Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior Couture

Posted on November 12, 2012

Marion decided to kick off the holiday season by dressing up like a stern governess, for some reason:

Marion Cotillard launches the Christmas illuminations at Printemps Haussmann in Paris in Christian Dior couture.

Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture Collection/Model: Kinga Rajzak (IMG)

Yikes. She looks like she’s going to spank anyone who looks at her funny. Girl, we luvya, but this is a bit too severe for such a jolly event.

Then again…

Even the Dior dolls look a little bitchy, don’t they? Not that we mind. Who doesn’t love a doll with bitchface?


[Photo Credit: Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images,, DLM Press/]

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  • alyce1213

    The dress really is too severe for the event, but it’s a stunning look for her — so ’40s/’50s French movie star.  Gorgeous, I think.

    • mshesterp

      I really love it, I just wished she’d kept the gold belt.  She looks amazing about 97% of the time, damn her.

  • Ceur

    Everytime I see her she reminds me of all the reasons I hate (read: envy) French women. 

  • I’m digging those dolls!

    • kimmeister

      They have perfect brows!

  • jenuwefa

    I liked the gold belt better, but she looks amazing.  Such a tiny waist!

    • uprightcitizen

      I think it actually IS the same belt … it just doesn’t photograph the same way as it did on the runway. If you look at some of the other photos of her, you can see that it’s not black, but metallic. At any rate, it’s all so very Dior from the 50s. The tiny waist is made to appear even tinier by the big pockets and wide lapels. You can see Lucy and Ethel coveting this dress in a Paris showroom.

  • bertkeeter

    Nothing F N Couture about that! Jesus…couture is intended to be intriguing and magical…not just ehh!

  • Janet B

    She knows when you are sleeping….

  • teensmom99

    I can’t help it; I love this kind of tailored look.

    • Clueless_Jock

      So do I. She looks amazing.

  • marilyn

    Are the doll faces supposed to be her face?  Kind of looks like it.

  • Winter_White

    The weirdest part of the holiday festivities will be when she busts out with a defiant rendition of Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.

  • MissMariRose

    If the doll doesn’t have bitchface, then it wouldn’t be French. 

  • I love all that!!! She looks fierce!!!! 

  • First thought after “governess”: Poppins. This then became a Mary Poppins themed event in my head. 

  • Judy_J

    I’m in awe of her incredibly tiny waist…Scarlett O’Hara’s got nothing on her!

  • formerlyAnon

    I love this dress on her. Perhaps a little too much unrelieved black for an impressive photograph.

  • J’adore to infinity the tiny red-dressed bitch-dollies. I want to have a tea party with them!
    And Marion’s dress, hair and shoes are all from my dream closet. Pure noire perfection, from finger-waved head to red fingertip.

    And I love the little dolly in the balloon, the one on the right. She is ze one about to administer ze spanking! Zut alors!

    • littlemac8

      I love the tiny red-dressed bitch dolly with the binoculars – she’s making a list and taking names.  She sure the hell will tell Santa who’s been naughty and who’s been nice!!

  • Kristin McNamara

    Now, don’t jump down my throat if this is a little off because I only watched the episode once (and I’m pretty sure I remember you boys saying you watch all things twice before recapping them, right?) but my first thought upon viewing this ensemble was: Lady from The Initiative from last night’s Revenge episode! haha

    Second thought: slightly less dominatrix-y Milla Jovovich in Zoolander.

  • pugluv

    That dress reeks of Parisian sophistication, I love it even if it is a severe (the look would be lighter if she had kept the gold belt)

  • Sara__B

    She’s perfectly dressed for posing with that backdrop. (Okay, less severe shoes would have been a nice touch.)

  • I get that they were trying to style her to resonate with the window decorations but I agree, this is way too somber.  She needs a pair of those cheesy $4 earrings that look like old-fashioned screw-in Christmas lights (in red, preferably), and she should have kept the shiny belt.  Maybe a bow or something on the shoes?  The dress is stunning but geez, this is a happy occasion, not a funeral.

    • pugluv

      as a fellow nurse…luv your duality of day/night jobs!!!! 

  • It’s not the severity that is bothering me, it’s the frumpiness. So much sleeve, so much skirt. I hate the cut. A black Dior dress should be the ultimate of chic but somehow it’s not and I know better than to blame Marion.

  • MilaXX

    It would have been funnier if she had that dress in red.

  • VioletFem

    I actually really like this coat dress on her. It is very flattering and elegant.  If she had sported a loose more modern hair style  hairstyle it would probably look less like a stern governess look. 

  • mhleta

    Oh stop it, she’s gorgeous. Could have sassed up her lip color and hair a little, though. 

  • I try very hard to stay away from body comments, but my word she has the tiniest waist and should have accented it with the gold belt.  Otherwise, she can be my stern nanny anytime.

