In or Out: Helen Mirren

Posted on June 10, 2011

Oh, kittens. We’re afraid our “Red Carpet End Times” prediction has come true. First Iman, then Cate, and now, Queen Helen of Fuckinfantastica has taken a wrong turn. No reports on Swinton yet, but the world waits to see if she can save us all.

Helen Mirren attends the AFI’s 39th Annual Achievement Award Honoring Morgan Freeman.

What we have here is someone who panicked at the last minute. What we have here is hysteria-based accessorizing.  For whatever reasons – perhaps the coming fashionpocalypse? – Queen Helen took one look at herself in a crazy flattering dress that sets off both her figure and her coloring and … covered it up with a lot of crap. Granted, the dress is not without its issues; namely, those flounces running down the front of the skirt. Could have done without those. But otherwise, the dress really looks fantastic on her. So why, Queen Helen? Why did you put a tacky chain belt on? Why the chandelier earrings for a look that didn’t need them? And finally, WHY ARE YOU WEARING A GIGANTIC HEAVY SCARF IN JUNE, DEAR? You can’t possibly be THAT chilly in a sleeved dress in June. And if you are that chilly, than a bolero jacket or something would have been a better idea. Oh Queen Helen. Not you too.

VOTE NOW!

IN! T Lo, I don’t know what’s gotten into you, but she looks FINE!

OUT! It is The End Times! Woe! Woe to us for being unfabulous!

The Minion Opinions on yesterday’s two “IN or OUT” posts were as follows:

Kim Kardashian’s belly dancing businesswoman look got a very loud OUT.

Cate Blanchett’s bargain cruise director togs got an equally loud (and distressed) OUT as well. Hold us, darlings.

[Photo Credit: getty, wireimage]

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      IN

    • Anonymous

      When I saw the pic I didn’t even notice anything except great hair, great smile and damn, I want a body that good at 45 much less at 60-something, so I’m giving her an “if it were anyone else…” IN.  Having said that, I agree that the accessorizing has a WTF quality to it.

    • Anonymous

      When I saw the pic I didn’t even notice anything except great hair, great smile and damn, I want a body that good at 45 much less at 60-something, so I’m giving her an “if it were anyone else…” IN.  Having said that, I agree that the accessorizing has a WTF quality to it.

    • http://twitter.com/draghnfly Kathy Gustafson

      I actually flinched when I scrolled down.

      • Anonymous

        I too had an immense physical reaction to the scrolldown. I recoiled, gasped in horror, and decided that, YES. THE VILE RED CARPET IMPOSTER IS BACK AGAIN!! And this time she’s targeting the queen!!!

    • Jessica O’Connell

      While I agree about the scarf and the belt, I still love the dress and love it on her. I don’t mind the earrings so much, though they need not be so large. She looks fit and fabulous and I am currently jealous of how much better her body is than mine when I’m over 40 years younger. Damn.

      IN

    • http://profiles.google.com/rachelruthlee Rachel Lee

      At first glance it looks fine, but- and let’s count them- earrings, scarf, belt, bracelet, watch, clutch and shiny shoes. Those shoes are gorgeous but can’t save the outfit. Out ):

    • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

      NNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!! She needs to banish whomever did this to her! The dress has vagina curtains for heaven’s sake! VAGINA CURTAINS!

      I need a drink.

    • http://twitter.com/_ignorantbeauty Dee

      I’ll say IN.  She needs to take off the stupid scarf and the belly chain, but I can’t call her out when her base look is an IN.

      • Anonymous

        agreed so why repeat it.  IN

    • http://profiles.google.com/rociosaurio Rocío Vázquez

      I don’t mind the earings that much, I can even ignore the scarf if i make and effort.
      But that belt! i just don’t understand it, it baffles me, it’s just awkwardly hanging there :(
      Out

      • Anonymous

        The belt is what kills it for me. The flounce on the front of the skirt wouldn’t even be so bad if it weren’t fighting with that chain for attention.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that the scarf is way too heavy, but I like the color and length.  I think the shiny hose is worse than the earrings, and I think the silver belt gives it a fun, rock-and-roll, kinky-S-and-M kind of twist.  I say IN!

    • http://twitter.com/marymad mary mad

      The Queen is IN.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      Maybe the belt is an in-joke with Morgan Freeman? The dress looks so great and I like the earrings helping light up her face. The scarf can be explained by drafts, but the belt requires a justification other than how it looks. I still say IN. She just looks like she knows what she’s doing even if we don’t.

    • Anonymous

      I hope I can reach my home and hug my little dog before the sun explodes.  I think this would have been a marginal ‘in’ from me (wow I hate the front of that dress) but I cannot forgive the massive scarf-shroud thing she is wearing, or I should say, is wearing her.  Helen, oh Helen, WHHHYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!?!?!

