Helen Mirren in Nicholas Oakwell Couture

Posted on February 11, 2013

Before we get to the Grammys and Downton Abbey and Fashion Week and all that other stuff that kept us up till 1 am and then had us springing (rolling, really) out of bed at 6 am, let us start the day off with a prayer.

Helen Mirren attends the 2013 BAFTA Awards in a Nicholas Oakwell couture gown.

Nicholas Oakwell Spring 2013 Couture Collection

Oh, excuse us. That’s not a prayer, that’s a song. A happy one.

Queen Helen has lately been in a style rut, as far as we’re concerned. She seemed to want to dress appropriately for her age and her body, but had trouble settling on a style that fulfilled those requirements while still being fun and fabulous. The result was a lot of poorly chosen looks that wound up resembling widow’s weeds.

But HERE; here she’s having tremendous fun with her fashion again – and it shows. And isn’t that the Number One rule for style? Before every other consideration, you have to have fun with it. You have to like not just how you look in it, but how you feel in it.

Sure, we wish the dress was a little more colorful and fitted a little better to her, but in the end, the look on her face and her own body language sell this garment like nothing else could. Also: cotton candy hair. Gotta love it.


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

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  • I’m totally in love with this.

  • RzYoung

    Yep, she looks like a perfume advert 🙂

  • Annabelle Archer

    The gown says “formal” and “mature”. The hair says “fun” and “youthful”.  Good on her for playing with the such a blatant mix of the two.  

  • What a rack. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how to wear a bra.

    • Having just had a professional bra fitting last Friday for the first time ever (and then dropped some serious cash on some bras that actually fit) I heartily agree!

      • EditKitten

        I’ve been doing the REAL professional bra-fitting thing for about seven years now, and my 32FFs thank me every day for it. The cash is soooooo worth it!

        • butterflysunita

          I had a professional bra fitting for the first time a few months ago!  It was amazing.  The fitter was so horrified by my old bra that she picked it up like it was a dead mouse and asked if she could throw it in the garbage.  

        • lovelyivy

           Yup. The first bra fitting is often a revelation for folks like us with non-standard sizes. Being told that you’re not the 36D you thought you were, and ACTUALLY you should be looking at a 32E changes a whooooole lot. Also means that you will be dropping some serious change on foundation garments for the rest of your life, but at least you’ll look good while doing it.

          • Yeah, it was a little hard to move from a D to an F, when I was only mentally prepared for a DD, but I’ve gotten over it. My husband has taken to referring to them as a nice looking pair of Fs!

          • EditKitten

            We as women are programmed from a very young age to think that we shouldn’t be bigger than X (a D, tops, methinks) and OMG IT’S TERRIBLE TO BE AN A. It’s so mental. I mean … the last time I went to Victoria’s Secret, they told me I was a 36C. Um, no. I got the biggest kick out of being a band-size 32. 

            Wearing the best bras even under the simplest T-shirt changes everything. Your wardrobe fits, you feel better, you’re sexier … my husband never has a problem when I go bra-shopping. And unlike said chain store above, the best bras are both sexy and properly fitted.

          • laurenoodle

            If you have already been fitted and wear a weird size that nobody sells, try Ewa Michalak, it’s a Polish brand with cute bras in many sizes for around 40$ each. On the website, it says the lowest band size they go to is a 30, but if you email them they will make you bras with smaller bands for no extra charge.

        • Yes! My 36Gs stay looking good with the help of some serious cash, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

          • Kathy_Marlow

             I order mine (32G) from the UK.  Try brastop.com   They carry a great line called Curvy Kate that is the best one I’ve found and they have sales all the time.

        • editrixie

          Sometimes. I spent thousands of dollars over the past few years trying to find one that was comfortable enough that I didn’t want to rip it off and set it on fire within 10 minutes. I finally found one, but it’s not the most supportive. I’d buy one, wear it just long enough to despise it, and then couldn’t return it because of that. Thousands of dollars. I truly don’t think there’s one I can tolerate that will support the DDs properly. I hate bras. Hate them with the white hot fury of a thousand burning suns.

