In or Out: Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

Posted on January 18, 2012

It seems like forever since we’ve done a simple “In or Out” post; one person, one dress, lots of opinionating. Poor Michelle Williams has been waiting five whole days to hear the final tally on her outfit.

Marion Cotillard attends the Chaumet’s Cocktail Party for Cesar’s Revelations 2012 in Paris in Christian Dior.

What a super-chic dress. What a perfectly Parisian sort of look. A costume designer for a rom com set in Paris couldn’t possibly come up with a more appropriate look than this one. We are, as we may have mentioned from time to time, completely sick to death of black lace dresses, but we’ll take this version. Besides, it’s not so much a black lace dress as it is a white dress with some black lace elements. Black tights leading down to black pumps may not be the most interesting way to go and it’s kind of expected, but we have no criticisms of the look. What else would she do with her bottom half in January but wear tights? And once you make that decision, the black pumps become almost inevitable.

She looks really great – from the neck down. This is a cocktail party, so we wouldn’t order her to use a hair and makeup team to do her up, but surely she can manage better hair and makeup than this, right? Also: earrings.


Vote Now!


IN! Oui! C’est si bon!

OUT! Non! Elle va le regretter!


Michelle Williams’ look, which was also, coincidentally, described by us as very Parisian received high praise and a vote of IN from the Bitter Kittens.

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    • C.

      In!  Je pense que c’est tres jolie!

      • Anonymous

        Je suis d’accord! L’ensemble est trop mignonne. IN!

      • Anonymous

        Oui, c’est tres chic! IN!

      • Fifi LaRoux

        Tout en d’accord! Elle est IN!

      • Anonymous

        Sauf les cheveux, bien sur. Mais la robe elle-même est très chic et j’aime beaucoup la coupe. IN

      • Isy

         Le maquillage est parfait aussi!

      • Anonymous

        Je ne parle pas Français. :(

    • Anonymous

      Love the dress, accept the tights and shoes.  But she usually looks so much prettier than this in the face and hair department.  It looks like she got dressed and thought she would have time to stop in hair and makeup before the photocall but alas….

    • Brian @ PWYJudges

      Despite the questionable hair/makeup, she gets an IN because that dress is perfect for her.

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        Exactly my opinion, too – IN, based on the dress, which is adorable.

    • Jen Alien-Spouse

      IN – Simply a lovely dress.

    • Anplica Fiore

      Love the silhouette and fit of the dress.  
      A pair of lacy black tights/nylons would have really made this look, but this is still cute.  But all this almost still gets an out due to the face/hair.  Almost but not quite – IN.

      • Anonymous

        Wouldn’t that have been lace overkill?

    • Michelle Argento

      I just love this look. Very much, an IN. 

    • Anonymous

      The dress is gorge. Mucho IN

    • Anonymous

      Is that an applique of black lace or just a graphic of black lace?  Either way, yes, certainly Parisian rom-com-ready, and adorable.  IN!

    • Gus Casals

      She’s IN, but the doctor orders she takes a nap, cause she looks kind of beat.

      • Ceur –

        Tell her 8 month old baby that?

    • Anonymous

      IN but only for the dress. In every other aspect, Marquess Cotillard is pulling a Jolie.

      • Anonymous


    • muzan-e

      Aw, I adore the makeup! It needs a little more attention given to the foundation, but I think it does its job: brightening with a spot of colour and glimmer, but never fighting for attention. 

      • Anonymous

        Now that you say that, I agree.  The makeup is understated but pretty.  I think if her hair had been a little sleeker she wouldn’t look unfinished.  She’s a still an IN.

    • Anonymous

      In. of course. she is marion cotillard, she is beyond exquisite.

    • Allyson Wells

      She’s definitely an IN, but those whispy hairs beside her ears need to be up or down… done this way, they just look like hair growing out of her ears.

    • Anonymous

      Oui, elle est tres chic. Quelle elegance!

    • Brad and Anne White

      IN. Very fresh and cute as a button.

    • Anonymous

      She looks as if she’s trying on dresses, not wearing one out for the evening.