    • Dot

      Is the belt on the runway model gold? It looks like it’s the same belt, just with some reflections flickering off of it.

  • littlemac8

    Nobody, buy nobody, can contend with Cathy Cambridge when it comes to coat dresses!!

  • Imasewsure

    I actually love this (no weird cape!) but a pop of color would be nice, once she steps away from that background, that is… with the crazy dollies in the background, it’s a relief that she is all one color.

  • I like it, but it seems just a bit severe. Very 40s, though, which I love. 

  • She looks gorgeous, even if she’s looking a little severe. 

  • joything

    I think it’s a beautiful dress – in fact, it’s MY dress!  I have the ruler to go with it. 

  • unbornfawn

    Severe but beautiful.   The dolls…kinda scare me.

  • NCDFan

    If it had been in a dark green or even a red it would have looked far less severe and more in keeping with the event.

  • msdamselfly

    In the photos with the execs, she fits right in

  • Needs a sunburst brooch on the lapel.

    Just kidding, this is the epitome of French style. Deeply envious.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Ooh, I have that brooch!  Now I just need that suit. Sigh.

  • ojosazules

    Severe maybe, but so chic. I love those little red jackets on the dolls!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Great coat, terrible hair, desperately in need of bling.

  • PeaceBang

    Those dolls! They will haunt my dreams! 

    • Winter_White

      eek…when I compared the photos, and saw that the doll with binoculars is definitely moving…!

  • altalinda

    That black ensemble makes her stand out from the background.  I say, she’s crazy like a fox.

  • oh please, she is fierce as fuck. that is a dress that says “miss thing is not fucking around”

  • Monabel

    Classic dress, begs for a contrasting collar.

  • l_c_ann

    What she needs in her life is a big ole fluffy white kitty cat.

    That would get her away from solid black anything.

    • Winter_White

      Haha!  We have two white cats and are heavily into sticky rollers.

      But Marion is French.  Cat hair does not stick to their clothes.

  • shawnhunter

    god i love her and i think she looks fabulous

  • J MN


  • My Dollies need one of those fabulous purses!

  • frankystein123

    I love it! This totally gives out that a-lady-in-the-streets-and-a-freak-in-the-sheets vibe.

  • I love it, but would love it more with a red accent – earrings, belt, necklace.

  • TieDye64

    Still, she looks rather stunning. Those dolls look pissed as hell.

  • RzYoung

    She looks totally fabulous. That waist!

  • decormaven

    Snaps of respect for such a tiny waist. If she had carried the same bag as the CD dollies- but in black- I’d love it even more.

  • Corsetmaker

    I love this! It’s so incredibly classic Dior and smart to put her in something that has a similar Bar Jacket inspired silhouette as the window puppets. And, probably sensible to go for black against the busy window. Some jewellery might’ve been nice to add a bit of sparkle.
    Another modern Dior I’d like to see the guts of though. There’s some cinching at the waist and some padding out of the hips to give that amazing shape.Aside from that, I miss puppet window displays! As a kid I used to love going in to see the big department store windows in Glasgow but you rarely see any now.

  • afabulous50

    I’d be afraid those dolls would come to life after the store closes! 

  • SewingSiren

    Absolute love. She looks like Maria Casares in Jean Cocteau’s  Orpheus .

  • LOVE the hair.

  • B_C_J

    She is beautiful as ever but this look is indeed very severe.  Add a black hat and veil and she is ready  for a state funeral.  Some jewelry (earrings, brooch, bracelet – something!!) would help a bit. Maybe a beautiful, big flower tucked into the waistband would also do the trick. 

  • crash1212

    Love that window display. LOVE!

  • VicksieDo

    Considering the dolls, her outfit is perfect.  Look at that tiny waist!  Wow.

  • lizlemonglasses

    Mary Poppins chic! Très bien. She can do no wrong in my eyes.

  • MrsMaxPower

    Those dolls are creepy! What mean-looking faces for dolls…and not in a kooky Madame kind of way, but in a Chucky-esque way that makes me think they’ll cut a bitch for not wearing couture. At least I know what images are going to haunt my nightmares tonight. 

  • Have to say, as a straight male, the stern governess look totally works for me. Especially on Miss Cotillard. 

  • Nazzzy

    Stern governess or not, I find her positively fab.

  • Dot

    I am not really getting the stern governess vibe for some reason. I think she looks absolutely radiant and lovely; her hair is simply perfect. Although, some earrings would have been nice.

  • Zippypie

    If this dress was in that fabulous Dior red, she would look amazing.

  • librarygrrl64

    I really want one of those dolls.

  • quiltrx

    I would LOVE a Dior Bitchface Doll under my Christmas tree!

    I think a very retro, diamond-encrusted pin on her lapel would really have set this off.