Helena Bonham Carter in Ralph Lauren at The Royal Marsden Dinner

Posted on May 14, 2014

The Ralph Lauren peeps really knocked it out of the park for this event. Just as Cate brought her Galadriel game, HBC is serving up Bellatrix couture realness:

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Gorgeous. We’re not at all crazy about her hair here, but that dress is perfection on her. And the star-spangled bag gives it just the right touch of magic. The whole look is a bit of a stretch for her, but at the same time, it looks so right on her. Attagirl for stepping slightly out of your comfort zone, HBC.

Doesn’t Harry Potter mania seem like a long time ago on the pop culture timeline?





[Photo Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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  • Carleenml

    I was hoping you’d cover something from this event. Some stunning fashion!

  • Rhonda Shore

    Absolutely LOVE those earrings! She looks splendid!

    • Chris

      It’s amazing when she does her hair and streamlines it takes years off of her age. This is a great look for her.

  • Danielle

    In my head she’s just stepping out of her castle to take a stroll around her gardens among the pesants in her regular everyday attire.

  • @Biting Panda

    I like the hair, simply because it is clean, styled and in no way resembling a rat’s nest. If I could swipe off the teensiest bit of eye shadow, I would be full on in love with all that’s going on here.

    (I do wonder if she looked concerned and distracted in other pics.)

    • Pennymac

      I wonder if thats a brooch or something designed for headwear? Sparkles! Love it all.

      • ikillplants

        It’s very a la Jackie Kennedy in Paris, no? Totally gorgeous but not the least unexpected, given HBC’s penchant for outrageous hair-tire.

      • 3boysful

        I like the idea of the hair brooch, but I wish it were long instead of round–it’s giving me a misplaced third eye vibe. But she looks divine.

        • kimmeister

          It looks like it has tentacles.

    • your face

      I like the hair, but if she would’ve worn that amazing fur hat, I might’ve lost my mind.

    • zenobar

      I want to quietly approach her with a shadow brush, matter-of-factly, as one does with an unknown and possibly skittish animal, and just blend and blend and blend.

  • Courtenay P

    damn HBC got some guns

    • Denise Alden

      I know! I was surprised she looks so muscle-y, but soft, too. Who knew?

      • StillGary

        Why does she never bear those shoulders?

  • Julie Chase

    This is the best she’s looked in a long time. It’s chic with a bit of mayhem, the perfect HBC dress.

    • carpediva

      LOL, you sound like Elaine pitching J. Peterman the first time: “Innocence and mayhem at once… and something not innocent at all… touchability.”

      • Julie Chase


    • jay

      I aspire to someday be described as “chic with a bit of mayhem”

  • Helena Bonham-Carter for Princess! Where is my local MP so I can register to vote?

  • James

    I’d love just a smidgeon less when it comes to the eyes, the rest I adore. Fab!

    • dulcian

      I dunno, I think the eyes are what give the whole look that ineffable HBC-ness. Love it!

  • Sarah

    I LOVE HER. I WANT HER BAG. Did I mention that I LOVE HER??? And no worries on the HP – new one’s coming out in 2016. Heck. yeah.

  • alyce1213

    I adore this dress on her. It’s very HBC, but toned down and elegant. I LOVE her hair and the rhinestone thingie — it’s old school dress-up. The eyeshadow is a bit heavy, but overall, the makeup is dramatic and well done. Brava!

  • mjude

    she looks stunning. Bellatrix realness.

  • Dee

    I just love her. I think she looks fab here. Thanks for posting this one!

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I was thinking the makeup and hair was channeling one of her other characters, Elizabeth Taylor.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I prefer to think of it as Marla Singer Gets Married.

  • Karen Belgrad

    I need to see her shoes. No Helena look is complete without knowledge of her shows.

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    Ooh girl YES.

  • MoHub

    Okay! Who kidnapped HBC and put this woman in her place?

