Jane Fonda in David Meister Atelier at the HBO’s 2013 Emmys After Party

Posted on September 24, 2013

Jane, we’re loving the dress, the hair, the makeup and the jewelry. Bringing the intensity, darling. That’s what it’s all about when you’re a legend. Attagirl.


Jane Fonda attends HBO’s Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Post Award Reception at The Plaza in Los Angeles, California in a David Meister gown from the Resort 2013 collection.

But that glove better be there because of an injury or wound you’re covering up and not because you thought it made the outfit look cooler. Because if it’s the latter, then you need to position someone at your front door on nights like this to talk you out of your poor style impulses.




[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com]

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  • Silly Grrl

    Haha I don’t even hate the idea of gloves with that, but NOT ONE, MICHAEL JACKSON.

  • decormaven

    Aww, the glove is a style misstep, for sure. Brava for wearing statement earrings; a plastic cheater behind the lobe would have helped to keep the weight of the earring from pulling down on the ear.

    • Tatiana Luján

      What is a plastic cheater? I’m interested in anything that helps wearing heavy earrings.

      • decormaven

        These are the backs with a circle of plastic around them to give substance to the back so the front of the earring is supported; also known as bullet clutches with pads. There’s also a product called Lobe Wonder; Google on it.

        • Tatiana Luján


      • Sarah

        Oh, Lobe Wonder would’ve been so useful when I was a teen and fond of giant shoulder-duster earrings! Alas, my holes are full of sensible silver Bali hoops nowadays.

        ETA: This was a reply to decormaven. I swear, Disqus can’t handle the post-Emmys excitement.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          I hear you. My earrings are either all post studs or very, very lightweight post dangles. No more hooks and wires for me after the way I abused my lobes in the 80s with those giant doorknocker earrings.

          • Sarah

            But we looked FABULOUS. So worth it.

          • majorbedhead

            I’m terrified of giant earrings ever since a friend of mine caught one on her sweater and it ripped straight thru her ear lobe. *shudder*

          • Sarah

            Horrifying! I heard stories about that, too, but I have sturdy, plump, firm lobes, to this day. My youthful ones were probably bulletproof.

          • MoHub

            A good reason to stick with clips, screwbacks, and magnetic nonpierced stuff.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            It’s true… humungous Jacob Marley Doorknocker earrings and fire engine red lipstick. We rocked the fucking shit outta the 80s.

          • Sarah

            Ooh, you were more fancy than me. I was a high-schooler, so I was working a Madonna/Cyndi Lauper/Salt N Pepa big plastic crosses/gold hoops thing. With Village Lip Lickers lip gloss that came in a tin.

          • Call me Bee

            Oh yes! I wore a fabulous black and purple drop-waist dress with huge shoulder pads and mutton-leg sleeves, sheer black hose and kitten heeled patent pumps, and HUGE purple and silver earrings the size of dinner plates. To a wedding. Ahhh the 80s.

          • ballerinawithagun

            Mine are all lightweight now also. I only have one lobe that was abused so it makes it even worse. I had my hair cropped close on one side with long (permed, of course) hair on the other, so I only wore a large earring and additional ear cuffs on the side that was short. Ah, to be young again…

          • Constant Reader

            I had that “cropped close on one side, chin-length bob on the other” haircut too! No perm, my hair’s curly — just a little Freez hairspray (sprayed upward) to keep the volume going!

          • Call me Bee

            Ha–I did too, With baby bangs way up on my forehead.

        • marlie

          Disqus has been out. of. control. since this weekend.

          • Sarah

            More so than usual, even, if that’s possible 😉

    • kimmeister

      I like how the earrings loop back up to the back of the lobe, almost like a hoop.

  • formerlyAnon

    That hair is surprisingly fabulous on her. And lets her get every pennyworth of value out of her excellent plastic surgery, too.

    At her age (and with her track record) it never occurred to me for an instant that the glove was there for anything other than to cover an unsightly medical necessity.

    • decormaven

      Her surgery is indeed remarkable. And props to her esthetician for keeping her skin looking so fab.

      • Her surgery makes her look years younger, without looking ridiculously younger, and without making her look like someone else.

        Also, and I hate to admit this given my own exercise habits, but all that aerobics back in the day have to have helped a little too.

    • I swear, she looks ten years younger than from her last post. Amazing.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Which plastic surgery?

      • formerlyAnon

        Google images of her over the years & concentrate on the ones that are candid or at events like this. Most obviously compared to these pictures, her jaw line and the area under her chin has been tightened a bit over the last few years. I don’t spend a lot of time on this, but over the last several decades I am sure I’ve seen her eyelids maintained.

        She’s never gone for the all-over tight-face lift or even made big, dramatic changes at one time. She’s always been very conservative with how much she’s messed with her face, which is part of the reason she looks so fabulous.

