Helen Mirren looked effortlessly regal this week as she attended a film festival in France, marking her first red carpet cameo of the winter season.
The Oscar-winning actor made an exciting appearance at The American French Film Festival outside Paris on Wednesday evening, showing up to its annual awards ceremony with her beloved husband, Taylor Hackford.
Never one to disappoint in the fashion department, Helen exuded regal radiance as she posed for photos on the red carpet of the swanky event.
The 77-year-old styled her signature white long hair with a padded black head crown and gold drop earrings for a royal-esque finish, while keeping her makeup simple with smoky eyes and a light berry lip stain. (Check out Helen Mirren's affordable beauty hack if you're already feeling inspired.) Her outfit was equally chic, consisting of a black dress with elbow-length sleeves, a mesh black jacket, and diamond-encrusted, Baroque-style booties. The Eye in the Sky star also added a pop of color with a pair of cranberry tights that perfectly complimented her plummy pout.
The autumnal ensemble is a far shout from Helen Mirren's neon pink cape and clashing yellow dress, which she wore at a screening of her film, The Duke, last April. The British actor is known to be experimental in her wardrobe, working closely with her stylist Rachel Fanconi to nail everything from bright citruses to midnight shades.
Helen's husband, Taylor Hackford, also looked dapper at the festival in his double-breasted suit and emerald green tie. The Calendar Girls star has been married to the American film director for over two decades, consecrating their relationship in 1997 after dating for over 11 years. The couple will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on December 31, which also happens to be Taylor's 78th birthday.
In May, Helen Mirren revealed that the secret to a long-lasting relationship is 'being authentic' and 'keeping your own sense of identity.'
"You know, I believe in unconditional praise from one’s loved ones. I don’t want any criticism. And I give him unconditional praise likewise – more or less," she told PEOPLE. "We allow each other to do our own thing, and get on with it.
"A really important part of love is to maintain your own sense of identity. In a way, that’s the most important thing of all, to not subsume yourself into someone else, far from it. Be honestly and authentically who you are."
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Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.
Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.
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