Diane Lane in Jenny Packham at the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda

Posted on June 06, 2014

Sometimes, just plain old pretty will get the style job done.


Diane-Lane-Jenny-Packham-2014-AFI-Achievement-Award-Jane-Fonda-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Diane Lane attends the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A tribute to Jane Fonda held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California in a Jenny Packham gown paired with an Edie Parker clutch.

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Diane-Lane-Jenny-Packham-2014-AFI-Achievement-Award-Jane-Fonda-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(2B)Jenny Packham Resort 2014 Collection


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GOD, do we ever wish she’d had the nerve to pick the brilliant green version of this dress. She would’ve SLAYED. But maybe, like Sandy, she decided it’s not a good idea to grab the spotlight at someone else’s tribute. Besides, we can’t complain. She looks beautiful. It’s not fashion forward or bold, but it doesn’t need to be. She doesn’t always make the best red carpet choices, but this may qualify as a personal best for her. At the very least, it’s better than anything we’ve seen from her in ages.  Attalady.



[Photo Credit: Juan Rico/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, PacificCoastNews, jennypackham.com]

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  • RussellH88

    I don’t understand seeing a dress like that and saying “That’s what I want…..in grey!”

    • Jackie4g

      Yes! That green would have been amazing on her.

      • decormaven

        Absolutely. That green would have turned all eyes toward her. Guess she didn’t want to steal Jane Fonda’s thunder.

      • Judih1

        Green have been amazing, and I don’t think it would have stolen the spotlight from Jane. It’s not as if she would be wearing a dress like Rihanna wore to accept her award – that is a scene stealing dress.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I agree-I don’t think that Diane wearing the green would have upstaged Jane at all.

      • demidaemon

        AGREE X1000.

      • BayTampaBay

        TRUE! but she looks as good or even better than Kathy Cambridge would dress have look in a dishwater colored Jenny Packham dress.

    • kimmeister

      Is it gray though? I’m seeing taupe with a lavender overlay.

      • Jackie4g

        What it is, is a non-color, and the green color would have been a terrific choice. My monitor shows me a grey tone.

      • quiltrx

        That’s what I’m seeing too. I like it–it looks nice with her coloring, and it’s subtle and elegant.

    • dmkava

      I tend to think the grey is more elegant looking

  • clatie

    I love how beautiful she looks and that she looks her age! See, ladies (you know who you are), you don’t have to fool with your face to remain gorgeous! Dress is just right!

    • RussellH88

      When it comes to face work, less is more.

      • Thomas

        Jane Fonda is the poster child for that approach. Her work looks great.

      • DebbieLovesShoes


    • FibonacciSequins

      Hear, hear.

  • marlie

    That green would have been outstanding, but as-is, she looks very pretty. Nothing Earth-shattering, but pretty nonetheless. That ring looks crazy fun. And the photo service really should have edited the red eye.

    • decormaven

      Agreed on the red eye. My first thought was “is she bionic?”

  • Danielle

    I have quibbles with the dress color but the face is slammin’.

  • Gatto Nero

    It’s a pretty (if safe) choice. And the warm grey works with her skin tone, though color would have been smashing.

  • hellyesiwould

    I am absolutely in love with the green of the original. It would have looked fantastic on her.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I’m on the wish-she-would-have-picked-the-green-one bandwagon. The dress in this color is serviceable. Would have liked to see her hair at least partially up and off her neck, with this dress. But why quibble? She’s beautiful and she looks very nice here.

  • Kerry McCombs

    I thought the same thing about the green dress!

  • KinoEye

    That ring. My Precioussss.

  • lunchcoma

    This is why I wish the neutral trend would die. It looks perfectly nice sometimes, but seeing it constantly on everyone means we seldom get to see all those beautiful, bright versions that make the gowns even lovelier.

  • Anna

    Oh, this would’ve been so smashing on her in the green! But yes, perhaps she didn’t want to steal the honouree’s spotlight. Still a very romantic and beautiful look.

  • OhSheila

    But the GREEN!

  • Shalhevet

    I love this dress. Bold hues are awesome and have their place, but sweet muted tones do too. I don’t actually wish for her to have chosen the green.

    I want this dress. So much. The soft color, the perfect draping hugging the body just at the right spots. Not that I’d have a suitable occasion to wear it even if it became magically affordable to me 🙁

    • AnnaleighBelle

      The grocery aisle can be your own personal red carpet…

      • Shalhevet

        Haha now I’m imagining lounging around glamorously on the couch with my morning coffee in a dress that costs more than the rest of my wardrobe put together. Like a magzine shoot scene. Now THAT’S the sweet life.

        • AnnaleighBelle

          Picking the kids up from school never looked so good.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    The green would have looked awesome on her.

  • SweetJess MeanGreen

    Yaaassss! I love Diane, she looks happy and healthy. No complaints.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Aging gracefully and beautifully always wins, but you’re right about the green, it would have looked spectacular.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I love the makeup. Ladystars, see how nice you look without over-lined raccoon eye and a nude lip?

  • B_C_J

    She looks lovely, relaxed & happy. The dress is beautiful in the color she selected because it draws all the attention to her beautiful face. I just wish the hair was partially up so we could see the neckline.

  • Very pretty. The big flower ring is a bit juvenile, but that is a very nitpicky nit.

  • Imasewsure

    Save the green for another spotlight for sure Attalady… this is a great look for the occasion but that style is worth revisiting more boldly in the future for sure! Glad she is aging well. I really like her

  • KT

    Wow, she looks incredible. Even though the green dress is great, I actually love this shade on her. Hair and makeup are also gorgeous. This is the freshest, happiest, healthiest she’s looked in a long time. Good for you, lady. That ex-husband of yours was draining the life out of you! Same thing happened to Robin Wright after she finally ditched Sean Penn. Emotional vampires: they do not do a body good.

