Helen Mirren in Dennis Basso at the “Red 2” Tokyo Premiere

Posted on November 26, 2013

Love this look:



Helen Mirren attends the premiere of “Red 2” in Tokyo, Japan in a Dennis Basso dress paired with a VICKISARGE necklace and Gina shoes and clutch.

Dennis Basso Fall 2013 Collection

VICKISARGE Beatrix gold-plated multi-stone necklace

Gina ‘Imelda’ Clutch


At first, we considered whether the flare of that skirt was a bit too youthful, but to hell with that. She looks good. Besides, we like the way the colors here are all toned down. We’re normally the types braying the loudest for some color on the RC – and we’re not fans of outfits that match the wearer’s hair color either – but there’s something cool and creamy about the look that really suits her. The pops of gold and the fabulously obnoxious jewelry take it to somewhere that’s both fabulous and Helen-specific (which is really the same thing, if you ask us).

The hair’s just a little on the helmet-y side of things, but we love the cut for her.



[Photo Credit: Getty Images, net-a-porter.com, style.com, gina.com]

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  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Love love. Especially the hair – sassy!! I wish she would have taken the pops of gold through to the shoe – that’s kind of a scroll down bummer. Not a deal breaker, but I think she could have pulled a little subtle sparkle and modern shape in the shoe…

    • decormaven

      Yes, the shoes are the only slightly out of tune element to this composition. Everything else sings. Brava!

  • I love the dress, but I think the necklace is a bit much and I don’t love the shoes.

    • conniemd

      But it’s a necklace! On the Red Carpet! Leave it to Queen Helen. And being an over 60 myself I love it’s chunky excess.

      • It’s just a personal peeve when it looks as though the necklace is going to get stuck in the earrings. Either/or.

        • Jackie4g

          Usually I would agree, but in this case, I think the earrings complete it and they fall in a nice line with the angled hair. I like that the focus is on Queen Helen’s face. But it’s also true there are few who could carry the look, so as a rule, yes, one or the other.

        • marlie

          In general, I agree with you. But I think the rules don’t always apply to Helen. I rather love the excess on her.

          ETA: What Jackie4g said.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    What Fun! A little bit over done, but Beautiful. GO HELEN !!!

  • SewingSiren

    Everything is fab, except the visible hairspray.

  • Pennymac

    The fabric is kind of Damask-y, the necklace is obnoxious, this should not work.
    QUEEN HELEN SETS HER OWN RULES, however, and I LOVE this!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Queen Helen sets her own rules-damn straight!

  • Scimommy

    Helen looks fabulous, but when I look at the dress, I see a beautiful tablecloth.

    • CommenterFormerlyKnownAsR

      Exactly–I thought “artfully stapled tablecloth” when I saw it.

    • MaryMitch

      I was thinking “curtains”

    • deelup

      I’m pretty sure I even saw something extremely close to this in Target’s holiday tablecloth selection.

  • teensmom99

    Perfection. The skirt shape & necklace take it from a safe place to f-ingfantastica.

  • Before I read, as I looked at the pics, all I could think was, “Creamy Elegance”. On anyone else, I may have come away with “oatmeal” but it’s Helen, bitches.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I cannot say enough that I hope when I’m her age I look half as good as she does.

    • Have you seen the pic that’s making its way around, of her at 25? Unfuckingbelievable how hot she is.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        She was so hot then she was off the charts.

    • MoHub

      I’m almost her age, and I will never look that good.

      • Jackie4g

        That’s OK. We like you for your self.

        • MoHub

          Why, thank you!

    • By not having kids (like her), I hope to achieve this.

    • sojourneryouth

      Me too. Thinking about all her plasticized contemporaries, it must take bulletproof self-esteem not to go that route. I know she had a facelift ages ago, and I am not totally anti plastic-surgery, but everything about her look makes me feel better about getting a little closer to 40 than I would like. She just totally owns. I play the Red 2 clip of her doing to double-pistol thing in a car more often than I should, probably, but it makes me squee every time.

  • Ginger

    I want to be Queen Helen when I grow up.

  • Nika E


  • Victoria Anzalone

    Super cute dress, but not loving the styling here. Either the necklace or earrings had to go. She’s fabulous, though. <3

    • filmcricket

      Necklace, imo. It’s fighting with the neckline of the dress. Otherwise it’s all amazing.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Exactly! That necklace requires its own V neckline!

