Marion Cotillard Double Shot

Posted on January 15, 2013

One thing we’ve noticed recently: when you get her out of the Dior she wears so well, Miss Marion manages to have quite a bit of fun with her fashion.


Marion Cotillard attends the BAFTA Los Angeles 2013 Awards Season Tea Party in Erdem.

Erdem Pre-Fall 2013 Collection/Models: Steffi Soede and Stephanie Hall

It’s so far from her mega-French Dior getups that it takes a little getting used to. We like it, though. A little bit boho; a little bit chic. It’s a tea party, after all; not an awards show or premiere. Our first impulse is to want to see the hem raised to cocktail length, but upon consideration, we think the length here really makes the look. It’s just different enough.

But if that getup took some work for you to get used to, then the next one’s going to prove quite the challenge for you. Brace yourself:



Marion Cotillard attends Dom Perignon and W Magazine’s celebration of The Golden Globes at Chateau Marmont in Prabal Gurung.

Prabal Gurung Pref-Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Tian Yi

The cropped pants and buttoned-up blouse scream early ’90s to us, and yes, everyone’s going to rush to point out her vagina flower, which is kind of hard to unsee, but this is so ballsy-crazy that we’ve come halfway around to loving it. Awards season gets so samey-samey all the time, with one metallic gown after another paraded in front of our eyes, that it’s fun to see someone… well, having fun with it all.

Do  not try this at home, though. Marion is a trained professional on a closed track.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos, Getty,]

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  • Alisa Rivera

    Model pic = The Shining

    • Stubenville

      Albino Olsen twins.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like the second look minus the hair. I think the look called for a sleek hair.

    • This! I thought the exact same thing about the hair.

    • LLuL

      The hair…she definitely did that herself. I could probably produce an early-nineties school photo of myself with the same hair.

    • fursa_saida

      YES. Her hair is doing what mine does when it won’t settle down. I can’t decide whether this means I’ve been ALL WRONG about when my hair is good or bad, or that her hair is bad there, or just that we share a hair texture and I should revel in that tiny fact.

    • tereliz

      Just said the same thing. Needs to be edgier.

  • MilaXX

    I like both. color me surprised

  • WOW. That crotchflower puts Stella McCartney’s to shame.

    • StellaZafella

       The difference is: This designer is making an intentional statement, funny or not – as one sees it. Stella McC, on the other hand, would have to have it pointed out to her, to which she would reply: “oh…yeah, I see that now…Okay, hey, let’s add some studs and rhinestones!”

  • lovelyivy

    First dress is really poorly lit- the model version looks much more vibrant. If the color was closer to that picture, I think I’d love the first look.

    All I can see in that second look is the ladyflower, and I am not interested in other people’s ladyflowers. 2nd look is OUT.

  • hughman

    A cumberbund is no place to store your bobby pins, Marion.

  • Clueless_Jock

    She’s unassailably beautiful but neither outfit works for me.

  • butterflysunita

    Wow, what a chameleon she is.  The second look is so different I wouldn’t have recognized her.  For me, the makeup is more startling than the outfit.  I don’t like the heavier makeup on her.  

    • kimmeister

      It’s definitely not her makeup in the 2nd pic.

    • RebeccaKW

       Yes.  I actually love both looks on her, but I really dislike the makeup.

  • Stubenville

    Hate, hate, hate the patterned bag with the upholstery fabric gown. The version with the cerise skirt is far superior  – the all peacock blue version looks almost funereal when it’s out of the spotlight.

    And now I can’t unsee that unfortunate pattern match. Brain bleach, STAT!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I don’t mean to body snark or face snark, seriously.  But is that a skin tag on her forehead?  I’ve seen it in quite a few pictures.

    • pdxmcollie

      Do you mean her mole?

  • janierainie

    I like both. Don’t know why. 

  • charlotte

    Erdem *squeals*! I still don’t get those down-to-the-floor patterned dresses though. The long hem just kills the impact of the pattern. Have to admit that she looks pretty terrific in this one, but generally speaking…

  • ankali

    I like the Erdem dress somewhat on the model, but hate it on Marion. It looks juvenile and dated to me; I think it’s the sleeves. Major props to her for taking the Prabal Gurung for a spin. I don’t think that risk paid off in the sense of making her look good, per se, but she certainly does look interesting and gutsy.

