Sorry make that Dame Helen Mirren. If you think that anyone who is your mother’s (or grandmother’s) age couldn’t possibly be a style icon, well first of all, that is a very mean and ageist thing to say–and second, you are totally wrong. Blake Lively’s mastery of the red carpet pales in comparison to that of the great Dame HM (I’m trying to start a nickname here, just go with it). Not only has Helen Mirren managed to pull-off notoriously difficult green velvet, she has continued to look amazing on red carpets for decades–not just years. Plus she is a personal heroine of mine for her sassy quip, “I’m too old to ask people permission to do things anymore” in response to (sexist) Jay Leno asking if she ran it by her husbanding before dying her hair pink. Bow down.
If that wasn’t enough evidence, here are more reasons why Helen Mirren deserves to be at the top of your celebrity style icons list:
1. She wears “stripper shoes” under fancy gowns.
She has referred to her vertiginous Lucite heels as her “secret weapons.” And yes, they are proper stripper shoes, from proper stripper shops–none of this stripper-inspired $2,000 designer crap. And she pairs them with gazillion dollar Elie Saab gowns.
2. She knows the power of a good accessory.
Chandelier earrings, and is that a rosary as a belt? Even if it is, Helen still wore this Dolce & Gabbana dress better than Rita Ora.
3. She had pink hair first.
4. She still makes princess dresses work, long past the age of 12.
Go cry into your sparkly tulle princess skirt Elle Fanning.
5. She can rock major bling better than any rapper.
What, you thought that she didn’t have any street cred?
6. She not afraid to try new things.
A butterfly-print dress, with pink lace jacket? Why not add a leopard-print bag and heels?
7. She knows how to dress to show off her best assets.
After the bikini pic (#6), we know what a few of her best assets are. Here’s she enhances them with a metallic belt and sparkly nude-illusion V-neck top.
8. She isn’t afraid of color.
This Dame is never going to get stuck in a I-only-wear-black style rut. Note the snakeskin shoes too. Fabulous.
I am so sorry that I have misjudged you for all this time. Now I see the light, thanks to Dame HM.
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