Helena Bonham Carter at the “Burton and Taylor” Screening

Posted on October 14, 2013

We are suddenly desperate for an invite to the Hamptons Film Festival. Why are we living a life where such things don’t regularly fall in our laps? Where have we gone wrong?



Helena Bonham Carter attends screening of “Burton and Taylor” during the Hamptons International Film Festival in the Hamptons, NY.

Okay, well. We love her and all, but this one’s not quite coming together for us. That’s certainly a Hamptons-appropriate dress, but probably more for spring/summer than for October. And you can’t “autumn” it up by slapping on a pair of Victorian streetwalker booties. They just don’t go. Plus – and we have a feeling we might not get much agreement on this one – we’re really not loving the literal Gibson Girl turn her hair has taken.







[Photo Credit: Matt Agudo/INFphoto.com]

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  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    There’s generally an artfulness to her messy hair, but it’s missing from this particular ‘do. She doesn’t look like our beloved HBC here, just a weak imitation.

  • Agador Spartacus

    Was the screening done in someone’s backyard with a projector and a sheet?

    Also, I cannot wait for the Burton and Taylor movie! HBC and Dominic West look amazing in the promo stills!

    • alyce1213

      That’s not what she wore to the opening at the festival site. This was at someone’s house earlier in the day.

  • cocohall

    Are those dreads? Extension dreads? Is that possible? They look to be pinned on at the nape of her neck. It appears as if someone decided to hit the Halloween store early and wandered into the wig and extensions section and had herself a very good time. This isn’t my favorite look for her, but is still in her wheelhouse of slightly batshit crazy, so I’m happy. Honestly, her skin. What else is there to see? She is truly the English Rose.

    • Kate Andrews

      Yeah, that’s what I’m wondering. I hope they are just meant to look like dreads, because if not, ugh.

    • MK03

      It’s got to be a dread fall.

      • zuzu

        A dreadful dread fall, at that.

    • MilaXX

      Yes loc extensions are possible, However since dreadlocs on white hair is different than on black hair she may have intentionally had that bit done. It’s a sort of combination back comb and crotchet method.

    • Nelliebelle1197

      I pray extensions. I was lucky enough to be on a tour with her and baby Burtons at Le Brea Tarpits. She is magnificent and white girl dreads are not. Sorry.

      • fursa_saida

        I’m 90% sure they have to be fake. Locs take a while to actually grow in naturally, especially on white people hair, no? Surely we would have noticed before now, especially since they’re so long. And they’re all coming from one place, not her whole head.

        • You can have dreads artificially done – based on a friend’s facebook pics this week. I can’t believe HBC would have done it though.

    • StillGary

      those were my thoughts — “Room with a View” in front — “Pass the Dutchie” in the back!

      • understateddiva

        maybe Gibson Girl w/ dreads is a speampunk thing?

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    That gathering of fabric at her bellybutton is making me irrationally angry. Damnit HBC, you’re better than this!

    • 3boysful

      Really unflattering. (The gathered material, not your irrational anger!)

  • ConnieBV

    I disagree. Gibson Girl hair looks much cleaner. She is in KStew hair territory, here.

    • Adriana_Paula

      YES. I love Gibson Girl hair. This is not Gibson Girl hair.

  • Ummmm. This pains me. But no. A heaping ton of no.
    (whispers) I’m sorry Helena.

  • Austen Jane

    Did you think people would disagree with you that the hair isn’t working? This is not weird good, or even just weird. It is weird bad. I rather like the booties, but not with the dress.

  • Lori

    You’ll get no disagreement about the hair from me, or about the rest of it. Wrong season for the dress. Wrong dress for the shoes or shoes for the dress, depending on how one looks at it. Wrong hair, period.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    80s bangs and a rat-tail? Girl, you’re better than this.

  • marlie

    Oooooh… No. I love HBC, but none of this is working for me, including the hair.

  • Froggae

    I’m pretty certain the Gibson Girl didn’t wear dreads. Or use a crimping iron.

  • Introspective

    glad im not the only one who is wondering when HBC converted to rastafari.

    but yeah, much as i love her cray, this one is a no. girl, bye.

  • Fordzo

    Why was the photo call in someone’s Granny’s backyard? Did everyone sit on the couch and screen the movie on a TV? THERE ARE BAGS OF TRASH BY THE BACK DOOR!!!! What kind of fuckery is this?

    • janierainie

      Maybe she stepped out for a smoke.

  • xmixiex

    love her, but no. none of this.

  • amanda siegelson

    no one else seems to have mentioned this – so let me:
    i get that this is in an unusual spot for a ‘red carpet’ – but why on earth does that mean that the photographs have to look like they were taken on someone’s shitty phone camera?
    i could take a sharper picture in my sleep.
    oh – and ps – she looks tired and a bit slovenly – just about par for the course for hbc.

    • alyce1213

      That wasn’t actually the “red carpet” or step-and-repeat. She wore a different, black outfit for that.