      • GorgeousThings

        The right fitting bra makes you look 10 years younger and 10 lbs. lighter, doesn’t it? Which reminds me, I gotta get over to Nordstrom and get fitted again. It’s been about a year, and that’s a good time to have it done.

        • capybara_cafe

           I was fitted at Nordstrom and they tried to cram me in to one that didn’t fit because it was the biggest cup size they had. Where are all you ladies finding someone to do a fitting for non standard sizes? I’m getting a J in a UK cut online right now (from bare necessities), but I’m not really thrilled with the way the underwire still tacks.

          • EditKitten

            In New York/New Jersey, we have Intimacy. In Norfolk/Virginia Beach/DC, there’s The Full Cup. Both are amazing — The Full Cup changed my life. Give them a call, and I’ll bet they know shops in whatever area you’re in.

          • olsonam

             A local bra boutique should have non standard sizes.  I lived in a mediumish city in Oregon and even they had one.

      • DeborahJozayt

        Do you folks have any recommendations on where to go for a pro bra fitting? I go to Soma right now, but maybe there’s someplace that gives better support? 

        • EditKitten

          I’m double-posting here but I’m just so jazzed about my bra people that I have to share the love:

          In New York/New Jersey, we have Intimacy. In Norfolk/Virginia Beach/DC, there’s The Full Cup. Both are amazing — The Full Cup changed my life. Give them a call, and I’ll bet they know shops in whatever area you’re in.

        •  They don’t have the most “conventional” tee shirt bras but Agent Provocateur sized me properly about 5 years ago and I’ve never looked back. Even bras that are all lace support and shape me perfectly (34E).

        • butterflysunita

          For New Yorkers (or anyone who might visit New York), I highly recommend Iris Lingerie in Brooklyn.  http://irislingeriebrooklyn.com/  It’s small and the service is personal and excellent.  

        • butterflysunita

          For New Yorkers (and those who visit New York), I highly recommend Iris Lingerie in Brooklyn.  It’s small and the service is personal and excellent.  

    •  AMEN.

    •  I don’t know..  to my eyes, it looks like she’s not wearing one.

      • On a woman her age with her breasts, I assure you she is. And it fits properly, which does not mean baby heads hoiked up to eye-level.

    • mmc2315

      LOL, absolutely one of the first things I thought when I saw the pics.  Too funny.

  • BuckeyeLou

    She looks Fabulous!  I love where she is twirling the skirt around. And the hair is totally Fun!

  • MoHub

    In my book, it’s a WERQ. Especially the pink hair.

  • Verascity

    The second-to-last picture is one of the most Goddamn charming things I’ve seen all week.

    •  Absolutely!  I just love her face and delight in her dress!

    •  Totally agree! Love her!

    • 4JJ


    •  I agree. And I’ve seen pictures of baby platypi.

      • butterflysunita

        She is my inspiration.  I want to be wearing a beautiful dress and having that much fun when I’m her age.  

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Word-should I ever grow up, I want to be like Helen Mirren.

    • Chickadeep

      Could not agree more. One of my favorite pictures of her—or any celeb, come to think of it—ever!

    •  That is a fabulous photo. I may have to save it to my computer, if that’s allowed.

  • ccinnc

    That dress is gorgeous – I’d never take it off if it were mine, but wouldn’t do it justice if it were. The next-to-last picture of her is esp. fabulous.

  • MilaXX

    Queen Helen is the new PINK! LOVE IT! She managed to make modify the dress to suit her and looks lovely!
    Bow down, mortals.

  • Fed_Up18

    I love how she defiantly lined the bodice. It’s supposed to be clothing, you obnoxious designers, not a walking peep show!!!

    • Lisa_Cop

      I like that she lined it but IMO it went overboard from ultra sheer to bedspread heavy. Also don’t like that the dress is now pleated below the waist. Still, she looks great.

