Helen Mirren in Jacques Azagury the 2014 BAFTA Awards

Posted on February 17, 2014

This is gorgeous. And because we’ve been writing about her public style for years, we know this look pushes all of Miss Helen’s buttons.

Helen Mirren attends the 2014 BAFTA awards at the Royal Opera House in London in a Jacques Azagury gown.

She likes to be covered up, both her arms and her legs. But she also likes to deploy sheers and beading and sequins to bump up the glamour and sexiness. And she never met a dramatic skirt she didn’t immediately start playing with in front of the cameras. In a lot of ways, this is the perfect Helen Mirren dress. And that’s why she looks so great – and more importantly, comfortable; and even more importantly, happy – in it. The ridiculously gorgeous and decadent diamond jewelry also helps, we’re sure.

The only thing is, she looks like she could use a little more support and the bodice looks like it could be fitted to her just a little bit better. But aside from that, the look is perfect. It’s so nice to see her getting away from the Dolce & Gabbana, which never served her well.




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  • omg_dora

    Classy as fuck.

    • Lucía Gavello

      My thoughts exactly, bitch be regal.

  • Janet B

    Love her hair, always shows off her gorgeous face.

    • decormaven

      Her stylist knocked it out of the park this time. Her hair looks great!

  • Diego!

    I bow, to me this screams WERQ! from head to toe. AMAZING dress! Dear Queen Helen, I love thee! 😛

  • Sylvia

    Love her in general, but those diamond earrings are just beyond fierce.

  • Danielle

    Dame Helen is my spirit animal.

  • newleaf1

    And the kind of dress that only a woman of her stature – both in her career and of her age – can wear. On others, the dress would wear them. But she is owning this.

  • KinoEye

    Loving the hair. Living for the earrings. Worshiping the Queen.

  • SewingSiren

    Morgana the beautiful.

  • maggiemaybe

    Beautiful. Love the soft hair and those gorgeous earrings.

  • formerlyAnon

    She’s really stepped up the hair. I don’t love the horizontal sheer bar on her upper chest, I love the work on the bodice and sleeves, but think the top half of the dress is a tad off somehow. Nonetheless the skirt is amazing and overall, so is she.

    • Sarah

      Yeah, not sure what that horizontal bar is serving, design-wise, but she looks lovely nonetheless. Hail Queen Helen!

    • The vertical panel down the middle is a bit odd too, but the earrings make everything better!

      • Sarah

        You are not a Foodycat anymore?

        • I still am, but this is the main place I use disqus so the blog-pimping seemed inappropriate!

          • Sarah

            Ah, from our chats re: food I just figured you liked it THAT MUCH and didn’t realize you were blog-pimping. As a person who goes by my name alone, I feel you. Although I do sometimes consider adding a zesty moniker for kicks.

          • Well I do – I am ridiculously obsessed with food – but the foodycat is the regrettable blog name. Naming shit is hard.

          • demidaemon

            I wholeheartedly agree. My novel went through about eight names before I found the perfect one, and I think maybe 1 in 5 short stories do not go through a name change.

          • kimmeister

            I didn’t know she had a blog either!

          • So using your blog name for all social media, as some people recommend, is a fail anyway!

      • ms_kat

        It’s the combination of both that make it sort of… well, ugly. It’s a giant T that is a distraction, but not in a sexy way.

        I also think her hair looks a bit thin and helmuty.

        • formerlyAnon

          I think her hair has looked more helmet-like when it’s obviously augmented. But she has changed her hair often enough that we may not be comparing this to the same previous styles. I like this asymmetrical cut a lot. You are right, her hair is thinner than it once was, but since I like this cut, I’m not bothered by that.

    • Gatto Nero

      I like the horitzontal sheer panel. Without it (and without a lower neckline), the sheer in the sleeves might seem too abrupt, and she might look a bit too covered up. The panel gives her the right balance of covered and sexy.
      She’s fabulous.

      • formerlyAnon

        I don’t mind the sheer, just the shape. I’d like it better if it followed the curve of the neckline.

    • Kent Roby

      For me (meaning IMO, since the dress is not something that I should wear!), the rectangular panels and the absence of beading on the horizontal panel are the things that make the dress just a tiny bit unexpected, in a good way.

      • marlie

        I agree. That’s what adds some of the visual interest.

