Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood at “A Night of Reggae” Event

Posted on March 13, 2014

Because if HBC is gonna host something called “A Night of Reggae,” well then …


Helena-Bonham-Carter-Night-Reggae-VW-TLO (1)Helena Bonham Carter hosts “A Night of Reggae” for Save The Children UK at The Roundhouse in London, England.

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Helena-Bonham-Carter-Night-Reggae-VW-TLO (3)

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… let’s get together and feel all right. Of course she’d do it this way.

We’re actually a little impressed that she made a Vivienne Westwood dress seem somehow on point for a reggae party. That takes some real skill. Candy colored dreads always help on that front.




[Photo Credit: David M. Benett/Getty Images]

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  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    She is glorious.

    • Nelliebelle1197

      I met her once when we both had our kids touring the LaBrea Tarpits. She is MAGNIFICENTLY GLORIOUS and exactly as you would expect in person, on a casual day- beautifully herself.

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        God I am so thrilled by your story. I’m also going to start carrying a flask of REALLY GOOD QUALITY tequila wherever I go just in case I ever meet one of these divine creatures.

      • Rand Ortega

        You’ve just given me life!

  • Rand Ortega

    Work ya cray with a dance hall style! True to the event, true to her own (reggae) beat. Love it!

  • siedhr

    Did a toddler do her makeup?

    • A toddler definitely did the manicure!

      I love this woman.

      • Cousin_Rose

        Maybe more like a 5 year old. My granddaughter would really rock those nails!

      • Belvane

        Her daughter is 7 or 8. I have a feeling she may be responsible for the nail polish.

        • formerlyAnon

          I thought that as well.

  • butterflysunita

    Oh, I just love her. And I love that she’s not even cracking a smile.

    • laura512

      YES – that face says, “Do you see what I do for you people? DO YOU?” Love it.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    For the kittens born post 1980, check out her early films (Room with a View) and see that she was and is one of the great film beauties of her (my) generation. But she is who she is and she’s been around long enough not to have to care what the public thinks of her ‘style’. I love her so frigging much!

    • marlie

      Still one of my favorite movies.

      • majorbedhead

        Also Lady Jane. Gorgeous in that film, as was Cary Elwes. She was my first girl crush.

        • MoHub

          Well, that was when I fell for Cary Elwes.

    • numenah

      Have you seen her in Wings of the Dove? She was exquisite in that. A great movie with the gorgeous Linus Roache.

    • musicandmochi

      Thank you for the recommendations! HBC is gorgeous and unapologetically herself, two of the many reasons why I love her.

      But honestly, y’all are too cultured for me. All I’ve seen of her is the Harry Potter series (in which she was fucking fantastic) and Fight Club (in which she was also fantastic).

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        While we’re recommending early HBC I have to mention Howard’s End which is just beautiful.

        • marlie

          Another favorite. I’ve also read the book a number of times because the story never gets old to me.

        • musicandmochi

          Ah! Gracias!

    • Loramir

      Other reasons to check out A Room With A View: Maggie Smith. Judi Dench. Young, adorable, floppy-haired, briefly-naked Rupert Graves (aka Sherlock’s Lestrade).

      • formerlyAnon

        A movie worth watching and re-watching.
        (Though I feel strongly that Graves has improved as he’s aged.)

    • Laurieandclaire

      Also First Night. That is wonderful, and she is just incredible. She and Alan Cumming are my spirit animals!

    • jayetyler

      And an episode of AbFab– I think she appeared in a dream sequence as a fabber version of Saffron.

      • formerlyAnon

        I missed that! Must hunt down!

    • kbshee

      And Howard’s End. She even hints at future crazy.

    • JynxTheCat

      Was? Chexk that face. Check that skin. Even as belatrix lastrange rotten teeth and all…gorgeous shines through

  • JauntyJohn

    I do not think it is possible to numerically express the number of fucks she does not give.
    It is actually kind of breathtaking, in its way.
    IMHO that’s not the same as not caring — she cares, obviously — but she does it her way. Full Stop.
    I just look at her and think… “guuuuurl, just go ON with yourself.”

  • ashtangajunkie

    Helena! And now, every little thing’s gonna be alright.

  • Sarah

    I want to hang out with this woman (and Emma Thompson) and get three sheets to the wind SO BAD.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      You might have to hang out with them separately – I’m not entirely sure they’re on speaking terms. Love them both dearly but there’s some Branagh related bad blood there.

      • joything

        Ouch, indeed. Separate dinner parties, please.

      • formerlyAnon

        Without any reference to facts, I choose to believe that they’d share comradely, mild character assassination re: Le Branagh. He always strikes me as overly charming, a dangerous quality in a man. (My father’s side is rife with Irish lady killers, so I may be reading this in.)

