I am speaking, of course, of last night’s many beautiful, sexy 40-and-over Red Carpeteers. Not only because they looked so good, but also—like so many of us as we’ve grown up and no longer felt compelled to try and squeeze ourselves into every damned look, trend or silhouette that comes down the pike—they clearly know how to assess what actually works for them, and take it from there. These are ladies for whom fashion is a good starting point, but not the point of the exercise. And a note to over-ambitious stylists looking to gain cool points: present a rolling rack full of dresses that are long on fashion cred but short on pretty to these ladies, and they’re likely to say not even on a dare and shut that business down. Check out Amy Poehler, for instance. She’s taken the whole YSL le smoking thing and made it cute and cropped and snappy. And she’s showing off her rack, but in a very tasteful way that says Yes, I’m a mother of two and yes, this is my very excellent rack.
Carla Gugino, 41, will be the sexiest girl in the room when she’s entering that room with a walker.
Petite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 52, is positively dwarfed by that dress. But she always looks so pretty, and Veep is hilarious, so I included her anyway.
I wish there was a shot of Naomi Watts, 44, where you could see this dress without the funny cape thing, which she took off for the actual ceremony. Because, did you catch it? A vision!
It’s so nice to see Breaking Bad‘s lovely Anna Gunn, 44, looking so happy and fresh and not like the beleaguered accomplice to an evil drug kingpin that I’m giving her a pass on the tea-length thing.
Helena Bonham Carter, 46, is nutty as a fruitcake. But she’s shaped like an actual woman, and is the only person who ever turns up at these things looking like she’s wearing her own clothes. And I like that she’s carrying the same Lulu Guinness bag I’ve been passing at least once a day on dog walking duty and keep wondering if it’s too crazy. And now I know: absolutely and fabulously, yes.