      • Anonymous

        Laura, perhaps you’ve hit on the explanation for all the recent we’ve been seeing – solar flares! Exerting a weird and hithero unknown influence (of the hideous kind) on fashion icons here on earth.

        Makes about as much sense as anything else short of a massive stylists strike.

    • http://twitter.com/maggie162 Maggie

      In, but only because it would be easy to get that godforsaken scarf off.  No excuse for that, Queen Helen, I expect better!

    • Anonymous

      PS – I really must have those earrings.

    • Anonymous

      I’m giving her an IN here.  Go ahead, say that I’ve been scared by the declaration of Iman and Cate as out, but I like the colour of the dress and the fit, and I like the earrings, hair, and make-up, so I’m going to overlook the belt and the scarf (at great personal cost) and give her an IN.  There!  I said it, dammit!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1002675081 Stacey Noel

      Too many drapey, dangly things drawing my eye away from her shape. The End Times draw nearer. Swinton is our only hope.

    • Anonymous

      Gosh I have no idea how to grade this  ….

      Helen looks great in the dress. It fits perfect. Wonderful color. Those emerald and pearl earrings are to die for The one photos is at a sort of an odd angle which does not flatter her legs at all so I am not sure about the shoes.. The shawl and the bell belt are a WTF. There already so much going on at the waist she didn’t need a belly belt. Furthermore, that belly belt looks like something Dame Helen borrowed from Kim Kardashian … shuttering …. I put the Queen in the same sentence as Kim Kardashian. Perhaps the end times are here.

    • http://twitter.com/marymad mary mad

      Prepare for the over scarf: http://www.vogue.it/en/trends/accessory-trends/2011/06/over-scarves

    • Cydne Butler

      I’m choosing to ignore the belly-chain (she is Queen Helen after all) and forgive the scarf (maybe she’s afraid the air conditioning will be on full-force inside) and give her an IN.

      Because I cannot face a world where Iman, Cate and Queen Helen are OUT

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know what’s gotten into you. She looks great. Except for the neck scarf.
      Still In.
      She can do much better though.

    • aussiegal77

      Hold yourselves, dearies because this Minion is getting the hell outta Dodge.  When the Four Horsemen of the Un-Fab descend – it’ll be sackcloth and ashes for all.  Sackcloth make my hips look big.

      Oh…er….Queen Helen is OUT.  The giant scarf and the douche-y chain belt is just awful.  I just called Queen Helen’s belt douche-y.  =S

    • Anonymous

      Mistakes were made. What with Iman and Cate, and now this, the moon isn’t in the 7th house.  It’s in the 666th house.

      However, she looks so fab in that dress I have to give her an IN. I see this as a strike against the fashionpocalypse. They shall not win.

    • Sabrina Sorich

      it seems that the old goddesses of fashion are dying.  what shall be the new goddesses of fashion?

    • Anonymous

      This would have been an easy in for her. So easy. It’s like she had an A test then scribbled all over it in crayon. The scantron can’t read this honey! F for principle’s sake!

      I see her gorgeous smile so naively unaware of how she scribbled all over this look OR even worse, unCAREING that she scribbled all over this look.  You know what. She KNOWS she scribbled all over it. She knows it. She just said FUCK it. I’m queen Helen of Fuckingfantastica. No one backs Baby into a corner! Not even the Style Gods. 

      She’s knows what she did. She did it on purpose. 

      But those shiny hose…… oh gawd. 

      OUT. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      IN. I’m not wild about the superfluous chain belt, but it’s not awful, and the scarf is probably to ward off the chill from meat-locker-quality air conditioning. The earrings are fun.

    • taodon

      When I heard they were making a Wonder Woman movie, I didn’t expect it was going to have the undertitle of “The Elder Years” – but that Lasso of Truth strapped about the waist is a dead giveaway.  But if people were dumb enough not to know Kal-El was wearing glasses, I suppose this could work.  The draped shawl, however, is the Amazonian accessory necessity, and therefore gives her the status of “Ass-kicker”

      IN – barely – but just because I love Wonder Woman.

    • Aly Light

      Oh, stop freaking out, she still looks great–elegant, even. IN

    • Anonymous

      I’m convinced she has a stain on her left side.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502834383 Jennifer Marie Wegmann-Gabb

      As weird as the scarf is, the only thing I cringed at was the gold belt.  She looks amazing in the dress and I kinda dig the earrings…I’ve got to vote In, because I want to look that awesome at 60.  Besides maybe it is cold in the theater and a scarf is easier than a jacket to take off.

      • Anonymous

        Totally agree. For me, the belt is the only WTF element – I don’t even mind the scarf all that much (it’s a pretty color on her and looks nice with the navy blue). Still an IN.

