Marion Cotillard in McQ Alexander McQueen

Posted on November 07, 2012

Oh, nicely done, Marion. After wearing the ugliest Dior dress we’ve seen in some time, you’re back to being cute and chic – but not in Dior.


Marion Cotillard makes an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ in a McQ Alexander McQueen dress and belt.

McQ Alexander McQueen Tartan Wool Dress

McQ Alexander McQueen Chain and Velvet Waist Belt

A perfect sit-down dress. Sure, it’s a little schoolgirl (and the hairstyle’s not helping to mitigate that) but the belt gives it a little edge. Love the shape of the sleeves.

This seems to be the week for posting pictures of ladystars with adorable, fluffy dogs.


[Photo Credit: NBC, net-a-porter – Video Credit: NBC]

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  • Sara__B

    Ah, plaid! And she looks fabulous in it.

    • Never enough plaid! She looks adorable.

    • Is that what they call a blackwatch plaid?  Anyway, I love the material, but I can’t with the dress.  Just too evocative of Catholic school for me.  And I hate her hair.

      •  Yes, that is Black Watch.

      • Judih1

        My sentiments exactly. Catholic school girl and that hairstyle only reinforces it

        • Melbies

           My 8 & 11 year old wear that same exact plaid on the Catholic school uniforms. No joke.

          •  My 5 and 8 year old also wear jumpers of the exact material, I also do their hair in the exact same way, Marion looks great!

  • calimon

    schoolgirl said wha?

  • ChiliP

    Now THAT is a good sit-down dress! I will take it and the belt to go, please. And the dog.

  • Judy_J

    Yes, it is a bit schoolgirl, but perfect for that last photo with the dog.  I remember having a blue/green plaid dress as a child.  I loved that dress…love plaid.

  • I love everything about this look, and I’m a cat person, so there.

    • kimmeister

      Ditto!  I’ll bet her dress was covered in white dog hair afterwards.

      • LaLeidi

         No worries – that dog doesn’t shed.

  • PinkLemon

    is the hem frayed in hers but not the model’s?

  • lae

    This was – quite literally – the tartan of my school dress. Endless amusement at the fact it keeps popping up in fashion collections

    • mjude

      if they had to wear the wool version of that plaid in the heat of the summer ala my catholic schools day might not be a trend. 

      • lae

        How inhumane! D: We had woollen skirts for winter but a lighter cotton dress (with the same tartan) during the summer months. To be fair, I’ve only really seen the tartan being used for winter collections (mostly in a lot of Japanese labels, for some reason)

        •  You didn’t go to PLC did you?

          • lae

            Y…es o_o! (I’m surprised at how quickly you were able to deduce that!) I went to one of the PLCs (:

          • Abbotsleigh here. I was quite familiar with the PLC Pymble uniform!

    • lovelyivy

       Me too, for lower school. Might be missing a small red stripe but I cant tell.

  • Wish we could see the shoes….

  • Schoolgirl or schoolmarm – love the dress (LOVE the belt) but the hair should have been out and a bit more modern I think. Such a cute dog.

  • I would swear I had an identical dress during my middle school days. Of course, it didn’t look as fetching on me…

  • PeaceBang

    This is chic? I love McQueen and I love her but this looks like a Girl Scout came on Leno to sell cookies.

    • formerlyAnon

       I’d say that the aplomb with which she wears it, and her general air of understated elegance saves it. Plus, that she’s an actress, not a banker, preacher or lawyer. The hair makes it a very, very close thing, though.


  • gabbilevy

    She’s improving on the dress, as usual. Impressively talented dresser, this one.

  • Black Watch plaid, no? I love plaid. 

    • l_c_ann

      Years ago I was at a formal dinner in England and listened to British (not Scot, Bristish) friends criticise a woman from Germany who was wearing a plaid long dress and they were not amused because it wasn’t her tartan.  Which makes me wonder at the McQueen used of plaids in his designs.

      Anybody have any insights about his reasoning (besides the rather lovely wools that they come in.)

      • I thought it was only the Scots who make a much of a muchness about the appropriate tartan.

        • StellaZafella

           And then only among ourselves…we Scots are first to call our own out on improper use of a true family tartan, but there are subtle differences in pattern that make (even what is called Black Watch) only a simple plaid and not a family pattern. I believe that the “plaids” used by most UK designers are contracted – out of respect – from the proper authorities of the tartan custom and then used, slightly modified, by permission. Brits who would criticize anyone for the usage would be considered silly by those of us from “above the wall” (Hadrian’s Wall, the historic land division of Celts from Roman Britons)

          Celt nerd shutting down now…

          • Corsetmaker

            The vast majority aren’t that bothered. The vast majority wouldn’t recognise the design beyond the most common ones. But those that do care will pull someone up. Most Scots only wear a kilt to a wedding or the football anyway. So generic tartans are rather taking over – like the Pride of Scotland variants and the football team’s own designs.
            Most big designers will have a tartan desgined and registered for them. Vivienne Westwood for instance has a few registered. But they won’t be woven for general sale. 
            Black Watch is generally recognised as based on a Campbell tartan, but it’s never clean cut because distinctive clan tartans really appeared after the regiment was founded. 