        • sojourneryouth

          Exactly. She did do something, or a combination of things, a few years ago, shortly after she wrote her book. Since she was out and about doing promotions at the time, it was still fresh and noticeable, but it has settled nicely. She looks pretty great. I LOVE the dress and hair on her.

    • Linda LaPaz

      Her plastic surgery is fabulous, but even more fabulous is her neck! How can it look that good at 74?

  • Mary Carpenter
    • alyce1213

      Mystery solved, speculation put to rest. Thanks.

    • Alloy Jane

      So the glove is less Michael Jackson and more Luke Skywalker. Gotcha.

  • Danielle


  • Frank_821

    That backdrop is really hideous and seizure inducing

  • Mismarker

    I have to believe the glove was added at the last minute to cover something. It is not fabulous enough (look closely at the worn leather on some of the fingertips) to be on purpose.

    • formerlyAnon

      I thought “last minute” as well. Because if it were planned ahead, somebody would have been sent to an upscale glove counter for something more in line with evening wear. (I know “glove counter” is probably no longer a thing that exists outside of a handful of rarified shops in major metropolii. But the upscale accessories equivalent.)

      • decormaven

        Oh, the glove counter! Are the button hooks in the next case?

      • NOLA_gal

        Come to NOLA and visit our glove counters; 2-button to 21-button! Unfortunately all our local department stores went out of business, but we still have plenty of boutiques that cater to the evening gown trade.

        • formerlyAnon

          I swoon! I swear, if my sadly unwealthy relatives hadn’t let me down in the trust fund department, I’d be doing so much to stimulate the economy.

        • decormaven

          “Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?” So glad style lives on in NOLA.

          • BrooklynBomber

            And miss it each night and day?

          • decormaven

            Aww, kindred spirits. Hugs!

          • BrooklynBomber

            Hugs back! Made me smile to see that great old song quoted here.

          • NOLA_gal

            Well, it’s a style, but I’m not sure how fashionable… It is lovely to see a roomful of ladies in evening gowns and gloves and gentlemen in white tie and swallowtails.

      • Janet B

        I love the mental picture of a glove counter. It reminds me of the stocking shop where my mother and I purchased stockings for her aunt.

        • formerlyAnon

          I can dimly remember going to a department store with my mom as a small child (very early ’60s) and buying gloves and an embroidered handkerchief from a clerk who presided over a counter of such small items. It impressed me greatly even at the time, since most of the shopping I’d witnessed at that age was buying groceries at the A&P.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Oh, yes. Little white gloves for dress up, along with patent mary janes. Never got the embroidered handkerchief, but I have one of my mother’s.

        • MoHub

          The late lamented Garfinckel’s in the DC area used to have such things. And sales staff who acted as if they were you personal concierges.

      • kimmeister

        For a split second, I was imagining someone who counts gloves.

  • As she has demonstrated in the past, a bold “Suck it bitches” attitude when it comes to being fabulous at her age, I’m going to believe the glove is a cover for something unsightly. And yes, Jane, the bitches, do indeed, need to suck it.

    • Danielle

      If you look up IDGAF in the dictionary, her picture will be there.

      • BrooklynBomber

        She’s always very much given a fuck about being thin and being culturally current.

        • formerlyAnon

          Much of the interest in reading her successive interviews and memoirs is to watch her trying to process and come to a healthier place vis a vis her internalization of the cultural norms of beauty and femininity. She’s never as far along as she’d like to think she is, but she’s kept on trying. Which is probably the closest Jane Fonda will ever come to being “just like you and me.”

          • BrooklynBomber

            I agree she is “just like you and me” in that regard. But, also, her various personae — anti-war activist one decade, exercise guru/entrepreneur the next, etc. — were more about being with “the times” than about being an original thinker. Even her marriages followed the trajectory from sex kitten to lefty to capitalist! And it’s fine — we all change over time. She just did a little more extremely than most, and a lot more publicly than just about anybody. Don’t get me wrong — I like her; I just don’t take her as being a role model for anything (which I mention because I think so many people have projected “role model” onto her). I also think she’s a great actor. I wish there were still roles for her (assuming she still wants to work).

          • formerlyAnon


          • random_poster

            That’s a great summary, BB.

          • BrooklynBomber


  • Jessica Freeman

    I hate the backdrop is so crazy, I think it takes away from the real visual stunner this dress is.

    • shirab

      I know–some people at HBO need to get the boot for that. A visible logo is one thing, but a backdrop that competes with the talent (and the talents’ expensive clothes) and wins is a mistake.

  • Kelly

    Back in the 80s, I remember reading an interview with Jane Fonda where she insisted that she would never have plastic surgery. In a later interview, when this statement was questioned, she amended it to say that what she’d meant was that she’d never have *excessive* plastic surgery. “Of course I’ve had the minimum work necessary for the industry,” she said.