    • Anonymous

      One thing I completely love about this woman is that she understands that gravity may not be her friend anymore, and good support for the girls makes a load of difference.  Dear Queen Helen of Fuckinfantastica, please explain that to the crop of 40 somethings who still think they are 20 and defy gravity. Please?

    • http://smalldog.wordpress.com/ Small Dog

      Now now, darlings, calm down.  The best she’s ever looked?  No.  The End Times?  Hardly.  She simply didn’t follow Chanel’s rule to take off one thing before she left the house.  Lose the scarf, maybe the belt too, and amp up the shoes if you have time.  It’s a miss but she hasn’t abdicated the throne of Fuckinfantastica yet.  IN.

    • Anonymous

      Out, the accessories just ruin it.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t scare me like that!! I thought I was going to need to call my therapist! She’s not that bad. The scarf is weird and stupid and the shoes and hose are not worthy of Queen Helen but the dress is FAB, her hair and make-up are FAB and she’s wearing the belt because she’s Morgan Fucking LeFey, people! Have you forgotten!? And therefore she can wear douchey medieval belts whenever she wants for nostalgia factor so shut right up about that belt! She is IN. 

      • Anonymous

        (I’m sorry for cussing but sometimes the occasion calls for it)

    • http://profiles.google.com/galalefey Gabriella Ripoll

      In. I kind of dig it. The belt would work better if the flounces were gone, though.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sharon.terrill Sharon Terrill

      Queen  Helen of Fuckinfantastica can where whatever the hell she wants.  That’s not a scarf, btw.  It’s a wrap she’s using as a scarf.  Probably because it gets damned cold in a theater.  One thing i’ve noticed is that when I’m not having a hot flash, I’m fucking freezing.  Peri-menopause sucks; I can only imagine what fun menopause will be.  Cut her some slack, boys.

      • MilaXX

        eh, I don’t get the freezing, but the hot flashes are no joke.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

          Although I think I’m perilously close to perimenopause (like that?) I’m almost always freezing, and I hate being cold in movie theaters.  Also, I don’t believe T & Lo that they would have liked a bolero jacket better with that dress.  The wrap is fine, the belt is weird, the hose are awful, but she looks great, and she’s an IN.

          • MilaXX

            I can understand carrying a wrap for the theater, but I cannot cosign posing with it. Give it to someone to hold, and no a bolero would not have been better.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

          Although I think I’m perilously close to perimenopause (like that?) I’m almost always freezing, and I hate being cold in movie theaters.  Also, I don’t believe T & Lo that they would have liked a bolero jacket better with that dress.  The wrap is fine, the belt is weird, the hose are awful, but she looks great, and she’s an IN.

      • Anonymous

        I hear ya, sister. No internal thermostat on this peri-menopausal kitten either. And I’m with you on Queen Helen, too, except I can’t help but wonder: are those L’Eggs Sheer Energy Hose she’s wearing? If you’re going to wear hose, why those?!?

    • Rand Ortega

      Your Highness: Ditch the scarf & the belt & we’re cool. Love ya! God, that body…

    • http://profiles.google.com/marlon.satchell Marlon Satchell

      I think the Queen’s look is salvageable. An “IN” from me.

    • Anonymous

      I actually like the scarf. The belt is all kinds of wrong and confusing and the shoes are kind of bad, but still, IN.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with the overaccessorizing, but she’s still IN.  Looks great.  

    • http://twitter.com/alienspouse Jen Alien-Spouse

      Dress – YES! Shoes – Yes. Earrings – Yes. Scarf – Eh. Belt – Why?

      Actually I have a theory as to the belt, I think the chain came off her handbag so she tied it around her waist so she wouldn’t lose it or get it all tangled up in the bag.

      So I’m tallying her score to be an IN, but a pretty whiffy one.

    • Anonymous

      Lose the belt and scarf and it’s perfect, plus she’s giving good face and her make-up/hair look fantastic.
      IN!

    • MilaXX

      *Sigh*

      OUT for me. I fear the end is neigh. Swinton is out only hope.

      It does indeed appear that Dame Helen in fear of the fashionpocalypse over accessorized herself. I could forgive the earrings and perhaps the flounces on the dress since the fit and color are good, but the ginormous scarf and 1987 club belt just tip the entire look over the edge.

    • Anonymous

      I love the dress, can tolerate the scarf, the belt is hideous!! She is gorgeous still, isn’t she?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RK5MAF2VNT32ULNYFIXDANTEC4 Terence

      No, OUT.  I can’t even muster the energy…Ugh.

    • http://twitter.com/frappefest ru

      Still IN.

