Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

Posted on July 17, 2012

Le sigh.

Our favorite stars can bring us to the heights of style ecstasy one day, then leave us crashing to the floor in disappointment the next. Marion, for all her French stylishness, does tend to disappoint rather a lot more than the average fashionista. When she looks good, she looks really good. And while she rarely ever looks bad, there are times when she makes some odd choices.


Marion Cotillard attends the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in New York City in a Christian Dior dress paired with Christian Louboutin sandals and Chopard jewelry.

Christian Louboutin ‘Lady Max’ Spike T-Strap Sandal

Case in point. It’s just a little too “Swan Lake” for our tastes. And while many a fashion expert will tell you to pair pretty with edgy or soft with hard just for the juxtaposition, those dangerous-looking shoes don’t really work with the ballerina dress. We love the shoes, but we don’t think they were the best choice. We almost-like the dress, but the skirt’s a little too full. And she’s got pink-eye makeup on and we HATE that.ORANGE OR PINK EYESHADOW IS A TOOL OF THE DEVIL AND MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE YOU GOT PUNCHED BY A BABY. There. We said it.

Sorry, Mademoiselle, but this is simply not working for us.


[Photo Credit: Demis Maryannakis/,]

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  • PinkLemon

    hate the shoes, HATE the eyes.

  • agentilities

    Hello ballerina!

  • Sobaika


    Seriously though, how do some of these makeup artists get hired? No one with pink-y undertones should be wearing that eyeshadow. And even if we assume that somehow, in some way, this looked good in person, it would NEVER photograph well.

    • MilaXX

       Probably the same trend followers as the stylist who insist on putting everyone in silly putty pumps whether they work with the outfit or not.

    • AlexisPayne

      I made the same noise in my head!
      Ditto to the above, she should have kicked the make-up artist who did that to her with those Louboutins. 

  • JasmineAM

    The shoes are a size too small, she looks like she has conjunctivitis. HATE everything. Her toes look broken OUCH.

  • Kristalbailey

    HATE that eyeshadow! Makes her look like she’s been toking up before walking the carpet. 

  • wisenhar

    The way that she’s standing, it looks like she realizes that the skirt is too full and she’s trying to push it down around the hips.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Mostly just hate, hate, hate the blue toe and nail polish! 

    • Ditto. She took the blue from the earrings and reproduced it wherever she could get that polish on. Ugh. And why does this remind me so much of Bjork’s swan dress?

  • Biggest issue for me? The length is really working against her. Just below the knee would balance this out. Second biggest issue? Those SHOES. Loathe, detest, revile and abhore those torture devices.

    • I second that about the shoes. I just wonder how dangerous they are to wear. Didn’t one of the lady stars get hurt by them?  I would kindly pass.  

      • When sitting, you sure aren’t going to be crossing your legs at the ankle.

        • altalinda

          My thoughts exactly.  They look like devices an evil mother would strap to her daughter’s ankles to break her of the habit.

    • AudreysMom

       Yep, added length and diminished tutu-poof would help the skirt. But as much as I love Mlle C (and j’adore this woman) cherie, ce n’est pas votre robe. (or is it ‘tu’?)

      • I think it’s tu. how about it French speakers? What’s the correct form for ” girl that’s not your dress”?

        • mayavaly

          Depends how well you think you know her. I might tutoyer bitchily from afar, but if I were ever in her presence, I would bow down at her (armoured) feet and gush, “Cherie, vous WERQ cette tutu!!”

  • Oh my! I LOVE LOVE LOVE those shoes!

  • She needs to slip off those devices of torture, put on her skates and head to the rink to practice her long program…(thanks Fug Girls)

  • The shoes definitely don’t go.  This dress was made for a teen. Or Ice skating. Or recital.  Not the red carpet.

  • Myra C

    As Regina said (Mean Girls) “Gretchen, stop trying to make Orange/Pink happen!”

  • S & M shoes, “I just got punched by a tiny otter with muddy fists” makeup, and a dress reminiscent of the skating challenge from Project Runway.  No. God no.

    • “I just got punched by a tiny otter with muddy fists” makeup — LOL!

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I didn’t know this was 2010 and everyone is still making Black Swan dresses.

    At least she brought it with the bling.

  • Odette down to the ankles, where Odile takes over.

  • Michee Rose

    I think I’ve figured out what the eye make-up issue is this year: Pantone. Pantone declared this years “color” is Tangerine Tango–and I know at least one of the major make-up lines has a full line in that shade. I’m guessing the stylists “drank the Kool-Aid” and are slavishly following Pantone’s declaration.

    • VioletFem

      The color “Tangerine-Tango” looks amazing on darker skinned women like Viola Davis or Zoe Saldana but on lighter skinned women because it tends to highlight the eyes rather than creating a jaundiced look. Too bad there aren’t more A-list minority actresses to feature on magazine covers wearing this color. 

      • Laura Valentine

        It depends on one’s exact coloring quite a lot.  I’m a blue-eyed blond and whenever I wear my “tangerine tango” eyeliner I get gasps and “oh my god, that eyeliner is AWESOME” reactions.  But I am super-*super* fair with cool undertones.  On someone with warm undertones, I bet it looks horrid.