  • i’m kind of in love with that second outfit

  • Kristy Evans

    Not going to lie, I didn’t think that anyone could make floral patterned pants and a 90s blouse look SUPER FUCKING COOL. But I’ll be damned if she didn’t pull it off. The hot French actress continues to win at life.

  • PastryGoddess

    My Vagina is a Flower…the next great pop song

  • Puck Thornton

    Love the dress, it’s young and quirky, combined the the right shoes. The hair and makeup are sad.

    In the second pic, again sad hair and wrong makeup. Like the pants/jacket combo, but the outfit would look better with a basic black top. 

  • mmc2315

    Ha!  Now THIS is a pretty floral dress.  Carolina Herrera, I’m talking to you.

  • Airkisses

    MC is an object lesson for how to carry oneself. She’s always got such poise and posture. It goes a long way towards selling any outfit.

    Also, I applaud her bold choices and use of color and print. Half the pictures I’ve seen here this week are ladystars in pale or neutral lace or beads that you can hardly see!

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The Erdem dress got a lot of criticism, but I actually like it. Sure, it’s very 90s, but something about the pattern and color palette is very darkly romantic, instead of flowery sofa in Versace hell.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    But really. Those Gurung trousers. Holy venus fly trap. 

  • Isana Leshchinskaya

    love the second look, but the model’s stance is what marion should have mimicked to really set off the outfit, because, duh, vagina flower, and her legs together kind of make it look like a poorly constructed skirt.

  • decormaven

    Why she chose that bag for the first look, I’ll never know. Hope there was a monetary incentive, because other than that, I can’t see it. I also wish she had picked the top/skirt look. In the second look, her makeup and hair treatment are so soft, she looks like a 12-year-old. And that’s a mighty grown-up look for a 12-year-old! I agree with TLo, it’s a nice palate cleanser after all the frippery we’ve just seen on the RC. 

  • FrayedMachine

    I looovee the pants suit one for some reason. Not crazy about the first look, though. She looks kind of weary and uncomfortable in all of them.

  • They are both amazing. She’s becoming one of my favorites style-wise! The best part is the bag. SO sick of boring clutches!  

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    Gah! The legs on those pants are doing some awful things.

  • gabbilevy

    Unequivocally love the first look. The second is *this* close, but I think the pants needed to be the tiniest bit less blouson.

  • PuttyGalore

     I dig the second look, the first one not at all.

  • pax540

    I LOVE the first look and wish I could have that dress all for myself. I almost spewed coffee all over my desk and computer at the sight of the second look. How do the French say, le barf?

  • Judy_S

    I like the pants outfit too. Thanks for featuring it–I glimpsed the shirt in another photo somewhere and was curious. The flower is nuts but oh well. As you say, on a closed track.
    On the Erdem, I would like it shorter. The long version is only going to have its proper effect on a [edited to remove implied criticism of certain body types] model.  But the colors look lovely on Mme. C.

  • Kayceed

     Holy black orchid satin harem pants!

  • j_anson

    First one’s gross. Fabric like that is just really hard to make into a flattering dress; it looks heavy and puffy. The second one is awesome. Although I was a teenager in the early 90s, so I may not be objective here.

  • sk8tfan

    The firs one belongs on a Fanning; the second is third hand Goodwill.

  • 3boysful

    First look = Sister Wives Prom

    Second look–I think it just takes a statuesque being to pull off some of these wilder ensembles.

  • Super_Red

    Dearest TLo, I know you’ve been incredibly busy ripping all the awards dresses for us, for which we all love you dearly, but I don’t suppose there is a Revenge recap in our near future, is there? *unborn fawn eyes*

  • msdamselfly

    Both are beautiful and appropriate.  The second one is  perfection
    She is truly classy

  • She’s definitely an expert at this – she looks great!

  • MRC210

    Dresses like the Erdem piece — day dress on top, party on the bottom — always make me think of some 40’s movie with a teenage star like Deanna or Judy or Jane Powell, all dressed up for their first formal dance in a long gown with a prim little Peter Pan collar and puffed sleeves.  So, no.  I like the second look but have to agree with the person who suggested that Marion should have adopted the model’s stance and really shown off that ladyflower.  Don’t like her hair in either look.

  • Terrible_Person

    I liked both looks right away. She has great taste and it’s nice to see some originality. That said, I wish she had styled her hair differently with the first outfit.