      • formerlyAnon

        I would like the sheer panel much better if it followed the curve of the neckline. As a plain rectangle it reminds me more of a flag or an address label that was just slapped on – not that it looks like either, just how my mind works – rather than a design element in a lovely gown.

        • AnneElliot

          That’s it EXACTLY — I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t like it. It doesn’t seem organic to the shape of the dress, somehow. I think it would blend in better if it were curved, and also if it had some of the beading like the sleeves. It looks like it was added in to make the neckline higher, or something. Or if there was a piece that had to be replaced because it was torn, like a last-minute fix.

  • laura

    LOVE those earrings. She looks excellent, but I would fight….politely ask her for those earrings.

    • Constant Reader

      I would distract her while you take them as long as you promise to share. 🙂

  • CeeQ

    I can’t fault anything here, it’s wonderful =)

  • MannahattaMamma

    If she stops getting acting work (not bloody likely), she could teach all the ladystars in Hollywood how to dress

  • sagecreek

    All bow to the queen!

  • Tracy_Flick

    I think this would be 80% better with out the sheer panel at the top.

  • Sally Spannagle

    It is beautiful. My only complaint is that the very angular square sheer panels don’t really vibe with the flowy, girly nature of the gown.

    • formerlyAnon


  • Anna

    So beautiful and so perfectly Queen Helen. Shutting down the Royal Opera House along with Lupita.

  • @Biting Panda

    Love it. Wish is didn’t have the T of sheerness, but she is Helen and my wishes are beneath her.

    • Trent

      Completely agree. I love her and bow to her as Queen of Fuckingfantastica, but the sheer panels, IMO, are distracting and overly busy. Maybe one sheer bar, at most, but the full “T” is just too much.

  • bluefish

    Gorgeous color on her but don’t like the tummy cut outs. She does look beautiful. Not sold on dark red manicure with navy blue but a quibble. Wish the top were simpler.

    • Constant Reader

      Agreed, but I gotta say that if my abs looked like hers I think I’d wear peekaboo sheer tops every day.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I would love this without the sheer vertical part and not because of her age, but because it really distracts from all the lovely beading. Otherwise, another great show by Dame Helen.

  • Kent Roby

    This is that rare dress utilizing sheer that manages to be sexy, interesting, and non-vulgar at the same time. Queen Helen looks amazing.

  • EEKstl

    Long Live Queen Helen.

  • VicD

    But why the open sternum sheer? It wasn’t needed and is distracting. Love her regardless.

    • boweryboy

      I agree. That’s my only quibble.

  • Garcia Loca

    Do me, be me — this is EVERYTHING.

  • Gatto Nero

    She just made my day. Maybe my week.
    Thanks, uncles!

  • xmixiex

    Sweet Jesus. Stunning.

  • Noah

    Off-topic sorta, but did anybody else watch her speech? Just when I didn’t think I could love her more, she gives a riveting monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream as an acceptance speech. The lady was a Dame.

  • filmcricket

    Yeah, no. Hair is good, face is good, jewels are good, colour is good, dress is TERRIBLE. I pretty much hate everything about it. I know the wearer elevates the dress, but if this were on some starlet I’m pretty sure a lot more of us would be complaining about how it has “too many notes,” to quote Amadeus.

  • marlie

    This is breathtaking. Queen Helen looks gorgeous. Agree about the girls needing a tad more support, but really, I think she looks stunning.

  • Kelly

    Even when I adore the rest of her outfit, I hardly ever like Queen Helen’s earrings. Usually, they’re either too delicate for a bold look or too bold for a delicate look or too busy or too long or too distracting or too. . . But these, while still over-the-top, are over-the-top in a way that is perfect here. Great get-up overall (though I agree with the other kittens — get rid of the sheer center panel. If you can’t do the bare, don’t do the sheer. Plus, it adds busy-ness that this already-busy dress doesn’t need.)

  • majorbedhead

    God, she’s fantastic.

  • MilaXX

    LOVE a good black & blue combo! Also love that she’s a gal who goes for a big earring, none of that boring, demure stuff for her. Definitely a gal after my own heart. I think the boob situation may be because of the cutouts on the sternum. She’s either not wearing a bra, wearing the individual pasty thing or they attempted to sew some support into the dress and it wasn’t sufficient enough. Minor quibble for me, I think she looks fab!

