Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham at the “Red 2” Premiere

Posted on July 23, 2013

Queen Helen clearly read our off-hand comment yesterday that the hand fan is a lost art, raised one eyebrow, flicked hers open, and said, “Oh really, boys?”


Helen Mirren attends the European Premiere of ‘Red 2’ at Empire Leicester Square in London in a Jenny Packham beaded dress paired with nude pumps.

Jenny Packham Fall 2013 Collection

We have to admit, when we saw the little thumbnails we thought, “Oh God, is she in another Dolce & Gabbana lace dress? Because those things are terribly aging on her.” Well DAMN. Shut our mouths. Her body looks freaking fabulous here.

But y’know, our point still stands. She should stay away from D&G because she never looks as hot in their clothes as she does in this dress. D&G are just way too youth-oriented, making clothes that play off of old Sicilian cultural tropes. You can put a 22-year-old model in widow’s weeds and have it look dramatic and gorgeous. You put the same dress on an actress in her late ’60s and the effect is decidedly less ironic.

Everything about this works; the color, the shape, the neckline, the beading, even the hem length. That’s probably more jewelry than we would have recommended for the look, but it’s kind of refreshing to say so, since most actresses seem to be allergic to free jewelry lately. The matching necklace, earrings and bracelet all come off a little flashy for our tastes, but Queen Helen always was pretty good at making flashy look chic.

The shoes are just okay. She looks like she’s shoved into them.

[Photo Credit: INFphoto.com, style.com]

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