From Gwen Stefani to Diane Kruger: Let's Talk About Those Nearly Nude Dresses on Oscar Night
By Emily Krauser
Quite a few stars made major statements on Oscar night, and they didn't even need to bring home gold statuettes to do so. Yep, we're talking about the ladies who wore nearly nothing to the Academy Awards after parties.
Listen, sometimes it's more comfortable to be in your birthday suit, and who are we to argue with the women who chose to display most of theirs in (mostly) tasteful fashion?
The red, semi-sheer Vanina Couture gown stuck out in a sea of glamorous dresses, if for no other reason than everyone was trying to figure out how it stayed together. It made an even bigger statement when she simply stood next to her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, who wore jeans.
Couldn't have suited up for this one, Blake? Your girlfriend went through all the trouble of slipping into mesh and swiping on red lipstick and avoiding a wardrobe malfunction, and you wore JEANS. Do you know what it takes for women to wear these nearly nude ensembles? It's a lot of work, sir.
OK, rant over. Moving on…
Diane Kruger's dress requires a few visuals to get the full picture of how one can wear so much maroon and yet show so much skin. Let's start with the front view of this jaw-dropping Reem Acra number along with jewels by Sylva & Cie:
There is enough fringe and intricate beading here to make any flapper proud, but it's more like a second skin than a dress, which makes us feel as if it's a fancy page out of Miley Cyrus' book.
Diane even pointed out on Instagram -- in a hashtag that we've dissected for you -- "I know the Beyoncé butt is not really happening even though believe me I try, so please be kind."
Who's going to be mean? Shocked? Maybe. But unkind? No way. You look fantastic, Diane, and we all know it.
Emily Ratajkowski may have worn more sheer fabric than both Gwen and Diane combined, if that's a thing that is even possible. This Steven Khalil piece feels like she posed for a boudoir portrait and then forgot to put on pants. But, hey, if anyone can pull off wearing a corset as a dress, it's the We Are Your Friends star.
Don't worry, the Hunger Games actress Meta Golding went for a very similar but far more bedazzled vibe for the 24th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California.
Who would've thought these sheer polka dots on Michelle Monaghan at the VF fête would look tame?
Seriously, it's like Lily Aldridge wore a potato sack in comparison (like a gorgeous, sultry potato sack, though).
Unlike the other lovely ladies, Taylor Swift didn't opt for any see-through material, but her tuxedo-inspired Alexandre Vauthier frock featured a plunging neckline and sky-high leg slit, which marks the least amount of fabric we've ever seen the "Style" singer in.
Then there was Amy Adams, whoonly gave us the illusion of nudity in this (thankfully not black) ruched white Versace gown with webbed detailing.
But it turns out you can don a sheer look and yet stay on every side of tasteful, which is actually what Jessica Biel did. The embellished mesh top on this Zuhair Murad dress is stunning and may not have even required strategic taping, which is what we assume held up many other frocks at the same soiree.
And let's not forget Chrissy Teigen, who gets bonus points for wearing this gorgeous frock not to an after party but to the Oscars themselves. The Marchesa gown is not nude in the sense that it's sheer but for the hue itself, and the floral applique is particularly stunning.