Jane Fonda at Cannes (x2)

Posted on May 22, 2012

Darlings, let’s check in with Miss Lady again to see how she’s rocking the Cannes red carpet septuagenarian-style.

Jane Fonda attends premiere of “De Rouille et d’Os” during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival in a Stella McCartney gown paired with Chopard jewelry. Clutch by Roger Vivier.

Stella McCartney Evening 2012 Collection

If there’s one thing Jane Fonda has always known how to do – going back almost 50 years – it’s how to make a splash. Personally, we don’t actually love this dress all that much, but we can admit it’s a head-turner. The silhouette graphic is weirdly off, as if it’s depicting a much younger woman cocking her hip, which is kind of an odd thing to want on the front of your dress. We never did understand that whole trompe l’oeil thing with fake silhouettes on clothing. You see it a lot on women’s bathing suits where it makes a bit more sense as a way to fool the eye, but on a gown it just looks flatout odd.

Also, her earrings look like cold medicine.


Jane Fonda attends the screening of “Madagascar 3” at Cannes in a Roberto Cavalli gown paired with Chopard jewelry.

Of all the dresses she’s worn this week, this may be our favorite. The fit seems kind of odd for her. And by that we mean it’s not her usual body-hugging gown. This has a slight looser fit to it. Lady Jane obviously needed a break from the no-doubt formidable foundation garments she’s been strapped into all week and we don’t blame her a bit. The cantilevered boobs, however, are a serious problem.


[Photo Credit: DLM Press,/PacificCoastNews.com, Getty, Pixplanete/PR Photos, chopard.comstellamccartney.com]

Please review our Community Guidelines before posting a comment. Thank you!

  • SewingSiren

    Rut row Shaggy your body’s on crooked.

  • ccinnc

    Dislike the black and white – she doesn’t need anything to give her a shape, much less a weird one.  Love the 2nd gown – love that we can see a little belly, that’s really sexy.  But the boobal area is just strange. Why?

    • Corsetmaker

      Hand on hip, body tilted and a bad fit on the dress causing the armhole to pull the front which is really emphasised by the sequin reflection. That’s all.

  • charlotte

    The first dress looks like a penguin!

    • Scimommy

      True! But it’s a sexy septuagenarian penguin, so that makes it ok.

    • MoHub

      Penguin is directly where my mind went. Is that part of her channeling Madagascar 3? Yellow shoes might have completed the picture.

    • uprightcitizen

       I thought the same thing! She just needs the giant foam head from the costume department at Disney and she’s ready for Halloween. And TLo are right about the earrings. They look like Jolly Ranchers. The red dress is stunning, though, and the cantilevered boobs are only because of that forced hand-on-hip posing. If she just relaxed that a little to a more natural pose, everything else would fall into place. She does look pretty danged stunning for her age, though. I’m always impressed when a woman like her finds a hairstyle that flatters the heck out of her. She always did have pretty great hair, though, with the possible exception of the “China Syndrome” and “Electric Horseman” years.

    • random_poster

      Yes!  She should have worn that one to Madagascar 3 instead.  Suddenly I feel very under dressed.

  • MilaXX

    I think the crooked boobs may be a  shift to the foundation garments  caused by her putting her hand on her hip like that. It takes a village, yo’
    Still I like the color and fit of the second dress. I liked the color of the accessorizes in the first look until you called it cough medicine and now that’s all I see.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree. I’d like to see her without the exaggerated pose. Perfect for Jane Fonda, that dress is movie star worthy!
      Green lozenges…

      On the black & white, again, seams on the bias that have been stretched. Don’t make these gowns with bias seams (referring back to the turquoise dress worn by Jada) if the seamstress isn’t up to snuff!

  • Corsetmaker

    I like the Stella McCartney dress on her. It looks relatively comfortable and it’s refreshingly young and un-matronly, which can be tricky to achieve when she clearly wants to be pretty covered up. Whereas the second dress is a bit more conventional older woman in evening dress looking – and too big on the bust.

    And the squinty boobs are just because she has her hand on her hip and her body tilted. The shine on the sequins is emphasising it. She’s doing pretty well with decent bras that are getting them back up where they used to be!

    • Spicytomato1

      I completely agree with your assessments of both dresses. And I even liked her cough drop earrings, they seem to match her eyes. Lovely.

