Mostly, the people who swapped outfits after the Oscars were ladies who had really dramatic trains that risked getting ruined — people like Marisa Tomei or Penelope Cruz, who clearly did not want to look down and see a plate of shrimp, half a glass of red wine, and Madonna’s shoe-print all over their beautifully elaborate hems. However, Alicia Keys joined the ranks of those who changed just because.
Here’s what she had on for the red-carpet portion of events:
I love that pinkish-purple, and her lipstick complements it nicely (I cannot thank her ENOUGH for not doing a nude or pale-pink lip, because I am generally tired of those), although that shiny eyeshadow does contour her a TAD too much — sometimes I had to blink to make absolutely sure it really was Alicia Keys, and not some lookalike who only got in because she hummed two bars of “Fallen” to the security guard. And I admit to being semi-distracted by the bodice; when she was on-screen, I’d immediately wonder why her right boob was higher and two cup sizes smaller than the left, and then have to remind myself it’s just a trick of the dress.
But in the end, there’s something undeniably floaty and romantic about it. Her actual loveliness often gets lost by some weird ensemble or other — skintight jeans, jumpsuits with lumpy crotches. Not so here. For which I am ALSO profoundly grateful, because if she’d shown up wearing a spandex jumpsuit with a biscuit-sized bulge in exactly the wrong place, I’d have gotten an attack of the vapors.
This dress didn’t make it to the after-party, though. Here’s what did: