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A Tribute to the Life and Style of Joan Rivers

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Hollywood Walk of Fame 1989

Joan Rivers is Honored with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame - July 26, 1989
In the late 80s, Joan received her well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in this delightful blonde hair and red suit combination. Her huge, pre-surgery smile was the ideal accompaniment to her sleek bob cut, whilst the over-sized shoulder pads and elongated suit-jacket gave a perfect example of how to wear male tailoring in the 1980s.

Tonys 1990

Joan gown
Whilst this garish gold gown was not one of Joan’s best looks, it is definitely one of her most memorable with those ginormous puffball sleeves! However credit where credit is due, that curl-infused updo was an absolute treat, whilst those striking red lips were as timeless as always. If you can ignore the dress, this was a truly elegant style.

Emmys 2005

joan rivers black gown
With daughter Melissa on her arm, Joan rocked the red carpet in this bedazzled black gown with statement neckline. From this image (and her facial cosmetic surgery), you wouldn’t think Joan was a day over 45, let alone in her 70s , which she was when this picture was taken. Her smokey eyes and gentle red lips gave an edge to her soft and romantic curls, showing that younger styles – if done correctly – can work for the older lady.

The Comedy Central Roast 2009

joan rivers gold
In 2009, Joan appeared on the ultimate comedian Q & A The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers, looking fabulous as she did so. During her appearance, Joan took the black and gold colour combo to a whole new level, sporting a sequinned gold jacket with a complimentary black collar. Her modest jewellery and LBD provided the perfect foundation whilst her perfect albeit enhanced smile screamed happiness. Perfection.

The Late Show with David Letterman 2013

Joan Rivers late show
One of Joan’s top comedy topics is the slamming of other celebrities, one such victim being Britain’s best loved songstress, Adele. After meeting Adele for the first time at the Oscars that year, Joan poked fun at the singer’s weight, claiming “She should add ‘fried chicken’!” to the title of her single Rolling in the Deep, amongst other offensive quips. Whilst I don’t condone her jokes, I do commend the jacket that she wore whilst delivering the insults, as it adds a beautiful pop of colour to an otherwise monochrome outfit. A vibrant yet suitable look for an ageing lady.