Yet this was the fate that befell the snakeskin leopard-print tote that had passingly rested in the crook of Dame Helen's elbow as she reeled backstage immediately after a stunning Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan.Damegenerally seems the most serenely imperturbable of women, and most certainly not the sort to let her handbag plummet to the floor. Handbag rapidly restored to elbow - the accident occurred as the actress applauded the designers' seething sea of staff - she told The Daily Telegraph : "I have to say that I'm blown away. I loved it. It was immodest and grandiose and wonderful. I loved the theatricality of it."