        • MilaXX

           I suspect eyeliner works much better as a color contrast. (blue vs orange on the color wheel). The problem is covering the entire lid as a shadow give her the conjunctivitis look. A orange liner paired with black mascara *may* have worked for her.

        • TheOriginalLulu

          Agreed. I couldn’t wear it. I’m light olive complected and it would definitely make me look consumptive.

    • MilaXX

       With her coloring she could get away with an orange lip, but really she needs to leave the pink/orange shadows to the brown girls.

  • GillianHolroyd

    All of Dior to choose from and… Even the original black & grey version would’ve been more dramatic. This is just so anemic.

  • Rand Ortega

    I think this is where stars really make their lettuce. Someone at Dior insisted.

    I swear to God, as much as I love this blog, it”s obviously going to be the death of me.

  • juanamom

    Love the shoes. Hate her toes hanging off the front.

    White trash.

  • antheapena

    first thought was the whole look was too young, then I noticed the too-small shoes ( love them though) then the candy eye and wondered what on earth she was thinking? 

  • Sara__B

    At least her hair and earrings look good, since from the orange eyelids to the blue toenails overhanging the scary shoes, nothing else works.

  • Dot

    What’s with the blue nail polish? Seems so out of place with this look. That orange/pink/coral/wtf-ever eyeshadow kills. It never fails in making the wearer look like they just stepped out of a TB ward.

  • I’m over Christian Louboutin.

  • It could have worked, if it weren’t for the shoes. The further I scrolled down, the more disgruntled I became. Take a layer of tulle off the dress, put on some nice non-nude pumps, take off that damn orange eyeshadow, put on some nice black liner… Voilà. You’re welcome, Marion. Really, any time.

    • makeityourself

      That, my dear, is true scroll-down fug.  Actually, it’s close-up fug too.  

  • call_me_schmeg

    what the what? i don’t even…

  • kikisayshi

    The top of the dress is cute. Everything else, not so much.

    • Makeup aside, this was definitely a scroll-down fug for me. The bodice held so much promise, and I really like her earrings.

  • MissAnnieRN

    Pink/orange make up makes everyone look like a dying hospital patient. And trust me, I know that look.

  • The shoes are so scary that even her toes are making a run for it. 

  • MilaXX

    Dress is too young for her, shoes too small. Worse case of monkey toes I have seen in a long time. She will be scrubbing the dirt off her feet for weeks.

  • Fordzo

    It’s like a watered-down version of something Bjork would wear.  

  • Are those shoes too small? Why is her pinkie toe hanging off the edge like that?

    • Agreed. I can only imagine (obviously) what it’s like being offered free Louboutins to wear but if they don’t fit, they don’t fit!

  • melanie0866

    And her shoes are too small, or too loose, or something. Toes are hanging.

  • formerlyAnon

    Do not like the shoes.

    There’s an athletic edge to her in that dress which jars, though it almost makes her look a little like a real dancer, rather than the delicate flower we like to imagine. (“Almost” because she’s not skinny enough for ballet and her legs & feet are not nearly muscular and beat-up enough, respectively.)

  • Joyce VG

    Odd trend for eye makeup this year!  I really love the dress but it’s too twee and the shoes are fabulous but the wrong choice.  She’s really pretty though.

  • sk8tfan

    Looked stupid on Lara Flynn Boyle; why steal a failed red carpet outfit from days long past? The pinkeye makeup helps complete the sense of cray cray.

    • alyce1213

      Lara Flynn Boyle’s stupid ballet outfit became a meme before anyone knew what a meme was.  I can say for her that it was, at least, over-the-top, original, and pretty hysterical.  This is simply pathetic – a grown-ass woman playing with funny eye makeup in a fluffy little girl dress.

  • lonepear

    This dress would have been amazing on her when she was 16, but it just looks too young now. Give it to Amandla Steinberg along with some big-sisterly advice and don’t look back.

  • piecesofconfetti

    These Batman posts need more Cillian Murphy.

    But, related to this, I can’t even see her outfit past the horrendous eye shadow. Perhaps the ONLY way to make Marion Cotillard look unattractive.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Yah, I don’t like the skirt of the dress for her. It would have been a WERQ for me if that gorgeous bodice fell straight down to a floor-length straight skirt. From the waist up, she looks great. I don’t mind pink-ish eyeshadows so much, but there seems to be a lot of it here. A tiny bit as a highlight is fine with me, but this much makes the wearer look exhausted.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    This is the dress and shoes Nancy Kerrigan shoulda worn back in the day. “You club me? I will CUT YOUR SHIT OFF.” Totally Skater Serial Killer Fantasy Barbie!

    • formerlyAnon

      You really have to pitch your Barbie concepts to Mattel as “Barbie Collectibles for Jaded Grownups.”

  • Judy_J

    She looks like she knows she made a huge fashion faux pas.

  • You guys are too kind here. This is downright ridiculous from top to bottom.