    • http://twitter.com/frappefest ru

      Still IN.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      IN.  That colour is fabulous on her.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      IN.  That colour is fabulous on her.

    • Anonymous

      She looks fine.  Leave her alone!

    • Anonymous

      She looks fine.  Leave her alone!

    • http://www.facebook.com/kati.irons Kati Irons

      Even the shawl I can forgive…women of a certain age need protection against temperature fluctuation….that’s just truth, but I’m just so confused by that belt.  I don’t feel she’s “out” as much as she was mugged by that belt. 

    • Anonymous

      While the belt looks silly and the earrings are a bit much, she’s still fantastic: IN.

    • http://profiles.google.com/aislingoconnor Aisling O’Connor

      Looks like same root front frou-frou dress Donna Karan wore to the CFDAs. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katie-Heim/708520610 Katie Heim

      That is such a shame. That dress is impeccable, WITH the ruffles. Why oh why would that belt, scarf and (to a lesser degree) those earrings be used to ruin that beautiful dress. Why god. Why.

    • Anonymous

      The belt is just dippy–what on Earth…?–but I like the rest.  Great color.  And I like the scarf as an accent, and the earrings frame her face well.

      So, IN.

      But I will assume that she lost a bet at some point, or was playing Truth or Dare, or some other external thing that forced her to put on a belt in public that has nothing to do with the outfit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Teresa-Rebecca-Cunningham/100000219160779 Teresa Rebecca Cunningham

      Qualified OUT. 
      For HMirren this is pretty bad, but that’s just because we know how geed she can be. If she lost the chain belt and changed purse she’d be acceptable. And on someone like JSimpson I’d call it a win.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1751548758 Todd Gangel

      Anyone else think the scarf and belt were added for the sole purpose of distracting from the…um…”ladylike” appearance of the dress? She’s basically wearing a big, blue cooch from the waist down. My guess is, she looked in the mirror one last time, realized this, and decided to pile on some stuff that would draw the eye away from that area.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      OUT!  She has on way too much shit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

      It’s not that bad. Especially in comparison to Cate Blanchet’s fall from style yesterday. Its an IN simply by comparison.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

      It’s not that bad. Especially in comparison to Cate Blanchet’s fall from style yesterday. Its an IN simply by comparison.

    • Anonymous

      wow, the dress is gorgeous on her. Fab. Maybe the giant shroud is an unnecessary attempt to cover her neck? But there is no possible explanation for the chain belt, the shiny hose, the ugly bag and insanely large earrings

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49702581 Susan Bullard Mayer

      Still an IN.  She can easily take off the extra crap.

    • Joyce VG

      Everyone accessorizes incorrectly sometimes.  I will just mentally take away the scarf, earrings, belt and shoes and bask in the glory of a beautiful woman wearing a lovely jersey (?) dress.  IN.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, boys. IN.

    • Sara__B

      Oh, how I love Helen Mirren, but this is clear case of hysteria-based accessorizing. OUT. (Queen Helen has taken quite a few fashion missteps lately. Sadly, it’s getting much easier for me to type her name and the word OUT in the same paragraph.)

    • Erika Shor

      Oh come on. She looks FINE. Maybe she would have looked even better without the scarf, but still… In.

    • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

      Here’s how I think this is going down. The red carpet goddesses above are all meeting via sinister teleconferences, stroking their hypoallergenic and non-shedding pet of choice, and cackling as they come up with these getups. Perhaps they’re torturing their stylists for insubordination, forcing them to take credit for these crimes. Maybe they’re just laying the groundwork for some explosion of fabulous later this summer. I can’t pretend to know what they’re planning, what their endgame could possibly be, but I do know they’re in this together and sinisterly enjoying every minute of it. 

      I will just sit and watch and wait for this all to make sense. I have faith.

    • http://twitter.com/elizonthelam elizabeth

      In. The earrings are too big with the scarf, the tacky belt needs to GO, but i actually like the scarf. A teensy bit much, yes, but i have a thing for scarves. Always have.

      Also, and i will happily take whatever flack anyone wishes to throw at me for this, LA has not been all that warm lately. (June Gloom is definitely in full swing) Lows in the 50s. Of course that still is very not really that cold, but we’re all temperature pansies when here in SoCal. No matter where you’re really from. I’ve been in sweaters and scarves when going out at night. So yes, TLo i would say it’s THAT cold.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sorana.tarmu Sorana Tarmu

      No. Not her too. OUT.

    • Anonymous

      In.  Only the shoes bother me.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Wow, even Mrs. Obama wouldn’t belt that dress.
      Add shoes that look like they came from the JC Penney catalog, and you get a very unfortunate case of “out”.

