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Helena Bonham Carter: Why I Break All the Fashion Rules

01/26/2011 at 02:30 PM ET

Helena Bonham Carter on Her Golden Globes Dress and Shoes
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The King’s Speech star — and Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress — Helena Bonham Carter is the first to admit she’s made a few fashion mistakes on the red carpet but that’s not stopping her from dressing up in non-traditional styles. “Sometimes I get it right and I sometimes I get it wrong,” Bonham Carter, 44, tells PEOPLE. “But fashion is all about having fun. I think fashion has been hijacked by the fashion industry creating rules on what one should wear and I feel like breaking the mold and seeing that the world won’t crumble.” Known for her eclectic fashion choices, Bonham Carter raised a few eyebrows by attending the Golden Globe Awards wearing one red and one green shoe simply because she wanted to. “Why not wear mismatching shoes? Who says we can’t? I was just having fun,” says Bonham Carter. “For me, fashion is all about fantasy and putting unlikely things together. That’s what I love. I genuinely love dressing up.” One person Bonham Carter praises is Lady Gaga for her daring fashion choices. “I love the way she dresses. She’s like a work of art,” she says. “Anybody who is inventive, different or has fun like her, I love and admire. I’m amazed that she’s able to stand up in some of those shoes she wears.” When asked what it’s like to be compared to the “Bad Romance” singer, Bonham Carter demurs, saying “I feel honored to be compared to her but I would probably be called Lady Haha. She’s fantastic.” So what can we expect on the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre come Feb. 27? “Maybe I will wear the exact same [Vivienne Westwood] dress I wore at the Golden Globes but with matching shoes,” she says with a big laugh. “Or put the shoes on my head!” – Paul Chi

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Cris on

She is brilliant! For many years I have been using unmatching color shoes! Actually at my wedding last summer, my sister tried it, and was so cool and fun to see! I hate people to tell me what to do, specially about clothing and fashion. there are already to many rules in this world we don’t need also on what we wear, as long don’t break the rules of decency.

Lauren on

I think her style is mostly horrible..female equivalent to Johnny Depp, in acting style and fashion.

Alyssa on

I think there is a difference between dressing rebellious and edgy and having bad taste…this dress does not flatter her body whatsoever.

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Kristine on

I think she looks fabolous, mismatched shoes or not. Who cares, anyway? I mean, I do see a lot of people in mismatched shoes, so why on earth should it be a big deal if she wears mismatched shoes too? She’s only human, y’know.

Natalie on

Presentation does matter–let’s just face the facts. However, if Helenea Bonham Carter wants to go around looking crazy, that’s her prerogative…

Aprilwoli on

While I do not enjoy her clothes, What I find most objectionable about H B-C is her hair. It looks like a rats nest. It is as if she slept with it unbound for a month and never brushed it. It appears to me that she just enjoys bucking convention. If you look at her roles in movies in the last 15 years you will see this. The Kings Speech is the first main stream role she has acted in a long time and they had to twist her arm to get her to do it.

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