>> The red carpet is only half the style story on Oscar night; from the Vanity Fair party to the Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation viewing party, the evening is so jam-packed with events that the potential for chicness is nearly endless. This year, the parties saw everyone from models (Karolina Kurkova, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio) to designers (Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Carolina Herrera) to muses (Sofia Coppola, Claire Danes, Dita Von Teese) — and the ensembles on display were just as gorgeous as those of the main event. Click through to see some of the best looks from the evening — with more added as they come in — right here.
>>The biggest red carpet moment of the season has finally arrived — and with it comes some of the most memorable looks of the year. Among the evening's greatest hits? Jessica Chastain's gilt-embroidered Alexander McQueen, Gwyneth Paltrow's cape-endowed white Tom Ford, and Rooney Mara's ivory Givenchy Couture — which she said she picked out the morning before. See those — plus more of the chicest looks of the night — right here, in our 2012 Oscars best dressed slideshow.