  • mjude

    seriously how could you not hurt yourself with those shoes? 

  • crash1212

    I love the dress – but that’s it. Everything else makes her look way washed out. Needed a stronger lip – and non-pink eye make-up – ditch the blue nail polish. Hate those shoes in any event, but they really don’t work with this dress…at all.

  • IAmJ

    How on earth did they talk her into this shit? The toe situation is alarming and the eye make-up is just tragic. Girl, you can do so much better.

  • msdamselfly

    From the waist up–gorgeous

  • I think that skirt would be beautiful if it fell to the floor and had about 3 layers of tulle removed from underneath. And if it were paired with a different top. So, y’know, if it were a completely different dress, basically.

    I guess what I like is the pleating. Its pretty up close. Far away? The whole thing is a mess.

    Chrisitan Louboutin has officially lost his damned mind.

    Punched in the eye by a muddy otter. Perfect description.

  • I can’t even think about the shoes or the dress because I’m distracted by how it looks like she’s been crying all day. That, or she has some sort of eye malady like pinkeye.

  • guest2visits

    The top half of the dress is beautiful, the bottom is a tutu. I suppose if it was full length, it might work better.
    I like the spikey shoes, but they don’t go with the ballerina dress.

  • Dagney

    Dear lord please give her shoes that fit.

  • rivula

    what the fug?

  • nancymae

    She and Anne should have switched dresses.

  • Judy_S


    Thank you.

    • Ksagun13

      And “makes you look like you’ve been punched in the eye by a baby” — priceless!!!   ROFLMAO.  

      That is all.

  • So many things to cringe at in one outfit…the too-small shoes, the juvenile nail color, and the eyeshadow. On top of that, the dress ain’t even much to write home about.

  • YoungSally

    Looked nice if a little dull — then I scrolled down
     — Bjork Mullet dress.  
    —-And don’t you DARE laugh at me shoes.

  • meridian5

    Punched by a baby… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Scarlet39

    Hasn’t this dress been done to death? 

  • tinyredlocks

    Consumption eye makeup

  • granddelusion

    Shoes don’t fit. And blue nails? Srsly? She is out of high school, right?

    • alyce1213

      Look at the dress — she’s still in elementary school.

  • nannypoo

    Bad all around. Especially the eye makeup, which looks good on absolutely no one.

  • I *love* the shoes (and I’m not really a “shoe” person most of the time) – all sparkly and threatening! I find the dress OK but not great, standard ballerina – I don’t hate it, but it doesn’t do the shoes justice. Didn’t even notice the orange eyeshadow ’til you pointed it out; makes me think of the color my fingers get when I’ve eaten cheese doodles {grin}…


  • SewingSiren

    I like this one too. 

  • bellafigura1

    OMG.  TOO SHORT!  That’s it, in a nutshell.  Plus, give me a bootie, these delicate filigree strappy thin things can not stand up to that skirt.

  • I guess I don’t hate the dress or shoes so much, but that “Death Becomes Her” eyeshadow has got to go–along with the blue nail polish.

  • Call me Bee

    Nor I.  At least she didn’t wear modified ballet slippers a la Lara Flynn Boyle.  (shudder…) And I totally agree about the pink eye shadow.  On dark-skinned women it’s really cool, but on pale folks such as myself and Mlle. Marion, it does look like we have pink-eye or some such affliction. 

  • redgauntlet

    She has the body and the face for the outfit – but not the posture or the expression. Is it a question of self-confidence?

  • frankystein123

    After photoshopping out her bottom half and the colour of her eye-shadow, I deem this outfit pretty decent.

  • If it counts for anything, her nail polish is darling.

  • RzYoung

    That eye make up, oy.

  • Kyle Crawford

    I love this dress…I’m just not sure she is tall enough to wear it… shoes are just meh for me… and I can only think she would hurt someone in a crowd.

  • Carina Yariv

    Why the blue nail polish? In what universe is that appropriate?

  • alyce1213

    She’s wearing a little girl’s dress again.  Sad.

  • ccm800

    I was ready to defend MC but then I read the TLo comments and looked again and the boys are spot on. Les sigh 

  • marilyn

    This dress would be fine for a ‘tween or a teen.  The spikes on those shoes are scary.  What if she falls on them, or falls on someone else?  Those spikes look dangerous.

  • teensmom99

    that’s eye make up? I thought it was the jet lag.

  • butter nut

    she looks like a giant duck!

  • greyhoundgirl

    I think I wore that petticoat when I was six and my sister and I pretended to do the can-can in the living room.

  • sashaychante

    OMG…these shoes better not become like those awful Louboutin Un Bout shoes, the go to shoe for stylists trying to make something look edgy.  HATE these shoes with the dress.  The dress is a little bit young for her…although, I’m not really sure of her age.

  • TieDye64

    She’s so gorgeous, but she gets it wrong so often. Not digging the tutu skirt at all.

  • PeaceBang

    She’s such a stunning creature but this is 100% bad news.

  • readdiefreddie

    I saw that first full-length photo and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” immediately started playing in my head.