Helen Mirren in Dolce&Gabbana

Posted on March 27, 2013

Helen Mirren attends the 2013 Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards in London in Dolce&Gabbana.

Dolce&Gabbana Lily of the Valley Print Jacket

Dolce&Gabbana Lily of the Valley Print Prom Dress



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

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  • Oh. Oh my. This is is….hmmmmm….not good. It’s taking me back to the Laura Ashley dresses with all that floral action. Why is she so in enamored with this D&G collection? It’s not doing a thing for her. She is starting to give me a sad.

  • Kirsten Kirsten


  • beebee10

    She’s wearing her Queen Elizabeth drag to an event by the Prince, so I get it. Awfully dowdy and prim though, but sort of a fabulous print.

  • The dress is pretty and age appropriate, but I WISH it had a better, open neckline. That would look so much less stuffy. With the pearls it just makes me feel claustrophobic. And the shoes are far too sensible for Ms. Mirren. Yuck.

    • j_anson

      Gotta say, I’m in my mid-thirties and I’m already finding there’s only so far I can push my feet in terms of non-sensible shoes. Perhaps she just decided she didn’t want to be in pain that day. I mean, she’s still got a three-inch heel, there. They certainly aren’t your average granny shoes.

      • MilaXX

        thankfully this season kitten heels are back with a vengeance.

        • Qitkat

          Someone’s gotta say it, I would wear the shit out of a pair of bitter kitten heels ;-p

          • When T.Lo have finished with this book business they can expand their empire into bitter kitten heels and PUFfy coats.

          • Yes and YES!

  • Janet B

    The jacket or the dress; not both.

    • I was thinking the same. And then I saw that she wore just this dress with a plain black jacket back in December. It wasn’t all that spectacular then either. So maybe it should be this jacket with black pants or a black pencil skirt and skip the dress all together.

      • Janet B

        I looked back and you are right. I like the neckline better on the dress, but that’s about it.
        It is nice to see her wearing the same pieces more than once, too bad it’s all of that print.

    • Exactly!

    • korilian

      I can take the jacket and the dress (older women don’t tend to go for the bare arms look and the outfit still shows her shape). What I can’t handle are the heavy pearls and the shawl. Really Helen? A shawl over a jacket? I can only assume that the jacket is coming once she gets inside.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Right after I’m done saying this I’ll go flog myself but I feel like she’s not up to her usual par lately. Fingers crossed it’s a blip in the radar rather than a legit decline.

  • Griffinqueen

    Oh no!NO NO NO NO! She looks like the Queen Mum, but not as youthful.

    Oh Helen, My Queen, my role model–don’t do this!

  • pattyw

    Time for Helen to step away from the Dolce and Gabbana.

    • formerlyAnon

      At least until D& G go in a different direction.

  • patrick

    jacket is gorgeous but together with the dress and the fake pearls makes it very dowdy, for the first time in a while, she really looks like a granny!

    • barbarienne

      THE PEARLS ARE KILLING ME. I know she’s British, but those just fly past the line of stereotype.

      Also ditch the blah shoes. I think she could have made the jacket/dress/tights work if she had better shoes and jewelry.

  • Jean P

    I can totally understand an older lady not being too keen on her legs, but based on how great they’re looking here, why on earth does she insist on wearing boots so much when her legs are so fantastic?

  • Sobaika


    (Pssst. Why the figure skater legs?)

    • SassieCassy


  • necklace and shawl need to go. neckline needs to come down a couple of inches. then it would be great.

  • Not liking this look. Too frumpy. But she’s not wearing black tights!

    • aeb1986

      but shes wearing nude tights w nude pumps! maybe even worse!

      • Yes, I know. I’m not fond of the look of those tights. They kind of glow. But they’re not black!

  • Rand Ortega

    Queen Helen: Please, for the sake of your loyal, devoted subjects, please extricate yourself from whatever bag of crap who seems to be telling you to “dress more your age”. You’re a gorgeous, sexy, vibrant woman. Continue to dress according to your spirit, not the convention.
    A cropped cardigan instead of the jacket & a sexy open toe pump (no tights) or a strappy & I think this could have been hot.

    • j_anson

      Perhaps she is dressing according to her spirit. I don’t think there’s a very strong pro-white-nylons convention out there that is sending people to picket at Helen Mirren’s doorstep. I DO think a lot of older women with fair skin simply prefer not to put every single one of their leg-veins on display for the world. A reasonable personal choice. Also a reasonable personal choice not to prioritize looking “hot” and “sexy” at every single event possible.

    • I agree. My mother is only 2 years younger than Queen Helen, and I never would have let her out of the house in such a matronly look. (Especially those hose and shoes…ugh.)

    • Corsetmaker

      I’m not keen on this look either but the woman clearly doesn’t like showing her legs, which is fair enough given that somewhere has to be taking the toll of the years and also it’s flippin’ cold at the moment into the bargain!