      The dress is perfect on her, but she put no effort into her hair/face/accessories – OUT.

    • Mori Clark

      needs earings badly, but the rest of it is presh as hell. plus, i have a thing for black stockings. IN!  

    • Anonymous

      Love everything from the neck down, the hair and makeup are tragic.  Sigh.  I’m not sure which wins out, but I’ll go with an IN just because that dress is perfection.

    • Anonymous

      A bit underdone, but I’ll allow it. This is the first time I’ve seen the black tights/shoes work. IN!

    • Jenna Kuhmann

      Love the dress.  She has yoga hair, but I-just-got-done-with-yoga hair and not I’m-on-my-way-to-yoga hair, which is kind of terrible.  I guess since 80% of her looks good, she’s an IN.

    • Anonymous

      LOVE the dress! Hate the HAIR! At least it’s not that too long droopy hair, though!

    • Anonymous

      Stunning. Adore. In. in. in! C’est si bon!

    • Anonymous

      I love it, and agree that she needs a strong earring to balance out the heaviness of lower half. I approve of the tights and shoes, it bugs me when they don’t dress appropriately for the season.

    • Anonymous

      in! love!

    • aimee_parrott

      IN, despite the yoga hair.

      • Cathy S

        Agreed. In.

    • Anonymous

      OUT – love the dress, but if you’re getting your picture taken on the red carpet, you’ve got to do your hair and make up. Je t’aime, Marion, mais essaye encore!

    • Anonymous

      IN. Agreed with you totally – clean up the hair, add makeup and earrings and it would be a WERQ moment to me.

    • Barbora

      IN IN IN! Chic Marion :)

    • accidental housewife

      Her hair and make-up need some work, but the dress is so very chic, and I love black tights and black shoes. She’s IN.

    • Anonymous

      Love the dress, tights and shoe combination. C’est tres jolie! However, she looks a bit tired and could use a little more makeup and earrings for sure.

    • Anonymous

      IN. I’m not a fan of black lace, but this I like. Oy that hair is bad!

    • Anonymous

      IN.  Though, I would have added a delicate bracelet in addition to some simple earrings, and definitely done something less messy with her hair.  Otherwise, very nice.  I like it.

    • Kiltdntiltd

      Mais oui!  Tres chic!

    • Mariah J

      IN Love this!

    • Sarah Michele Ford

      Out. Looks like she’s wearing a lace apron.

    • Anonymous

      In — beautiful and fun dress.  Love the light in her eyes and the natural make-up.

    • Addicted2Glamour

      She looks like the baby-sitter who got into her employer’s closet for a bit of try-on after the kiddies have gone to sleep. This  may not be RC, but she’s standing in front of some sort of banner which leads me to believe this isn’t “just another night out” it’s an Event. And however minor that event may be…Slap a little color on your face sweetie, do something about that yoga hair, change out those “gee, it’s cold outside!” black tights and show that chic little Dior number some respect! OUT.

    • Claudia Berry

      oui, bien sure!

    • Anonymous

      in – she’s chic as it is. i hate the black tights, though. white garmets with black tights is one of the ugliest and most popular things in london…it’s so horrific.

    • Ramon

      In, but only if I cover her face and just look at the ensemble. Such a beautiful woman, but she just looks like she washed her face off. Hard. Like Joan Crawford doing her beauty regime in “Mommie Dearest.”

    • Anonymous

      Love!  In.  C’est fabuleux.  

    • MinAgain

      I don’t care for the black tights, but it’s the hair that ruins the look.  Quelle tragique!

    • Anonymous

      IN. J’aime la robe beaucoup.  However, I think it would have looked better with sheer black hose (yes, I’m a believer) rather than tights.

    • Anonymous

      IN. My kingdom for a red lip here (ARE YOU NOT PARISIENNE, MARION?), but the overall look is tasteful, restrained, and stylish. Also! A knee-length skirt! At this point it’s like sighting a unicorn.

      • accidental housewife

        Yes! I do love a red lip.

        I’m also thrilled to see a knee-length skirt. Fergie, of all people, wore one to an event sometime in the past few weeks, and she looked great.

