Helen Mirren in Dolce&Gabbana

Posted on December 10, 2012

Helen Mirren attends the UK premiere of ‘Hitchcock’ in Dolce&Gabbana.

Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Irina Denisova



[Photo Credit: Landmark/PR Photos, style.com]

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  • kimmeister

    Best parts of this look: the gloves & the leopard print lining of her coat.

    • Sobaika

      I love the coat, but the flash of leopard is a bit distracting and incongruous here.

      • kimmeister

        It is totally incongruous with the print of the dress.  How cute would it have been with a solid colored dress in, say, plum!

        • Sobaika

          How are we not Hollywood stylists yet?

        • poggi

          Yes, a nice slim sheath with nude hose. Why does she keep wearing these dark tights. I get that with short- short dresses on young women but not here.

      •  If she had worn that coat as a coat dress, she would have KILLED it!

        • Sobaika

          Most definitely!

  • Too much going on.

  • Gretchen Wirges

    Love her. Not the outfit. (Though that jacket is HOT…just not in this ensemble)

  • Introspective

    loving the jacket with some other outfit. *hating* the sheer stockings with sandals.

    the whole effect of the look is entirely too aging– who is daring to mess with her royal fucking fantasticness??? because its making me have a sad.

    • kimmeister


      • 3boysful

         I think they may be suede, lace-up, kinda-sorta-almost booties.  Nevertheless, they are the kind of shoe that should not be worn by anyone who doesn’t have a large calf-to-ankle ratio.  With the dark tights, poor Queen Helen has stumpy legs.  And not lovin’ what can be seen of the dress, either.  I also has a sad.

        • kimmeister

          Yes, I agree on all counts (and would never wear them myself due to the calf/ankle ratio issue).  They’re just not sandals by any stretch of the imagination.

        • Jackie4g

          Dame Helen is divine, but, as you say, she does not have the legs for ankle boots.

      • Introspective

        youre right kimmeister. not sandals on 2nd look. still old lady though. im not into it. 

  • jmorino08

    What the actual fuck is going on here? Did she abdicate her throne to become Helen Queen of Fucking Frumptastica? 

  • MarTeaNi

    Really not loving the black hose, they make this look so heavy.  It looks like one of those porcelain doll heads that you sew onto a fabric body.  Different dress or different coat, I love them both but not so much together.

  • Maddict

    At least she took TLo’s advice about no black tights with open toed shoes.

    • 3boysful

       Don’t you hope that someone she knows reads TLo, and that since TLo normally approve of QHofFF’s style, and have given her such a great nickname, that Queen Helen actually DOES check in here from time to time?

  • schadenfreudelicious

    oh Helen you are far too fantastic to look this frumpy, let us never speak of this misstep again (though please do keep the coat and gloves, they are divine)

  • ankali


    When did she become the patron saint of Dolce & Gabbana? This collection is not a good match for her: it’s so matronly at baseline that anyone older than a 15-year-old model looks ancient in it. And that dress is just plain bad. I SHAKE MY FIST AT YOU, DROPPED WAISTLINE!!!!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Switch to sheer hose and colored gloves and we can talk. Or even just gloves of another texture, like leather. 

  • She needs to walk the fuck away from Dolce & Gabbana and never look back – especially this collection.  This is so not her look.

  • SpillinTea

    Shes morphing into (FIERCE) grandma right before our eyes. I guess it was bound to happen some day. Still, sads.

  • rloliveira

    Bad, bad, bad shoes. Ugly ugly ugly print on that dress. Her face is beautiful. But the rest looks terrible. Except for the coat. I love the coat. 

  • I quite like it!  And I ADORE the socks and shoes the model is wearing!!!

  • annrr

    Coat and gloves yes no to everything else. Altho that dress could have possibly been saved with a killer pair of boots.

  • julnyes

    The coat and gloves are fantastic and these booties are an improvement over those open toe things we have had to endure. The dress would be cute deployed with different accessories. Overall I feel like this is not up to her usual standards, but is a step in their direction.

  • lrober03

    The drop waist on the dress is really not flattering to her figure, and the black on black on black isn’t as chic as on the runway

    • l_c_ann

      But the drop waist should be flattering if they had fit the dress a bit better AND cut out the pattern pieces so the thing didn’t look like a cheap ill-pattern matched slipcover.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t like the booties with this, plain pumps would have been better. I liked the oat until I saw the clashing lining

  • sassy & chic

  • Love her. Love the coat. Like the dress, but it should be just a skosh shorter. Hate the tights; the hosiery here should be sheer. Haaaaaate the shoes. I loathe booties with dresses and what they do to one’s legs. 

  • Judy_J

    I wear tights quite often myself, but not with EVERYTHING!  She should be wearing sheer hose with that dress…the black tights are just too heavy.  And I hate the booties with a passion.  The coat looks great, but the leopard print lining is such a class with the dress that it hurts my eyes.  Love ya, Helen, but your fashion choices lately have me confused.

  • quiltrx

    I’m mentally removing the gloves, tights, and shoes, and she looks fabulous.  Love the coat/cape thingy!

