For an awards show as big as the Oscars, all the buzz tends to surround the red carpet on the big night. It transforms into the biggest runway in the world, with fans eagerly waiting to see whose designs the nominees are wearing and if their favorite celebs will show up on the best- or worst-dressed lists the next morning. But what about all the fabulous pre-Oscars festivities? The parties started well before the broadcast on Sunday, and there was plenty of high fashion to be had before the show.
"The Help's" Emma Stone wowed in a flirty white lace Elie Saab couture dress at the fifth annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, "My Week with Marilyn" star Michelle Williams wore a black and white Givenchy dress to the seventh Annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film event, and "Entourage" star Emmanuelle Chriqui was among the stylish attendees in black and white at OK! magazine's pre-Oscars party hosted by CIROC vodka & LeVian at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood.
Chriqui channeled a chic 1970s dancing queen in a pair of high-waisted, wide-leg trousers, cropped white lace top and hoop earrings. Her disco-era separates were a refreshing break from the formal gowns that tend to barrage the awards season.
Get Chriqui's '70s look with the stretch twill high-waist wide-leg trousers for $88 from Anntaylor.com and the crop lace tank from Forever21.com for $8.80 or the Free People eyelet paper hearts crop top from Bloomingdales.com for $88. Keep your accessories simple and punchy with the 14-karat gold-plated twist-cut hoop earrings from AmericanApparel.com for $18.
This retro outfit is a free-spirited throwback to the '70s, but polished enough for modern party wear that won't go out of style.
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Top photo: Emmanuelle Chriqui at the OK! magazine pre-Oscars party on Feb. 23. Credit: Allen Berezovsky / Getty Images
Middle photos, from left: Stretch twill high-waist wide-leg trousers, $88 / Anntaylor.com; Crop lace tank, $8.80 / Forever21.com; Free People eyelet paper hearts crop top, $88 / Bloomingdales.com
Bottom photo: 14-karat gold-plated twist-cut hoop earrings, $18 / AmericanApparel.com