Hail to the Queen!
The first in Carnivale Salt's style idol series is the illustrious Helena Bonham Carter. There are few public figures with personal styles as exciting as this 45-year-old actress. A little bit grunge, a little bit gothy, a large dose of Victorian opulence, peppered with an unmatched sense of humor.
Photos by Gustavo Papaleo
I am fascinated by Helena's look: she's not conventionally beautiful, and has never tried to fit into an ideal for the media. On the contrary, she is well known for appearing as-is in public, flaunting her physical imperfections and her eccentricities of style. She refuses to use a stylist for red carpet events and Her rejection of convention only serves to make her more beautiful and inspiring!
Campaign for Marc Jacobs s/s 2011
(As an aside, I'm really obsessed with these hats)
Mostly for Marc Jacobs 2011 (and more of those wacky hats)
Photographer Unknown (if you know, please tell me!)
I love this photo shoot especially because it simultaneously captures a romantic, kind of delicate Victorian beauty, while still being just a little bit grungy. I love her messy hair and her chunky docs underneath tons of ruffles and embroidery. So cheeky!
She appears a lot in high-fashion editorials and is well known for publicly supporting the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs among others. Off-camera, her easy going street style is thought of my many as pretty crazy, but I really like it. Somehow she manages to make looking like you just got out of bed pretty awesome.
Helena likes pedicabs! Woo!
How does she manage to look classy even when
looking a bit like a homeless woman?
Random Paparazzi photoz from FYEAHHBC on Tumblr
On the silver screen, Helena rocks costuming so hard. The vacation scene in Sweeney Todd is one of my favorite bits of costuming/on-screen fashion of any movie. Obviously, HBC isn't responsible for these looks, but here are a few anyway for eye candy.
As Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (2007)
As Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter
And what will undoubtedly be my new favorite costume moment....
As Miss Havisham in the upcoming adaptation of Great Expectations (2012)
What do you think of Helena Bonham Carter's style? Do you love it? Hate it? Comments are always welcome.
See you next time!