  • Sharon Weiner

    Damn, my tablecloth will never look as good in my dining room as it does on Queen Helen!

  • The Queen of Fanfuckingtastica, looks, well,…fanfuckingtastic.

    • StellaZafella

      And another star who knows how to act like a star in the pole dance…she seems really glad to see you there.

      • marlie

        A genuine smiles goes a long, long way.

  • MoHub

    Gawd, we needed this!

  • MilaXX

    When an outfit shouldn’t work and somehow does, you know you are divine. That is Dame Helen. Love the entire look.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Queen Helen has her throne in the pantheon of Fashion Goddesses, for sure.

  • Sarah

    That jewelry would be frikkin hiddy on lesser mortals. She is magic.

    • formerlyAnon

      It is hideous. Even on her. But somehow she, the totality of her presentation, is great – even fabulous – the antithesis of hideous.

      It’s like a mind-bending power is at work. This is waaaay beyond being just “more than the sum of its parts.”

      (edited, hit return too soon)

  • Miranda

    *bows down*

  • She looks fantastic!

  • Nancer

    Love this on her! And I LOVE the jewelry. So tired of safe little earrings and non-existent necklaces. Go big or go home!

    • conniemd

      I sooooooo totally agree. I almost fainted when I saw a necklace, and a big “I am fanfuckingtastic,” deal with it” one.

  • All hail Queen Helen!

  • mjude


  • Danielle

    J’adore Dame Helen. She can Do No Wrong.

  • NMMagpie

    Bowing down. This woman is a whole other category of fabulous.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She’s so gorgeous. Love this look, especially the jewelry. Dame Helen is a knockout.

  • Mona_Visa

    I can’t say I love the dress, it reminds me of something I wore on Easter Sunday in 1983. I can say that even if I were the age I was in 1983 I still wouldn’t look as amazing as Helen Mirren looks RIGHT NOW. Maybe there is a god.

  • ellisd123

    You go, Queen Helen! I don’t even mind the shoes that much

  • pookiesmom


  • AmeliaEve

    There is all kinds of lively texture and pattern going on here. Keeping it largely monochromatic is what lets it all work together. And it totally works.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    My first thought was, ‘Wrong colors for her’ but fuck it. She’s Queen Helen and lovely is her default. Attagirl.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    Love, love that necklace.

  • Terri Terri

    Dennis Basso? The guy who sells fake fur coats on QVC? I had no idea.

    • boweryboy

      The same guy. My mind was blown when I discovered this as well. I suppose if Iman can hawk crap clothing on HSN then anything goes.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        It’s all about the benjamins, and keeping your name out there.

    • Jackie4g

      I know. I plotzed when I saw that. But hell, he must have done something in his past to be asked to design a line of popular priced stuff.

  • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

    just doesn’t work for me. The usually impeccably dressed Ms. Mirren has faltered here. Love the jewelry, but not the rest. Too monochromatic, too washed out looking. The dress length does nothing to flatter the legs. Not great. A fashion miss.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Helen is my goddess-love, love this look. Love the asymmetrical bob, too

  • nannypoo

    This is a beautiful dress and it’s beautiful on her.

  • teensmom99

    Love, love, love–and the wide skirt and the necklace take this to fan-fucking-tastica land. Queen Helen can do what no one else can!

  • julnyes

    creamy perfection. I LOVE giant statement jewelry on the right person.

  • boweryboy

    The shoes make her look stumpy, like she has two tree trunks for legs.

    • Suzanne Johnson

      Tree trunks for legs? I think that’s a bit of exaggeration. True, her legs aren’t particularly curvy, at least from the knees on down, but that’s the case with a lot of women. Not that many of us have the legs of Victoria’s Secrets models.

      And Helen still looks wonderful. Her spirit and confidence shine through every photo taken of her.

      • boweryboy

        Well, I’m not going to argue with you over my personal opinion. Let’s agree to disagree and move on, shall we?

        I mean, we’re not called Bitter Kittens for nothing, no?

        • Suzanne Johnson

          I don’t consider myself one of the bitter kittens because I’m generally more of an observer than a commenter on this site, but I’ll admit your original comment ruffled my feathers. After two glasses of Pinot Gris, however, I’m over whatever rancor I may have felt.

