Helena Bonham Carter and Natalie Dormer at Best of Britain’s Creative Industries Event

Posted on June 30, 2014

Check these two out, bringing their A Game! Then again, we suppose they’d have been ripped to shreds if they showed up at 10 Downing Street with yoga hair and shitty dresses.


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Loving every bit of this look for her. It’s got an updated Alexis Carrington vibe that suits her very well and makes us want to cast her in a Dynasty remake. We think on another gal, this might look a little severe and aging, but something about her attitude (not to mention whatever’s going on with her hair), is giving it just the right edge. And it’s kind of nice to see a practical, yet kickass bag toted by a celeb.

Next up, Princess Smirky:


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How breezy and fabulous is THAT? We think this may be the best non-red carpet look she’s ever worn. Certainly MILES away from that horror she wore to Wimbledon. Love the bag, although the blue doesn’t quite go with the blue of her outfit. And those are the best white pumps we’ve seen all summer. Also? And we’re totally going to sound like silly Americans here, but we don’t care: the umbrella just comes off so London chic. Yes, of course it’s simply practical (and looks like a cheap plastic one), but you never see American celebrities dressed up and heading into, say, an event at the White House carrying their own umbrellas.





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  • RussellH88

    HBC is the HBIC

    • evave2

      Wow, you are terrific, Russell. She is, isn’t she? She is willing to look too much just because. What a wonderful sense of self.

  • Danielle

    She’s either got some A plus extensions or her hair grew that undercut out lightning fast.

    • fursa_saida

      The good thing about an undercut is the hair left on top can hide it. Note it’s not pulled back on that side. I have one and when I wear my hair down no one can tell. I’m betting it’s still there, or else the style would be symmetrical.

      • Danielle

        I stand corrected! She looks gorgeous both ways, but I had a fondness for her undercut.

        • fursa_saida

          Oh, so do I. I was so excited because she got hers pretty shortly after I got mine – on the same side, too!

    • enuma

      I miss the undercut. I wanted her to rock that thing forever.

  • lexilexi

    I can see Cathy Cambridge wearing Natalie’s dress.

    • I had exactly the same thought. Kate would also look better in it.

    • Yes! Which is probably why I love it so much.

    • Raspberry2012

      Yup, I thought the exact same thing.

  • Emily

    I think Dormer pinches babies to come up with those faces. Or, she’s related to Elvis.
    Anyway, I think that dress is boring because it looks like something princess Kate would wear, down to the shoes. I also think that would look better on HBC than what she was wearing. I hated the lace peplums & weird neckline.

  • hughman

    I would watch this courtroom drama. They’re quite the team : “Dragney and Lace-y”.

    • FibonacciSequins

      All the applause for you.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      God, can’t you just hear their direct and cross examinations? Everyone would have an unvoiced but clearly understood “Bitch” at the end.

      • smayper

        NAILED IT

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’m just loving the image of HBC in the Joan Collins/Dynasty drag lounging at counsel’s table in the courtroom, filing her nails or getting a shoulder massage….

          • lundibleu

            The viewer being fully aware that we’re an acquittal away from a brawl in a fish pond.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            HBC going for the opposing counsel’s throat!

          • lundibleu

            It could be like a grown up and more fabulous version of Ally MacBeal.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, and HBC could have Ally for breakfast, spit out the cartilage, push her hair back and sashay off to demolish another opponent-can we make this happen?

          • lundibleu

            Oh, oh! Yes, we must! It NEEDS to happen!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            It would be such a great show-it could be a limited run series. I’m picturing HBC and Natalie going for drinks, spa appointments when they’ll plan their strategy while getting mani-pedis-rather like a cross between Cagney and Lacy and AbFab

  • FibonacciSequins

    I didn’t even realize that was the same girl who smirked her way through Wimbledon in a pink schmatte. She looks 100% better here and for once I do like white shoes. She should have gone with another color for her bag, this just looks like she tried and failed to match her dress.

  • MaggieMae

    HBC looks fab. Loving the fit & shape of the dress. Loving her lip color. It’s all a little expected, but I don’t mind.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      I keep wanting to see a splash of something utterly bizarre, or ‘wonky’….like a peep of pink or chartreuse or something from Ms HBC…she looks so (for her) “normal”…a bit of whimsey in the hair or a feather stashed somewhere?

  • Tarah

    I don’t know why, but I’ve always felt as if HBC keeps little nocturnal creatures in her hair.

    • Adina Miller Holmes

      I just cackled really loudly at ass o’clock in the morning. Hoping I don’t wake everyone.

  • willworktomorrow

    HBC needs to unclip the shoulder strap from that bag if she’s not using it. So distracting. Otherwise, looking lovely.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree, I’m worried that one of those ultra high heels are just going to sneak into the shoulder strap and there will be a horrible accident!

    • Kikishua

      I love that the long strap is striking out on it’s own though. She’s posed, and it’s trying to escape “I shouldn’t be here!”