        • Sarah

          I didn’t think about the relation betwixt, but I’m preferring to go with your assessment, on Irish Lady Killer grounds.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Having lived in a similar glass house, I’m absolutely not throwing stones at any of the protagonists; crazy stuff happens sometimes and it’s also about 20 years ago! But it did break my heart a little back then – ET and KB were so dashing as a couple and ET and HBC were wonderful together in Howard’s End

          ET is a classy lady though, the only time I’ve ever known her to refer to the whole thing (and even then it’s oblique) is in her Sense and Sensibility production diary, which is excellent btw. In the early stages when she’s still revising the script with Lindsay Doran (which ties in with with the timing of Frankenstein etc) there’s this paragraph, which I quote in its entirety:

          “I spend the rest of January in tears and a black dressing gown*.”

          So, a long time ago and it’s water under the bridge. Everyone seems to be happy and where they’re supposed to be and (however they parted) HBC and KB are clearly on good enough terms to work together again so that’s great.

          I do think though, the Harry Potter team missed an opportunity to have ET’s Sybil Trelawney fling one of her crystal balls at HBC’s Bellatrix Lestrange during the final battle for Hogwarts!

          *Edited to add: UK dressing gown = US bathrobe

          • formerlyAnon

            I never thought of the battle for Hogwarts having that kind of subtext! Pretty funny.

            We’re all prone to seeing things through our own lens. My first instinct is always to lay blame, if blame there is, on the person who breaks a commitment rather than some external party. Which definitely has roots in watching oh-so-charming-isn’t-he-the-greatest-guy male relatives over time. (Yes, he is. And his wife/girlfriend/kids/grandkids all think so too, and he’ll probably stay with them, this behavior is reflex for him and rarely carries serious intent. But he will STILL be a charmer if he moves on to you. You’ve been warned.)

            I also tend to optimism because though my own divorce was painful, all parties have long been on friendly terms. (Well-loved children help facilitate that.) I know not everyone is as lucky.

          • Alloy Jane

            Wait, but dressing gowns and bathrobes in the US are two different things. A bathrobe is made out of towel and is for post bath but a dressing gown is to cover up your jammies.

            Also, HBC is hilarious but I fucking hated her version of Bellatrix and that whole Hollywood shitfest that was Harry Potter. Only Professors Snape and McGonagall were worth watching, and even then they were distortions of their literary characters.

      • Sarah

        Argh good point! I was just thinking about ladies who’d be a ripping good time. Maybe I share tastes with Sr. Kenneth (damn his cheatin’ heart)

  • kimmeister

    Those are some massive lower eyelashes!

  • Nicole Little

    Xmas goth

  • MilaXX

    Nope, not feeling this look talk. This crosses the line from gene to costume.

    • FancyPhilly

      I totally agree. Feels off to me somehow, but I can’t put it into words why, like it is somehow insulting.

      • CT14

        It feels more like culture appropriation than appreciation. Not. Good.

  • Carrie

    That second picture actually looks like a cry for help with those wide eyes.

  • hughman

    And they said Milk wouldn’t go far on Rupaul’s Drag Race.

  • KT

    Holy fucking shit…. YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lynnlee

    I’ll bet her kids love watching her get ready to go out.

  • marlie

    I laughed out loud. The dress is great, and it’s of course accessorized in typical HBC fashion. The makeup looks a little DIY, but at this point, does it really matter?

  • frannyprof

    She looks like Betsey Johnson’s less (or more?) crazy sister.

    • formerlyAnon

      Nailed it!

  • alyce1213

    Love her to death. She’s such a little nut.

  • Cousin_Rose

    This is a few stops to CRAY for me.

  • Paigealicious

    I am still a big fan of HBC’s early movies, but I’m over her.

  • Skippymom1

    I love her “I don’t give a flip what anyone thinks style” – it’s fun and strangely attractive. But her eyes say “One step away from my next serial killing.”

  • Eric Stott

    For her this is actually surprisingly straightforward. Great look!

  • BlairBear

    Hate the stumpifying bootie/ hem length effect

  • Call me Bee

    Bless her heart….

  • Sarah

    HBC I LOVE YOU! good god I want to be this woman. as per your book 🙂

  • mjmiller77

    That lip color takes it a bit halloween, but otherwise – love it!

  • Pennymac

    Words cannot describe the awesomeness of this HBC moment! LOVE!

  • Rhonda Shore

    Jah Rastafari indeed! She’s the best.

  • dash1211

    I love her (probably as much as Vivienne does), Her lunacy is fabulous.

  • Violina23

    Why does she look so… sad?

    • formerlyAnon

      She’s a working mother who is throwing (or, probably, supervised the throwing-of-by-a-staff-of-minions) some kind of charity fundraising event. And she’s tired.

      Alternatively, she just spied the father of her children across the room looking all-too-charmed by a lovely young thing who’s hanging on his every word as if they came from a genius (I imagine Tim Burton simply wades through ’em) and who is wearing something considerably more exciting than the same basic dress HBC’s been appearing in public in for . . . forever. And she finds it all a bit depressing. And she’s tired.

      • Gatto Nero

        If that’s true, Tim Burton’s a fool.