    • Anonymous

      Out. Ruined the beautiful dress and appropriate tights/shoes with terrible hair and face. Such a beautiful woman in such a great dress looking so sad and tired!

    • Julie Fountain

      I think it’s pretty cute, though I agree about the earrings. In, I say!

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I’ll give her an in because the dress is fabulous, but I HATE those black tights and shoes with it.  They make it look like the dress is covering up some weird body-grafting, where a young starlet’s life was saved by grafting her onto a sleek black robot at the waist.  (I wonder if the robot has super-powers.)

      Her hair is messy and she looks a little tired, but I won’t fault that.  She’s busy.

    • Anonymous

      IN – love the dress.  The hair, not so much.

    • Ros Clarke

      Hmm.  At one level I like it. At another level, I want to get out my felt tips and start colouring it in.

      • Anonymous

        Snorted iced tea at that comment.  LOVE.

    • Anonymous

      IN, but the blah hair n makeup made it close.

    • Joanna Schuth

      You simply can’t be chic with flyaways all over. Also, I must be the only person to HATE the black tights trends. Out.

    • Nancy Marion

      IN! Adorable, all-around.

    • Anonymous

      IN. The dress is perfect for her! She looks relaxed and happy, like she already had one cocktail and is thinking about a third. Yes, the hair and makeup aren’t photoshoot ready, but RELAXED!
      Say it with me-IN!

    • Anonymous

      In, and love her.

      • Anonymous

        I still have to see Piaf, but did you se Midnight in Paris? She’s just delicious in it.

    • erin l.

      In. So chic.

    • Anonymous

      In, for that super cute dress!

    • marilyn

      Out.  I am getting tired of black lace.  Besides, the dress on which it was streched was very uninteresting, as was the lace.  I don’t like black tights either.  Out, out out. 

    • Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

      Oh so IN!

    • Anonymous

      Despite minimal hair and makeup, and the fact that the black tights and shoes are two much (she could have gone w/ sheer black or no-color hose) she’s got that effortless French chic. IN

    • Brittany Bathie

      Adorable, darling, I WANT.  So in.

    • Anonymous

      Love the dress. Needs red lips and earrings to make it a big IN, but I’ll give her a small in.

    • Anonymous

      In – accessories or no accessories, she looks beautiful.

    • Susana Reyes

      In, no doubt!

    • Sarah Winningham


    • AimeeWrites

      Out – not because of the hair, but because of the heavy tights.  Gorgeous dress, the tights as “fashionable” as they are right now, just don’t look good with it.

    • Anonymous

      Beautiful. I think the legs and feet are a little heavy but I don’t have a better idea. In for sure.

    • Sorana Tarmu

      OUI! C’est tres chic!

    • Robert Sanchez

      I love the dress, but I have to give her an OUT. For one thing, it’s the wrong season to wear a dress like that if you have to pair it with heavy black tights and shoes in order to wear it in public. And I’m sick of stars appearing on the red carpet with dreadful hair. It’s supposed to be such an unstudied look (which took hours to accomplish) as if she just pulled her hair back, as if she’s rushing to the office. Well guess what, you’re on the red carpet! Fix your hair!

    • Lindsey Reeves

      Out! I think she looks awesome but it’s not cocktail attire. She looks like she’s going on a second date after a long day of frisbee in the park.

    • R. L.

      In.  I also would prefer a more polished look for hair and makeup.  But she looks good in a great dress.

    • Lauren Maier



      WAAAAAAANT.  So much want of that dress/ensemble.  My lord, she’s beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      This dress looks like the companion piece to one of those “tuxedo” printed T-shirts. Out, out, OUT!

    • Anonymous

      Good lord, she looks like she just got done with 14 hours of labor. Hair and makeup are godawful. The dress is pretty, though it looks like it could have been fitted better.

      This is Marion Cotillard. She should do better. A lesser mortal might get an in for this, but I say she’s OUT.

    • Anonymous

      IN!  She looks divine.  Wish she had somewhat better makeup, but it’s a minor quibble.