    • Anonymous

      How amazing is she? I hope to God I can have a body that fit looking when I’m her age. She’s stunningly beautiful. I love that dress but have to give her an out — too shiny with the accessories and that scarf looks like it weighs 20 lbs. The fashionapocalypse has begun!

    • Anonymous

      Her body is amazing, even in not the greatest dress. Why cover it up with that crappy scarf? I’m sorry, Helen, but you set the standard. OUT.

    • Anonymous

      i can hardly breathe, 1st Goddess Cate now Queen Helen.  someone please help me…OUT

    • http://dearauntnettie.com/museum dancinfool

      The dress is great on her.  The styling is atrocious. Out.

    • Anonymous

      IN. The dress looks great. I am willing myself to ignore the over-accessorizing.

    • Anonymous

      Sure, the accessories are bad, but that face!  That hair!  That makeup!  The way she stands without crossing her legs like someone who has to pee on the red carpet!  She’s fabulous.

    • Anonymous

      In. She’s somewhat imperfect but still radiating Fuckingfantastica.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      the weather has been really weird here in LA. it’s been hot & cold on the same days, w/ five minutes of rain here & there–not strange for other parts of the country, true, but here nobody expects it. that would explain the scarf.

      the earrings would be okay if the shoes were okay, which they arent. but the real nutsness, i think, is the belt over a dress whereupon a belt makes very little sense. the whole thing’s an almost-ran.

    • Anonymous

      Agree with everything you said but I just can’t give her an out. I can still see that fabulous figure under the stupid belt, and my delusional thinking is strong enough to ignore the stupid scarf. IN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Juline-Débaul/100002426617563 Juline Débaul

      I think a bolero might have been a bit clichéd. The scarf might have looked very stylish, had it not been June.

      Just so we can protect ourselves from The End Times, I will say IN, and see where people go with it. Not the best IN by any stretch, and totally see everything you see, but I will go with IN.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe her neck was cold as she was running out of the house. And the purse & shoes are dowdy. Anyone remember Baker’s, the classic low end mall shoe store circa 1970? She may have found the matchy set at their going out of business sale. Also her legs look jammed into the shoes — thick. If she does have thick ankles she needs somebody to help her figure out how to set them off with the right shoes. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1374511853 Sara Yungwirth

      I’m giving this one an IN. The accessories are just unfortunate, though.

    • Anonymous

      SPot on critique, although I think the flouncy things on the front of the dress would be great if not competing with a totally useless belt.  And not only is it a thick, full scarf, it’s worn in an idiotic manner.  So staged, so posed.  Who got our queen and what is their evil plan?

      Or… maybe this is like the Tim Tebow golf picture making the rounds – a photoshopped fake to discredit her?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BUKL3CV3Y66UWR7BWYJMPSDRR4 Annie

      IN

    • Anonymous

      “hysteria-based accessorizing”

      You guys are GENIUSES of commentary.

      I cannot call either in or out. The accessorizing is wrong. But the base look is fabulous and she is Helen Mirren and most 35 year olds would feel lucky to look so good. She’s out, but she’s also in.

      It’s not fabulous, but does she need to be fabulous? She’s o.k. Except for the belt.

      In-ish

    • Lies L.

      Not the best choices all over, perhaps, but she still looks better than approximately everybody else. Besides, I love that dress and the other stuff isn’t horrible enough to make me call this an out. IN.

    • Anonymous

      all hail the queen. Still the queen. Still Helen of Fuckinfantastica! (kneel peasants).

    • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

      IN!  You guys have been complaining over the lack of jewelry lately, and Dame Helen was trying to fix that for you!  :)  I don’t really like the scarf or belt, but otherwise she’s looking good!

    • http://twitter.com/A_SmallFry AC

      IN. Apart from that scarf she, I think she looks great! She probably could have done without the chain belt but I don’t think the red carpet situation is as dire as you think.

    • Anonymous

      I refuse to vote…. but, it’s the belt-thingie that kills it for me. Ugh.

      One word in defense:  Maybe the warm scarf ’cause it’s been unseasonably chilly in LA…  

    • Anonymous

      I refuse to vote…. but, it’s the belt-thingie that kills it for me. Ugh.

      One word in defense:  Maybe the warm scarf ’cause it’s been unseasonably chilly in LA…  

    • http://www.manoneileen.com Manon Eileen

      I actually think she looks nice, although I too can’t care less for the chain belt and the earrings. Nevertheless, it’s an in.

    • http://www.manoneileen.com Manon Eileen

      I actually think she looks nice, although I too can’t care less for the chain belt and the earrings. Nevertheless, it’s an in.