  • Judy_S

    I am particularly tickled because it is clear that the gown actually has been made to fit her.  Perhaps because she has a great figure which is not that of a runway model, she doesn’t seem to end up with clothes that almost fit. I particularly like the way the lettuce hem is exactly the right length. That’s my idea of couture.
    Thanks for posting this bright an early. I wanted to see the pink hair!!!

  • Vaniljekjeks


    AHH I love everything about this.  Especially the hair.  I might have a pink hair fetish.  

  • appliquer

    The second to last photo just makes me smile. WERQ!

  • Chickadeep

    She had me at the cotton candy hair. LOVE her. 

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Even her breasts are beamin’

  • LambeeBaby

    Love the hair and the fact that SHE is obviously loving it as well. I hate the dishwater color of the gown. I have seen so much of it and always reminds me of old panties.

  • God she’s fantastic.

  • Frank_821

    totally agree with everything you said.

  • SistaT

    I love her so much.  It can be so tiresome to see how serious celebrities are about their fashion.  To see her having fun, smiling, twirling, sporting pink hair … it put a smile on my face.

  • Bowing down. Love the twirling and posing; she is clearly having a grand old time and I love her for showing it.

  • PastryGoddess

    WERQ it Gurl!

    Love love love this look.  And Brava to Dame Helen for showing us lesser mortals how to have fun with her fashion

  • MoHub

    And look at that face! Wearing every crow’s foot proudly. Those with drum-head taut, immovable pulled-back faces need to take notes.

  • Buffy

    fabulous fifty ways to Sunday, love the hair!

  • Bow down for the Queen.

  • SublimatedRage

    She’s doing a Gone With the Wind Fabulous Twirl (c) there!

  • Stubenville

    I wish there were more contrast between the fabric and embroidery. In the first photo it looks like there are some unfortunate lumps or wrinkles over her bust, and she should probably continue seeing Katy Perry’s hairdresser.

  • Pants_are_a_must


  • mhleta

    A style rut? I’ve really liked most of the things you’ve posted of her of late. She never fails to delight me. This dress has some fit issues, as you say, but the pink hair thrills me as does her attitude. She’s officially my role model.

  • I love the movement of the dress when she twirls…and i love that she twirls!!!

  • Damien W

    I have to find video of this — that dress looks like a true walker. The way she’s working it in the photos is pure artistry.

  • I hope Kelly Osbourne is taking notes. THIS is how it´s done.

  • i wanna hang these pics up and admire them any time i get depressed for turning 30.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    She’s twirling!
    LOVE IT!

  • AmeliaEve

    This is a fabulous start to a rainy day. Who does not feel like a pretty, pretty princess in a twirly skirt? She loves it and it shows. And the pink hair is a fantastic way to balance the neutral tones of the dress. A perfect pretty pastel, fun and romantic.

  • VanessaDK

    This is SO proof that you can play with your hair color no matter how old you are–will show all my friends this pic next time I die my hair purple.

  • Beardslee

    makes you realize that usually on the red carpet it’s usually very tight dresses, Blue Steel, and cruel shoes.  How refreshing to see someone delighting in her clothing.

  • Crazy colored hair is not just for the young! Go, Helen!

  • Le_Sigh

    How fun is she????

  • nannypoo

    Do not love pink hair on anyone, but she looks great in the dress.

  • SneakyKitty

    That is some godess-like dress-swishing.  I can’t stop staring at it.  On anyone else, that hair would be ridiculous, but on her it’s charming and fun.  

  • I adore her. That second to last picture may not be a prayer, but it’s an answer to one. Beautiful.

  • Mary229

    The joy in these pictures is infectious.

  • I love her, AND this dress. Not a fan of the pink hair, but I’ll let it slide because it’s Queen Helen. 

  • Tatiana Luján

    I don’t like the pink hair.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    She can dramatically twirl a skirt like no other I have ever seen. Also, that pic of her looking up in glee at the rain? Beautiful, stunning, awesome, gorgeous, adorable, and FABULOUS.

  • snich11

    I thought you guys hated that dirty dishwater (non)color…but everything else about the dress and her is Fabulous I must say.

