Kate Winslet in Alexander McQueen

Posted on November 26, 2012

And speaking of dressing for the venue


Kate Winslet holds her CBE, for services to drama, which was awarded to her by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, England in an Alexander McQueen suit paired with a hat by milliner Natalie Ellner for Ellsewhere.

Miss Kate gets it done. Could she have possibly worn anything that says “JUST MET THE QUEEN, BITCHES” any louder than this? When else can one get away with wearing a dead bird on their head?

On the other hand, her lipstick looks like she just spent an hour in a closet making out with a member of the queen’s staff. Seriously, girl. What happened there? Touch that shit up before you pose for the cameras.


[Photo Credit: Mark Large/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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    • HomeOfficeGirl

      This is so ridiculous.  Services to drama, indeed.

      • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

        She’s getting her Joan Crawford on, that’s for sure.

        • neadsie

          That was my first thought too. She has gone full Crawford/Swanson.

          • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

            Seriously.  She is ready for her close-up now.

      • patticake1601

         Its an honor to receive a CBE from QE2.

        • HomeOfficeGirl

          Totally undertand the honor.  I just think she’s putting on a face more sour than honored and it looks really silly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535548244 Kim Baker Vidas Davey-Irvin

      … is her eyebrow permanently arched now?

      • hyperionic

        Sure looks that way. These are the perils of botox. 

        • joything

          I was just saying, Her eyebrow is scaring me.  Put it down!

        • Le_Sigh

          Ohhhhhh – I’ve been noticing that too – I was wondering if her face got tired maintaining that arch just so.

        • JosephLamour

          OMG that’s freaking me out. LOL. I think the outfit is FEROSH, tho. 

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I can’t help it-I just love that hat.

      • Mismarker

        Very Disney villainess!

        • amf0001

          I was going to say early Cruella…

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

         I reckon she had it pinned there deliberately to work with the hat.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMEB3XKJCE4WL62SKN473LWBXQ Frank

           It does arch quite nicely into the fold of the wings there!

      • deltabronze

        Maybe it’s the lady version of blue steel.

      • rainwood1

        I’m thinking that’s why she has the asymmetrical hat that comes down so low on the face.  An attempt to distract from the high-flying eyebrow.

      • kaycem

        THANK YOU.

        i was really about to type “so, i have a question about her eyebrow…”  i gave her a pass at first, thinking she was just serving Better Than You haughtiness but it’s clearly frozen there.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD

        Crap.  Now I cannot unsee that eyebrow.

    • LadyCelia

      Fabulous.  Wonder why her right eyebrow is so very arched in every shot.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        i understand that can occur as a result of a bit of a botox misshap…see also Kylie Minogue….

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

          I think it’s kind of awesome. And I like the idea that she DID spend an hour making out in the closet with one of the queen’s staff.

          However… shouldn’t one wear hose to meet the Queen? My mom admonished us for bare legs at church; I could never meet the Queen without proper hosiery.

    • RebeccaKW

      Love the dead bird, and I think she does look pretty great.  But man, that peplum is huge. Girl is tiny and that thing is giving her massive hips/ass.

    • A. W.

      Honestly, I hope people never get tired of the peplums. They’re so ridiculous and fun.

      Only two negatives are things you pointed out: old lady lipstick and the outfit makes her look a little wide.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dalca4 Denise Alcantara

      In these shots alone, her eyebrow needs a medal for ‘services to drama’.

    • out for a walk

      Mostly I find her ability to so dramatically arch one eyebrow rather impressive! It goes fabulously with her suit and hat.

      • MinasAunt

        I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed– it’s sooooooo way up there it makes me hurt just looking at it.

    • nancylee61

      She reminds me of Carol Merrill of Let’s Make a Deal, showing off the newest fragrances behind Door # 2.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      I LOVE this, drama by way of Tippi Hedren.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      …thou art lost and gone forever, dreadful sorry, Clementine.

      • bookish

         I think the reason Kate Winslet always looks a bit off to me is that in my head she will always be Clementine…just a regular looking girl in an orange sweatshirt with crazy hair. Obviously that’s not at all who she is in real life and I can’t seem to get used to it.

        • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

          i honestly believe not giving her the oscar for eternal sunshine fucked up her entire career and life.  now she seems like just another uptight, ‘serious’, awards actress.  

    • http://www.katidom.com/ Kati B

      Does her right eyebrow ALWAYS cock like that? She’s definitely serving it up, but I’m completely distracted by the rogue eyebrow. What’s that about??

    • http://twitter.com/nova1000 sarah

      Stunning! As someone who similarly lacks the ability to force lipstick to do my bidding, I say this is a WERQ. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      Those pebbles will damage her heels.

    • http://twitter.com/tangodiva Tanya Wade

      Wowsa. I am loving the hat, it gives me life, death, and afterlife as a Saville Row tailor who works secretly as a spy for HRH.And I kind of love the suit, because it shows the body I fell in love with on Kate, the one I would have switched teams for. But it’s a little aging, perhaps? Oh well, I’m not getting any younger, and I just fell back in love a little bit. 

      • kschwarting

        I was thinking (hoping?) that Kate was reverting a bit to her former hourglass figure, but it might just be the suit. 

    • neofashionista

      i think she looks fierce as shit
      and i love the dead bird comment

    • MinasAunt

      While I like the drama of the look and I understand that there is a certain code for meeting the Queen, I am not sure that she looks all that great here.  I think that the dress could be more flattering and  the makeup makes her look a little older than she should.

      • poggi

        I agree. I think the hair color also ages her a bit.  She looks fresher as a more natural blonde or brunette.  This white blonde seems a little harsh on her.

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

      The dead bird’s soul is drawing Kate’s eyebrow to heaven with it.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

         I’m laughing so hard at your comments my eyes are watering.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      Wow, she is incapable of smiling now, is she. The hat is ridiculous and the suit isn’t that flattering. You are on your way to become Dame Kate Winslet, lady. You can do better.

    • http://profiles.google.com/awilsongirl Amy Wilson

      Something about the front of the jacket is off to me- maybe the lack of buttons or some sort of visible closure? I don’t know- I just don’t love it. And add me to chorus of people weirded out by the rogue eyebrow. 

    • Mismarker

      Serve it up.  She looks amazing.  I think she is wearing a lighter shade of lipstick on the “inside” part of her lips.  It gives the illusion of a thicker pout.  Maybe not very convincing in broad daylight.

    • sk8tfan

      mommy, mommy, she’s wearing a Dalmatian puppy on her head!

    • http://promiscuouslola.com/ Cate

      “Could she have possibly worn anything that says “JUST MET THE QUEEN, BITCHES” any louder than this?”No. No she could not. 
      SHIT she looks good. Working that suit!

    • Janet B

      Um…it’s a fantastic suit (and hat), but maybe she should have saved it for her 60 yr old self.

      • hac51

         Exactly.  This is easily aging her some 15-20 years.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZLU6YVO4BRTELTTH3GRAAMWZQ Dot

        It’s Buckingham Palace — doesn’t everyone dress more maturely when they pay a visit to the Queen? Given the circumstances and the venue, I think it’s a perfect look.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Hate the bleached hair, but otherwise, LOVE it.

    • Judy_J

      And what’s with the cocked eyebrow?

      • Judy_J

        Seems I should have read the comments before I made mine about the eyebrow.  But seriously, that brow has a life of its own!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      I need to look up the wardrobe protocol for meeting the queen.  This seems severe, but I’m sure there are reasons.  What gives me a sad is botox brow.  I so hoped she wouldn’t go that route!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZLU6YVO4BRTELTTH3GRAAMWZQ Dot

        If you watch the footage where she is interviewed after her CBE acceptance, her forehead wrinkles and moving brows make it pretty obvious that she hasn’t had botox. She’s always had powerful, expressive brows.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

           That’s some Joan Crawford realness then.  Good for her, and I’m delighted to be wrong!

        • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

          She’s being awarded a medal for services to drama.  Wouldn’t that imply that her one eyebrow is deliberately drawn arched higher than it’s mate?  The one is pulled well above the brow bone while the other is only slightly coasting above it.  I think it’s funny, like a giant question mark.  Very dramatic and appropriate.