    • rainwood1

      Add me to those who like the black & white Stella McCartney dress.  She looks fab in it.  The colors are kind of clashy in the sequined number, at least to my eye.

  • Maryann Gatto

    Does anyone else think when they see those illusion dresses – how fat is she anyway?

    Also, I LOVE Jane Fonda – she’s never really worn clothes that well (except for Klute of course).

  • Scimommy

    Interesting. I actually love the first dress. Well, not the dress itself (it looks very blah on the model), but how JF looks in it. Very striking and head-turning. Perfect Cannes look, as opposed to a lot of these Oscar-like looks that have been popping up in the Cannes watch.

  • Good for her!

  • Leave to to Jane to figure out how to pull off a Stella McCartnety (though this isn’t that bad for Stella)…but bow down to the Cavalli and Ms. Fonda.  Hot damn!

  • Susan Crawford

    I absolutely detest those faux-shape Stella McCartney dresses! Silly, silly, silly. And let’s face it, if there is one sepyuagenarian on the planet who needs NO help in that department it is La Fonda.

    I’m planning a raid on Stella’s studio to steal every last one of those dumb “body outline” dresses. And then I’m going to go over to Leger and destroy the bandage dresses. Anyone wanna join me? Bring a flashlight and wear all black – we can at least be chic, n’est ce pas?

    • emcat8

      That same dress was worn by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the latest InStyle, and she’s so curvy that it made her look really, really cartoonishly curvy, like Mrs. Roger Rabbit.

  • filmcricket

    I’m sorry, all I can see is that apparently “Madagascar 3” is showing at Cannes. WTF?

    Agreed on all counts about the looks, except that I’d happily take those cough drop earrings off her hands. I wish I liked the gown better, as black, white and emerald is a stunning colour combo.

    No words of derision for the matchiness of the 2nd look?

  • NurseEllen

    My opinion is 180º from yours: I love the simplicity of the McCartney dress (and that’s a lot for me to admit since I hate just about every other dress of hers I’ve ever seen) and I think the earrings and bag are to die for.  The red is clearly more eye catching but I don’t think the color suits her so much–it’s reflecting red tones up onto her neck and face.  Agree with other BKs that the skewed bustline is due to her awkward posing.  Of course the best thing about Jane is written in your first sentence: “rocking the Cannes red carpet septuagenarian-style”.  Pretty amazing!

  • megohd

    I think she looks infinitely better in both of these than in the illusion netting gown. She looked like she was trying way too hard in that gown last week. Here should looks (dare I say it) more age-appropriate, but still stunning and sexy.

  • Alexandra

    It makes me laugh to see someone wearing an insanely expensive gown and dripping with jewels to go see Madagascar 3

    • AnaRoW

      I understand why Jada was there but I don’t get why Jane Fonda and Salma Hayek bothered to show up.

  • judith traherne

    I dunno, is her palm super-glued flat to her hip? Very strange pose.

  • mjude

    it’s Jane, i love her & i will bow down just because…

  • Oh my gawd, she is amazing. I love the pill earrings and the red earrings and she’s just so perfect!!

  • nannypoo

    I like the red dress better. I keep hearing about how great the “work” is that she had done, but I think she is almost unrecognizable. If I were famous and photographed all the time, I would have “work” done, too, but it would be nice if you could come out looking something like your former self.

    • FlamingJune1967

       At least she still looks like a real person and not a freaky huge mouthed mannequin.  Personally, I think she looks great, and if I had the money I’d follow suit!

    • nancylee61

      I agree…in both recent posts, I didn’t recognize her! The other day’s post was worse, but even in some of the pics here, she doesn’t look like herself. To me, that is NOT good work.

    • Spicytomato1

      To me, she still looks recognizable. In fact I was thinking how much she resembles her dad in On Golden Pond. And I think it’s fair to assume that he did not have work done!

    • AnaRoW

       I recognized her immediately.  It’s not that the surgeries have gone wrong, she’s just getting older and we’re used to seeing her photoshopped into her younger self.  I think what she’s doing right is that she hasn’t done much to her eyes or mouth.  That’s where most people go wrong. They try to make themselves look younger instead of trying to look their best.

