The ladies over 50 brought it on the red carpet, including Jane Fonda, Judith Light and more

By Colleen Kratofil
September 17, 2017 07:31 PM

There is always a lot to be excited for in terms of Emmys style, but one thing we’ve been especially psyched to see is the contingent of super chic nominees over 50 and what they chose to wear to tonight’s big event. These celebs are always some of the best dressed of this red carpet — or any red carpet they do — and tonight was no exception. Here are some of our favorites so far.


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Grace and Frankie star Jane Fonda, 79, surprised fans by treating the Emmys as an opportunity to debut a brand new hairstyle, complete with bangs (her own) and a long ponytail (not her own).

Jonathan Hanousek my hairdresser [did this],” she tells PEOPLE on the carpet about her bold hair look. “I am just kind of a limp rag and they do whatever they want. I’ve had long hair before. But these are my bangs. He cut the bangs.”

Hanousek tells PeopleStyle that he decided to style her hair in a ponytail after he saw the hot pink long-sleeve Brandon Maxwell gown she would be wearing on the red carpet. “The dress was so sleek and modern that we really needed to do something dramatic to complement it,” he explains. “I also wanted people to see Jane like they never have before. It was important that the ponytail be long enough that it would stay on her shoulder while she was on the red carpet. And the length added the perfect amount of drama that the dress required.”

As for her new bangs, he says Fonda was fully on-board. “When I told her I wanted to cut three inches off her fringe she just said ‘go for it.’ I just love how she is willing to take chances and it means so much that she trusts me to do something spontaneously.”

When it comes to style, she gives all the credit to her stylist. “I have a very talented stylist who makes the decisions for me,” she noted, crediting her stylist Tanya Gill. “She’s really good.”

Gill describes the look as “modern, fun, elegant, chic, timeless, with a hint of 1960s mod, especially with the mod fringe and ponytail,” she tells PEOPLE. “I saw this on the runway for New York Fashion Week at Brandon Maxwell’s show and it stood out as being a real Emmy contender.”

Fonda also added a personal touch to her jewelry selection wearing over $2.4 million worth of one-of-kind emerald and diamond pieces by Gismondi 1754, including a necklace that extended down her back. “With this dress my vision was always emeralds with the fuschia pink,” says Gill. It took over 600 hours and 10 master artisans to create the jewels, which were put together in Italy. “[They] arrived from Genoa today,” Fonda explains. “My ancestors are from there.”

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Viola Davis, 52, proved her love of color in a burnt orange body-hugging Zac Posen gown with a pleated skirt and train.


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The House of Cards star, 51, walked the carpet with her look-alike daughter, Dylan Penn, who both chose body-hugging black gowns. Wright’s was a shimmery strapless design featuring a sweetheart-style neckline, while Penn chose a spaghetti-strap black lace gown.


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Judith Light, 68, also had another standout look. She’s known for her elegant-with-a-twist choices — many of which have long sleeves — and found another gem of a gown in this black Christian Siriano number featuring an asymmetrical neckline and a thigh-high slit. As always, she had her ultimate accessory: Her signature red carpet power pose.


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The Wizard of Lies nominee, 59, has been a red carpet front-runner throughout her tenure in Hollywood thanks to her love of classic silhouettes. And she stuck to her go-to for the Emmys red carpet in a black tea-length Oscar de la Renta dress with sheer long-sleeves and a full pleated skirt.


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We love the Saturday Night Live star for her bold style choices and enthusiasm for fashion. She just celebrated her 50th birthday in a sheer skirt that showed off her super-fit body, and chose a similar look for the Emmys. The first-time nominee wore a custom sparkly black gown by Christian Siriano featuring a sheer neckline and skirt with a thigh-high slit, a look she accessorized with glamorous drop earrings.


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The Feud: Bette and Joan star, 68, evoked the old school Hollywood glam of her character Joan Crawford in a V-neck, long-sleeve black velvet Gucci gown with ruffled bell sleeves and crystal floral embroidery.

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— with reporting by Jackie Fields