  • MaggieMae

    I’m in favor. Brava!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Love the embroidery over plaid. I wouldn’t have thought of a dress like this for a woman of her age, but she’s making it fabulous.

  • willworktomorrow

    To me, the dress reads daytime, not evening, and the jewelry and bag are too formal for the dress. That said, she looks beautiful as always and can’t do wrong in my book.

  • My only quibble is I would have gone with smaller earrings. I think the long marquise-shaped drops are too much with the necklace, which is really quite wonderful on its own.

    Imagine this dress floor length, and then see if it gives you an early Princess Diana vibe, as it did for me.

    • formerlyAnon

      Early Princess Diana if longer? Yup.

  • TLJezebel

    Dear Santa. I’ve been a very good BK. I want that dress.

  • Dear Santa, please remove that unsightly tattoo from Miss Helen’s hand.

  • brown-eyed girl

    Never crazy about an asymmetrical ‘do, but never mind. She is one bitchin’ babe.

  • MannahattaMamma

    anyone else would look like she’s wearing a picnic blanket but La Belle Helen rocks it.

  • crash1212

    Love it.

  • Kathy

    Love huh!

  • sagecreek

    Love it waist up. Even for Dame Helen, can’t love the skirt or the shoes, but she (of course) pulls it off.

  • She is the Goddess of London.

  • Joyce VG

    She’s just so beautiful…

  • marlie

    My gut reaction was “I LOVE this!” I love the dress, and I think it’s sophisticated, but not matronly. And I love the jewelry. It really amps up the look for Queen Helen. Her makeup looks great, and I think her hair looks fine. I kind of hate the shoes, but that’s a rather minor complaint.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    She owns everything.

  • lifeisastory

    Helen Mirren: Hero to child-free women of America. Rock on, lady.

  • Akemi

    She looks fabulous.

  • Fatima Siddique

    All I can think of when I see this look is Dianna Agron ripping it off.

  • Shawn EH

    So sexy!

  • formerlyAnon

    I am gonig to be a bit contrarian. I really don’t like the dress. It’s too stiff and I do think the skirt is cut too full – both a tad too youthful and not optimally flattering and well: the fabric looks like something someone would buy at 60% off at Calico Corners (discount upholstery & drapery fabrics, not always the most luxe) for a shower curtain or kitchen curtains.

    The jewelry looks like something out of a 1980s Spiegel Catalog.

    BUT. It works on her somehow. Maybe just for this kind of occasion, maybe because she does, indeed have Fashion Super Powers.

  • Imasewsure

    Sorry but don’t like anything about this except for the color scheme which works really well for her

  • Cate

    Cute and fun and perfect for Tokyo.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Not loving this look on her at all. Both the hair and the dress are very aging.

  • Trickytrisha

    Let’s just get it over with and start calling her Helen, Empress of The Entire Universe. She give me hope and the courage to not dread getting old.

  • bravobravp

    I said it last time she was posted, I just adore the fact that she pulls this off more than a 20-something year old model.

  • Kelly

    Sorry, but I think this look is a miss for Dame Helen. Not only does she have helmet hair, but it looks like helmet hair after one gets caught in the rain. The length and flare of the skirt aren’t flattering, the jewelry is obnoxious without the fabulous, and the shoes just disappear. I understand that she probably wanted to lengthen her legs with an all-one-color look, but my first thought was that her feet must have hurt and she took off her shoes.

    On the plus side, she always looks put-together and thought-out. I just don’t like the thoughts this time.

  • quiltrx

    I wouldn’t have guessed, from the runway pic, that this would be something that would work so well for her–but she’s really making it sing.

  • lillyvonschtupp

    That dress is too gorgeous to be a Basso. I only see his stuff on QVC.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    “Too youthful.” Yeah, good luck telling her something like that.

  • TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

    If I am half as gorgeous as that woman at any age, it will be the best day ever.

  • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

    Too pedestrian a dress for a star such as Ms. Mirren to wear. Each time I look at this photo I like the dress less and less. Wonder what she was thinking when she bought this “Macy’s” level dress? Totally out of character and I guess it shows that we all have clouded judgment from time to time.

  • EEKstl

    I would have opted for either the necklace or the earrings, not both. But this is Queen Helen, so who am I, mere mortal that I am, to judge?