          Anywho, love the suit, the hat is also funny, and I really hate her roots.  She couldn’t get her roots done for the queen?  I still love her.  Heavenly Creatures will always be one of my favorite movies.I don’t know why people would assume it’s botox, considering she has *ahem* lines on her forehead and around her eyes.  

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZLU6YVO4BRTELTTH3GRAAMWZQ Dot

            Yeah, I agree. If that’s botox, it’s certainly not accomplishing its intended purpose!

    • Puck Thornton

      How very Alexis Colby. Is she sucking in her cheeks?

    • http://twitter.com/LauraF775 Laura F.

      Ugggghhhh, a bird killed itself on the side of her head, and she’s wearing too much foundation.  No.

    • decormaven

      But what is an eyebrow to do when it has killed Cock Robin?

      • Jennifer Coleman

        It seems to have frozen.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Oh, give me a break, Lady Winslet.

    • amaranth16

      The nail polish makes her look terribly washed out in opposition to the makeup.

    • miagain

      That suit is not doing her any favors…

    • Lilithcat

      Absolutely killer hat!  

    • http://www.facebook.com/AdriannaGrezak Adrianna Grężak

      This is a great moment. Congrats to her, well deserved 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1447060898 Lori Wade Miller

      Perhaps the bird wing is hiding a little piece of tape holding up her eyebrow.  I’m not one for wearing dead animals, but that hat is awesome.  I think she looks fab.

    • StellaZafella

      The cocked brow is teddibly brit in a best Noel Coward sense for “Eat this, bitches”.
      The hat, the hair and the outfit right down to the Peplum would have made the old Queen Mum smile as she said: ” Fix your lips,dear…Harry’s not THAT good a kisser.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063532157 Jeanne Moran de Grasse

      She looks very nice, but a bit on the Cruella de Ville side.  The stuck eyebrow isn’t really helping past the first shot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

      She looks cray as hell. It’s all fantastic but she looks like a caricuature of kate winslet’s evil twin or she sold her soul or something.

    • http://twitter.com/shinobi42 Shinobi

      It’s like EVIL Kate Winslette!

    • Carla_Charlton

      What’s up with the raised brow?  She’s looking very Mildred Pierce.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Too bad she couldn’t act for “Mildred Pierce”.

    • l_c_ann

      Meet the fiercest right eyebrow in all the Empire!

    • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      haha, those strapping boys in uniforms are nice!
      anyway, killa look. love the dead bird.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Evita, Evita, Evita, Evita……

    • http://twitter.com/dollsaga Dollsaga

      she aged much faster than she should be.

    • MaryanneGirl

      UTTERLY fantastic! 

    • another_laura

      So very glad you served up the comment on the lipstick, guys, it’s what I was thinking but you say it so much better!

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      Hate the peplum, it makes her ass look huge

    • crash1212

      The cocked eyebrow under the dead bird is pretty near perfection.

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      I love it! Perfecto. And nice that she made sure she had a fresh mani, too.

    • Imasewsure

      Dame Lana Turner

    • Jepham

      First the eyebrow creeped me out, then I noticed the polish on her thumb nail is chipped and her lips are reminding me of Julie Andrews. The outfit looks very “meet the Queen” but since that’s what she was doing, it’s okay.

    • greyhoundgirl

      Is her face too Botoxed for her to actually smile?  Because she looks pissed off.

    • librarygrrl64

      Still hating the platinum hair (too harsh), but she looks stunning.

    • marilyn

      I first thought her hat was supposed to be a butterfly wing, but you’re the expert.

    • http://www.lifeinspice.com/ rose88

      She looks like a Madame Tussauds wax statue of Kate Winslet.  Curses to Botox and its sinister ability to suck all the emotion and humanity out of even the most beautiful faces!  But I do like the fit of that suit and the crazy cool feather hat.

    • jw_ny

      I love her raised eyebrow…she’s really working the entire look.  Her shoes are rather a snore tho…love the rest.  

