All Together, ‘Brava!’

Among the women who were honored at Glamour’s annual Women of the Year awards on Monday night, Jennifer Lopez made the most memorable entrance, twice.

For the ceremony, at Carnegie Hall, she wore a pale beaded Versace gown covered with leather petals that had a slit running up her left thigh, and then, for a dinner at the Museum of Modern Art, she wore a short black cocktail dress with lace insets by Valentino. And, by the time dessert was served, her hair had gone from long and loose to pulled back in a tight bun.

“Oh, that was more of a red-carpet dress,” Ms. Lopez said of her quick change. “I thought this was better to sit in.”

Smart move. There was a lot of sitting to be done. The ceremony itself lasted more than two hours, with about a dozen awards given to women who have little more in common than that they deserve to win awards. In the pages of the December issue of Glamour, you can find tributes to fashion plates like Ms. Lopez and Tory Burch, as well as fashion civilians like Laura Bush and her daughters; Chelsea Handler; Cindy Sherman; and Esraa Abdel Fattah of Egypt, whose Facebook postings helped ignite the mass protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo. As touching as the night was, it was also, at times, pretty funny.

Addressing their mother, Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, in proper jewel-toned dresses, described some articles from a recent issue of Glamour, like ones that illustrated how you can turn a scarf into a tube-top, or generally drive your man wild. Ms. Bush Hager noted that a survey showed that 7 of 10 women have tried to give their men makeovers.

“I try,” said the former first lady.

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Posted on November 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

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