Helena Bonham Carter in London

Posted on May 31, 2013

God, we love this woman. She even found a way to do the “make sure you get the label on my bag” move in a way utterly her own.



Helena Bonham Carter heads to dinner in Hampstead, London carrying a Prada bag.

Now THAT’s how it’s done, bitches.

You can’t say she doesn’t walk the walk on the style front. Her street clothes are essentially downmarket, un-styled versions of what she wears on the red carpet. It’s straight-up Edwardian Streetwalker/Fishwife all the time. With Prada accessories, of course.



[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews]

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  • marlie

    I do love her so.

  • MilaXX

    Love her & all her cray.

  • elemspbee


  • Patrick Cleary

    She is so utterly herself. How can’t you love that?

  • 3boysful

    “straight-up Edwardian Streetwalker/Fishwife all the time. With Prada accessories, of course.”


  • hughman

    “Think how snug it’ll be underneath our flannel
    When it’s just you and me and the English Channel!
    In our cozy retreat kept all neat and tidy,
    We’ll have chums over ev’ry Friday!”

    • TheAmericaness

      I want to be there, even if it’s just to be a crumb in the breadbasket.

  • SapphoPoet

    My idol. Bowing down…

  • Catherine Katz

    I really, really like the coat. Ruffled butt and all, it is crazy flattering from behind.

    • SophieCollier

      Me too! It’s really pretty!

  • Latin Buddy

    Would her style be considered Steampunk?

    • Monabel

      Good question, Latin Buddy. Can someone give us a definitive answer? With citations.

      • Isabel

        “steampunk, the genre blending science fiction and Victorian-era technology,”
        Chicago/Turabian: Humanities Bibliography
        Barack, Lauren. “Top Hats and Technology.” School Library Journal 56, no. 8 (August 2010): 10.

        Look for these books:
        Insider’s Guide to Steampunk Fashion by Hannah Rothstein

        Steampunk Fashion by Spurgeon Vaughn Ratcliffe

        The Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism by Katherine Gleason, Diana M. Pho

        • jenno1013

          She would need more Borg-like touches to be steampunk. Helena is straight-up turn-of-the-century. The other century.

          • StellaZafella

            Yeah, I think TLo say it best with ‘Edwardian Streetwalker/Fishwife’…plus, HBC clearly doesn’t take herself so seriously as to be Steam Punk…or anything but HBC.

          • fursa_saida

            Yeah, she at least needs some gears and rando zippers lying around. I hope we’re all over the octopus necklaces by now.

      • Monabel

        Thanks for the technical references and the informed opinions. But would the look be improved by twiddly hardware? I’d like to see that.

  • omg_dora

    Of course her sturdy black coat for going shopping in has a bustle. She’s Helena Bonham Fucking Carter.

  • Andrew Schroeder

    I want to be her in another life.

    • Aurumgirl

      I’ve been told I “am” her, but I’d say only in the way that Saffie on Absolutely Fabulous “was” HBC.

  • gabbilevy

    She is so weird. Love it.

  • meowing

    Caption says she’s headed out to dinner. So, the print bag (in her right hand) must be for all the uneaten food that actresses can’t consume, right? She is adorable here.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Bitch is fabulous.

  • mjude

    love her & she rarely disappoints.

  • AlisonS

    I’m sitting here knowing “I know that coat” then it hits me: How I Met Your Mother!

  • formerlyAnon

    Love her style. Even MORE love that while we all adore, her kids will no doubt roll their eyes and groan “Mum, really? I wish you’d at least try to look normal when you go to my school.”

  • lundibleu

    LOVE HBC, she looks pretty damn good, and she looks happy. What more can you ask?

  • everest19

    The shoes are amazing and perfectly HBC appropriate. Witch coven realness.

  • susan6

    Her hair is so awesome. How does she get it to look so artfully disheveled?

    • marlie

      I was actually wondering the same thing!

    • Qitkat

      It’s probably thick, unruly, and naturally curly. The hair all the girls despaired of back in the board-straight days where us gals with thin hair ironed it. And secretly envied them.

  • marlie

    I seriously want to see what the inside of her closet looks like. I think it would be amazing fun!

  • Qitkat

    For once I absolutely adore everything going on here.

  • StellaZafella

    Cray Cray may she be…but she’s also a very pretty woman.

  • maggiemaybe

    Teddy girl!

  • BrooklynBomber

    I kind of hate Victorian/Edwardian Boho chic, but she obviously loves it, and I think she’s fabulous. So there you go.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    May I just say, I just love the whole idea that she couldn’t give one flying F what any of us think, and we love her for it. WERRRRRRRRK Bitch! HBC realness forever.

    • Lattis

      like x 100000000000000000

  • alyce1213

    Her face is so interesting (and beautiful). I wonder what she’s thinking about.

  • commish24

    Booties. WANT.

  • gurl boy


  • NOLA_gal

    I took a picture of HBC in her Merchant/Ivory days to the hairdresser once and said I wanted my hair to look just like that when she was done. She laughed at me.

  • IraKi

    This is what I call “sense of style”. You may not like it but you cannot deny it is unique and it appears to be a true form of expressing oneself!

  • StrandedFashionista

    What really makes it for me is that she’s rocking the Prada in a completely ‘I’m a woman who needs to get shit done and my bag just happens to be worth more than your car’ kind of way. And that’s why I love her.