    • nannypoo

      At first I thought this was kind of hilarious, but the more I look at it the more I love it. She looks adorable.

    • Allison Woods

      Give Kate some credit–she looks really good for a gal in her late 50s.

      • alyce1213

        Good one – Love her, but I was thinking the very same thing.

    • beebee10

      she serves it UP! love the supremely arched eyebrow. 

    • Jecca2244

      that eyebrow arch! snaps.

    • alyce1213

      How does she do that eyebrow? I mean– I’ve seen a raised eyebrow before, but her arch is without peer.
      She looks older than her age (she’s never really been a girly, young type), but she’s gorgeous.

    • par3182

      Meanwhile, outside the palace gates, World War II continued to rage….

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      My son just came up behind me and said, ‘hey, it’s Madonna.’ Ya’ gotta’ admit; the over the top-ness of this look does lend itself to the comparison. In other words; it’s aged her 15 years. Is her eyebrow trying to run off and start it’s own solo career?

    • http://twitter.com/evegord eve gordon

      Bout the lipstick?  Pretty sure she did the outline color darker than the fill-in color — an 80s trick for making your lips look like they have more dimension.  Which, obviously, doesn’t really work.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KM5F6YLMLXS3AIQ5H3BIIIVABA fabulous

      She looks terrible.  1) Needs a pop of color on that suit.  2) Suit makes her look thick.  I love her curves and all but something about the suit is off.  and 3) The dead bird needs to be an inch or two back so it’s not over her eyelid.

    • quiltrx

      I do love a well-executed peplum!  Girl was serving it up, wasn’t she?  And I see the hat as a giant, dead, mutated butterfly.  In a good way. :)

    • formerlyAnon

      I like her face. I always like her face. Not always so much her acting. The hat is very effective at a distance, though I can’t say it’s attractive, and I especially like the collar of the jacket.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Sponge/100000465550991 Bob Sponge

      Kate, lower your brow. It looks just too old-lady severe.

    • Sara__B

      The eyebrow. The look on her face. I had to find a video interview with her following this ceremony to find out if she really has become as bitchy as she looks in these pictures. And I’m glad I did. She’s alive! She moves her face! Her eyebrow isn’t stuck there! And she’s honored but humble, and quite likeable, in the interviews. I am SO relieved. Carry on, Kate!

    • http://www.hazelnutgirl.blogspot.com/ Hazelnuts

      Oh I hope she’s going back to curvy again! I love the whole outfit but have to agree with everyone else, what the heck is up with that eyebrow?

    • http://twitter.com/miamoreno_ Mia

      I like the drama of the headpiece, but it does look like a dead bird. It’s her hair color that’s all wrong. Also a deeper lipstick color would have been better. Very nice suit, great suit, actually!

    • Anathema_Device

      So how much bad luck would it be to put a bird hat on the bed?  (referencing the Campari post)

      I wish I liked this more. The suit is fab. And while i’m all about hats and headpieces, this just looks a bit costumey to me. Maybe one someone else it would work?

    • Judih1

      The suit is mature and funeral looking – even if it is McQueen. But the hair color? The color doesn’t work for her, especially with the roots showing

    • EEKstl

      Love the hat.  The red nails are a good touch too.

    • MoHub

      There’s a very Hitchcockian heroine vibe to that look.

    • carzieb

      Her lipstick matches the ribbon of her CBE…..just sayin’

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      LOVE huhr!!

    • bitterk

      She gets more interesting each year.  

    • kcarb1025

      That outfit makes her look as wide as a semi-truck. Unfortunate.

    • ccm800

      Hey Sharon Stone! You look good with a little meat on…oh. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1832126583 Mary Lauer

      Suit and hat FAB. Makeup makes her look like she is channeling Mommy Dearest. It’s too harsh of a look for her.

    • http://frockpaperscissors.blogspot.com/ kvlm

      Skirt needs to be longer for her and that hat is ridiculous.  And I love ridiculous hats but that just makes her look like Ms. Slocum from Are You Being Served.

    • murt

      Gosh her makeup is horrible here………. And it makes her look so much older too.