      • The Black Watch plaid is considered to be pretty much a “public use” tartan. Every clan has usually a formal tartan, maybe a hunting tartan, sometimes an ancient and a modern tartan. It gets very complex. The Black Watch was an infantry regiment, rather than a family, so we really don’t mind people using it, as far as I’ve been told. I think Scotch Tape even uses it.

      • Ali

         There are actually four “universal” use tartans”: Black Watch,
        Stewart Hunting, Caledonia and Jacobite. All the others are associated with specific clans (which some people get a bit uptight about others wearing), but those four are free use.

      • Corsetmaker

        Black Watch is a funny in that is second only to Royal Stewart in it’s common usage, however it is a regimental tartan and I was once pulled up in Edinburgh by two ex soldiers for wearing a black watch mini-kilt. As a Campbell I was going to stop and argue back that as it was derived from my family tartan I was perfectly within my rights, but I couldn’t be bothered LOL!
        Family tartans are a relatively modern thing and with the registering of many, many non family designs it really shouldn’t be an issue, there are lots of options that avoid the family tartan thing. It just looks a bit silly to wear a family tartan that you have no link to.
        Were you’re friends English? (as Scots are British too) if so I’m surprised at them having an opinion 🙂

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    She’s sweet – but no.  Just no.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the dress. I wish she had a ponytail, tights and some booties.

    • 3boysful

       That would be cute.

  • I’ll admit I’m not such a fan of the schoolgirl dress with the puffed sleeves on a grown woman. With the rolled half-up hair and the fluffy dog? Please tell me there were no bobby socks. But she was wonderfully articulate and honest, and I admire her greatly for her accomplishments and the way she tells her story.

  • Imasewsure

    Mary Had a Little Lamb-Dog…adorbs

  • nannypoo

    She really is lovely. The dog didn’t come with her. It was part of an animal act, but it showed excellent judgement by snuggling up next to her. I thought the dress was adorable on her, but I didn’t go to a Catholic school so I have no negative associations for it.

    • angryparsnip

       Thanks for clearing that up… I watched the clip just waiting for the dog part and …No Dog !
      so disappointing !

      cheers,  parsnip

  • raininmai

    That looks like my Catholic school uniform!

  • That dress would be an awesome addition to my wardrobe. Just sayin’.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I love Black Watch plaid, and I love the shape of that dress. Would love to have something like that myself. 

  • allisankelly

    This plaid has been my favorite plaid since I first laid eyes on it in the LL Bean catalog. I wish there was a standing shot so I could see her shoes and how the waist looks. But, sitting down? She looks good. Love this dress-the front pleat in the skirt and the detail on the hip-I thinks it’s a sweet little dress. I know it would kill her to do an earring or a necklace, but I think she could use one or the other. And, please throw some black tights with it and ship it to Zooey D. when you’re done with it. Okay, hun? 

  • frannyprof

    Love love love it. And Marion’s not too bad, either.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t like it. I think the combo of the aid and the shape is a little too school girl, making it look like she’s wearing some tween celebs dress.

  • I love how the plaid and the chain on the belt gives a sort of wink and a nod to punk fashion. As a real life punk, this touches my heart.

  • quiltrx

    I LOVE Black Watch!  My absolute favorite plaid.  And of course, she looks fab in it.

  • Qitkat

    Schoolgirl or not, that is a fabulous dress. It is beautifully cut and shaped, as seen on the website in closeups. Now I really want a handsome plaid for fall. Black Watch will do nicely.

  • RzYoung

    I see K-Middy in that dress before the year is out!

  • decormaven

    The dog FTW! I do appreciate the appropriate length dress, plaid fabric, and cute belt, but some accessories would have taken it up just a schooch.

  • miagain

    gosh.. that looks like my “party” dress (from Best & Co.) in 3rd grade… loved it then, love it now!

  • Scarlet39

    I like it.  She looks comfortable and perfectly laid-back.  It’s kind of nice change of pace from the usual sparkly, too short, too tight dresses, that often end up on the chair next to Leno.

  • afabulous50

    I want the dog.

  • alyce1213

    I love the dress, adore plaids, but I’d like to see this dress on Kiernan Shipka or Halee Steinfeld, if you know what I mean.

  • Corsetmaker

    I like this. It’s funny how different references alter how people see things. Black Watch tartan (and Royal Stewart), especially with the chain and leather belt, reads punk to me. Subtly punk, but punk all the same. The style is quite young and ladylike but that doesn’t bother me. I grew up in mini-kilts and docs. I’d still wear them if I could get away with it 😀

  • I suppose it’s old-fashioned to say it’s nice to seem someone dressed like a “lady” as my mother used to say.

  • Contralto

    Oh, she looks wonderful!  Very ladylike (I’m not just old-fashioned, I’m old) and charming.  So nice to see a young woman who doesn’t feel the need to serve the entire delicatessen all at once.

  • maggiemaybe

    I’m a sucker for plaid. She looks perfect.

  • Chic!

  • formerlyAnon

    There are few adult women who could pull that dress off without it looking too schoolgirl. She’s near the line, but I vote that she’s pulling it off.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    LOVE the dress and the belt!  Also, her dog is adorable!

  • Khaleesi1031

    She is just so cute and French! J’adore!

  • margaret meyers

    That’s so lady-like.

  • librarygrrl64

    Love it! I’m a sucker for plaid. 🙂