    • Aly Light

      You give that dress way more credit than I do. It looks like something my mother picked up at Dress Barn in 1993– albeit a bit more fitted. But not all that much more. The make-up, hair, and lack of jewelry really completes the effect. She looks like she’s going to an office party in 1993. And she’s going to be a wallflower when she gets there.

    • Anonymous

      IN. Cette robe est parfaite mais je suis d’accord a propos du manque de coiffure, maquillage et boucles d’oreilles. 

    • Aly Light

      That’s an OUT, btw.

    • Lily

      In. Definitely in.

    • Laura Schultz


    • Heron

      Tres chic.  

    • Joyce VG

      IN! I love the dress and I think she looks perfect from the neck up.  Seeing her pretty practically make up free face makes me happy.

    • Anonymous

      On the love train… IN.  And I want that dress!

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      IN, because as you said, from the neck down it is tres, tres chic.
      But I was on the fence because it looks like she put on her couture at her boyfriends house an forgot her accessories and make-up…and a hair brush. It’s so unfortunate because its really noticeable how much her lack of effort takes this fabulous look down a notch.

    • Anonymous

      Cute! Makeup is lacking, but still a clear IN for me.

    • Elena


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    • Anonymous

      Lighter tights are available out there, so I’m not convinced it was her only option.  If it’s so cold, then why is she not wearing long sleeves?  Also, some earrings and more interesting hair/makeup would have been in order, for sure.  She’s “in” barely….but only because the dress is so great. Above the shoulders and below the knees she tanked, unfortunately.

    • Sara Parker

      In, bien sur.

    • Anonymous


    • Jamie

      IN – the hair could use some attention though

    • Leonardo Alves

      The hair also looks very french!

    • Anonymous

      IN. Elle ne regrette rien.

    • Anonymous

      In. Great shape, fits well, flattering detailing. Shoes and tights are not good but not bad enough for me to give it a thumbs down.  

    • Anonymous

      Out.  The construction of the dress makes her seem much wider than she is.  And the complete lack of color together with no makeup or accessories washes her out.

    • Anonymous

      Still adore. IN.

    • Anonymous

      Mais oui, mon petit chou!

    • Anonymous

      Love the dress, but the rest of it adds up to OUT for me.

      Here’s the thing, the hair & makeup & lack of jewelry (all of which I hate) is very light. The tights and shoes are very heavy. She looks soooo bottom heavy by combining the two that I fear she cannot move, and is in fact glued to the spot.

    • Sara Munoz

      Ugh. I can’t with those tights. I just can’t. 
      Hollywood please, I am so sick of black tights. Automatic OUT, from this point on.

      • Anonymous

        …. as she looks down at her black tights…

    • Vaniljekjeks

      In.  I agree, though, needs better hair and makeup.  The dress is lovely.

    • Anonymous


    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      IN. Loving that dress.  And I usually hate black shoes with black tights, but this works. Girlfriend needs a nap though.

    • wonderdivaEtsy

      A hairstylist was absolutely in need — the little flyaway curls that come up around her ears make her look vaguely Vulcan.

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      It’s sickening that she is so gorgeous despite having little, if any, makeup on.

    • Wrenaria

      In. Bad hair is not enough to get her an out, in this case. Also I want that dress.

    • Isana Leshchinskaya

      in, but yes, earrings!

    • P M

      Le IN! C’est mignonne!

    • Megan Sullivan

      In, but the hair and makeup is blah.

    • Anonymous

      In but you’re right about the earrings.

    • Rebecca

      C’est si bon!

    • Anonymous

      In.  I love the tights-shoes-dress combo to forgive all other problems.

    • Anonymous

      In!  Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?

      (Hey give me break the French I know comes from Patti Labelle)

      • Anonymous

        That’s Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin.

        • Anonymous

          Wasn’t their song “Je T’Aime?”  

    • Sophie Collier

      Like the dress, like the tights (it’s nice to have all the focus on the dress) but the hair makes me sad.

    • Anonymous

      I think she looks modern and chic.  IN.

