look like the gorgeous Teyana Taylor. The hair and makeup especially. Teyana does it better. I really hate Gabrielle ‘ s dress.

    • Den says:

      That dress is inappropriate to an Oscar party but not to a Grammy after party. Musicians are just nuttier. And Teyana would kill in it, Gabby just doesnt have the curves to pull it off (the ratio between her torso and her hips is too low.)

  22. nikzilla37 says:

    Mariah’s impants look terrible in that dress. Poor thing.

  23. Beth says:

    Mariah’s boobs look more smushed than mine for mammograms. Dress looks painful and uncomfortable

  24. Bridget says:

    This whole thing reads like it was written by someone’s publicist

  25. Jewbitch says:

    My bewbs hurt looking at her.

  26. QQ says:

    My Period Boobs just hurts looking at Mariah….Margaret Cho Low Key sold me on Gabrielle Union in Fashion Police, she argues that this is a Cindy Crawford supermodels of the 90s throwback situation… so I don’t Like It .. But I Understand The intent

  27. L says:

    GU’s body though…Daaamn!

  28. Cherrypie says:

    Just wow…so much bewbs! I actually dont mind Mariah’s dress but tacky styling and squishing her girls like that look painful. I have no words for Gabby’s dress….My favorite look hands down is Miranda’s she looks beautiful and the dress is amazing, she certainly looks like she is having fun. On the other hand and off topic Im starting to think that guy from Snapchat will never marry her, they have been engaged for quite a while by hollywierd’s standards.

  29. Ruyana says:

    Mariah ALWAYS has to have her rack on display. Why? For distraction? The end result is that she usually looks a little like a sausage bursting out of its casing.

  30. Bucketbot says:

    Miranda’s dress belongs on the main event red carpet imo.
    Mariah, oh Mariah! – that’s all i got.

  31. Colleen says:

    What does Mariah have against clothes..why does she think it looks good to have everything hanging out when in reality she looks cheap and tacky…

  32. Abbess Tansy says:

    Miranda looks beautiful, but everyone else is just a big, fat nope. I am really tired of the “sheer below your crotch” look and the “cut-outs that show three-quarters of your body” look. It’s getting old and is so overdone its not even sexy anymore.

  33. bella says:

    While Gabrielle is a gorgeous gal, that dress??? is heinous! Not sure what she was thinking. I don’t get it–like just wear a bikini or wear a dress.
    I love Mariah’s dress, but not in the chest area. The tightness of it does her no favors!Everyone else looks beautiful–Emily and Miranda.

  34. Pandy says:

    All ugh to me really. Miranda is too Disney princess. Really Reese Witherspoon, as much as it pains me to say, Halle Berry too, were best for me with short fun dresses and nice hair. The others are way too OTT. When did the trend of changing start? I can understand the A Listers but an Emily? She shouldn’t even be there except she’s probably hoping to perform a sex act on Harvey Weinstein for a movie part. Yes I said it lol.