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I love her unreservedly, but more support for the fabulous girls would have made this perfect.

  • Alyssa

    I love how much she loves it. Also, if I had the opportunity to wear a dress like that, I too would be playing with the skirt. The little girl in me comes out anytime I wear a fun skirt…I just can’t help but swish it and twirl.

  • melanie0866

    Yes on the support issue. Looks like the girls are down around her waist. Part of that is an optical illusion caused by the neckline, but still. We have the technology.

  • Susan Bigler

    Too much is going on with that dress. Lose the sheer panels, I think.

  • Myra Amler

    She could wear a burlap sack and still look stunning. Love the hair and makeup. The earrings are spectacular. The bodice does need to fit a bit better but who cares? She looks fantastic.

  • MarieLD

    Did anyone see “National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage”? (PBS has broadcast it.) She was on stage in a long wig for “Mourning Becomes Electra” and I didn’t recognize her at all. She was fantastic.

  • samo_samo

    She looks fabulous. I adore midnight blue on the red carpet.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    BE HER. I want that so, so badly.

  • jen

    She’s so awesome.

  • julnyes

    A bit cheeky with the sheer and bringing the glam as well … she is phenomenal (and look at her small waist! LOOK AT IT!!)

  • ChaquitaPhilly


  • jw_ny

    I won’t deny that she looks fantastic, but I really hate that big rectangular sheer panel on her chest. Maybe if it was narrower and curved to match the scoop of the neck it’d be better…as is just seems abrupt.

  • JP

    I was goggling at her earrings last night.

  • MoHub

    Bow down to the Queen. Again.

  • Mars Tokyo

    The rectangular sheer panel on front looks like a big bandage.

    • formerlyAnon

      I thought address label. Same idea.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Air kisses are 100% annoying on 99.9% of celebs. Yet another point in the Helen Can Do Things Other People Can’t category.

  • Lilyana_F

    I adore Helen, always. Stunning jewelry. As for the dress… this sheer panel on top is just ruining it a bit for me. Still, she looks great.

  • UsedtobeEP

    She really is lovely isn’t she. As pretty as any dress she wears may be, I always see her face first.

  • lifeisastory

    That sequins looks like shrapnel of some sort.

  • Slowfish57

    I wish the dress had a conventional decolletage — the rectangular panel looks like it should be streaming news headlines, like Times Square. It detracts from what’s otherwise a fabulous look.

    • murt

      Yeah I completely agree. I do disagree with T&L about needing more support though – we don’t need everyone looking like their boobs are up at their collarbones (though if people like that look that’s great too). I want to see more diversity with bosom styling again.

  • Claudia Berry

    Bowing down to the Queen.

  • That skirt is astounding, but the unnecessary sheer strip nearly kills it for me.

  • GillianHolroyd

    It’s way too fussy; sheer panels and sequins and tulle ruffles… oof.

    The earrings are fantastic however.

  • The earrings are FAB as in Freakingly Astonishingly Brilliant.

    • Shawn EH

      Astonishing jewelry, worn by someone who knows how!

      • kerryev

        I could learn…

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Love this, and her acceptance speech was lovely, especially ending it with Shakespeare!

  • MitzyG

    Haha, is that Judy Dench standing behind her, just off to the left?

    • Columbinia

      It is. How perfect.

  • Columbinia

    I don’t love the naked stripes. It’s like sections of paint or wallpaper stripped off a pretty wall.

    She does need better support and fit in the bodice to make this truly ravishing.

  • quiltrx

    I think no one could ever be unhappy in a skirt like that with those earrings, too!

  • boweryboy

    If the sheer T in the bodice wasn’t there I would love this so much more.

  • Clash D

    What a GILF. She turns me on at so many levels it’s not even funny. Hair, make up and earrings here really showcase her slender neck and amazing jawline. And that smile. Man.

  • Corsetmaker

    Can’t get past the lack of bust support. She’s too full busted to get away with that, and it makes the dress sit badly. Other than that I love her as always.

  • Therese Bohn

    I love her hair here! Hail to the Queen!

  • Imasewsure

    This is great! I would have saved the earrings for a plainer dress but whatever. The Queen can do what she wants…

  • bertkeeter


  • LOVE the hair, too.

  • Kikishua

    I love this, and I love her. I do. But the round embellishment, more or less exactly placed like an external belly button pointer, does keep distracting my eye.