    • Lexie

      In. She looks fantastic. But I agree that she could use a pretty pair of stud earrings.

    • Meghan Phelan

      Love the dress.  Hate the hair.

    • Anonymous

      I love her. I loved the dreamy way she carried herself in Midnight in Paris. tres chic.

    • Liana Brooks

      I’m on the fence. The outfit is great, the face… she’s ruining that dress! OUT for the outrage. One simply does not put on a pretty party dress with yoga hair and flu-face. She’s not even trying here.

    • Anonymous

      She’s definitely IN, but she really did drop the ball on hair/makeup/jewelry.

    • Anonymous

      She’s definitely IN, but she really did drop the ball on hair/makeup/jewelry.

    • Alyson Lamble

      Love the dress, but the styling is so half-assed that the whole look must get an OUT.

    • Alyson Lamble

      Love the dress, but the styling is so half-assed that the whole look must get an OUT.

    • Anonymous

      Je veux voir le dos.

    • Anonymous

      Je veux voir le dos.

    • Anonymous

      IN! Although I’m amused by the fact that she seems to have made a conscious choice to have little bits of hair over her ears.

    • Anonymous

      IN! Although I’m amused by the fact that she seems to have made a conscious choice to have little bits of hair over her ears.

    • Anonymous

      Tights are ridiculous at a cocktail party.  (In fact, with a dress, they’re ridiculous pretty much anywhere other than middle school.)  Sheer black hose would have been better.

    • Jill Roberts

      Eh.  The dress looks a bit like someone threw up some lace on it and the hair, oy.  Out, but not a resounding one.

    • Anonymous

      In.  I love the dress, think tights and pumps were a good way to go with the busy pattern.  The hair is bad and the makeup makes her look like she has a cold. 

    • Anonymous

      IN! OMG in! So cute. So street chic.

    • Natasha Fairweather

      IN! J’adore.

    • Anonymous

      Elle est tres belle! IN

    • Anonymous


    • Ally Monge

      Love love love!

    • Kris Bruneau

      In.  I want that dress.  I agree, though, that the hair and makeup don’t work. 

    • Brittany


    • Ana Cedillo

      IN, agree with the black tights black shoes thing, but still this in. I would have loved to see a belt though, something in emerald would have been lovely. her hair is mess, but whatevs IN!

    • Anonymous

      Not loving the heavy tights, the hair and it looks like she is on her way to makeup. If she wanted to do bare-ish face, she needed a softer colored outfit. The dress is really cute though. I give her an in, because the missteps aren’t horrible, just more like things someone average and without a stylist would do.

    • Megan Moore

      Tres IN!

    • Anonymous

      so very very IN

    • Jaeda Laurez

      I don’t mind the hair, but if you are going to expose your ears like that, it needs some earrings… and maybe a nice bracelet, but I think it looks super cute otherwise. IN

    • Mercy

      Well I DO like black lace dresses, but this one looks like a particularly virulent fungus.  OUT.

    • Anonymous


    • charlotte

      I want that dress! Guess I have to wait for some kind of H&M reproduction.

    • Anonymous

      IN! perfection!

    • Merneith

      Out. Not a fan of schmatta glued to muslin.

    • Anonymous

      IN!  Chic and sassy.  Her hair is terrible, though, so it’s a good thing the dress/tights/shoes made up such a fabulous look that made me look away from the hair.

    • Anonymous


    • Toto Maya

      The dress is gorgeous, where’s the makeup?

    • MilaXX

      IN, Im not a fan of the tights, but it’s a cute dress and a okay look.

    • Judy S

      Sort of IN. Great dress on her. But not a great January dress.

    • Anonymous


    • oohsparkley!

      In. Cute dress.  The hair is un-done.

    • Anonymous

      OUT.  Her hair sideburns are disturbing to me.

    • CQAussie

      IN!!  I can’t speak French so uh….it’s pretty!  Love the dress and it looks great paired with the tights and shoes.  All the interest is where it should be – the dress.  Her hair however leaves much to be desired.  

