The biggest fashion win on red carpet at yesterday’s Logies? No, it wasn’t sheer panelling, cinched waists or even white dresses (although there were eleventy billion of those – you can see our round up here).
It was women over 35 years of age absolutely dominating.
These women drew eyes on the red carpet for mastering that elusive mix of class, confidence and sexiness.
Their looks didn’t appear orchestrated by a stylist to the enth degree because their personalities cut through. They looked comfortable. In control. Like they were wearing something they loved and were having a good time doing it.
Sure, everyone scrubbed up well, but I couldn’t help but glance at the style of these women and think, “yes, the 20-somethings look wonderful, but damn, this is how the grown-ups dress”.
The biggest learning here? How to style yourself for the red carpet when you’re over the age of 25. Exhibit A…
Amanda Keller, 54
Some of the younger celebs may have shown a lot more skin, but Keller could write the book on how it’s done tastefully. A touch of shoulder here, a choker detail there – voila. Not to mention, she owned that red shade.
Lisa Wilkinson, 56
The Today Show host commented that it took “a village” to bring her Pallas Couture look together but she’s just being humble. It’s Wilkinson’s megawatt smile that’s the best accessory here, but we must give some kudos to that perfect dusty mauve and soft flowing tulle.
Livinia Nixon, 41
When I first laid eyes on this I almost yawned at yet another white dress. But wait: those long sleeves! That awesome geometric detailing on her bodice and clutch! A boring bridal frock this ain’t. There was detail, but Lavinia never let the detail drown her out.
Julia Morris, 48
Look closely because Morris has just nailed the perfect below-the-knee-but-not-too-low midi dress length. And yes, you can match your lipstick, dress and shoes: that “no matchy-matchy” rule is bullshit.
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Chrissie Swan, 42
The radio presenter knows that “black” and "plunging neckline" rolled into the one outfit is always a winning recipe. And if you’re wondering where she keeps her lipstick, it’s down her cleavage (if you don’t believe us, you can read our interview with her here).
Rebecca Gibney, 51
You can practically hear the boom-tish just looking at Gibney in her boss lady Carla Zampatti pant suit made modern by the guest appearance of a cleavage-flattering corset top.
Jessica Rowe, 45
Just enough leg to be more tasteful, less Angelina Jolie at the Oscars in 2012.
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Marta Düsseldorp, 43
From the earrings to the pleating to the almost-sheer sleeves; Kim Kardashian, this is how you pull off all-over-florals. Dramatic but in the right way.
Celia Ireland, 49
The scattered polka dot sleeves and matching drop earrings? Don’t think we didn’t notice that clever move, Ireland.
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Sonia Kruger, 50
When in doubt, dress like a gold Logie. But seriously, those long tassels that give a hint of leg and that killer red manicure are how Kruger manages to make an over-the-top outfit work every single time.
Johanna Griggs, 42
There’s something about a mermaid tail that just screams - no, whispers rather - gracefulness.
Sandra Sully, 51
How does Queen Sully manage to ooze sexiness with barely an inch of skin on display? It has everything to do with that messy bob, shiny red lip, the metallic touch and the fact that she does indeed have magical powers.
Leila McKinnon, 43
Can we all appreciate the put-together, commanding power of these Carla Zampatti sleeves and that swept back ‘do for a moment?
Melissa Doyle, 46
To avoid the dramatic criss-crossed cleavage detail getting all the attention (ooh la la), Doyle balanced things out with those bat sleeves. Clever.