        • formerlyAnon

          Or human. And when you’re as celebrated as each of them is, I’m sure neither can go anywhere without getting attention whether they invite it or not.

          I’m of the “flirt in public, if you must, as long as it’s below rudeness level, and it goes no further” persuasion. See references, above, to my having been raised in a family rife with extremely charming Irish-American men. They flirt with everybody with a pulse, pretty much.

      • Violina23

        ROFL, you win the internet for the week. At least for me 🙂

  • Deedles

    George Clinton woke up bald that day.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      That made me laugh out loud!

    • ashtangajunkie

      And Parliament Funkadelic was never quite the same.

  • lundibleu

    Oh, mad auntie Helena, we DO love you.

    I kind of want to go out for a night of booze and gossip with Helena, Emma Thompson and Helen Mirren. I suspect that could be a fun night.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I think “fun” is an understatement!

  • formerlyAnon

    This looks SO well-to-do mum to me. She throws on one of the usual dresses & shoes. The paid help slaps on the hair and makeup while younger child helps do her nails (picks out polish). As she dashes out the door, aiming kisses at him, older child roles eyes and says “Oh Mum, you’re really wearing your hair like that?” on the way to root in the refrigerator.

  • kipper

    Just think about how freaking much fun she had…..We should all be so lucky.

  • I love her.

  • Cynica

    Boogie on, Reggae Woman.

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    Looooooooooooove the eye makeup. I want a reason to do my eyes this way!

  • mrspotts66

    i pink puffy heart her.

  • icm

    Someone please tell this poor woman SweenyTodd wrapped a long time ago .They’ve stopped shooting it.

  • Cee Layton

    She so whack. I love huh.

  • crash1212

    Love her. Love this. It’s insane.

  • blissful2

    No. Not sure if even Lupita can rock that eyeshadow combo.

  • MzzPants

    Never change, Hels.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Never change, Belletrix, never change!

  • GeoDiva

    I know that this may sound weird, but the eye makeup ruins it. Otherwise…its on point.

  • Miss wks

    OMG I love her. She’s a HOOT!

  • H2olovngrl

    How strange that she and her stylist weren’t featured in “The Top Stylists of Hollywood” spread together.

  • Columbinia

    She looks like a teenager in full frontal rebellion.

  • Synnamin

    LOVE HER. Don’t ever change, HBC.

  • JynxTheCat

    Serving up George Clinton Realness – as they say.

    • Shawn EH

      Nobody says that! But they’ll start now!

      • JynxTheCat

        HA! Here’s hoping!

  • israel8491

    This is amazing. HBC, never ever change.

  • Vanja

    Yep, she’s definitely moving into Nina Hagen territory.

  • LaSylphide

    LOL she’s a kick.

  • styrch

    I love this lady!

  • B_C_J

    I admire her commitment to the occasion & yet she is still true to herself. Moreover she looks great in that dress.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Everything about this is FABULOUS except I just NEED to adjust that shoulder strap!!!!!!!!

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    My love for her is deep and wide and true.

  • SarahSaru

    This is great, but that makeup is giving me an anxiety attack.

  • KinoEye

    AWESOME. Bowing down.

  • Chelsea


  • ovarB

    Never change Helena!!

  • MoHub

    Dear HBC—never, ever, ever change!

  • Danielle

    She looks like Betsey Johnson’s evil twin.

  • Shawn EH

    I hope she and Vivienne are actual besties!

  • Gatto Nero

    She kills.
    I love her.

  • suzq

    That’s an interesting placement of green eye shadow. It’s strangely not flattering at all. Everything else is fun.

  • Stefan Hurray

    How has this woman never aged since like 1980 (under this ridiculous outfit)? I just don’t understand it. I want that kool aid.

  • Cheryl

    Love it! So true to herself.

  • Raspberry2012

    I love her. You just click on any post with her in it, and the first thought is, “You can’t make this shit up.”

  • A.E. Boredom Queen

    She would decide to rock bright red and green dreads. She looks awesome, as per usual.

  • spooki

    Those crappy half-assed synthetic dreads are unraveling. Gurl, backcomb those fuckers some more and get yourself to a steamer!

  • Mazenderan

    I find her affectedness tiring.

  • NinjaCate

    Sure. Why not?

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    Isn’t this a bit too literal?

  • allcapsERINN

    LOVE HER! Every day is Halloween with HBC! She’s fabulous!

  • hellkell

    Goddamn, I LOVE her. I aspire to this level of batshit don’t-give-a-fuck.

  • 909girl601world


  • Fuchaforever

    Oh no she didn’t…

  • Michelle Gennari

    Looks like a regular day for her actually.

  • Does anyone remember Haysi Fantayzee? I’m getting a “Shiny Shiny” vibe off her and that’s a good thing.

  • ventureforth

    She looks like a sad clown hooker. And as somebody below said, the locks are really appropriative.

  • Not loving the eye makeup but everything else is fine by me!

  • steph

    For the event It’s super. Adore!