  • uprightcitizen

    Is it just me or does HBC look like Karen Walker?

    • Wink

      “Honey, what’s going on? What’s happening? What are we drinking?”

  • MichelleRafter

    I love the strap on HBC’s purse floating in the wind as if it’s connected to her invisible dog or a little ghost person she’s dragging behind her

  • jif

    Who made Natalie’s dress?

  • t bell

    I love HBC almost every time that I see her she reminds of an Agatha Christie character.

  • Caitlin Rain

    That last stair-climbing shot of Natalie makes me think she’s the just-slightly-cooler, blonder, innately posher school chum of Duchess Kate’s, the one who drops in every so often and stealthily makes Kate feel insecure about her life choices just for funsies.

    • Joanna

      I don’t know why, but the thought of Kate questioning her life choices is hilarious to me, LOL!!

      • Sophie

        You mean, Kate thinking she should have auditionned for a role in Game of Thrones instead of Buckingham Palace? Might be interesting to see.

        • AnneElliot

          She probably would have had a lot more fun, and nobody forcing her to wear pantyhose.

        • poorellensmith

          Or she could have auditioned to play Anne Boleyn in The Tudors! Good practice?

    • MissusBee

      Natalie Dormer is Cathy Cambridge’s evil twin for realz.

  • kimmeister

    I like the shoulder treatment on HBC’s top. I like ND’s dress, but I find the line where the fabrics change being located 2″ above the “belt” is a bit awkward.

  • lundibleu

    LOVE HBC. She is very much the eccentric aunty to all of us, and I love her for it. She also looks damn fabulous, and I can imagine her taking everyone out for drinkies after the event.

    Natalie looks great here, but having seen her styled in part of a film, I want to see her like that again with dark hair in an updo – really emphasised her looks in a completely different way to this.

  • HBC would be killer as a revamped Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan! (If anyone ever has twelve minutes to spare and a love of Italian disco, there’s a video on You Tube that features almost every outfit ever worn. When I feel blue, that’s my go-to video. Because baby otters can only do so much.)

    • Cameron Diaz as Krystle!

      • decormaven

        Ohh, good casting call. Make it so!

        • Shawn EH

          Kerry Washington can be Dominique Devereaux, and Natalie Dormer can be Sammy Jo! But who for Fallon?

          • lundibleu

            Zooey Deschanel. Or Charlie Brooks, possibly.

          • Shawn EH

            Zooey v. Natalie in the mud = heaven!

      • Raspberry2012

        I like the idea, but remember – at some point, little short HBC will have to toss much taller CD down a magnificent mansion staircase. I’m only thinking of the height differential. Maybe some fancy editing will help.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’d still put my money on HBC handling Cameron!

          • Raspberry2012

            It’s possible, I guess – she’s fiesty!

      • Dare I say Laverne Cox as Dominique Devereaux?

  • MilaXX

    Most commendable ladies. HBC was getting a little too extra on the RC lately so it’s nice to see she’s pulled back and reigned it in while still being true to herself. Natalie is giving u Cathy Cambridge realness and I love it. Both look stylish and nary a boob or thigh high slit in sight.

  • siriuslover

    They both look good, I think. But is that HBC’s hair? There’s just…so much of it! And I want to smack the smirk off Dormer. Can’t stand it. But her style choices are very nice here.

  • carrie

    LOL ‘Princess Smirky’ – do you think she makes that puss when she sleeps at night?

    • MoHub

      “If you keep making that face, it’ll freeze that way!”

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Did you hear that as a child? I certainly did. I think I was born with a smirk and snark in my heart, to the dismay of my dear mom

        • MoHub

          Of course I did. My grandmother used to say it all the time—especially since my sister and I were the queens of the fish face. I also used to occasionally cross my eyes because I could.

          Which is precisely why I quoted that bit of wisdom. 🙂

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Ah, the fish face- I know that one! My grandmother also tried to scare me ouf of biting my nails with the admonishment that all of those bitten fragments would collect in my appendix and give me appendicitis. I have to give Grandma credit for imagination on that one!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Belletrix is looking very good, and I suspect she might have been able to hide a telescoping wand in that bag. Princess Smirky(my heavens, she is smirking) chose well for this appearance-or her stylist did.

  • Judy_J

    Princess Smirky! Love it! She does look smashing, though. And HBC looks fab, too. Well done, ladies!

  • Jay

    I’m liking HBC’s look quite a bit, though I’m not fond of the crew neckline…I find that it flatters practically no one. Still, she’s gorgeous and witty and I adore her. HBIC indeed!

  • beebee10

    I adore the ‘kiss my ass, idiots’ look on HBC.

  • kirkyo

    HBC pic # 3: You want me to stand here and do what?

    Both fab.