  • dulcian

    Attagirl HBC!! These photos remind me of the Ralph Lauren ads that run before Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Classic.

  • wisenhar

    Wow! HBC in something other than Westwood! She looks fantastic! Way to go RL!

  • Nikko Viquiera

    This is an HBC Werq!

  • mommyca

    She looks fantastic! and no, Harry Potter is constantly playing in my house… so to me it’s like a constant presence 🙂
    (please now review Emma Watson! she looked divine too!)

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    WERQ. Love the jewelry.

  • Ashleigh

    thank god she didn’t go with that head muff!

    • Jacob Bowen

      Oh my gosh I would have LOVED if she had. I can see it now…

  • MW

    I think this is the perfect example of upscaling your personal style. She’s rocking this and she looks perfectly appropriate for the event.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I just can’t get over how beautiful the castle/grounds are in these pictures. HBC is looking pretty fabulous here.

  • MilaXX

    The hair reads a little HBC as Elizabeth Taylor but I think it suits her. Love the dress on her.

  • Anapestic

    She looks great here, but if she had a wand, I’d be SCARED.

  • BayTampaBay

    I think this is best I have ever seen her look at a formal evening event! YOU GO GIRL!

  • Melanie

    I audibly gasped. She looks great here instead of the usual crazy pants. Don’t love the makeup, but gotta give her props for not adding anything insane to the look.

  • Luv. Huh.

  • Molly

    B^tch don’t age! She’s gorgeous.

  • Janet B

    Her style morphed into something a bit more elegant.

  • lunchcoma

    I…actually like it. I’m not used to liking what she chooses, but this is at just the right spot between things that fit her image and things that are appropriate for this event.

  • Denise Rambo

    This is the first time I’ve seen her look like a normal person!

  • gayle

    I love that her personality always comes through in some way on the redcarpet even when it is a more “traditional” look like this one.

  • Constant Reader

    A perfect marriage of HBC’s personal style and event appropriateness.

  • semirose

    Love it, so her. Love that are we done yet look in the last photo. The sun in her hair keeps distracting me.

  • crash1212

    Love this on her. I even love the hair…it’s tamed, but still funked up. As an aside, every time I see the Ralph Lauren spots on Masterpiece Theater I wonder why I don’t seem to see many of those gorgeous gowns on celebrities. These entries for Cate and HBC make me wonder even more. Simply divine.

  • They should duel.

  • That’s a pretty deep purple…

    • Jacob Bowen

      I thought I was reading “purple” wrong…

      • “I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour”… here it is!

  • gitchygitchymama

    Meh…………ralph so soo the same over and over again.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I’m having a hard time believing that is a Ralph Lauren dress, but who cares? This is perfection and there’s never enough HBC for me.

  • StillGary

    Helen appears a little put out that there’s no taxidermy handbag but since there is some understated whimsy this look still seems very much her. Very elegant! BTW, is this black or midnight?

  • teensmom99

    HBC with Meghan Draper hair: that’s a WERQ for me. And she looks around 20. Is there an aging picture of her somewhere?

  • Kathie

    She looks gorg. One forgets under all the costuming that she tends to drape herself in, is she has a stunning figure and beautiful skin.

  • Wow!!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen her look so polished! Her makeup is gorgeous. Did anyone else catch the hilarious story she told about the time she drunkenly asked Prince William to be the godfather of her daughter?! Love her.

  • JWK

    I have seen her hair look much worse, I actually rather like it.

  • BLauD

    She looks so fantastic. I’m just loving these posts and wish I could have been a fly on the wall of that party.

  • trish0911

    She looks gorgeous! But the hair’s a bit too Bibbiti Bobbiti Boutique for me.

  • quiltrx

    LOVE! I think the hair looks great–kind of the ‘controlled’ version of the usual pile-up look she favors.
    The different sheens/textures of the fabrics in the dress really add to the drama of the dress. Well done, Bellatrix.