    • Anonymous

      “Oh Queen Helen. Not you too.” Indeed!!!
      I mean it looks like a perfectly good dress hiden behind a gigantic scarf and an out of place belt and i loved her more with the hooker shoes and not the midle-age-aprtopriate=dredfully boring ones. I Kind of dig the earings, but she is still OUT

    • Anonymous

      OUT. The accessories completely kill it. Remove them and it’s a definite IN.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L45O634UYINX3IZCHBWUWT3DRM Christina

      The dress is beautiful and she looks gorgeous in it.  I don’t even mind the belt.  The scarf and the shiny pantyhose with open toed clashing shoes is the problem.

    • Anonymous

      oh tlo, the queen’s hair, makeup, and dress are  so fabulous that i can look beyond the belt and the scarf! i also hate the shiny hose. but really there is nothing here that a quick gay mugging… i mean intervention, on they way inside couldn’t resolve. cate’s  outfit was horrible and needed to be burned. iman had too  much color going on and put the top on incorrectly! it is not quite yet the end of days.

      in!

    • Anonymous

      It’s Helen. I have to say IN. I do love that color blue on her.

    • Anonymous

      It’s practically the 4th Doctor’s scarf!

      I’m so tempted to call out for the scarf and the silly silly chain, but it’s a great dress, don’t mind the hose, shoes and bag, and I have an unnatural love for large dangly slightly artsy-fartsy earrings. And, her hair is really perfect here.

      IN

    • Anonymous

      Love the hair, LOVE that I can see actual crow’s feet and smile lines on her face, love the dress….that balances out the WTF random accessorizing. I’ll give her an IN and now I’m off to the treadmill because she has 20 years on me and that body is bangin’!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1058892053 Lilly Goren

      She would be awesome in the dress and earrings alone…no scarf, and no horrible belt. Love the dress on her. 

      • Anonymous

        Even just the earrings alone! Rrrrowf!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3CGY36NG25QFIZQOLMH7SQTKLU andrew

      Why, Helen, why?  Actually, I love the earrings.  The dress is fine– it’s a great color on her.  The jewelry is just right.  But that belt!!!! I think she MIGHT have been able to get away with the silly scarf, being the goddess she is, if she hadn’t also piled on the belt.  That belt would never ever never ever work with that dress.  put it with the scarf, and, sob, its an out. 

    • http://twitter.com/Briadru4 Britney

      That scarf… pains me. But I think the dress looks pretty hot, actually. Great color for her. 

      IN

    • aimee_parrott

      Oh nooooooooooooooo!  Clearly it is time to stockpile food and weapons, for lo! the end is nigh.

      Queen Helen (oh, Helen!) is OUT. 

      Our doom is upon us.

    • http://twitter.com/DaggerMitten Lauren Nastachowski

      Yes, Vagina Curtains indeed I’m having a drink for/with you Fifi LaRoux! Terrible and I heart her so much.  OUT! 

    • Anonymous

      Take off the crazy high school drama teacher scarf and she looks fine. A mild in. 

    • Grace Ritt

      Ugh, I really never thought it would come to this. I always love EVERYTHING she wears. If the accessories had been silver, I would have even forgiven it! A very distressing OUT.

    • Grace Ritt

      Ugh, I really never thought it would come to this. I always love EVERYTHING she wears. If the accessories had been silver, I would have even forgiven it! A very distressing OUT.

    • Anonymous

      OUT!

      The chain and scarf are just ridiculous.  I dislike the vag ruffles and the earrings…but would have over-looked them had she not gone with the other over-the-top accessories.

      That’s the 3rd…so we’re done for!

    • Anonymous

      OUT!

      The chain and scarf are just ridiculous.  I dislike the vag ruffles and the earrings…but would have over-looked them had she not gone with the other over-the-top accessories.

      That’s the 3rd…so we’re done for!

    • Madeleine Laulund

      That scarf looks, well, bizarre, but perhaps she really was cold – sometimes, you can wear three sweaters and still be freezing your ass off whilst the kiddo next to you is wearing shorts and a tank top. Cold is not always weather-dependant. As for the belt… There really is no excuse.

    • Madeleine Laulund

      That scarf looks, well, bizarre, but perhaps she really was cold – sometimes, you can wear three sweaters and still be freezing your ass off whilst the kiddo next to you is wearing shorts and a tank top. Cold is not always weather-dependant. As for the belt… There really is no excuse.

    • Madeleine Laulund

      That scarf looks, well, bizarre, but perhaps she really was cold – sometimes, you can wear three sweaters and still be freezing your ass off whilst the kiddo next to you is wearing shorts and a tank top. Cold is not always weather-dependant. As for the belt… There really is no excuse.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MN3NQ262BP3YF2RQJ4DYQQBDMA Shalia

      It’s clearly the end times.  The person who predicted the rapture was clearly off by a month.  I can’t make myself call Queen Helen an…  not in, but she’s clearly… not in.