  • are those ruffles on her coat? adorbs!

  • conniemd

    “Edwardian streetwalker/fishwife” is such a perfect description of Helena Bonham car. The boots, the hair wisping loose, the black.

  • Buffy

    want the coat, want the shoes even if they’d look all kinds of ridiculous on me

  • majorbedhead

    Such a crush….

  • Bethany Roullett

    Does anyone have any info on who made the coat? I wants it SO BAD. I also want to see pictures of it to see if I can make some sort of a cheap knockoff version, because I very likely can’t afford the real one.

  • Anniebet

    Can you imagine Gwenyth Paltrow in this? Or Solange Knowles? Or Jennifer Lawrence? Nope, neither can I.

    This belongs to HBC. She owns the patent for dressing/looking/being this persona she’s created and I can only be in awe of such brilliance. The world would be so boring without a little quirky to pep us up.

    • Corsetmaker

      There isn’t the same emphasis on glossiness with UK actors though. Not the same theatre/movie division so they tend to be more arty and bohemian generally. It’s just the HBC has become better known globally. But look at make actors like McKellen, Hurt etc. Scruffs the lot of them 🙂

  • MartyBellerMask

    Want that coat!!!

  • Emmyllou

    I love her too.

  • Do you think her house (their house) is a mess? She looks so disheveled and unorganized.

    I like the way she holds her bag, better than the way Reese holds hers.

  • notterriblybitter

    What’s the temp in London this time of year? She must be dripping with sweat underneath all that.

    • alocin

      Was there last week. It was not warm. In fact it was downright freezing for a couple of days, to the point I had to buy a new coat which was a challenge given the shops were full of summer clothes.

    • Melissa Brogan

      I don’t know when this was taken, but the highs for this week in London are mid 60s (Fahrenheit)

    • Corsetmaker

      A friend in London mentioned hail the other day. The weather this spring has been peculiar. Coldest in 50 years and only starting to level out now. So no, probably not.

  • Love it. Character. Style. Shoes.

  • Belvane

    LOVE HER. Love the ruffled coat, love the hair, love the grubby little boots. Love that FACE.

  • msdamselfly

    I think her style is sloppy and unbecoming. Does she thinks she’s so beautiful that she needs to downplay it? I don think so.

  • I love her insouciance. (That was the word that popped into my head when I looked at these images, and since I know you boys love fabulous vocabulary, I thought I’d pull a leaf from your books.)

    On a complete tangent, I feel like both T and Lo would enjoy the webcomics of Kate Beaton if you guys don’t read them already – she writes short comics inspired by history and literature, and the word “fishwife” just reminded me of her work. She had a great Gatsby set a while back, among other hilarious comics (one of my favorite panels was Tom Buchanan describing his old money as being “OLD AS BALLS”). She is especially endeared to me for making a comic strip devoted to Simon Bolivar and his manic need to liberate EVERYONE.

  • kimiakay

    I wonder if Ms. Paltrow and Ms. Helena are friends in London? Wouldn’t that be an interesting conversation? Style-wise, I love her boots and the flowery satchel.

  • And I absolutely love her style.

  • NoveltyRocker

    She has a point of view. Win.

  • PeaceBang

    She owns this look. And – lacy stockings. So much love. I also love that neighborhood of London!

  • “Tlo said: It’s straight-up Edwardian Streetwalker/Fishwife all the time.”

    I was going to say Stevie Nicks.


  • ItsDicey

    The girl has a very defined style, whether you approve or not. Me likey. Most of the time.

  • HeatherMcIlrath

    This bitch lives the life I so desperately want to live. Helena, can I be you when I grow up?

  • quiltrx

    She is just so effing fabulous, isn’t she? I adore her, and I wish I could be she and Tim’s BFF and we could all make fabulous adventures out of such mundane things as dinner.
    And that coat is way past wonderful.

  • Mona_Visa

    Remember that amazing moment in Fight Club where she says, “How’s this for not making a big thing of it?” And then she turns and walks away from Ed Norton… She’s totally got that exact Marla attitude here.

    And I *love* that the Prada bag looks like it’s not just for display.

  • Esz

    She’s so fucking fabulous! I would LOVE to have dinner with her and get her really drunk on red wine just to see what happens.

  • Melissa Brogan

    Much like Dita Von Teese, HBC’s style is never something I’d choose for myself, but she totally owns it. I admire that.

  • AC

    Love her. But how is she not sweating to death under all those layers! Maybe it’s just too hot here in NYC.

    • Corsetmaker

      Coldest spring in 50 years in the UK.. I believe there was hail in London a few days ago. Although it’s sunny up here this week.

  • HBC in charge!

  • GTrain

    luv huh

  • Julie Lane

    it’s like she has zero fucks to give what anybody thinks about her. And that is why we love her

  • Lattis

    What do you figure she wears to just schlep around the house? I would love to know. She is my hero.

  • Corsetmaker

    I want that coat and those boots! She’s looking stunning in the current Vogue – cover and spread. Such a beautiful woman.

  • PeggyOC

    Just once I want to see her coming out of the gym. Her workout wear must be hilarious.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Just so crazy and fabulous all at the same time!

  • Nikki

    Her on Graham Norton, oh she’s delightful!