  • J MN

    I like ’em both, a lot.  She has looked stunning the whole time at Cannes.  

  • Lisa Dugan

    I think she looks great.  Both gowns have a few fit issues but she feels good and it’s obvious.  The earrings do look like Advil liquigels!  Genius if you need a quick hangover remedy.

  • SapphoPoet

    At least her hair is a bit tamer. 

    • formerlyAnon

       Aaaawwww about the hair. The little poisons are doing their work. Maybe it’ll grow back with some new tint (a friend got a light auburn after hers grew back!) or texture that you’ll like.

      •  Yes to the hair. I know so many wonderful women who have the most beautiful new hair–curls where the old hair was straight and vice versa, gorgeous grays or silvers. Take care of yourself SapphoPoet, I’ll keep you in my thoughts.

        • SapphoPoet

          Thanks much–it will be interesting to see what happens on the other side of treatment. 🙂

      • SapphoPoet

        I know–if the hair didn’t start falling out, I’d be worrying that the drugs weren’t working. 🙂 I made an appointment to get a pixie cut this morning. Onward!

  • Judy_J

    Say what you will, I think the old gal looks fabulous. I LOVE those green earrings in the first photo.

  • formerlyAnon

    I admire that she mostly knows what works for her (makeup colors & all) and stays with it. Easy to say “well, by this point in her life & with all that money, you’d THINK she’d know what works” but even casual observation of celebs on the red carpet proves how easy it is to get it wrong.

  • bluefish

    It’s amazing to see a woman her age still looking so vibrant on a red carpet — and in such control of her image.  I’m not crazy about either dress but it hardly seems to matter.  She looks great and I thought the green accents — earrings, large ring, and clutch — with the black and white were really effective.  And I like the simplicity of her shoes — the little I can see of them.  Am so over the overly-elaborate, apartment-building, attention-grabbing red carpet shoes.

  • Love em both!  The red dress is beautiful but looks like it is heavy to wear.  She still rocks them no matter her age!

  • Kayceed

    I always think that Stella McCartney thinks she is more clever than she actually is. Either go perfectly symmetrical or obviously assymetrical – this looks like a mistake. Too bad because a black and white column is wonderful. And whoda thunk Miss Fonda would go to Roberto Cavalli? This is a stunning gown, although beaded chiffon typically has no stretch, so put your hand down Miss Fonda, you are ruining the lines…

  • belfebe

    Luv, luv, luv the burgundy dress.  She’s serving fierce like there’s no tomorrow.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I like both dresses for her, but the red is really great.
    Also, I love Miss Jane to pieces but did somebody glue her hand to her hip?

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Love the Roberto Cavalli gown on Ms. Jane-and with that body at 74, Jane can wear whatever she Effing wants to!

  • Bodacious rack, I want her hair, but the first dress looks like she’s channelling Pepi LePew and that’s all I can think of. The second dress could be cut a little higher in the arm holes, but she looks like the star she is in it. 

  • I like both looks on her. Second one the best!

  • I love the second dress. I think the boob-lem is due to the fact that the dress is so heavy that just the act of putting her hand on her hip shifts the entire garment.

  • butter nut

    god bless this old broad.  anyone else would look a fool.  but she is owning it!

  • Lina_bee

    The Stella is bleh and washes her out. The Cavalli is LUSCIOUS.

  • I love the first one. Looks great! The second one not so much. 

  • kimmeister

    Was Chopard the official jewelry provider of Cannes or something?  They threw their bling on everyone, especially emeralds.

  • mom2ab

    Attention all you frozen faced  30 something atrocities (see Jada) and 20 something classless bimbos (talking to you Miley with your $1000 shoes and pedi from Kmart) when you are done making your mistakes you can grow up and look like this.  If you are lucky.

    • nancylee61

      I don’t know, something is really off about her face. She has had some work done that makes her look like Not-Jane-Fonda. I noticed it the other day, and in the close-ups, she doesn’t look like herself. And I think it is recent.

  • suzq

    Another potentially gorgeous dress ruined by Stella McCartney.  Just not a fan.

  • RzYoung

    When will these fugly Stella dresses go away?!?! 

  • CozyCat

    I refuse to pass judgement on either look.  I am too busy praying that I look as good as her when (god willing) I reach her age.