      /cry

    • Patricia Biswanger

      This breaks my heart, but . . . out.

    • http://diaryofaconsumerpunchingbag.blogspot.com/ Laura Ann Springer

      Out…I blame the scarf, the scarf killed it. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360770877 Camille Carnahan

      i say “in”, but barely. i just keep imagining that maybe she thought she’d be chilly and added the scarf. ?? no excuse for the belt though. i think the earring would’ve been fine if it werent’ for the other stuff in addition. you know what they say ladies, “take one accessory off before you leave the house.” or maybe two.

    • Anonymous

      OUT, OUT, OUT…..

    • Anonymous

      OUT. Hair and make up is fine. The rest is a hot mess.

    • Anonymous

      Ugly scarf. Dumb belt.  Still IN.

    • Anonymous

      Ugly scarf. Dumb belt.  Still IN.

    • Anonymous

      Ugly scarf. Dumb belt.  Still IN.

    • Anonymous

      Out.

    • Anonymous

      OUT. I’m getting seriously scared.

    • Anonymous

      Not crazy about the scarf, but its not a deal-breaker. Like the earrings. I think the whole outfit could have been salvaged if she’d left off the chain belt. Still – it’s Queen Helen so she gets an automatic IN.

      • margaret meyers

        Yeah, the belt is the only fatal mistake here.  In the close-up the scarf is doing nice things to her face, so maybe she didn’t have a full-length mirror and didn’t see that the belt was REALLY not working, and the scarf was not right. 

    • Anonymous

       I say IN because despite the horrid belt (WHYYYY) she still looks slammin.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

      Didn’t I tell you!  I called it yesterday!

      HOWEVER, she’s an “In” here, only because I think – minus the stupid scarve – she looks fabulous & the color is great on her.

    • Ted Kane

      Yeah, she looks fine.  I’d lose the belt, but I’m digging the scarf, and the earrings just don’t bother me. In.

    • http://joansbooks.blogspot.com/ lilithcat

      I don’t get this!  The dress is fabulous on its own, but where the heck did that silly belt come from?  Dump the scarf, dump the belt.  I don’t mind the earrings; I think they look worse because of all the other accessories and that on their own they’d be fine.  But look at that face and that smile! 

      IN.

    • Anonymous

      Nooooooooooooooo. Maybe someone dared her to wear that belt and scarf just to see if we were paying attention? That must be it.

      Be strong, Swinton. We’re counting on you. The future of fabulous is in your hands.

    • http://twitter.com/MarieanneDH MarieanneDH

      I don’t care about the scarf, or the earrings, or even the belt.  The color is great on her.  The makeup is subtle and elegant, ditto the hair.  And LOOK AT THE BODY ON THAT WOMAN.  She is in her 60s!  She is fabulous.

      IN-IN-IN darlings.  IN.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GTUWLNT6JIKVDYS2U4TQDTWFN4 Maria

      Out…. but I’m not happy about declaring it that way

    • Leslie Carver

      I’ll tolerate the massive scarf and stupid belt given how great she looks otherwise. IN.

    • Leslie Carver

      I’ll tolerate the massive scarf and stupid belt given how great she looks otherwise. IN.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with Ms_Flyover – I wanna bod like that when I’m post-menopause. Lady Helen is IN.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t mind the earrings, actually, and the bag & shoes are cute.  But the chain belt and the wrap have got to go!!  It’s a great color on her (remember when “having your colors done” was all the rage?  She’s a “winter”, for sure) and the style is super flattering to that great shape of hers, but all the goodness is outweighed, alas, by all the extras.  Sorry, Queen Helen:  OUT.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.  Either get rid of those accessories, or pair them with a simple sheath in that color and silhouette.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Nestor.Chocolato NesTtor Chocolato

      IN  but the scarf  kind of out of place

    • http://www.facebook.com/Nestor.Chocolato NesTtor Chocolato

      IN  but the scarf  kind of out of place

    • http://www.facebook.com/Nestor.Chocolato NesTtor Chocolato

      IN  but the scarf  kind of out of place

    • http://www.facebook.com/Nestor.Chocolato NesTtor Chocolato

      IN  but the scarf  kind of out of place

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erin-Hines/620149309 Erin Hines

      In without the scarf and belt. It’s nothing close the the atrocity Cate the Usually Great foisted on us yesterday, so I’m will to give it a pass.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      Iman, Cate & Helen.  Bad fashion happens in 3s.  Hopefully that’s the end :)

    • Anonymous

      Just fix the accessories and she’s cool, she’s in… *deep breath* everything’s okay… everything’s okay…… *rocking back and forth*

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UDBCEX7F43LCBKPOIVVVLQVILE Mary Nau

      IN

      Love her hair.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      OUT.

