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]

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      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.

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

        Very fabulous print. The pearls are ridiculous.

    • http://twitter.com/nyazgirl NYAZGIRL

      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

            • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

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

            • http://twitter.com/nyazgirl NYAZGIRL

              Yes and YES!

    • Janet B

      The jacket or the dress; not both.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        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.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=790818401 Laurie Landry


      • 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


    • http://twitter.com/MinaBinaXina MinaBinaXina

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

    • http://remedialstitcher.blogspot.com/ Sara Leigh Merrey

      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!

        • http://remedialstitcher.blogspot.com/ Sara Leigh Merrey

          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.

      • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

        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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Chase/731391326 Julie Chase

      Noooooooo. Moldy.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000393765005 Garcia Loca

      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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      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.

    • http://twitter.com/wendylogic Wendy

      every accessory choice here was matronly and off…….

    • Qitkat

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

    • http://twitter.com/Mlle_D Donyelle

      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….

    • http://twitter.com/bert_keeter bert keeter

      An updated QEll?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603005248 Jeff Warhurst

      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!!!

    • http://twitter.com/CaitrinofFenris Caitrin

      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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=52805467 Adam Christopher Maniff

      One of my most favorite looks on her recently.

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      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.

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661875515 Hanoslava Galapagos

      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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610791985 Aniela Marie Perry

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

    • http://twitter.com/carelessriver Caterina Maria

      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!

    • http://twitter.com/lolacestmoi Lola Channing

      is she using the same coiffeur as Queen Mum?

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

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