Helen Mirren's Paris Fashion Week look proves pantsuits and dramatic winged eyeliner are back in style

Helen Mirren opted for a classic monochrome look with an edge as she walked the Paris runway

Dame Helen Mirren walks the runway during "Le Defile L'Oreal Paris 2021" as part of Paris Fashion Week
(Image credit: Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for L'Oreal)

Dame Helen Mirren took to the catwalk during Paris Fashion Week 2021 leaving us awe-struck with her tailored pantsuit and dramatic winged eyeliner. 

The Hollywood actor, who brought back the knotted headband look earlier this year at the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival, has once again wowed onlookers with her latest outing. Stepping out during Paris Fashion Week 2021, Helen walked the runaway in a stunning monochrome look and winged liner that couldn’t fail to command attention during the "Le Defile L'Oréal Paris 2021" show. As a L'Oréal ambassador, it will have perhaps come as no surprise to fans to see Helen showcasing her ever-inspirational style at this year’s event. 

Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower was visible behind her as she made her way down the L'Oréal runaway and the actor opted for a sophisticated black pantsuit with stylized silver embellishments. 

Dame Helen Mirren walks the runway during "Le Defile L'Oreal Paris 2021"

(Image credit: Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For L'Oreal)

With its tailored style and fashionable adornments Helen's pantsuit makes for the perfect evening outfit choice this autumn. And with something this amazing, why not get the look yourself?

Reiss has a fabulous alternative for those hoping to get back into pantsuits as the colder months draw in. Tailored in a slim-fit, with a wool blend to help keep you both warm and fashionable, this is also fully lined and has a similarly chic one-button fastening and single-breasted silhouette.


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Hayes Wool Blend Slim Fit Blazer, $312 (£230)  | Reiss 

The wool blend Hayes blazer is not only a timeless classic, but the perfect choice as the seasons change. With a single-breasted silhouette with peak lapels and a single button fastening, this fully lined jacket is an elegant choice to pair with the matching trousers or why not try with jeans for a more casual look?


The matching trousers create an equally stunning silhouette and will help you to emulate Helen's stunning Paris Fashion Week ensemble.


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Slim Fit Wool Blend Tailored Trousers, $163 (£120) | Reiss

The Hayes trousers in black have been expertly tailored to a slim fit and fasten with a hook and zip front fastening. They can be worn with the matching blazer for a fully coordinated and stylish look. 

In keeping with this dramatic, but elegant Paris Fashion Week outfit, Helen’s makeup followed a similar theme. For the event, the acclaimed star sported a very natural makeup look when it came to her base, allowing her smokey winged eyeliner to do all the talking. Helen also chose to pair the extreme cat-eye eyeliner with a nude lip, complementing the more powerful eye look. 

Helen Mirren walks the runway during the "Le Defile L'Oreal Paris 2021" Womenswear Spring/Summer 2022 show

(Image credit: Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Get Helen's exact beauty look: 

  • L’Oreal Paris True Match Plumping Tinted Serum £13.99 ($19)
  • L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Balm Noir £11.99 ($16.50)
  • L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Les Nus in Nu Confident Lipstick £8.99 ($13)
  • L’Oreal Paris Brow Artist Micro Tatouage £9.99 ($14)
  • L’Oreal Paris Unbelivabrow Topcoat £10.99 ($15)
  • L’Oreal Paris Perfect Slim Eyeliner £7.99 ($11)

Perhaps the most important product of all was the L’Oreal Paris Perfect Slim Eyeliner, which gave Helen her mesmerizing cat-eye flick. For just $11 (£7.99) you can experiment with creating your own signature eyeliner style at home and try out the Hollywood icon's Paris Fashion Week look. 


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Perfect Slim Eyeliner, $11 (£7.99)  | L’Oreal Paris

Give yourself some added drama and definition with the L'Oreal Paris Superliner Perfect Slim Liquid Smudge-Proof Eyeliner. With a 0.4mm tip, creating ultra-fine lines is made easy, allowing you to experiment with different trends and styles. The intense black pigment makes for a long-lasting liner to see you through from day to night. 

The star chose to wear her short hairstyle secured in a textured bun, allowing the dramatic makeup to shine. Dame Helen Mirren’s hair moments have consistently wowed fans throughout the years and this messy up-do on the runway was a brilliant contrast to her otherwise sleek pantsuit look. 

For those hoping to put together this spectacular look at home, there are plenty of perfect cat eye makeup tutorials that could help you emulate Helen’s glamorous catwalk appearance.

And whilst Helen's dramatic eye-liner and stunning suit will no doubt be an unforgettable part of Paris Fashion Week for many, with three more days until it draws to a close on October 6, there are plenty of fashion moments still to come. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!