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The standout gowns from the Oscar after-parties

Feb. 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM ET

Oscar's red carpet gets most of the style coverage, but let's not forget the after-parties: They're just as fashionably festive, even if Ryan Seacrest isn't there to record them (or get pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen). Check out some of our favorite bold looks, from Heidi Klum to Serena Williams, from the 84th Academy Awards after-parties in Los Angeles on Feb. 26.

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Television personality and model Heidi Klum arrives at the 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-PARTIES)

Heidi Klum opted for a flirty, canary yellow Versace dress, paired with (of course) Louboutin heels at the 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

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Cameron Diaz arrives to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, at the Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Cameron Diaz, who started off the evening in Gucci, switched into an elegant, minimalist orange gown by Victoria Beckham for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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Tennis star Serena Williams arrives to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, at the Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena Williams wore a bright and fun purple-and-fuchsia one-shoulder dress at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Model Dita Von Teese arrives at the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Dita Von Teese, in her signature retro style, wore Jenny Packham with some serious bling at the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Model Petra Nemcova arrives at the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Model Petra Nemcova, spotted at the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, wore one of the trending colors of the night: bright red.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) TV personality Kim Kardashian and singer Miley Cyrus attend the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAF)

Kim Kardashian poses with Miley Cyrus, who wore a mature-looking, long-sleeve gray gown by Roberto Cavalli at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Model Karolina Kurkova attends Chopard at 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Chopard)

Supermodel Karolina Kurkova dazzled in a sparkling metallic Armani jumpsuit at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Singers Katy Perry and Adam Lambert attend the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAF)

Katy Perry, in a Blumarine gown, cozies up to "American Idol" star Adam Lambert during the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party.

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Singer Gwen Stefani from the band No Doubt arrives at the 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-PARTIES)

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation party, Gwen Stefani wore a mid-length lace Zuhair Murad Couture cocktail dress that received a mixed reaction on Twitter.

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Actress Anna Paquin arrives at the 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE) (OSCARS-PARTIES)

Gold and metallics were a big hit with celebrities on Oscar night, including "True Blood" actress Anna Paquin, who wore Emilio Pucci to the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party.

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Footballer David Beckham and wife and singer Victoria Beckham arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT) (OSCARS-PARTIES)

Victoria Beckham in (what else?) Victoria Beckham poses with her husband, David Beckham, at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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Kate Hudson arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Kate Hudson goes for a bold red Versace number at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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