Saturday, 17 December 2011
Dresses with sleeves: Helen Mirren
It wasn't going to be long before my new regular 'Dresses with Sleeves' feature got round to Dame Helen Mirren. Back in 2008, DHM complained about the dearth of dresses with built-in arm coverage:
'There are no dresses with sleeves and we need to bring back the sleeve: fine, see-through ones, long or short,' she said, ' There are so many wonderful things you can do with sleeves that people used to do, and then they stopped.'
Three years later, at the Channel 4 British Comedy Awards last night, here's the Dame looking fabulous in Dolce & Gabbana. With sleeves. Which leaves me to conclude that the combination of the grey pound and a new demure sensibility - courtesy of the Duchess of Cambridge - is having an impact on fashion. Anyway. Forget about Kate Middleton, let's talk about Helen Mirren. This isn't the first time we've seen her in Italian designer fashion - and, even though her latest dalliance with D&G involves lace detailing, gloves and a hair style that yells Desperately Seeking Susan, I think the overall effect is very fine. Sassy not muttonous.
Whilst I was watching the TV show, my phone pinged, it was a text message from a friend, ' Doesn't Helen Mirren look fab? Do you think she's finally succumbed to the knife?' But, that's a conversation we'll leave till another day.
What do you think of Dame Helen in Dolce & Gabbana?
Photo: The Huffington Post