  • What a gorgeous woman – I love that her look is so versatile.  Honestly, is there anything she can’t wear well?

  • another_laura

    I like them both!

  • Imasewsure

    I actually love both looks but I don’t like the pointy shoe with the wacky pants outfit…. she’s wonderful. I like her

  • thesevenendless

    OMG lilycrotch!!!  Other than that unfortunate placement, she looks pretty chic

  • greyhoundgirl

    A vagina flower that opens when she parts her legs?

  • Judy_J

    I love that first dress!  Jury is still out on the second outfit.

  • Sara LaBatt

    The first looks is pretty but the lighting makes the print look sort of dull.  I wish it was brighter.  I like the second look but agree the hair is the wrong choice, makes it look like she has no neck (or maybe she has her shoulders raised?).  For some reason when I saw that second look my very first thought was “Rhianna.” 

  • Dot

    Both of these ensembles really make me love her.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    In the words of Joanna Coles “Is is fabulous or hideous?”  In the first one, I am both feet on the hideous side.  It looks dull and dated.  In the second one, I don’t hate it.  I think if the shirt didn’t have that print and she were standing like the model with her legs apart enough to tell it is pants and not an oddly shaped skirt, I would actually like it. 

  • MissAmynae

    Love both!  I think the Erdem fabric dullness really is the lighting and black background.  It works because of the beautiful tailoring- so very well done- and simple, natural makeup and hair. 

    The Prabal Gurung looks is so effing French “oh zees? i just threw it on before walking out ze door of my tres chic apartment on ze banks of ze Seine.”  WHICH IS AWESOME!!!

  • nannypoo

    I like them both. Beautiful fabrics.

  • crash1212

    I like both looks just fine, while leaning a little more towards the second just because it’s SO unusual and fun. I think I would really love the second look if the pants were just a skosh shorter. As they are the almost go into ‘harem’. I must say, I love how her her face is done but never TOO done…must be that French thing.

  • Anniebet

    Once I saw that skirt on the model on the left (second photo) I couldn’t even think of Marion. The color and fabric of that skirt makes me dream of exotic places with temples and lovely dancing girls, all painted with beautiful swirling patterns. I am in love. Erdem is now my pretend boyfriend.

  • I just love that the vagina flower is so perfectly aligned along the seam.

    I’m also glad to see the bag in that first look, because I do occasionally wonder why evening bags have to be clutches. How to you have champagne in one hand and an Oscar in the other if you have to wrangle a clutch? At the same time, wearing it across the body does look a bit juvenile.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Love both looks. On her. Am no where near that girl in  my own life. 

  • librarygrrl64

    I prefer the second look, actually. On HER, that is. 😉

  • I absolutely adore that second look. I want it in my own wardrobe, I would wear it to the market, to do gardening, everywhere.

  • Not liking that gown one little bit. The second outfit is loads of fun, though, although it needs different hair and make-up. And ditch that ugly cumberbund.

  • momogus

    Super-LURVE the gown; super-dislike the pants outfit.

  • subwaycars

    Huh, I’m actually totally in love with that second look.

  • Love them both despite the pants being an update on MC Hammer’s classics.

  • l_c_ann

    Well, Eye could take that orchid fabric and make a suitable shift for wear under that (?) tux jacket and I’d be really careful with the most tasteful placement of the blooms. 

    We’ll never know if it was an “up yours” or an homage to French womanhood or something really odd.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Something terrible has happened in the second picture:

    Marion Cotillard, who I adore, looks like Zooey Deschanel, who is pretty much at the top of my IHL.  It hurts, but I still love her, crazy pants and all.

  • Zippypie

    I love the lady parts flower pants outfit.  Takes a ballsy Frenchwoman to wear that!  Brava!  The Erdem dress, meh.  Cocktail length would have been better.  She looks dragged down by it.  As a fellow shorter woman, you’ve gotta watch pattern on long skirts so not to look like a stump.

  • Trisha26

    Prefer her makeup/hair in the second look but hate the gown (tea length or shorter would have been lovely) and the Prabal Gurung just looks ill-fitting.

  • Elleachaudaucul

    First outfit is nice. The second outfit is AMAZING. I prefer the makeup on the second look as well.

