Glamour magazine's 22nd annual Women of the Year gala Monday night honored a few of the coolest ladies on the planet.
Girl power was the mantra of the night. "I have a rule I live by: Never trust another woman who doesn't have girlfriends," said presenter Julianna Margulies, in Chado Ralph Rucci, before the event.
This year's main designee: Selena Gomez, for dominating the entertainment scene and her work with UNICEF. More famously, Gomez just made headlines for splitting up with fellow superstar Justin Bieber. He, in turn, was in Manhattan last week to perform at the Victoria's Secret fashion show.
Pre-show, Gomez said she was nervous, but she was the image of polished perfection in Giambattista Valli.
"I'm pretty girlie-girl, especially when it comes to getting ready and getting dressed. I like to listen to music and eat some chocolate and relax," said Gomez on the red carpet, adding that she had lots of female friends.
Other honorees: shutterbug Annie Leibovitz, actress and writer Lena Dunham of HBO's Girls, Olympians Missy Franklin, Gabby Douglas and Carli Lloyd, J.Crew's Jenna Lyons, and Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We're guessing that it's probably the first time that Ginsburg has ever had to share the stage with a former Disney starlet with a fabulous blowout.
"I love the shoes, the fashion, the dresses, the bling," said gymnastics all-around champ Douglas pre-show.
The charmingly low-key Ginsburg turned up with her hair pulled back in a scrunchie. "The black robes judges wear leave little room for stylistic innovation," she told the audience, adding that she and fellow Justice Sandra Day O'Connor did have a little fashion impact. They wore lace collars and "we added sewn-in pockets" to the robes.
Dunham, who has a supporting role in Judd Apatow's This is 40, confirmed what Apatow had earlier revealed to us: she took his teen daughter Maude to see Justin Bieber live.
"I watched the movie alone and cried. I took Maude to the concert. I also was staying put in my seat until the very last moment. Take what you will from that," said Dunham, wearing Roksanda Ilincic, during arrivals.
Ethel and Rory Kennedy took home the Generations award. More famously as well, they made headlines recently for having family member Conor Kennedy date – and apparently then part ways with – songbird Taylor Swift.
"She's great. We do keep in touch with her," Rory Kennedy told reporters on the red carpet.
And the night had a few revelations as well. Lauren Hutton, who presented to Lyons, told the audience that the world's most famous J. Crew client didn't get a discount. "The first lady pays retail, not wholesale," Hutton told the packed house.