  • Tatiana Luján

    Girl, that’s not your dress.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Helen is taking her title of Queen far too literally here….

  • crash1212

    I’m going to ignore everything going on above her feet and just be thankful that she’s finally in closed toed shoes. I won’t even go into how awful the shoes are. As TLo say – baby steps.

  • Noooooooo. Moldy.

  • Love the print. But it’s all a bit too much. And too much fake pearlage for my taste. Finally, Queen H., no putty colored shoes. Ever.

    • j_anson

      This is kind of how I felt. I actually really like the print, and I don’t have the issues with the shoes and the tights that a lot of people do. But the putty COLOR on the shoes makes them a big “meh”, the dress doesn’t seem very well fitted, and the pearls do kind of seem like hanging a big sign around your neck that says “I am a grandma.”

      Not that there’s anything wrong with owning one’s grandma-ness. But since Mirren ISN’T a grandma and supposedly said she has “no maternal instinct whatsoever” it seems like an odd choice.

  • Absolutely regal, as always. And T&Lo should be pleased with the no-opaque-black-tights bit.

  • butterflysunita

    No, Queen Helen. You are far too fabulous for this dowdy outfit.

  • jw_ny

    a single strand of pearls would have been much nicer…the busy print didn’t need all that extra busyness of multi-loops of pearls. Otherwise…she looks ok. not great…not the worst I’ve seen her either. I do like this print and the colors on her. She did not need the shawl tho…

  • MilaXX

    Hate the pearls, hate the bag, wish she had opted for the the wrap, not the jacket.

  • Zippypie

    Oh Helen. Whafuck???

  • allisankelly

    Do not like this at all. It ages her too much. And I just really hate putty shoes. Was a time I thought I needed some, but thankfully Tom and Lorenzo have cured me of that!

  • Maluca

    Helen, I love you.

    But those shoes! No.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Oh the shoe-manity!

  • Trisha26

    Frumpy. This is the same dress she wore under that cute coat look in yesterday’s post. Do the Fashion Gods allow that? And the look is over $7K? Just NO!

    • Erica_Vuitton

      I thought I was the only one who noticed!

  • MzzPants

    WTF?? She needs to send this right to Liz, who would take one look at it and have it made into garden cushions for the palace. And are those not figure skate tights?? The nude kind that go over the skate? It’s all wierd.

  • Donna Tabor

    She must have varicose veins, judging by the thickness of the tights she always defaults to. Hell, I don’t blame her for wanting to cover them up, but it’s not very pretty.

    The pearls look like they are choking her.

  • Oh honey, no. You’re still way too hot for this sort of nonsense!

  • ms_kat

    The problem is that Dolce and Gabana make old lady clothes for young people to wear sexily and ironic. So when someone is older does wear them, it’s less sexy and ironic and more funereal.

    • filmcricket


    • mshesterp

      Mumsy is the word that comes to mind. No, Dame Helen. Just…no.

    • ccm800

      this particular dress is not making anyone look sexy.

      • ms_kat

        Really? The lace inlay on the dress itself is sort of play against the New Look silhouette. Given the right 20-something, it could be definitely sexier than it is here.

    • drdarke

      Oh, Dame Helen – just because you won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth doesn’t mean you have to dress like Queen Elizabeth.

      You are a still-stunning Woman of a Certain Age – don’t bury yourself, please.

  • formerlyAnon

    It is her right to decide to eschew cut, fit and fabric which would make her look younger and sexier in favor of cut, fit and fabric which make her look her age, and less shapely. But why oh Lord, why?

    I knew by the glimpse from under yesterday’s coat post that I wasn’t going to like this. To be fair, the shape of the garments aren’t intrinsically awful. But the fabric and the thickening effect of the jacket over the skirt are making her sadly frumpy.

  • every accessory choice here was matronly and off…….

  • Qitkat

    I love her hair, and her, but Oh Dear Me.
    Not a good gut reaction.

  • frumpy and Helen Mirren is a compound subject i never thought i’d type.

  • Hetha Innis

    Come on! You can do FAR better than this, Queen of Fanfuckingtastica!

  • SRQkitten

    What have you done with Queen Helen? This has got to be an imposter!


  • filmcricket

    Gotta say, that’s one of the better deployments of the “nude shoe to elongate the leg” I’ve seen. Queen Helen is stunning, but her legs are not her best feature, and they look pretty fantastica here. Unfortunately, the hose and shoes don’t go with the dress at all. Throw out all the stuff up top, your Highness, and go with something lighter and more vibrant.

    • filmcricket

      Looking at this again, it also appears as though the dress has been altered, so it now has a dropped waist. The original waist wouldn’t really work with that jacket, I guess, but it’s just another indication that the two pieces shouldn’t be worn together at all.

      • OrigamiRose

        Good catch!