    That quote has always stuck in my mind because I thought it said a lot about the Hollywood mind-set. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if many other entertainers don’t feel the same — that it somehow doesn’t really count as elective plastic surgery if you only have “the minimum necessary for the industry.” That there *is* a required minimum is just taken as a given, the way you’d say, “as a doctor, I have to keep up with my board certifications.”

    But I have to say, however much work she has or hasn’t had, she looks great! No sad, over-stretched, over-filled face here.

    • MilaXX

      and most don’t count botox or fillers as “work done.”

      • decormaven

        You are right – they are considered “touches.”

        • cocohall

          Exactly. Like getting your hair cut/colored or your nails done. It is completely ordinary to them to have gloved, white-coated individuals approaching them with syringes full of botox or filler or whatever. And it must be said as I am about to turn, ahem, 53, that if my face was going to show up on HD TV or a movie screen 20 feet tall, I would be getting “touches” done too.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Exactly. She’s clearly had “touches” done – she still looks *around* her age, shall we say, but younger, fresher, more fabulous, and not like she’s trying too hard.

          • Renaissance_Man_ATL

            If by “around” her age you mean 15 – 20 years younger than her age, then I agree. Whomever does her work is very skilled.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Yup, that’s exactly “around” what I was hinting at! 😉

            While we’re on the topic of skilled surgery, you know who else has a genius plastic surgeon? Joan Jett, of all people! She’s 55, and she also looks about 15 to 20 years younger. It’s funny to think that this badass, “I don’t give a fuck” rock star has a GREAT plastic surgeon, but there you go. And I totally love her, she looks amazing!

      • Considering that they’re apparently a given for “ordinary” people these days, why should she (any celebrity) count them? She looks fabulous, and I believe she’s accurate when she says she’s not had excessive work done.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Having had Botox injections a few times back in the ’90s (and they were great, let me assure you), I can’t call them “work” since the effects are so temporary. Botox’s paralyzing effects on muscles dissipate over time and disappear after 4-6 months. Fillers may last longer; I never invested in those. I guess I consider plastic surgery “work” to be procedures that are intended to be permanent – implants, lifts, and the like.

    • BrooklynBomber

      “Of course I’ve had the minimum work necessary for the industry.”

      This is a great quote. Very down to earth. Not surprising she amended her earlier statement. She releases a new version of herself every decade or so.

      • Deac82

        When she was on Oprah just 2 or 3 years ago, she was asked “What do you see when you look at yourself in the mirror?” Her reply was, simply, “Good work.”

    • largishbearishAtlish

      or said another way- compare Jane Fonda ‘necessary’ to (and god I love her) Joan Rivers ‘excessive’

      • demidaemon

        personally, I don’t have a problem with any sort of plastic surgery as long as you own up to it. It’s people who clearly lie about it who irritate me.

  • clatie

    I’m so glad she didn’t default to her signature shag – it serves her well in everyday fabulosity but here the updo is FIERCE! Almost makes me regret giving up my eating disorder. sigh.

    • formerlyAnon

      I feel ya, but so happy to see the “almost.” It [eventually] does free up so much mental energy to let that obsession go, and we need that as life continues, relentlessly continues.

    • PastryGoddess

      Eating disorders are out. Tapeworms are the new thing. 🙂

      • formerlyAnon

        Everything old is new again.

        • PastryGoddess


  • MilaXX

    Like everything but the glove.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Wow, what a gorgeous dress! If Jane’s through with it, I’d be happy to, uh, store it in my closet.

  • SewingSiren

    Channeling Nancy Reagan.

    • Janet B

      A fierce Nancy Reagan….except for the glove.

  • AmeliaEve

    I think the glove is the first step in her transformation into a supervillain. I thoroughly endorse this plot twist.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I can overlook the glove, because she almost never gets it wrong. And this is so incredibly awesome, I’m inclined to think she’s covering an injury of some sort. Because girlfriend KILLED this look – amazing!

  • mhleta

    The glove is oddly intriguing. It speaks of dark things. Criminal things. Like she just whacked someone with a silencer before sashaying out onto the red carpet. This dress is fabulous and I much prefer it to the somewhat expected cougar print sported by the bodacious Ms. Raquel Welch.

    • zenobar

      Now I’m picturing her whacking Raquel Welch.

  • Fordzo

    Look at her neck. How is her neck so fabulous?

    • formerlyAnon

      “Work.” “Skin care.”

      The kind that the wealthy can buy.

      • Fordzo

        The blood of virgins.

        • formerlyAnon

          I can see why it hasn’t been done, but really, wouldn’t that be a GREAT name for a skin care line?

