Best Dressed Boomers at the Golden Globes
| January 11th, 2016
One of the surprising sartorial moments at Sunday night’s Golden Globes was Lady Gaga’s ode to the classic screen siren look of old Hollywood.
The performer who has gone to the outer limits of fashion with her outfits in the past – which included a dress made of raw meat – channelled Marilyn Monroe with platinum blond hair and a vampy figure-hugging black Versace gown.
Other young stars went for more modern looks with gowns that featured cutouts that bared waistlines and midriffs that, despite toned tummies, begged the question of why? Like Kate Hudson’s bewildering tube top and long skirt combo.
Typically, today’s celebrities rarely step out for these award shows without the professional help of stylists and hair and makeup artists, who ensure the stars are putting their best foot forward.
Despite obviously being able to afford the cost of enlisting such services, it was refreshing to hear Bryce Dallas Howard – daughter of director Ron Howard – merely walked into Neiman Marcus and bought a Jenny Packham gown, citing that she didn’t want to squeeze into a borrowed designer’s gown, which typically comes in a sample size 2. Jamie Lee Curtis, also went the retail route and bought her own size 8 dress – on sale, no less – at Oscar de la Renta.
As for Lady Gaga’s turn to the Hollywood of yesteryear, the fashionista has clued in that sometimes a classic look can pack a punch.
Something that ladies of a certain vintage know all too well. Both Helen Mirren in a simple black gown and Judith Light in a white tuxedo were both knock-outs on the red carpet in timeless looking fashions.
We round up some of the best-dressed boomer actresses of the evening. Click through to see our top picks!
Judith Light, 66, in a white tuxedo.
In an evening that was dominated with many a white gown, it was refreshing to see a different take on the white trend with this classic tuxedo look.
Helen Mirren, 70, wearing Badgley Mischka.
When you’re wearing more than a million dollars worth of diamonds, you need a simple but elegant black dress to act as a discreet backdrop.
Cate Blanchett, 46, in Givenchy Haute Couture.
Always a red carpet winner, the actress wows once again in a blush pink twenties-style gown that featured cascades of delicate fringe. It was unusual and not a typical red carpet gown and kudos to Blanchett for marching to her own beat.
Jennifer Lopez, 46, in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture.
If you weren’t dazzled by the mustard yellow gown with the thigh high slit the singer/actress wore, you would have noticed the 200 carats of Harry Winston diamonds. The mustard yellow was an unusual choice for a red carpet gown but it worked on her. The capelet gave it a touch of drama and the leg baring slit, well, that make it pure J.Lo.
Jane Fonda, 78, in Yves Saint Laurent couture gown.
The internet had a blast making fun of this gown, comparing the ruffles to a variety of things from sea shells to doilies. But however you look at it, the legendary actress carried it off with panache. Besides, it added a certain amount of dramatic flair to an otherwise simple column gown.
Jada Pinkett Smith, 44, in Versace.
This elegant emerald green gown featured long chiffon ruffles cascading from her shoulders – a great alternative to the many capes that showed up on the red carpet.
Jerry Hall, 59, in a black sequin gown.
The legendary model and Mick Jagger’s ex – now dating Rupert Murdoch – looked strikingly elegant in a black gown. The chiffon sleeves kept it from being overly matronly.
Viola Davis, 50, Marchesa.
In inky blue, this gown was covered in star-like embellishments, giving the actress a glittering glow. Of particular note, the loose hanging sleeves almost act like a shawl, offering not just coverage but ease and comfort.
Jamie Lee Curtis, 57, in Oscar de la Renta
Bought off the rack, the body-hugging gown flatters the actress’ toned body and the black floral appliques were discreet and add a touch of whimsy and romance to the navy blue gown.
Angela Bassett, 57, in a one shoulder gown.
While most women of a certain age seek gowns with sleeves for coverage, if you have toned arms like the age-defying Bassett, you want to show them off. And the eye-popping tangerine colour shows off her flawless skin.