In the past year or so, if there’s been a red carpet with Jane Fonda on it, your eyes have basically been glued to the Hollywood icon and Grace & Frankie actor.
And if you’re surprised by her recent turn as style plate, you’re not alone. “I think it’s a hoot that, at my age, people are calling me a fashion icon,” the 77-year-old told W magazine while posing for its May cover. After spending years looking perfectly beautiful in sophisticated ensembles a well-heeled grandmother might wear (like this, back in 2010), Fonda’s turned it up in curve-hugging, super-sexy red carpet picks from the likes of Balmain and Atelier Versace.
For her most recent Cannes appearance, she picked a disco-sexy white suit with a serious statement necklace.
At a formal dinner at the film festival, she opted for sparkly black with a lowcut neckline that showed off a fantastic diamond necklace.
At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, it was skintight black sequins from Donna Karan.
The outfit that first made everyone sit up and take notice of Fonda’s sexier style was the green Balmain jumpsuit she rocked at the Grammys (it caused Rihanna to run up to her backstage and say, “Ohmigod! I want to be you when I grow up!”). The sexy style has been spotted on plenty of other bombshells, including Chrissy Teigen at Sunday’s Billboard awards.
For this year’s Golden Globes, it was more Versace with sexy cutouts at the side.
Partying after this year’s Oscars, she pulled a Jennifer Lopez, going super sheer in a beaded jumpsuit.
“I’ve always known what I like on my body. I’m best when I’m wearing something structured, with no frills or bows. Something that will show my waist and bum, because I’ve always had a good bum,” she told W. Of the Balmain that started it all? “I took one look at that jumpsuit, and I said, ‘That’s it!'”
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