      • NDC_IPCentral

        No woman of Ms. Fonda’s age naturally has a neck with skin that firm and lacking in lines or looseness. The collagen disappears over the decades, and sun exposure does its damage. She had has it and her face yanked around, artfully, yes, but most definitely had a lot of work. The hands and the earlobes tell the anno domini story.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          I’ll tell ya – I’m 49 (50 in November), I take CARE of my neck and skin, and I’m *just starting to show* the little tell-tale neck lines that you just can’t run away from. If someone with Jane’s money and access can’t hide them, I have no reason to believe that I can. It’s gonna happen, and all I can do is continue my good skin care routines.

  • TonyGo

    Jane looks great. That backdrop and carpet are pure Match Game 77.

  • Katesymae

    I’m going to be in the minority, but I don’t like it. The makeup looks harsh and the dress is a skosh tight – it’s definitely doing a weird thing to/under her boobs. Also, that clutch is Atlantic City tacky.

    I can only support this look if it really IS the signal of her transformation into super villainess.

  • Terri Terri

    She looks fine, but that wild HBO background that she has to stand in front of is giving me a headache!

    • demidaemon

      Same here. I get dizzy just thinking about looking at it again.

  • OffToSeeHim

    Not digging that Nancy Reagan hair AT ALL.

  • RussellH88

    I know I’m being a nerd, but when I see that glove, all I see is the glove that Luke Skywalker wore after Darth Vader cut off his hand and he had to get a mechanical replacement.

    I’m going to just assume that she’s using that glove for a similar reason.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      I love you now. OMG. Yes.

    • SugarSnap108

      “Did Darth Vader cut off her hand?” was my first thought. So I’ll join you in nerdom.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      Not that far off! She wrote in her blog that she was having surgery to replace joints in her hands due to severe osteoarthritis.

      • RussellH88

        Does that mean I can say that Jane Fonda is a cyborg?

        • Erica_Vuitton

          To look that amazing at 75 I think it’s safe to say yes, yes you can.

  • Kent Roby

    The glove is kinda hilarious, but I can’t be annoyed with Ms. Fonda here.

  • KayEmWhy

    I don’t mind the idea of one glove (could have been chic) it’s just that leather is way too heavy for this look.

  • Diego!

    I love this overall look but I don’t like her hair 🙁

    • DeTrop

      Agree. She looks stunning but I love her lighter, looser hairstyle. The dark hair is a reminder to we ladies of a certain age that it shows wrinkles more prominently. Nature lightens our hair as we age and we should not forget this fact.

  • bertkeeter

    Stunning! Nix the earrings and glove!

  • valerie747

    She is stretching the crap out of her poor earlobes!

  • marlie

    Ms. Fonda looks outstanding. Really gorgeous. And I’m going to tell myself that the glove is because of an injury. It has to be.

    • alyce1213

      It is.

  • Wendy Kaufman

    She’s amazing. I too, paused on that glove. Just ugly.

  • I’ll overlook the lack of symmetry in gloves because it gave me the opportunity to gasp at that satellite on her left hand. Holy crap.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She’s magnificent! I think my dad had a pair of those gloves – he used them for shoveling the driveway. I don’t think he realized that they were also formal wear.

  • Watts

    I guess I’m the only Fringe fan who got Nina flashbacks from that glove. BIONIC HAND, FTW.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    God, I hope the glove is in case she needs to challenge some bitch to a duel.

  • Kristin McNamara

    I think this is is my favorite dress I have ever seen on this whole website. I can’t believe how much I love that pattern. And, because of all of the fabric/pattern cleverness that would help my not-even-close-to-model-sized-figure, it’s also a dress I could actually picture myself in! Love love love it.

  • Robin Murray

    Love everything except for the uni-glove and the Cruella Deville lipstick. And hope that I rock it half this hard when I am 75.

  • Rand Ortega

    Hot. Dayum!

  • Call me Bee

    Totally stunning head to toe (except the one glove.)

  • [email protected]

    Opinion: What would you think of this look, if Jane had snow white hair? Gorgeous? Aging?

  • flamingoNW

    It would be perfect if she had a syringe in that gloved hand…..

  • quiltrx

    That dress is KILLER!

  • Too busy. Yuck.

  • miatamam

    Was there an accident? Why is she wearing NIcholas Cage’s fake hand from “Moonstruck”? But from the wrist up it’s werq.

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  • jmorino08

    The pattern on the dress combined with the backdrop is seizure-inducing! I can’t look at anything else!

  • EEKstl

    I am obsessed with this dress and frankly want to wear it to my stepson’s wedding in November. Sadly, the word “Atelier” after the designer’s name means it is no doubt waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond my price point. Sigh.

  • maybe she could only find one glove. i have that problem a lot.