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Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett Hop On the Long-Train Trend

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Cate Blanchett, Karlie Kloss and Helen Mirren

The longer, the better.

There's really nothing more glamorous than a long dress train.

A sweeping gown — like Diane Kruger's Prada number, which came with its own attendant to ensure that the trailing hemline was picture-perfect — exudes importance, grace and that sense of old-world royalty guaranteed to fulfill any secret princess fantasies.

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On this week's red carpets, Helen Mirren, Karlie Kloss and Cate Blanchett took the trend for a swing in long, elegant gowns.

Blanchett, who has been lighting up the carpet while doing nonstop press for her upcoming films Truth and Carol, was gorgeous in a white Alexander McQueen number with a small, dainty train. Compared to some of her couture ensembles, the outfit the actress donned at the BFI London Film Festival Awards on Saturday was on the simpler side. However, with a sweeping chignon updo and simple makeup, the overall look was refreshing.

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Supermodel Kloss, who looks good in pretty much anything she wears, was especially sophisticated in her Victorian-collar black lace gown at last night's Pencils of Promise Gala. A swipe of red lipstick, a braided updo and, of course, a regal two-foot train made the ensemble a timeless classic.

At the Tokyo International Film Festival premiere of Woman in Gold, Mirren was as stunning as ever in a white floral Badgley Mischka gown with sheer sleeves featuring beaded floral appliques. Her hemline trailed from an asymmetrical satin ruffle, making for a picturesque ensemble. The only thing missing from the look was a tiara — because, let's face it, Mirren is a queen.

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