She played Elizabeth II in 2006’s The Queen and Dame Helen Mirren is a Queen of the Fashion World, not to mention the acting realm. The Triple Crown winner presides over the style scene with good grace, serving as brand ambassador for L’Oreal. And this April 30, the 45th Chaplin Awards will honor her with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual award.
Known for her outspokenness, this celeb never holds back tidbits of wisdom delivered with her inimitable candor — and generally a liberal number of F-bombs. “There isn’t a tip or piece of [style] advice that works for all,” she said at a L’Oreal event. “I think ‘fake it’ is a good one, but going to the gym isn’t bad, either.”
Part of the reason Helen is so adored is because she never fails to shatter expectations. That goes for the way she lives her life in general, and in particular, with her fashion sense. Never content to merely play the blonde bombshell she was sometimes typecast as, early on in her career, this icon is opinionated and unafraid to show it.
She’s also not averse to taking a well-calculated fashion risk. Helen was one of the first to hop on the wet hair trend at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. And no one has forgotten the 2013 BAFTAs, when she stepped out in a fairytale gown crowned by a delightful pink bob. She’d been inspired by a recent episode of America’s Next Top Model, she explained to the press.
And as for that BAFTAs dress, it was Nicholas Oakwood Couture and just one of multiple ivory confections Helen has given a twirl.
Of course, she switches up her wardrobe all the time, never paying too much attention to any one designer — though she does have a soft spot for Dolce & Gabbana. No matter what house it comes from, rest assured that Helen’s ensemble will always be as refined as it is tasteful. Usually, there’s a note of daring involved, too, if not in her hair and makeup then in the tailoring or the accessories she picks out.
For those less formal occasions, few people can rock a midi dress so well. And just when you think you know what she’s going to do next, she’ll step out with a fanciful fascinator or a blossoming Roger Vivier clutch.
Black leather, shaggy blue fur, ultra violet brocade — Helen’s tried it all. Moreover, she makes it all look so effortless, no matter how edgy or even out-there her outfits might be.
Congratulations, Helen! Here’s to a fashion role model who will only continue to surprise and inspire us. — jas