We could not leave out the lineup of models at the 2019 Vanity Fair Party on Sunday (February 24) in Beverly Hills, California, where both expected and a few unexpected looks were strutted out.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: On a night where gold got top billing, Rosie ensured that her silver streak was just as alluring. This Atelier Versace gown was polished perfection, striking a balance between sophistication and sultriness. The impeccable fit also made it so successful, as did her streamlined styling including a barely-there pair of Giuseppe Zanotti heels.
Taylor Hill: The model joined the boys’ club with this Ralph Lauren tux — and I love that she delivered a totally different type of drama that didn’t really on sequins or overt sex appeal.
Sara Sampaio: The intense shade of this Armani Prive sequin gown electrified her entrance. I love how the jeweled Chopard earrings reflected the red cap sleeves, with coordinating blue Christian Louboutin heels to complete the look.
Alessandra Ambrosio: No surprises with this body-flaunting Zuhair Murad embellished, plisse gown that was undeniably striking despite its familiar feeling for the supermodel. I’m so glad she kept her styling to a minimum with simple Jimmy Choo heels and well-placed Lorraine Schwartz jewels, as the dress was plenty attention-grabbing.
Isabeli Fontana: The strapless, corset silhouette took on a new attitude with this Rami Kadi gown that fused dazzle with draping. Giuseppe Zanotti ankle-wrap sandals finished the ensemble.
Adriana Lima: The femme-fatale vibe was coming on strong thanks to the dramatic styling that included an oxblood-crimson lip and Chopard jewels to go with this Ralph & Russo asymmetrical, slit-to-there gown. But, it was the garter element that made the look feel a bit too forced.
Karolina Kurkova: I like the ruffled fun of this Azzedine Alaia frock — and I do think the black hue and leather belting helps with the twee factor. But, the Messika choker really was so unnecessary here. The Carolina Santo Domingo statement bag was plenty to set off the look.
Stella Maxwell: The embroidered fringe elements of this Atelier Versace gown offered a vintage, flapper mood while her fresh-faced makeup and minimal styling — Christian Louboutin heels and little else — made it modern.
Lais Ribeiro: I love the effervescence and effortlessness of this Georges Hobeika mirrored column gown. Sam Edelman metallic sandals and Messika jewels completed her sleek, sparkling entrance.
Martha Hunt: In this case, I feel as if the black lace of this Monique Lhuillier Fall 2019 gown had a sombre, ageing effect. The haphazard hairstyle didn’t help matters, either.
Emily Ratajkowski: This Brock Collection peplum lace gown offered an intriguing mix of boudoir allure and experimental silhouette. I don’t think I would have liked this on anyone else, but she wears it quite well. Her Jimmy Choo sandals matched the golden-nude palette.
Josephine Skriver: This Anne Barge embroidered ball gown paired with Chopard jewels was darkly romantic, even if her hairstyle made it seem a bit pageant-y.
Toni Garrn: This skin-tone Jean-Louis Sabaji slit and sheer gown left little to the imagination, even if the holographic shimmer effect was a radiant way to wear nude. Hearts on Fire jewels accessorized the look.
Winnie Harlow: This ballet-pink colour of this Monsoori gown was soft and lovely on Winnie. But, I just can’t get past the mass of tulle ruffles. Maybe I’m still suffering from the overload of Linda Cardellini’s look. She styled the dress with Christian Louboutin shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
Shanina Shaik: We’ve seen a lot of slits here, but the gaping one on this Maison Yeya gown was uncomfortably wide and seemingly made for a wardrobe malfunction. Casadei heels and Anita Ko earrings completed the dress.
Naomi Campbell: The queen of the runway hit the red carpet in a beautifully embridoered Alexander McQueen gown. As always, that new wig is giving me life.
Jasmine Tookes: If Naomi is the queen of runway, Jasmine is the queen of this event. Much like last year she leaves me breathless in Zuhair Murad.