  • Imasewsure

    See we don’t always hate lace…

  • bookish

    Whoa. That’s the strongest negative reaction I’ve had to a dress in a while, and then I realized I was having a flashback to the horrible purple dress I wore to a school dance in the 10th grade. Obviously this is much nicer and fancier (actual beading instead of a glittery design), but it’s terribly similar and giving me the shivers. Mine had little cap sleeves because I was so self-conscious of my upper arms at the time.

  • Gorengirl

    Love the Green. She is a beautiful lady

  • LeelaST

    She looks truly lovely! That ring though…when expensive looks cheap.

    • alliekat9090

      I hate the ring. Your eye goes right to it and not in a good way. She looks like perfection – except for that gaudy thing.

  • MilaXX

    This is very lovely but I really wish she had worn the green. It would ave looked so nice against her dark hair.

  • I have difficulty imagining any celebrity being able to deliberately decide to look less than their best, even when given an altruistic motive. Then again, I’m the furthest thing from an expert on celebrities. Aside from TLo’s book, can anyone recommend an academic(ish) study done of the psychological affects of celebrity-dom? The cause for the weirdness we see evolve in some?

    • in a pickle

      Not academicish at all, but David Niven explains and profiles an aging starlet in one of his books- I’m 99% sure it’s Bring on the Empty Horses. He doesn’t say who he’s specifically referring to, but it seems like a pretty generalized career arc for a lot of women. His books are generally a hoot, but that portion is sad.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      There needs to be a chapter called “Blonde is Not Enough: Don’t Stop ’til You Hit Platinum!” or “Orange is the New Skin Tone.”

  • stonecoldcuddlewhore

    I saw her audition for Pretty Woman. She had to strip down to essentially nothing (the tape / audition was done when the script was waaaay darker than the version we all know) and, I kid you not, she was utterly perfect. She was the female version of David. We all walked out of the screening shaking our heads, like – how is that possible? She’s super talented and super gorgeous.
    I love the dress and I def think green would have been to hard core for another person’s tribute.

    • Coolekat

      She would have been a totally different pretty woman.

      • stonecoldcuddlewhore

        the original version of the movie was very dark – Vivian was an addict, it wasn’t charming or light at all. Very good script but just very different.

        • DuBey2

          In other words, more realistic.

  • Ashleigh

    She is so gorgeous. I was wondering, as I scrolled down, what you guys would say about choosing the green one…

  • SugarSnap108

    She would’ve looked so gorge in that green, but she’s still lovely. Love that she’s letting her gray hair shine, and just generally showing that you can age naturally and still be beautiful. Imagine.

  • jmorino08

    I’d love to see Chastain in the green version!

  • Coolekat

    Jane Fonda could have slayed in the green version too

  • Aidan B

    That’s OK, they can send the green dress to me.

  • E. D.

    The green would have been much better, but this isn’t too bad. Not sure about the ring though. Good idea in theory, but not a flower.

  • Shawn EH

    She looks hot! Sexy attalady!

  • I love Diane, but she really missed an opportunity with the green version.

  • frannyprof


  • Barbara Affolter

    Cherry Valence is lookin’ GOOD.

  • I thought the same thing! Why didn’t you pick the green, Diane? But I do love the color she chose. Love the ring and the nail polish lends a very chic, delicate vintage touch. Nice.

  • LadyVimes

    Soft and flattering. It works.

  • JUST the right amount of SHEER!

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I love the green, but I’m really loving this look with its shifting tones and gentle sparkle. She’s a delicate beauty and this fits her. I wish she’d lose a couple of inches off the hair, but other than that, she’s lovely

    • ktr33

      agree! I wonder if the green might’ve overwhelmed her a bit, in fact…?

  • GillianHolroyd

    Diane Lane always classes up the joint.

  • BLauD

    I don’t know, it strikes me as a bit “Prom Chaperone”. Not to say she doesn’t look lovely, but she doesn’t look striking.

  • macwell

    I thought the same thing about the green version. She would have killed in it. 🙁

  • Man Dala

    She looks effortlessly beautiful and event-appropriate. Well done.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    Ok, what sort of pact with Satan has this woman made?? (And where do I sign up?)
    She is still so gorgeous and youthful looking – and not in that frozen Botox/lotsa work done face you usually see on women in her age range. She looks naturally beautiful – full stop.
    I do, however, wish she had gone for the green. That would have been gasp worthy.

    • stellamaris73

      She truly looks gorgeous. The more so because her face looks natural, with the little creases and lines that are supposed to be there when you smile. (Take a lesson, Nicole Kidman.)

  • rebeemoon

    I want to see SOMEONE work the green, though.

  • ktr33

    You know, I think that color is very flattering on her, and am not convinced the green would’ve been better, or even good. She has such delicate features, the green might’ve overwhelmed her…?

  • saintebeuve

    “Attalady.” I love it.

  • elemspbee

    never understood her draw. hohum, like the color of the dress

  • t bell

    I think that she looks lovely just as she is.

  • DuBey2

    I’m going to take Jenny Packham more seriously now. That green, shown as it is on that model: AMAZing!!

  • JP

    I’m with you — I wish she had chosen the green. Or, you know, any color other than stretched-out-old-pantyhose.

  • lucyloo222

    Is it really gray? I was leaning more towards “dust bunny mauve.” It didn’t need to be in the vibrant green… what about lavender? Pale green? Anything would be better than this non-color. She’s gorgeous though… no taking that away from her.

  • surfergirl70

    I gasped when I saw the green version – stunning.