Vanity Fair's Best Dressed List Features Helena Bonham Carter (yes, really)

05 August 2010

Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed 2010 List is out! And it’s quite, errr retrograde? Nearly everyone on there seems to be famous for being a wife – Michelle Obama, Samantha Cameron, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy or being born into wealth like Wendi Murdoch, Tatiana Santo Domingo (topped the list) or various members of royal families from around the world with unfamiliar names.

A couple of exceptions were Gaga (YAY!) on the list at 26 (out of 45), Carey Mulligan at number 3 (VF described her style as ‘existential pixie’!) and siblings Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon and Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal (both pairs listed as one entry, we don’t know why). No Emma Watson, no Kate Moss or Victoria Beckham and very few Hollywood stars. Something else struck us as peculiar – the list, stuffed with elegant professional wives, only pictured two of its female winners in next season's big trend; trousers (Carey and American writer Nora Ephron). Gaga was pictured wearing a lightening bolt, but apart from these the list could have come straight out of the 1950’s.

But wait. There's something else. Who was in at number 31? we hear you wonder. Flying the flag for great British style, *drumroll* Helena Bonham Carter! *splutter splutter* Helena! How did YOU get on there? HBC is the surely the poster girl for ‘English eccentricity’ and has comfortably occupied this unique niche for years. When scrubbed up in Vivienne Westwood ruched gowns her slight but hourglass figure and Edwardian costume drama features look AMAZING, but off duty, she’s a notorious jumble sale pesterer. She freely admits her favourite item of clothing is “my bloomers.” And she’s long been an avid advocate of the dress over trousers over giant socks look, complete with colourful knitwear, a trend that stubbornly refuses to catch on. It’s not at all that we mean to criticise HBC’s style, far from it. We’re just mystified how she made it onto this deeply conservative list. UNLESS Vanity Fair erroneously thought that her double barreled surname came from a marriage to some kind of foreign prince or Marquis.

What do you think of Helena Bonham Carter's style?

- Naomi Attwood


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