    • michelle

      in! minus the tights

    • Anonymous

      Out.  I love her.  I love the dress.  I hate the black tights and her hair looks horrible.  Her hairdresser hates her.  Or did she have one at all?

    • Anonymous

      Charmante! Adorable! Non, je ne regrette rien!

      Okay, that’s the extent of my French. And my endings are probably all wrong. Oh well. I think she looks très charmante and complètement adorable. The only thing I would change is the wisps of hair winding around her ears. That looks elfin. And not in a good way.

    • Anna Tree

      tres cute. IN

    • Anonymous

      C’est chic! IN!

    • Anonymous

      Out. Sorry, because I LOVE the dress. But the legs are too heavy (visually), she should have been wearing sheer black hosiery, not tights. And don’t tell me it’s winter, her dress is sleeveless. (Another reason, other than pure intensity of color, why the tights aren’t working, here). 

      That alone wouldn’t have made it out, but combined with the decidedly un-chic dishevelment of the hair, it adds up to out.

      Sad, because it’s a wonderful dress and she looks nice in it.

    • Anonymous

      Not a fan of the hair, but a definite IN for the outfit. So cute! I love the shape of the dress.

    • blue

      IN! But yes, she does need to fix her hair.

    • foodycatAlicia

      Out. I like the theory but I dislike every single element.

    • Anonymous

      I guess I’ll vote In because I like the dress on her so much, but I’m kind of on the fence. The hair/makeup/jewelry issue is a big one. And the tights are pretty heavy. She could have worn sheer hose. The dress is very light and the legs are so heavy.

    • Anonymous

      OUT. This is ridiculous. The lace pattern is cute and non-traditional, but the whole effect is bizarre to me. Like a pinafore.
      And I’m with the other BK’s on the messy hair and lack of earwear.

    • Anonymous

      IN! C’est tres bien!

    • Hilary Sain

      so IN

    • Pop Tarts Jen

      In! But I agree about the earrings.

    • Julie Chase

      In! Despite the tights!

    • Anonymous

      IN but the hair….oof!

    • Emily


    • Anonymous

      IN..I love the dress, but agree about the hair and makeup, she looks tired, poor thing…

    • Anonymous

      The dress is so IN, but her hair and those tights are so OUT. Sheer black hose would have been a much better choice.

    • Ebba Svantesson


    • Aniela Marie Perry


    • Natalie

      IN! the tights are a bit heavy but she looks gorgeous!

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      NON. It’s a flesh dress with some crappy venice lace glued onto it. NON

    • Anonymous

      I don’t get short sleeved dress in January in Paris. Isn’t it cold there?

    • Briana Blanchard

      J’adore. IN.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Definitely needs some earrings. But I stand by her make-up choices. IN.

    • Anonymous

      In, in, in!

    • Anonymous

      IN! Her hair leaves something to be desired but the rest of the look carries her through. Will someone please knock this dress off at a price point I can afford (H&M capsule collection?)

    • Anonymous

      IN  She looks good.  However, that dress is boring in general.  It looks like someone stapled doilies to the front and back in an attempt to generate an interesting look. This would surely get someone auf’d on PR.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t write French! I just read it. Okay, having established that I’m a gauche moron, what the heck is that weird hair situation over each of her ears?

    • Anonymous

      IN because she’s MC and she’s just so chic no matter what. HOWEVER: Not that I have an Atlas Complex or anything or think that the world actually does revolve around me, but just as I am SO OVAH super-opaque black tights with cocktail dresses (which I myself have worn in months past) I hear vague murmurs that sheer black hose are coming back around.  Too bad MC didn’t get the memo in time – this look would have been the better for it.

    • Anonymous

      In!  Tres bien.

    • Anonymous

      OUT = take off those black stockings, its a summer/spring WHITE dress!

    • Coralie

      IN. Love the dress and the natural make up (she doesn’t need 3 inches of make up, French girls always go for a natural look). I’m not a fan of her hair either and about the earrings… Marion Cotillard NEVER wears earrings and there is one simple reason : she’s never had her ears pierced!! Definitely IN for me, she’s gorgeous.