Maybe it’s the relentless reruns. Or perhaps February’s final-season DVD release. More than 20 years after Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia first sashayed onto their Miami lanai, looks inspired by The Golden Girls are popping up on the most ungeriatric of fashionistas. ”The idea that young actresses are emulating us is downright hilarious,” says Rue McClanahan, who played the fiftysomething sexpot Blanche. ”We were in nightgowns so much of the time, for goodness’ sake!” Whether bed-ready (sweet dreams, Kirsten Dunst!) or not, today’s red carpet is full of the sequins, lace, and outlandish frocks stemming from the ’80s sitcom. Let’s travel down the road and back again and see who’s best channeling her inner Girl.
Blanche was the master of the sequined dress that screamed out for shoulder-padded attention. Sarah Jessica Parker’s sexy striped minidress — a dead ringer for Blanche’s glittery blue confection — sparkles as spot-on Devereaux.
We didn’t expect to see the gabby gals’ night-owl style on the red carpet, but Kirsten Dunst looks positively ready for bed in her frilly, Dorothy-esque frock. Throw in a slice of cheesecake and the look would be complete.
The Olsen twins win the award for fully embracing Golden Girls style (checking out their outfits is like sitting through a rerun marathon). Here, Mary-Kate’s lacy number keeps her in step with goody-two-shoes Rose.
Few ladies would even want to pull off Sophia’s regular granny garb. But every so often, the old biddy threw off the cardigans and went golden glam. Who knew Courtney Love would be such a fan of the sarcastic Sicilian’s style?
Hilary and Haylie Duff, we’re onto you. Some may have thought you were shooting a Doublemint ad with these matchy-matchy dresses. But we know the exact Golden Girls episode (season 3, episode 12, thank you very much) you were going for. And why not? We also love when Blanche and Dorothy buy the same peach gown! While your fashion taste may be questionable here, your TV taste is Golden.