  • Sophie

    Isn’t HB’s look a bit top-heavy, with all the lace and hair and peplum? Love her and the hair anyway. And Natalie Dormer’s umbrella is very chic, the cheapness might be the reason why she is hiding it under her jacket. I’ve been forced to buy this kind of umbrella recently because of the constant rain, and I feel elegant every time I carry it around – can’t remember how many years it’s been since I last didn’t have a small folding one.

  • BLauDGaspode

    Look how much lovelier Natalie is without that smirk on her face!

    Her purse, however, looks exactly like one of those Bible covers for women. You know, with an embroidered lighthouse and some verse on it… A Gramma bag.

  • quiltrx

    HBC, as always, is giving me life. Never change!

  • Dormer has that pose down that I love when done right. The ‘rock back on my heels, hell yeah’ thing. Most people can’t pull that off but when it’s done well, it is truly, ‘everyone wants to be me.’

  • snarkykitten

    praise the lord, Helena Bonham Carter finally found a brush.

  • That blue and white dress needs to get in my closet. I love it.

  • kerryev

    ‘not to mention whatever’s going on with her hair’ <3 <3 <3

  • Natalie looks so much better when she’s not smirking. She looks stunning walking up the steps. I wish she’d just stop.

    I’m so sick of both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp that Helena Bonham Carter unfortunately is suffering reflected annoyance from me right now. I wish she’d wear some color.

  • a_liking

    love Natalie’s look, and I am so jealous of her hair. /cries

  • marlie

    HBC looks fantastic. SO her, and so classy. ANd I do like Princess Smirky’s dress. Her hair also looks great.

    ETA: I forgot to say… the only think that’s weird to me is that they look like they’re dressed for two separate events.

    • Agreed – HBC looks much more cocktail/early evening, Natalie’s looks like day-wear.

  • thatch pheasant

    These lady stars look polished and terrific. Its so great to see class and panache here. A nice change from the usual, contrived, self conscious, vulgar, brassy rags preferred by those stiff snotty brats from BH.

  • Matthew Vella

    Dormer’s hair is quite inappropriate for that venue.

    • Laylalola

      Really? But HBC’s hair does?

      • Matthew Vella

        HBC’s is quirky but its an up do. Dormer looks like she’s going to the beach

  • NBG

    That combination of HBC’s bitchface and her hair is what is going to get me through the day today. It’s better than coffee.

  • SistaT

    Natalie’s hair and shoes are no. I don’t care.

    She’s on my irrational hate list. She looks like I wouldn’t stand her. I know she might be the biggest example of “That’s just her face” ever, but my God. I just want to smack her every time I look at her.

  • Annaline39

    Miss Piggy has a doppelgänger. Beautiful outfit.

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  • Lilithcat

    While I like Bonham Carter’s bag, I do think it’s a bit too casual for the dress.

    • Gatto Nero

      I agree. It seems to be one of her favorites, though (a Mulberry?).

  • Gatto Nero

    We were overdue for a bracing dose of HBC. I’ve missed her!
    She looks rather goth matron here, in the best possible sense.
    As for Dormer — meh.

    • formerlyAnon

      If someone described me as goth matron and meant something remotely in the ballpark of what HBC’s pulling off, I’d have the entire day bronzed.

  • Jessica Freeman

    “whatever’s going on with her hair” is just part of the description of HBC now I think. Love both looks.

  • MarissaLG

    Not feeling Nat as a blonde though.

  • formerlyAnon

    I neither want to be nor do Ms. Dormer, but [even knowing that no-one’s life is a breeze and I’d probably prefer mine to hers] I pine to be HBC. If my hormones weren’t so relentlessly heterosexual, I’d want to do her as well – she’s got an appeal that edges out even Christina Hendricks (who I think is more blatantly sexy.)

  • LibKat

    HBC put her own spin on the Ladies Who Lunch outfit. She might smile and drink her tea or she might go crazy-ass and kill the room with the power of fabulousness and a little strychnine.
    I know blonde is Dormer’s natural color, but, like Viggo Mortensen before her, she is so much hotter as a brunette.

  • Sarah Winningham

    I really respect that HBC wears her own clothes a large percentage of the time, and her own shoes and bags at least 90% of the time (though it makes for a lot of repeats).

    • Gatto Nero

      We’ve seen her with that (Mulberry?) bag several times. I like that about her.

  • KinoEye

    I WANT Natalie’s dress. Chic, summery, and gorgeous. Gimme!

  • Shawn EH

    What sells Helena’s look is, paradoxically, the cadaverous white skin. You can’t fault her for a second, but Robert Smith is still jealous. Never seen Natalie look prettier; she looks as sleek as some of the characters she plays, and those shoes are the perfect use of summer white.

  • Bernadette

    That bag is giving me LIFE Miss Helena. And Natalie is giving me Kate-Middleton-Realness.

  • LadyVimes

    I’m dying.

  • MissDelaware

    Love love love HBC’s lip color. What is it? Where can I get one?

  • amanda lynn

    oh, the smirk. killing me.