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Angela Lansbury looks a million dollars in black lace

Dame Angela Lansbury attends the Olivier awards at the Royal Opera House in London. Photograph: David M Benett/Getty Images

We’re not alone in harbouring a soft spot for Murder She Wrote super-sleuth, the Gentlewoman magazine cover star and, as of Sunday night, Olivier-award-winning stage actor Angela Lansbury. Her outfit deserves a standing ovation, too. First curtain call for putting a slim, scalloped-edge black lace jacket over a slinky, bias-cut dress – that, ladies and gentlemen, is how to layer with panache.

Take another bow, Lansbury, for those accessories: pointed, ruby red slippers with a French-blue clutch, sheer black tights and a sparkling flying bird brooch. It’s all a far cry from the usual corseted dresses and blush-coloured court shoes seen on the red carpet – suggesting that this winning ensemble was not conceived by a styling team but put together by the woman herself.

As Lansbury herself said: “Here I am, creeping up to 90, feeling like a million dollars.” And looking it, too.

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