  • Louise Bryan

    Love, love the Erdem.  I can’t say I hate the Prabal Gurung, but it’s kind of confusing.

  • guest2visits

    I think tea length was the right call, what brings it down is wearing the little bag cross-body over that brocade material.
    The second look is kind of fun; more sold on the jacket and pants than the top. Hair needs to be up.

  • I really don’t love the length of the Erdem dress. If it were just to the knee and
    worn with a crinoline, that dress would be an unforgettable (to me,
    anyway) version of that 50s cupcake silhouette. Alternatively, if you kept the floor-length skirt but made it slim cut, it would look like a take on the cheongsam, and that would have been awesome, too. As it is, while pretty, it just makes me think about how I would change it.

    The Prabal Gurung outfit, on the other hand, I am totally in love with. I am in awe of the perfect (and perfectly ironic) pattern matching on the pants, and (unlike a lot of other posters, I notice) I am delighted by the waistband that looks like a cummerbund.

  • amenaneri

    Well I’m not sold on the pants, but that shirt is totally fabulous.  And I think she pulls off the whole look.  I also really like the dress–now THAT’S what a gorgeous expensive, couture floral fabric should look like, not that crack BS floral Josh picked on PR. 

  • AnneElliot

    OK, this is probably stupid, but can someone please explain to me why patterned skirts and dresses are pretty, but pants with patterns are risky and sometimes come off clownlike?   Bitter kittens, please enlighten me!

  • AnneElliot

    Reminds me of that quote from This is Spinal Tap:  “It’s a such fine line between stupid and clever.”  

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I actually really like the second look. Wish it was a little more fitted, though. I think if it were just a bit smaller, it would SO express her real personality and it would just SING. 

  • Qitkat

    I wish she had worn the one with the magenta skirt.
    The Prabal Gurung outfit is really cool. Ladyflower and all.

    Has anyone else noticed that she never wears earrings?

  • bertkeeter

    An orchid vejajay! Nyet!

  • bertkeeter

    She must have beat Kristen Stewart to this orchid mess!

  • Who else thinks there’s a slight resemblance to Keira Knightley in the second set of pictures?

  • quiltrx

    I actually love them both.  The second outfit, though, is not for mere mortals.  That orchid fabric is incredible.

  • pdquick

    “Yes, I know zat zere is an orchid on my–how do you say?–lady business. You will deal with it because I am fabulous, non?”

  • pookiesmom

    full-on LOVE for both outfits.

  • Verascity

    I actually like the second look better, is that weird?

  • teensmom99

    It’s ridiculous to say when she is so beautiful and her body is so great, but I think the Erdem dress does something weird to her body. I think the blouse and skirt would have worked better. Love the Prabal Gurang and love her “natural” hair with it. She looks so young!

  • I think her hair/makeup in the second look make her look very young and fresh. A lot of her gowns scream out for more of a formal do, but this looks lovely yon her with this outfit.

  • tereliz

    LOVE that Erdem dress! And I like the print on the pants, too. Glad she switched out the show to something simpler and ladylike. Actually, the only thing I don’t like is her hair in the Prabal G outfit. It’s a little too fluffy and cutesy. Her Globes hair, straight and parted down the center, would have worked better, IMO. LOL, looking back up I just realized that the model is wearing her hair that way, but my opinion still stands!

  • Vagina orchid! I agree she’s working the look, but c’mon! It’s like a very weird take on a Nutcracker uniform.

  • Lucas Huntington

    1st look: YES!  2nd look: ballsy maybe, but YUCK.

  • editrixie

    Or, dare I say, raise the hem to tea length for a … tea party dress?

  • Rrroza

    it’s not even just any flower——it’s an orchid, one of the most provocative looking flowers and this one one of the more alien-looking varieties. Hilarious! I also *like* the overdone makeup and odd unpolished hair in this situation. The whole package is so odd and disparate but it’s making me smile happily.

  • barbarienne

    Maybe it’s her pose, but in the second outfit, the pants look a little too large for her. I like the idea of the outfit, but it’s not quite right.

  • The first one…eye makeup is rather…consumptive, don’t you think??

  • kathrineb

    That certainly is a bad case of ‘ vagina flower’ on the pants but I really love the shirt in the second look!

  • Fuck me if she isn’t the coolest girl in school–seriously fierce.

  • bd73

    she is the best actress/model. a perfect mannequin, living doll.