  • Aidan B


  • BrooklynBomber

    This is great on her, but she looks like she doesn’t understand shy she’s dressed like a regular person.

  • Tanya Wade

    If that’s not a WERQ I don’t know what is.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She looks lovely. I wish she didn’t look so forlorn, like she’s facing a firing squad. I think we could all use a castle to pose in front of.

  • MK03

    “Doesn’t Harry Potter mania seem like a long time ago on the pop culture timeline?”
    Speaking as someone who has a Potter tattoo, no. It does not.

  • FibonacciSequins

    What’s with her mouth?

  • Christine Hart

    I was hoping you would cover this look given how “normal” it is for her.

  • Jacob Bowen

    The hair kinda looks like a high pony that’s been curled and then the ponytail has been hidden by the hair brooch…so not in love with it. The rest is AMAZING though.

  • Annmarie Kane

    Oh, this is GORGEOUS, simply DIVINE – Looks better on her than the runway model.

  • snarkykitten


  • Shawn EH

    “I take it back, that’s MY castle, elf! Imperius Blanchette!”

  • Ann VerWiebe

    I was watching the Jeopardy college tournament and almost all of the kids were referencing Harry Potter. And, then I felt old.

  • JP

    I saw this in The Telegraph and thought “Wow, for once not serving up Baby Jane hair.” Is it great? No. But it’s vastly better than her usual look.

  • Coco Cornejo

    Was more distracted by the makeup on her cheeks than anything else. Are all the professional makeup artists on vacation this week? First Angelina, now this.

  • LittleKarnak

    Wish she had worn the mink hat for a little Liz Taylor Realness……

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    You know what? This is the most beautiful I’ve seen her look in a very long time. Brava, HBC!

  • random_poster

    “Doesn’t Harry Potter mania seem like a long time ago on the pop culture timeline?”

    Yes, but kids who were younger when it came out seem to be re-visiting it as they become teens and keep it alive. I think ABC Family has a lot to do with that.

  • bassfemme

    Love! And LOVE that hair pin!

  • FridaStaire

    I wish she’d worn the furry hat and gloves…looks cold!

  • melanie0866

    HBC, you clean up nice!

    I really think she looks amazing. Polished, yet still herself. This is the HBC I had a girlcrush on when “Room With a View” came out.

  • snarkalicious

    Why is she reminding me of…Bernadette Peters of all people?

    • Imasewsure

      That is a classic BP hairdo for one…

  • I’d love to have this dress

  • what not

    I want to know what she was thinking in these photos.

  • formerlyAnon

    Awesome! Not too far from her tendency to go for black & voluminous, but gorgeous and dead solid perfect, as far as I can tell, for the occasion. (Maybe a smidge less eyeshadow.) Though I’m with those who’d have loved to see her in the fur hat on the model. She could pull it off.

    (Do the kind of people who get invited to these things just KNOW that they’ll be walking on pea gravel, and thin-soled, 5″ stilettos may be a mistake? Or do they get warned? Or is it every man/woman for themselves, devil take the hindmost (or in this case, most painfully shod?).

  • TigerLaverada

    She really looks great, and I love her hair, it looks like a dark crown. She’s really quite beautiful.

    • alliekat9090

      Yes. She is.

  • bessann28

    Her outfit looks great, but she looks like she just drank spoiled milk or something.

  • LeelaST

    I said as I scrolled down this really looks great & it looks like “her” too. Well done Ralph Lauren! She really should have gone with the fur hat though.

  • Trickytrisha

    Love her so much. She knows what looks good on her and maintains a bit of the quirkiness that she does so well.

    I saw a video of this event with arrivals of the celebs, Prince William chatting them up, and the dinner arrangements. Pretty damn spectacular gala at Windsor Castle, with Ralph Lauren being an honored guest for his contributions to the hospital.

  • Man Dala

    This is proof that she CAN look good when she’s not dressing like she has just been spit out of the celluloid of one her husband’s movies.