  • We will only know if she is fully recovered if she’s NOT wearing hose and peep toes. But in that dress we’ll just be left to wonder. I think it’s fabulous that she is swirling around and having a good time in it.  She looks amazing. 

  • I think she could have gone a bit more sheer on the chiffon – not the lining, mind you – just the overlay. But lovely, nonetheless.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

     I saw the thumbnail and thought, “Helen has Pink hair? I LOVE IT!!” The only minus for me in these pictures is the gown color…it’s a little draining on her skin tone. But she is a queen, nay, a goddess and she is twirling that dress for us and I adore her for it. Long live the Queen of Fanfuckingtastica!!

  • Lilithcat

    LOVE the pink hair!  Particularly since I’m considering a wild streak of color now that mine is growing back.

    And she does look as though she is having tremendous fun, and that’s what counts, no?

  • quiltrx

    I can’t think of a thing I would change here.  The dress is absolutely magical.  And I like her super-fun hair…it reminds us that she’s an elegant lady, but she doesn’t take herself TOO seriously.

  • afabulous50

    That is a LOT of dress to swirl around…

    The hills are alive…with the sound of music….

  • SugarSnap108

    Her hair is PINK!  I love her.  Normally, I would hate this color dress on anyone, but the pink hair makes it work (which is a sentence I never thought I’d type).  And it looks far better on her than the model, who is clearly and inexplicably not wearing a bra.

  • Sorry, hate the bust seams and her pink hair.

  • Dear God,
    Please make me half as fabulous as Helen Mirren.

  • julnyes

    I just adore her. It warms the cockles of my heart to see her looking so fabulous.

  • SassieCassy

    werq it!! although i dont like the pink hair bc she is too good for trends

  • Beverly Kozma

    That completely sheer version on the model:  embarrassing and tacky.

  • Fan-fuckin-TASTICA!

  • marigi

    Cotton candy hair is one big step towards senior citizenshp. Why, oh why??? I also wish the sleeves were more fitted, because it makes her arms look weirdly big, but otherwise she looks fab.

  • BrooklynBomber

    No likey.

  • decormaven

    All hail Queen Helen! Great dress and wrap, and love the hair.

  • nosniveling

    LOVE her!!

  • kathryn_dc

    I sense a Helen Mirren film festival at my house…

  • shelley514

    No Queen Helen.

  • kschwarting

    Is her hair pink for a film?  I’m not sure I love it on her.

    The dress resembles drab curtains, but she’s selling it by her sheer exuberance.

  • GorgeousThings

    We all know I love me some pink hair!!!! I think I need to get mine dyed now.

  • kimmeister

    I can’t see pastel hair on women of a certain age and NOT think of Mrs. Slocombe.  Well, at least she’s dressed 1,000x better than Mrs. Slocombe.

    • MoHub

       Ya know, I always kind of like Mrs. Slocombe.

      • kimmeister

        Mrs. Slocombe and her love for her feline were, in fact, awesome.  Her hair was great fun too, but she was not the queen of Fantastica.

  • Zippypie

    I adore Helen Mirren.  This dress doesn’t fit her in the arms.  She has batwing underarm and the arms themselves are too wide and floppy.  The waist looks a little large too and this color washes her out.  It’s her attitude and exuberance that carries this and that gets a bow down from me on any day.  But the dress and the pink hair (?), I’ll pass on that.

  • EEKstl

    As if I didn’t love her enough…

  • beebee10

    Twirl girl! You are Wonder Woman!

  • capybara_cafe

    She could wear a Glad bag and she’d still be the fiercest one on the red carpet. I love this dress, even though something in me is screaming that I shouldn’t. Luckily I was able to shut it up with a cookie.

  • Denise Alden

    I saw this last night and squealed with joy!  I could see nothing but the pink hair, and I still was in love.

  • kat89

    Why does Helen Mirren have pink hair?

  • unbornfawn

    A lovely way to start the day. Thank you!

  • Judy_J

    Oh, you sassy thing, you!  Makes me want to dye my hair pink, too!