  • Imasewsure

    I feel bad now because I feel like we are expecting too much from her. She misses a lot more than she hits but it’s probably just a style transition (hopefully this is not the final destination). Oh yeah and like the dress, like the jacket, hate them both on her, hate them together….

  • An updated QEll?

  • It’s very appropriate and very English. That being said, I think it’s ugly as fuck.

  • PastryGoddess

    She looked better with the coat on

  • Rachael

    I think we should all pool our resources and buy Queen Helen a lovely pair of lady pants, then kidnap her stylists and send TLo in their place!!!

  • Dear Helen Mirren: You are fabulous and lovely and have earned the right to wear anything thing you want, and don’t ever feel like you need to be pleasing bitter kittens out there because they will never be pleased no matter what you do. Ever. It’s a fool’s errand.

  • gracedarling

    Did she christen Stefano’s great-nephew or something? Why so much D&G lately?

  • StrandedFashionista

    Helen certainly has the body and the look to pull off pieces from Dolce & Gabbana, but not like this, not styled like this. Either she doesn’t use a stylist and she should, or she needs to fire the one she has and hire a new one. Somebody as amazingly talented and beautiful as she is shouldn’t be subjected to such bizarre outfits.

  • One of my most favorite looks on her recently.

  • I want to love this, but I think the skirt is a little too full. If it were a slightly slimmer silhouette, I might love it. And the hose and sillyputty shoes don’t actually bother me here.

  • Too many flowers and too many pearls. Just the jacket, with a black straight skirt–or–just the dress, with a Chanel bolero-length jacket. Maybe in a VERY pale pink? Pearl earrings, pale pink pumps. I am a fan of hosiery so you can ignore all the “ice skater leg” comments, Queen Helen.

  • Well, she looks like old lady.

  • H2olovngrl

    Her face looks lovely, though

  • leilah

    I was SO not feeling the look … and then she struck a pose (4th shot), and all was forgiven …

  • alyce1213

    That print’s too busy and makes her look frumpy and wider than she is. But otherwise, radiant as always.

  • On most women her age this might be “age appropriate”. On her, it looks like she’s in an old lady costume.

  • 3boysful

    Awful. It’s the print that does the most damage.

    But I am intrigued by the taupe and red coats behind Queen Helen . . . .

  • mhleta

    I love the shape of the dress and jacket on paper, but the waist sits too low on her so there are too many lines and THINGS happening. I’m in the “this print is awful” corner and then to overlay it with lace? It has the visual effect of putting a strobe on in a room full of epileptics. She’s my hope for aging in the coolest, most elegant and badass way, so I’m very disappointed.

  • That drop waist is so wrong on her. The jacket + dress is entirely too much. And i will take her peep toe and hose look over the nude on nude she is doing here anyday.

  • teensmom99

    Is she reprising her role as the Queen?

  • Carol

    Those clothes make her look dowdy. Hair and makeup look great, though.

  • Indigo54

    Good grief Helen! I’m surprised she didn’t wear some crazy hat with that busy dress. Do you think she’s wearing enough pearls? Love, love, love Helen Mirren but this look….. I just can’t….

  • hellkell

    Oh, Jesus, Mary, and Oprah, won’t someone help dear Helen? A prom dress with silly putty shoes and that shawl? I want to cry.

  • Ms_Flyover

    Helen Mirren now starring in “The Queen – Part II” a wacky caper where the queen appears to go on the town incognito but fails miserably due to her inability to dress without pearls. Hijinks ensue.

    This may be the first picture in which Helen Mirren looks within 10 years of her own age, and I’ll argue its the hair, not the dress.

  • lrober03

    I don’t like that very obvious seam on the skirt section of the dress. I don’t know why she keeps wearing altered versions of the D&G dresses with lower waists. They don’t flatter her, and the seams are not adding to the dress.

  • sciencegeek

    Ok. I’m going to get a little gardener pedantic on this: those are not lilies of the valley. Not at all. If someone would let D&G know that they’re completely wrong, that would be lovely.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Is that stephanotis? I picked up on the not-l-o-t-v, but am not sure what it is.

      • sciencegeek

        Even the close ups were confusing. Could be stephanotis. Before I really looked at the dress I thought it was a riff on La Fete de Muguet (happens on May 1st) in France when people give one another bouquets of muguets (lilies of the valley). But it is just a sloppy designer and a sloppy textile design.

  • the hose: bad. the shoes: awful. the ropes of pearls: horrendous. the helen: mirren. and that last one makes it almost all okay.

  • Anniebet

    Oh dear. Makes me cry. She’s matching her shoes to her hosiery!!!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Oh, dear. Is she playing QE II again? (The person, not the ship.)

  • pdquick

    Party on the top, Hyacinth Bucket on the bottom.

  • The shoes look like those skating boots, the ones with the tights over the top to make the skater look barefoot but for blades. Do not want. Helen Mirren, quit dressing your age!

  • is she using the same coiffeur as Queen Mum?

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    At least there’s no black tights with this one..