Did you watch the Academy Awards? I did. Starting with the red carpet at 7pm because, let’s face it; the main reason to watch the Oscars is to see what everyone is wearing and how they look. I thought this year was especially attractive. There weren’t, in my opinion, any real disasters as in years past (Cher, Bjork, Celine Dion – the backwards suit, come to mind). In fact I thought it was a display of considerable class and restraint. Simple, yet elegant, nothing to outré. Of course, quite a few fashionistas were absent. I didn’t see Nicole Kidman or Renee Zellweger. I missed J. Lo and Gwyneth Paltrow. No Johnny Depp, who can usually be counted on to not only look weird, but as if he hasn’t bathed in a week. Too harsh?
Yes, I thought over all, the celebs were well turned out and if you tuned in you were treated to some very bee-yoooo-teeee-ful looks. I’m gratified that the younger among our movie stars are showing some taste and sensibility. It’s encouraging. Not so true of the older set. Why is it, when some film stars get to a certain age (or uncertain, as they would no doubt prefer) they forget how to appear in front of a camera? Or maybe they just don’t care. Hard to tell. Why is it some insist on hanging on to a look they should have given up back when Johnny Carson was host? Plastic surgery can only do so much. Now I’m not saying that every face lift is a bad lift. I think one can have work done and still maintain some facial integrity. But did you see poor Kim Novak? She used to be so beautiful. She used to have a face. Her mouth was pulled so far horizontally she looked like she was created by Jim Henson. Goldie Hawn (whom I LOVE, btw)? What is she thinking? Wear some sleeves. Cut your hair, girl, and stop trying to look like a twenty year old. As Rob Reiner told her character in “First Wives Club,” “Another face lift and you’ll be able to blink your lips.” And Liza? I can’t even go there.
But there were some mature women who looked beautiful, radiant, elegant, and most importantly, age appropriate. So here are my nominees for Best Achievement in Aging:
Glenn Close – I’ll say right up front that some of the fashion police didn’t like her ensemble. She wore a black Zac Posen fishtail gown with a little shrug-type jacket. Eonline.com complained that she should have ditched the jacket, but she knew what she was doing. She was keeping her upper arms under wraps and I thought she looked great. Plus, her hair, her make-up, all very natural but stylish, said confidence and sophistication. Gorgeous, IMHO.
Meryl Streep – I once had the pleasure of waiting on Meryl in the specialty department store where I was a buyer, and by her own admission, she doesn’t have much style sense. Often she’s appeared at the Oscars looking like she threw on her Aunt Edna’s discarded evening gown and put her hair in a banana clip. Not so, this time. First off, her luminescent, porcelain, clearly unaltered face glowed with her hair neatly pulled back. She wore small earrings and left her glasses at home and she appeared Madonna-like (the religious one) in a simple Lanvin black skirt and cream off-the-shoulder top. I thought she looked stunning.
June Squibb – This woman, who played Bruce Dern’s nagging and outspoken wife in the nominated film, “Nebraska” is eighty-four years old and she totally rocked the red carpet in an emerald green Tadashi Shoji gown which was one piece but had the look of a dress and fitted jacket. Again, with long sleeves. You can bet this woman hasn’t had a thing lifted but with her white hair and red lips she conveyed style and sass. I should look that good at seventy, never mind eighty.
Bette Midler – I thought she looked fabulous in her short-sleeved Reem Acra, red and white floral gown. The fit was fantastic and she just wore simple earrings, her hair in its usual semi-retro, blonde curls. Very unfussy and totally flattering. She looked like, well, herself!
And finally, Sally Field – She’s been the butt of Oscar jokes since her “You like me” speech at her best actress win for “Norma Rae” but for someone who seemed to need our approval years ago, she stepped out at age sixty-seven with grace and confidence in a beautifully embellished but simple, short-sleeved, black Randi Rahm gown. If that girl has had work done, you’d never know it. Gidget grew up gracefully.
In my opinion they’re all winners, and it just goes to show that like Oscar, with some suitable style, you’re golden.