  • Second to last picture of her looking up at the snow…AH-MAZ-ING!!!  Just shows that even with a dress that has way too much fabric and a hair trend that should have taken a hike a long time ago she can make it look wonderful!  Snaps to you!!! (Cause I know damn good and well I wouldn’t be able to rock either of those things!)  LOL

  • Call me Bee

    Fabulous and so much fun (and thanks God for the lining…) 

  • EditKitten

    The Brits (Europeans in general — mine are all European brands) have bras right!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Love it!  Love her attitude even more!  Like a happy little girl jumping around in her favorite party dress. We need more fashion moments like this.  🙂

    • unbornfawn


  • Way to go Helen!!  You look fabulous and you can tell you are loving it

  • Mazenderan

    No no no.  I know she gets a lot of love here – but I find her unbearably smug and attention-seeking.

    The dress is ill-fitting and the shade of washed-out ballet tights.  Awful.

    Overall – looks like Miss Havisham got into the hair dye.

  • A royal twirly dress!

  • snarkykitten

    Dear Kelly Osbourne: THIS is how you wear pastel hair color

  • AngelaGreen

    Queen Helen of Fuckingfantastica, pray for us!

  • Corsetmaker

    Aw I love her, and I like the hair. Why the hell not.

    The dress… I like that dove grey shade and I basically like the dress – but – it looks like the addition of the lining has upped the weight of the dress so much that it’s now dragging the whole dress down from the shoulders. It’s a little big and it needs a waist stay to support all that skirt fabric.

  • Yosa Addiss

    I love seeing a woman in a dress she loves so much she spins in it.  What could be better?  Gorgeous. A+

  • Cathy S

    I love this soooo much. Rock it, Queen Helen!

  • beautiful dress & she looks so happy wearing it — and she has a face that actually shows happiness! Her face moves! her face is… real, and beautiful, and actually a face, as opposed to a Kidman-esque mask (or Ryan or fill-in-the-name-of-the-movie-“star”-here)… let’s hear it for NO botox. 

  • BookishBren

    The hair is fabulously “Mrs. Slocombe”. J’adore her!

  • jw_ny

    A real bold move for her to make her pop of color be her hair…love it here.  (I hope she doesn’t stay with it tho.) She knows she looks fab,  🙂

  • I have actual feelings of love for this woman.

  • guest2visits

    Beautiful; the dress is wonderful on her as is the sweep of pink across her hair. 
    Love it all  – a seriously elegant dress and cape in such a demure shade, and she’s wearing it as light as a feather.

  • wawawah

    Loose the stole! She’s beyond fabulous!

  • This looks so much better on a women with curves.

  • fashionzombie


  • I love her hair and look at her face! She’s so perfect. 

  • LittleKarnak

    That smile is the best accessory!!!!!

  • Puckndc

    Now THAT is how it’s done!!!

  • Trisha26

    Love Her. Love the dress. Hate the hair.

  • Wasn’t the point of this dress that the waist falls low on the hips? The change murdered the dress. It took it from beautiful simply lines that draw the eye, to looking meh. Not my fav. 

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    OMG, that is AMAZING!!  I mean – I LOVE the dress, and I LOVE the hair!  And the lovely, quiet color of the dress totally makes the hair pop!  It’s just a wonderful, ethereal look all around.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Queen Helen was clearly in love with that dress and how she felt in it-love, love, love.

  • kathrineb

    This may sound weird but the picture of her looking up at the snow is adorable.  Not loving the dress but LOVE her hair and her smile.

  • FridaStaire

    Lovechild of Miss Havisham and Zandra Rhodes!

  • Her hair is pink! I love this bitch!

  • Holy shit. Her hair. I love her. She gives zero fucks. 

  • ccm800


  • PinkLemon

    what?? no! no no no. bad color, fit, design, the hair looks ridiculous as well. her attitude is the only thing working here.

  • Alyssa

    I love the pink hair on her, and while I don’t like the color of the dress on her, I love that she looks like she’s having fun.