Diane Keaton’s trademark style stands alone. In an industry where stylists can pull actresses in a million different directions throughout their career, few have held as steadfast to their own particular wardrobe vision as has the Annie Hall actress. It’s menswear-inspired style, almost always in black and white with occasional browns, and topped off with some assortment of hats, gloves, men’s ties, or a scarf.
Last night’s American Film Institute’s 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute in Los Angeles was meant to honor Keaton’s enviable career on screen, but her longtime friend and Marvin’s Room co-star Meryl Streep also took the opportunity to pay homage to that style by showing up in her own best version of Diane Keaton drag.
Streep opted for a black suit jacket with high-wasted trousers and a black-trimmed shirt. The finishing touch was a black-and-white striped scarf styled as a tie. She also came in a corresponding oversized hat as well. It was very Keaton, but looked great on Streep as well.
The pair go way back. Keaton co-starred in Woody Allen’s Manhattan, which, incidentally, was Streep’s third film credit ever. In that film, Keaton plays a woman who is romanced by both Allen’s character and that of his best friend. Meanwhile, Streep has a small but shining part as Woody Allen’s character’s ex-wife. They’d reunite 17 years later for Marvin’s Room, which saw them paired with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Keaton, by the way, was also on hand to speak at the gala back in 2004 when it was Streep who was being honored. Streep would speak last night as well, but we’ll have to wait until next week when the ceremony is televised on TNT to hear what she said.
Rachel McAdams, Jane Fonda, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Warren Beatty, Candice Bergen, Emma Stone, Meg Ryan and Morgan Freeman also showed up to honor the legend, but Allen, a guy rarely spotted on the west coast, was the surprise guest of the night.
Though a few other guests, including Bergen and Fonda, opted for their own suiting looks, the only other notable person who showed up in an outfit that seemed to be a direct nod to Keaton’s style was Reese Witherspoon.
Not exactly Keaton drag, but exactly what one would expect when trying to find a common theme between Keaton’s style and that of Witherspoon’s usual looks.
Now, if only Keaton, owner of a wonderful Instagram account, could convince her friend Meryl to join the network as well.
An Appreciation of Diane Keaton’s Kooky, Suit-Friendly Style, from Annie Hall to The Young Pope
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen after filming Annie Hall on Madison Avenue, ca. 1977.
Diane Keaton at the 50th Annual Academy Awards in 1978.
Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton at the opening night of Richard Avedon’s exhibition “Avedon: Photographs, 1974-1977” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1978.
Diane Keaton in New York, ca. 1980.
Diane Keaton at the opening of A Mom’s Life in Hollywood in 1992.
Diane Keaton at a Los Angeles screening of Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson in 1992.
Diane Keaton at the “Cool Comedy—Hot Cuisine” Scleroderma Research Foundation Benefit in 1993.
Diane Keaton at the 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1994.
Diane Keaton at a Los Angeles screening of Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight in 1994.
Diane Keaton at the 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1995.
Diane Keaton at New York screening of Unstrung Heroes in 1995.
Diane Keaton at the Los Angeles premieres of What Women Want in 2000.
Diane Keaton at the Los Angeles premiere of The Score in 2001.
Diane Keaton at the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards, where she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy for Something’s Gotta Give, in 2004.
Diane Keaton at the 54th annual Berlinale International Film Festival screening of Something’s Gotta Give in 2004.
Diane Keaton at the Los Angeles premiere of The Family Stone in 2005.
Diane Keaton at the L’Oréal Legends Gala benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in New York in 2006.
Diane Keaton on the street in Soho, New York in 2013.
Diane Keaton at the L’Oréal Paris’ Women of Worth Awards in 2013.
Diane Keaton at the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills in 2014.
Diane Keaton at the New York premiere of And So It Goes in 2014.
Diane Keaton at the L’Oréal Paris’ Ninth Annual Women of Worth Awards in 2014.
Diane Keaton at the Hammer Museum Gala in Garden sponsored by Bottega Veneta in 2015.
Diane Keaton at the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Celebration in 2016.
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