  • Alfred Cox

    Beautiful. She’s been deprogrammed, somewhat. I miss the kooky HBD but this is a good step for her. Sometimes pretty is just pretty.

  • DinahR

    Love this, she looks gorgeous. Mwah! I approve and applaud the Belletrix realness.

    I have a serious point … well a fashion question. The caption says it’s a purple dress. It looks black to me, but then … when you look at the runway shot it’s clearly another color from the other dress behind it that looks more green/black. So I guess my question is…
    … is this dress really purple, and my monitor is playing fast and loose with reality?
    … is this dress really a black with a purple sheen to it?
    …. is the other dress black? Or is it green?

    What IS this magic?

    • ktr33

      On my screen it looks like navy, which I love for formal dresses.

      • DinahR

        Looks more like Navy to me too! And it’s gorgeous, I agree it’s a beautiful formal color. I think she looks beautiful.

    • GorgeousThings

      The Mail said it’s midnight navy. But who knows for sure…

      • DinahR

        Midnight Navy does make sense and that is closer to the color I see. Thanks!

  • SparkleNeely

    The hair is fabulous! It reminds me of something Medusa-like with its curls and tendrils popping out from her head. Suits her.

  • Susan Velazquez

    I think she could have even pulled off the opera gloves.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Perfect for the Hogwarts ball. Seriously, it’s a good look for HBC-it’s got a bit of a gothic feel to it.

  • Seasonally inappropriate, but I would have paid to see her wear the hat the model wore on the runway.

  • GorgeousThings

    Is that Jackie Kennedy’s sunburst brooch? It’s certainly an homage to JK’s style of wearing it in her brioche hairstyle, non?

  • CeeQ

    Darlings, every weekend is potential Harry Potter mania in our house =)
    Agree with you, that hair is too senior prom or uptight bridesmaid for me – but I love the dress =)

  • BluesD

    From what I can see Harry Potter Mania never ended. 🙂

  • SophieCollier

    The “upscale whackado” hair is perfect for her.

  • xmixiex


  • livesarah

    She looks like she OWNS that castle. Love.

  • mickiemonkey

    She looks fantastic and I love that she looks like could scream at any second.

  • LUV hair n makeup…but I don’t think she’s into that dress…neither am I!

  • GeoDiva

    Her best ever!

  • ellatheingenue

    Harry Potter mania is eternal.

  • GillianHolroyd

    …essentially the same age as Nicole Kidman…

  • mcbishop

    I caught her on an early episode of Miami Vice on late night cable the other night, playing Don Johnson’s heroin addicted-physician-love interest. How BIZARRE!!!

  • fringebenefit


  • cocohall

    Damn, I so wish she’d worn the hat from the runway look. This is not quite HBC full tilt crazy for me! She looks lovely, though.

  • Sophia Finfer

    Harry Potter mania is ever present in my life.

  • LadyVimes

    HBC does Queen of the Night to go with Cate’s Ice Queen. A dinner party with true royalty.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    I have a feeling shes got fishnets and combat boots under that gown. As she should.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Given the choice, Bellatrix definitely would have worn this gown.

  • Pudgy Possum

    You know what? If the hair was toned down and elegant, it wouldn’t be Helena. THIS is how she does elegance.

  • Michelle Lim

    Best she’s looked in ages.

  • mrspotts66

    i wish she would smile, though.

  • lilazander

    She looks Absolutely Beautiful! She has that innocent-sexy quality , she often tends to not reveal (in my view) in her usual otfits.

  • andreawey


  • Julie Lane

    As somebody who bought a Time Turner necklace last weekend… there is never a bad time for a Harry Potter reference. After all this time? Always,

  • Ooh man, that is a beautiful dress! I shows up pretty much black on my screen, but a dark stormy purple would make it look even more amazing. HBC looks beautiful with a nice blend of ‘crazy cat lady’ and aristocrat.