Ultrafeminine Dresses and Pantsuits Both Had a Place on the Red Carpet This Week

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Actresses Carey Mulligan, Léa Seydoux and Helen Mirren. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images; Dave J Hogan/Getty Images; Jun Sato/WireImage

Actresses Carey Mulligan, Léa Seydoux and Helen Mirren. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images; Dave J Hogan/Getty Images; Jun Sato/WireImage

This fall sees the debuts of two films with polarizing views on women. "Suffragette" – a historical drama about women's rights activists – hits theaters Friday, while "Spectre," the latest James Bond movie, is set to open in theaters on Nov. 6. 

With the help of stylist Petra Flannery, "Suffragette" actress Carey Mulligan toyed with ideas of masculine and feminine dress on the red carpet this week with great success. At the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards, the actress appeared in a statement-making pastel blue Marc Jacobs pantsuit, while opting for a soft lavender Oscar de la Renta dress at the Beverly Hills premiere of "Suffragette." French actress Léa Seydoux, who will be appearing in "Spectre," eschewed the traditional Bond girl look in favor of a printed Miu Miu tuxedo with the help of sister and stylist Camille Seydoux. But truly, the award for best-dressed should go to 70-year-old actress Helen Mirren, who arrived at the Tokyo International Festival in a surprisingly youthful, perhaps overly feminine Badgley Mischka gown. A surprisingly good choice.

See the rest of the week's best dressed in the gallery before.