      From the internet: “Helena also posed for photos earlier with Hamptons International Film Festival Artistic Director David Nugent in her blue floral dress with pale pink “sakura” Japanese cherry blossom flowers, which she teamed with distressed brown leather boots with grunge appeal – albeit with spiked heels!”

      These may have been taken at his house in the Hamptons.

      • amanda siegelson

        sorry – but that doesn’t excuse the quality of the photographs, since i assume these were taken by “professionals” and not just mary from down the block.

  • kategs

    Gibson girl with dreads…ew.

  • Lilithcat

    Dreads? Really?

  • fringebenefit

    Her skin looks gorgeous! She is as blue blooded as it’s possible for a Brit to be—I think her great grandfather was prime minister—and sometimes her dowdy dress seems a slightly playful riff on Queen togs.

  • mjude

    I can handle the dress & shoe/boots but I can not handle the dreads….

  • She’s a one woman show with endless acts. Good, bad – I’m riveted.

  • Jake Donohoe

    I like that her and Tim Burton are slowly morphing into the same person. Same hair, same awkward “shit there are photographers here” look. I think they should meet up with Robert Smith and form a gang.

    • Sarah

      Oh God, so much possibility for madcap hilarity. I would gladly join that gang even if I had to adopt the group hairstyle.

  • hughman

    She looks like she’s going to a PTA meeting at Burning Man.

    • formerlyAnon


  • I love a blossom print but the shape of that dress is upsetting me. It looks like she’s tucked the front into her tights and gives the illusion that it is actually culottes. Although if anyone is going to bring culottes to the red carpet it is HBC.

  • bertkeeter

    Gibson Girl on “absinthe” more like it! She looks unwashed… Maybe she doing a re-make of ” Grey Gardens” while out in the Hamptons?

  • MilaXX

    I don’t like this because it simply looks bad on her. I dislike the sleeves and the dress itself make her look thick in the middle. I haven’t even gotten to the hair, which yes, looks bad even for her. That said. I cannot wait to see her playing ElizabethTaylor

  • Kelly

    I’m good with the Gibson Girl — it’s the dreds I don’t like. And not even the dreds per se, necessarily — just how long they are and so obviously fake and tacked-on; I expected to see the clips when she turned around. Gibson Girl-dreds is actually a perfect HBC combo, when you think about it. Just not done well here.

    I agree, the rest doesn’t go. Love the boots on their own, though. Kinda hate the shapeless, tucky dress.

  • Gibson Girl with dreads. I’m sorry, dreadlocks on white women almost uniformly look dumb. Not digging it.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I don’t call that Gibson Girl. I call it Bird’s Nest. Or maybe Hanging Plant.

  • VioletFem

    Um, I totally agree with you about the hair. Although, I am not entirely convinced that she was going for the Gibson girl hairdo.

  • decormaven

    Somebody is pranking us, yes? The Hamptons Film Festival is actually held in somebody’s backyard in Connecticut? Maybe it’s a Kickstarter for a film festival; hey, I’ll have one if HBC comes. And we can do a raffle to see who gets to wear the dread weave next.

    • MilaXX

      Quiet as it’s kept Whoopie has been wearing extensions for years now.Her locs when she was younger were real, but the ones she has now aren’t. I’m not sure if this is because of thinning menopausal hair or what, but if you compare pictures of her now versus then, you can see the difference.

  • teensmom99

    Intellectually, I appreciate Gibson girl/dreadlocks mash up. Aesthetically, not so much.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    This is just too bananas, even for her. It’s all just mismatched and weird – and for me to say that about HBC is something!

  • lobsterlen

    Ha! I feel so connected … so A-List. I was actually invited to the Hampton Film Festival because of a bird documentary and I forgot about it until right now. I wish now I had gone. Looks like my back yard complete with broken flagstone, spindly bushes, and bald dead grass spots of course my yard is missing a Helene yard ornament.

    Usually I appreciate her modern take on vintage fashion but I hate the Gibson girl dreads hair style. Its just dumb. Even if it was the right season the dress does less than nothing for her.

    • formerlyAnon

      You go with that A-List feeling!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Nothing here seems to go together. The boots are too beat up for this dress, and those dreads…yikes. She’s approaching crazy cat lady here.

  • jilly_d

    I cannot with white people in dreds. I have seen hundreds of us trying, but not once have I seen it work. Give it up, folks.

    • formerlyAnon

      One of my irrational peeves. I have tried to get over it because there are persons I like, even who I admire, who wear them. I try to believe they are all in possession of the kind of tightly curly hair that will loc reasonably easily. I try not to judge.

      But I do judge. I miss the days when you only saw them at reggae shows and at the hippie grocery store.

  • crash1212

    It’s HBC and usually I love all things HBC. Nothing about this look is out of the ordinary for her and I love that dress. Where she loses me is with the dreads “switch” slapped on. I cannot CANNOT with the white people in dreads. Real or otherwise.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I don’t think this is her dress, and the hair went from “artfully messy” to “i-just-woke-up-and-came-to-this-event messy”.