    • http://profiles.google.com/stevens.abby A. W. Stevens

      IN.  She’s smokin’ hot…

    • Anonymous

      IN enough

    • Anonymous

      She should have followed the rule,to take off sm accesoriz before you leave.The style divas i have some rough patch lately…

    • http://moodring54.livejournal.com/ moodring54

      Why is this happening to us?! *shaking and crying*

    • Lisa

      I say IN!  

    • Anonymous

      I agree about the belt and the scarf, but I have to say IN! She IS the Queen, after all and her hair and makeup are great. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

      WHY?  Why Queen Helen?!  

    • Anonymous

      IN

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

      Queen Helen here is so timeless that she is apparently outside the regular seasons as well. I’d still give her an IN though- the scarf looks fine as long as you’re in air-conditioning. 

    • Anonymous

      A belly chain?!? Really? Oh, Helen. That dress is KILLA and you spoiled it. Should have taken Coco Chanel’s advice before you left the house. A very sad OUT.

    • Anonymous

      In. Although I agree it is over accessorized, the scarf frames her beautiful face and adds extra pleasure for me in seeing her (especially in that middle photo). And you can still see how fantastic she looks in that dress. 

    • http://twitter.com/HotMessHousWife Sammi M

      It could have been so much worse, and that dress is CRAZY-fabulous on her even with all the crap accessories, so I’m saying:

      IN.

    • Glen Coleson

      i didn’t like it at first glance, but its growing on me. Definitely over-accessorized. 

      She could have done the scarf and belt, or the ‘rings and bangles, but not both. Still the dress is so flattering i have to go with IN

    • Anonymous

      The scar’s all wrong, but the suggestion of the Bolero jacket is all kinds of good. Now I wish she had worn one of those instead. OUT.

    • Anonymous

      No need to gape heavenward and tremble, y’all. I fear we’re all succumbing to mass hysteria on the heels of Cate’s inexplicable appearance the other day.  Yes, the scarf is silly, and yes, the chain belt is a major misstep. But you remove those two accessories and you’ve got a woman of a certain age looking fabulous in a flattering dress and pretty shoes.

      IN.  Everyone take a deep breath, now.

    • Anonymous

      I know what happened. Her stylist put the dress out on the bed and then got an urgent text from his husband that the cat was taken to the emergency room. Helen, being the gracious fabulista that she is, told Taylor to drive him to the LA Cat Hospital STAT (in the Bentley of course, with the blue light on top).  She then threw on the fab dress but was busy thinking about her garden and accidentally piled on her usual hippy crap. By the time she had valeted the Range Rover at the premiere (drove it herself, windows open, 95 mph) it was too late for anyone to run interference.

      That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

    • http://twitter.com/Wintour91 manionista wintour

      You guys are crazy. It’s a fucking IN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637520850 Madison Chua

      She looks great!…..from the neck up. Anything below her collar bone should be shredded and burnt and buried under a huge rock.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Just/100000398823204 Matthew Just

      Save the Snow Queen, save fashion.

    • Anonymous

      Girl’s selling it. IN!

    • Vaniljekjeks

      In!

    • Anonymous

      Whew, thank God that’s a gold chain around QHF’s waist – for 1 moment I thought it was a fanny pack!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

      As long as Dame Helen can rock a dress like that at her age, I’ll give her a pass on the accessories. 
      bitchybitchybitchy

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630168379 Brian G. Cox

      Definitely an OUT (but it has been unseasonably cool in Los Angeles for June)

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, that’s a good point, Brian… it’s been a bit cooler outside in LA lately. It’s been like… normal weather or something. Not stupidly hot.

        Like your car is only slightly turned into an oven by the sun.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      Great dress, but it is definitely covered up with a lot of crap.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      Great dress, but it is definitely covered up with a lot of crap.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FNFWER3VPXZGG4B6QCJVIPYEDM AntonijaM

      Fabulous dress, and Dame M looks happy and relaxed, but we could definiately do without the huge scarf and the goofy belt.  The earrings and bag were quite enough. 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, that scarf and that chain belt thing are completely unnecessary and cluttering the look.
      I’ll still give her an IN though, because otherwise she looks amazing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

      OUT, but only because of the horrid, left-field-sourced scarf.

    • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

      Out. Without the scarf and belt, it’d be fine. The belt is just bizarre. It’s like wearing a belt on a already belted dress.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-McIlrath/673340132 Heather McIlrath

      i literally looked at the picture and screamed, “WHY?!?!!”

      …so upset…

    • frankystein123

      Because she is a Dame, Imma give her a bit of leeway here, so I’ll let her IN, but I have to take her scarf and burn it.