Soul queen and Diana Ross held her own at Glastonbury this year. Arriving on the Pyramid Stage in a sumptuous snow-white beaded gown, a tulle shawl, feathered headpiece and gargantuan chandelier earrings, she belted out her greatest hits in front of Worthy Farm revellers and a record-breaking audience of 3.1 million on the BBC – the most-viewed performance in the Legends slot at the festival. 

At 78-years-old, Ross is one of many stylish women over 70 relishing a deserved moment in the spotlight, highlighting celebrity style of the generation that was. Glenn Close is a fellow lover of all-out septuagenarian glamour. The 75-year-old actor stole the show at the Met Gala in Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino hot pink and took to the famous staircase with her arms spread wide, full embellished cape on show. Many have worn Piccioli’s cult hue, but no one as exuberantly as Close. 

Over on Instagram, Vera Wang is wearing baggy jeans and Balenciaga’s crystal-choked boots. With 789,000 followers and counting, she’s becoming as much a fashion influencer as a fashion designer, posing competition to the fervid 20-somethings on the platform. 

Hollywood sirens Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep, who are 76- and 73-years-old respectively, have walked many a red carpet in their lifetimes, but their recent outings are some of their best examples of celebrity style. Mirren turned heads in metallic Dolce & Gabbana at the Cannes Film Festival, with her silver locks slicked back. Streep, meanwhile, looked effortlessly cool at the New York premiere for Don’t Look Up in a contemporary disc dress from Marc Jacobs’s autumn/winter 2021 collection, layered over a roll-neck top and tights. 

As for 78-year-old Gladys Knight? The singer has looked positively radiant for recent performances, wearing everything from patterned separates to feather-kissed sequins and smart suiting.  

Stylish women over 70 are having their moment – scroll on to see their best looks from this year.

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