  • Imasewsure

    The top 3/4 of this outfit is great. The bottom 1/4 is a hot frumpy mess (with supp-hose and black othro nursing shoes)

    • Imasewsure

      I’m replying to myself… the tights/boots were so frumpy that I didn’t even notice they were boots with heels… I saw othro. Still doesn’t improve it… now I’m seeing ortho-boots…

  • Zippypie

    The coat with the leopard lining is beyond fab.  The dress was a Queen’s slipcover reject.  *shudder*  What a horrid sack!

  • Janet B

    What has happened here?  Could she have a sloppy twin sister?

    Whatever, better undergarments (bra and stockings) would do wonders for this look.
    I cannot even comprehend her shoes. 

  • That coat is all kinds of fab. I am so jealous, it’s 80 and humid down here in Floridaland. 

  • StellaZafella

    Dame Helen maybe doesn’t need to fire her gays…just take away their gin and tonics while their dressing her.

  • Well, it’s marginally better than the other D&G getups she’s been photographed in lately, but that is a classic example of “damning with faint praise”.  Can’t see much of the dress but at least it doesn’t seem to be a black lace confection.  Like it that she’s wearing a print.  Mixing the blue floral with leopard…..not so much.  HATE the black tights, hate the shoes.  Cmon, Queenie, stop dancing with D&G and go back to your wild independent ways!

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Isn’t this the same dress Amy Adams wore a week or two back?  I never though Amy would trump Helen in the fashion stakes, but I guess hell has frozen over because this is SO not working here.

  • librarygrrl64

    Is she shilling for them or something? 😉

    The dress and the coat are great for her. Good colors, good silhouettes. But opaque hose?!? With sandals?!? Oh, Helen, HELEN!!!

  • jw_ny

    ohhhh Helen!  so close….

  • Trisha26

    I love the coat, black gloves and everything from the neck up. Otherwise it’s dowdy housewife-ville.

  • This is great but for the shoes. Damn, she’s a handsome woman.

  • this would of been SO amazing if she had of not worn the damn stockings! c’mon love, you’re smokin’, and plenty covered up here, it really didn’t need that extra layer.

  • Love the coat and gloves, dress is a bit granny.

  • bertkeeter

    Didn’t know she was playing Queen Elizabeth again????

  • mila_8


  • I like the dress, I like the coat and the gloves. I HAAAAATE the shoes. Though I think the lining of the coat clashes with the dress. 

  • I am going to take to my bed. Queen Helen looks frumpy. 

  • Monday1900

    Hem the dress and coat to the knee and put on some killer knee length boots and you might have something here.

  • The coat is fantastic and I love the gloves. The dress… not so much

  • frankystein123

    What happened to you Dame Helen? 

  • formerlyAnon

    Either the height of the booties or the length of the hem stumpify her legs a bit, and there’s just a little too much going on.

    That said, I like everything she’s wearing and think she still looks pretty darn good..

  • carpediva

    Oh, Queen Helen of F! Begging your pardon, Majesty, but NO.

  • Marcela86

    For me, this is a pretty standard grandma, there’s nothing I can get excited about!

  • Aurumgirl

    I hate the whole thing on her.  The coat’s shape combined with that super long length skirt (it really needs to be shorter by an inch or two) make her look like she’s hunched over.  And the dark tights make her legs look thick and old.  I agree the coat worn as a dress would have looked much better; and I can’t figure out why sheer black hose wouldn’t be suggested instead of opaque black tights.  There is something about this whole look which reminds me of my mother when she simply couldn’t straighten up anymore–alarming in more ways than one (as my mother was almost 90 when that happened) and completely avoidable.  Poor Helen.

  • I like the coat and the dress, but not together; It makes her look dumpy.  The black hose and the shoes aren’t helping either.

  • Oh man, I wish I could pull off gloves. She looks wonderful, as usual.

  • She’s been doing the thick black tights thing lately. I abhor thick black tights, but especially on her. Dame Helen, it’s OK! Sheer hose can be hot! Or you could do a (subtle) spray tan! I don’t like my legs when they’re winter-white either, but there are ways around this.

  • RedRaven617

    She’s in London for god’s sake! It is probably freezing cold and I don’t blame her for wearing black tights and boots. It may have worked better with high boots, but she is Queen Helen of F***enstein. 

  • RocknRollmom

    Tall boots would have made this great.  Not excited about the animal print lining on the coat which I otherwise love. 

  • kschwarting

    I think I like the coat, but who has been styling her so dumpily (is that even a word?  I’m sick and don’t even know anymore) has been doing Queen Helen a serious disservice.

  • teensmom99

    Hearing my late mother’s voice in my head: “I just don’t feel really dressed without stockings.”

  • ShayShay

    Nooooooo!  What has happened?  Helen Mirren is entirely too fabulous for this nonsense.  Who is styling her these days. 

  • bitterk

    I want that coat.  Pronto.

  • Valerie Jones

    Keeping the coat closed and belted (and a tad shorter) would have made a world of difference. I see why she wanted the flash of leopard though.  Easily solved by omitting the dress underneath or replacing with a slinky black slip, and leaving a sassy button undone at the bottom.  I will defer to any lady over 60 on the degree of opacity she prefers in her stockings – I agree that this with the boot appears stumpy, but could have been remedied somewhat by a shorter hem and the attitude she always brings, because the boots themselves are kinda cute in a bit of an HBC way..