  • E2_Remote

    Wow, she went the full Marla Singer with that outfit.

  • formerlyAnon

    I saw this ALL the time when my kids were younger, though on less exalted performers than Ms. HBC. Not sure why it’s on display at the Hamptons Int’l Film Festival, except maybe she likes it.

    I call it “Funky Mum,” the look for boho arts-industry mothers, successful enough to be in the public eye but not at a level to rate 24-7 papparazzi or feel the need/have the income to sequester your kids in private schools. My kids attended some of the best public schools in our city, and there were always a few of these moms at school events. They are darn awesome to have around when trying to set up silent auction fundraisers, plus it’s embarrassingly nice to know that people who have fans can also send their kid to school in the wrong shoes for their activity for a couple of weeks before getting it together.

  • oh dear. she looks tired.
    take a nap – you deserve it, HBC.

  • ccinnc

    She’s so pretty! I don’t even mind the hair/dress/shoes.

  • YoungSally

    Rasta Gibson girl hair….she looks like she got hammered on the Jitney on her way to the party.

  • oohsparkley!

    She’s a hoot. Come sit by me Helena. You can play dress up if you want to.

  • Coco Cornejo

    Are you sure HBC isn’t working on a Bette Davis bio pic? She looks very Baby Jane here.

  • Heather

    … she looks drunk?

  • LaSylphide

    Couture de K-Mart? Love her anyway.

  • Monday1900

    The dress and the Gibson Girl hair without the dreads would work for me. The dreads and the dress in a different print (something with a Trojan Women vibe) and sandals would for me. This mash up…doesn’t work for me, but gets a pass anyhow because she’s HBC.

    PS Is it just me or does her face look completely different?

  • well, i just must be having a happy day, i seem to love everything! this is such a seventies look it’s making me nostalgic.

  • Kate4queen

    Is that…Laura Ashley that dress?? I’m sure I had something similar in that print back in the 80’s

    • Not applicable

      If so, I think Laura Ashley would likely run out to the Hamptons & rip this off Helena’s back as this is in total violation of 80s preppy perfection

  • PastryGoddess

    since when do they make dredlock extensions. Is NOTHING sacred anymore.

    • MilaXX

      There have been loc extensions since extensions got popular.

      • PastryGoddess

        and I praise the heavens that I had no idea. I mean that is pearl clutching worthy for me.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I really like and would like to have the dress and the boots, but not together. The hairstyle is hideous, all of it.

  • judybrowni

    Gibson Girl/Rasta hairdo, you mean.

    Yeah, don’t get that, or the boots, with this dress.

  • teensmom99

    Upon reflection: that is a dress for a willowy blonde.

  • Constant Cat

    Gibson girl WITH DREADS!!! No no no no no nonononononoooooo.

  • MaggieMae

    Thanks a lot, Uncles! Now I’m sad.

  • blondie707

    I will forever love her for not adhering to boring conventions about red carpet style for women, but this dress just isn’t flattering on her.

  • Pennymac

    Its DILLIGAF fashion and hair. I love it!

  • snarkykitten

    Wow…she looks like my mom :/

    • formerlyAnon

      Never knew your mom could hang with a Westwood-wearing, professionally jet-setting, slightly twisted style icon like HBC, did ya?

  • Trickytrisha

    Note to self: Never pose for pictures in the grass while wearing stiletto heeled booties. Otherwise, when I crave some quirk in my life, she’s always good for my soul.

  • mickiemonkey

    Still, that skin! It is just otherworldly.

  • Michelle Wilson

    Can we award points for finally wearing something that shows off her figure? She’s usually so layered up you can’t tell what all is going on underneath it all, which I suspect is the plan. I don’t remember the last time I saw her in a dress so figure hugging and, well, traditional. Hate the boots and the hair though.

  • tixilyttik

    I think at this point we all know that she knows better.
    She’s so beautiful. One day she’s going to wake up as an old lady and wish she had not made a joke out of every red carpet (or in this case, back yard) appearance.

  • Gatto Nero

    Her face is beautiful. The rest isn’t doing her any favors. But I admire her attitude.

    • conniemd

      Her face really is beautiful. Most pics have crazy hats or glasses.

  • ItAin’tMe

    The hair and the boots are the only things I like. besides her, of course. The dress is pure Dress Barn.

  • Kent Roby

    I was so excited to see Crazy H-BC, but this is just too conventional for her. Someone throw her a Vivienne Westwood corset, an obi, a lace shawl, and a stovepipe hat, STAT!

  • Danielle West

    If those are dreads, she may have just lost some of my respect.

  • kalisa

    Her hair looks like worms.

  • bertkeeter

    “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” wardrobe change….”the bitch fight drunk scene”!

  • DeTrop

    How old are those boots? She’s usually ‘out there’ but this looks like she doesn’t give a damn.

  • demidaemon

    That hair looks like a chain of furballs connected to her head. GROSS.