  • I actually love the first dress on Ms. Fonda. Even with the lozenges dangling from her ears. On first viewing, I didn’t catch them, but now it’s all I see.

    • i’ll take those emerald cough drops right out of her ears!

  • guest2visits

    Jane looks great in both gowns. I think the first one while dramatic; would have been better as all black, and I love her
    choice of earrings and clutch.    The second is beautiful on her too, great jewelry. Softer, more complimentary hair in these pics.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    You know, I read that she will be playing Nancy Reagan in a movie, and in that red dress Jane actually gives a passing resemblance.

  • nancylee61

    It is so odd – in a few pics, she looks like Jane Fonda, but in most of them, she looks like an aged beauty queen, but not Jane Fonda. Is it what she did with her lips?? Her eyes?? Color me confused.

  • ghopping


  • Please Jane, no more illusion netting, okay? Especially when you can dress like THIS. Gorgeous.

  • pepper76

    I love Jane, but all I can see in the second look is Dustin Hoffman’s dress from Tootsie!!

  • mozzer0906

    Jane is playing one up one down with her boobs…

  • nancymae

    Might there be any chance of TLo creating a new tag devoted to the real grande dames like Fonda, Iman, Mirren, etc.? These may not be the best most absolutely stunning looks on the Cannes RC but Jane Fonda storming Cannes in couture is far more interesting than Diane Kruger and, heaven help us, Eva Longoria.

    BTW, how the heck did Kruger get to be a judge at Cannes? And did anyone figure out why Eva was there in the first place?

  • She must have read your prior post because her hair looks a lot better

  • giiiirrrr

    I swear to god if I see one more iteration of the so-called Miracle Dress…  So relentlessly tacky.  I feel really sorry for any grown woman who wants to look like Jessica Rabbit on the RC.  Lady Jane, you are much better than that.

  • Love the red gown. How does she look so fabulous at 70?! She’s got to have had plastic surgery and yet she doesn’t look like it at all. 

  • Aurumgirl

    I don’t think her boobs are off kilter so much as I think the vertical sequin positioning is actually reflecting light according to the way the fabric is being pulled when she raises her arm to rest it on her hip.  So that second dress makes her look great, and we’d see it clearly if she were just letting both arms hang by her side instead of “posing”.

  • Louise Bryan

    All in all, I like the black and white.  The silhouette effect is just weird Stella stuff, but Ms. Fonda looks quite lovely.

    The weird crinkling over the bust line in the second dress is probably due to stiff-ish fabric meeting wrong bra.  Regrettable, but it probably looked fine, just not in photographs. 

  • Did she just order those earrings in every conceivable color?

  • TieDye64

    Let’s hear it for the old broads! Lady knows how to bring it, even if it’s not a great dress (1st one). One of the bitter kittens (Pepper76) hit it on the head with the 2nd dress. Tootsie indeed!

  • don’t like the stella, but the jewel red is a knock out.

  • There’s just something strange about seeing Jane Fonda, in Cannes for such a highly regarded film festival, wearing a super expensive dress…and going to the premier of “Madagascar 3.”  I am definitely no expert on Cannes, but what is that movie even doing there anyway?

    •  Same reason why Kung Fu Panda was there a few years ago. Whatever that reason was.

  • turtleemily

    I think the first dress is the start of a really expensive penguin costume.

  • clairellis

    I hope I look that good at her age. Second dress is way better.

  • The second look? If I couldn’t love you any more, Jane Fonda……and I cannot love enough that you are set to play Nancy Reagan in a biopic.

    (Can anyone fill me in on why Jane’s at Cannes? Grand Jury / Panel? I mean, she can be there for no reason other than she’s Jane Freaking Barbarella Fonda, but just curious.)

  • Sophie Collier

    Penguin.  That’s all I can see on the first look.  Second dress is by far better, but that stiff, unnatural pose with the wonky boobage is seriously bringing the look down a bit.  Still, hot damn she looks amazing for her age.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Why was she seeing a screening of Madagascar III?  Really?  This film needs a “screening?” 

  • blondie65

    Damn…she rocks it.  At 50, I hope I look that good…but if I  looked like that as I (God willing) put my foot into my 70’s ..well, that would just be nirvana.

  • LinXGUA

    That reddish fuchsia looks gorgeous in her.