In Venice, Dame Helen slays in black and white.

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The red-carpet season is upon us, and what better way to kick things off than with Helen Mirren, arms outspread, looking smashing in black and white. She’s at the Venice Film Festival (and I’m not, more’s the pity), promoting her latest film: “The Leisure Seeker,” in which she and Donald Sutherland drive around in an RV. I’d join that ride, wouldn’t you? But I digress: The dress is by British designer Sassi Holford, and it’s got a gloriously retro, Cruella-de-Vil-at-her-sweet-16-party vibe. Welcome to fall!