Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann

Posted on March 21, 2013

Oh, Tilda! You DO love us! You really, really DO!

The last time we spoke (and by that we mean T Lo spoke and you pretended not to hear) we hinted that, while it’s always lovely to see you, it’s better when you wear something really meaty; something a couple bloggers can sink their teeth into and worship just for NOT being another gown or cocktail dress.

So how can we take this but as a direct response to our request, darling?

Tilda Swinton attends the private view of ‘David Bowie Is’ at Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England in Haider Ackermann.

Haider Ackermann Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Janice Alida (OUI)

Haider Ackermann Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Alison Nix (MARILYN)

Oh, sure. We could go with the fiction that you’ve never heard of us, have no idea what we say about you, and dress according to your own whims, but that’s just SILLY. Of course this is a direct, private message just to T & Lo, saying, with a knowing smirk, “I got you, boys. Here you go.”

Thank you, Tilda. Now let’s sink our teeth in.

We love every single thing going on from the waist up. Like, seriously love it. The hair and makeup are icy-gorgeous, and the various layers and textures and competing prints in the clothes are a treat for the eyes. But those elephant-trunk pants make us sad. Ooooh, so close, Tilda. Two inches off that hem and we would have given this a WERQ and snapped our fingers till they were bloody. Every single thing about this look is perfection to us (and something only Tilda could pull off) but that hem and her disappearing feet look terrible.

Still, we’ll take it. Between Tilda and Teyonah, we should just shut down for the day, because we’re not going to see any more outfits as stylish or interesting any time soon. A shame. Ladystars: take risks! We promise we won’t hate you for it! If we have to see one more twee girl in a pixie cut and floral dress, or another leg-baring Angelina pose with cocker-spaniel extensions for hair, we might just resort to heroin to get through our days. Won’t you help, ladystars? Won’t you throw a couple blogger bitches a bone? Be unexpected, darlings!

[Photo Credit: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images, style.com]

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  • Swooning with the Tildalove! And I do agree. I never ever love the “pant hem to the floor” thing. It always looks awkward.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      and Tilda in heels is a height to be reckoned with, just how long must those pants be??

      • That’s gotta be an inseam measure in the 40+ range.

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          I think she’s here to bring magical androgynous elfin cookies to the random masses.

  • mjude

    i am bowing down….

    • As one should.

      • mjude

        tilda will get me thru this day.

  • I LIKE pants covering shoes. I think it looks very chic.

  • PastryGoddess

    Maybe there should be a public service announcement:
    Dear Ladystars, only YOU can save TLo from a heroin addiction

  • misstee212323

    Seriously my favorite look from his show so I’m glad she worked it.

  • Don’t do heroin, it does really awful things to your body.

    When I see pants like these, I always wonder how the wearer manages to walk. It just seems like an accident waiting to happen. Actually, the other thing I love about these photos is David Bowie’s face in the background. The perfect punctuation to a really unique look that only Tilda could pull off with such elan.

    • mary McCall

      I was thinking how just right this was for a David Bowie event. It is “The perfect punctuation”.

    • Frank_821

      last year I was waiting to go into a local fashion event. I saw a woman with pants of the same type length sitting at a table across from me.. The cuffs of her pant hem were completely covered in dirt and absolutely filthy looking. Yes that type of pant can look pretty chic on a runway or in a photo, but they are a very impractical garment

    • charlotte

      I also love how the guy in the background covers Bowie’s face with his bag in the first picture.

      • I kind of think he’s a total asshole for doing that. Seriously. Get your bag off Bowie’s face! Anyone else’s face it might be funny. Adam Levine, sure, cover it up. Justin Timberlake? I’ve seen his face enough. Taylor Swift? *snicker* But Bowie is better than any bag. 🙂

  • gabbilevy

    THANK you! Much needed recovery (+Teyonah) after that heartbreaking Jessica Pare post. Unfortunately, it looks like the designer wanted the pants to look like that. Yich.

  • Anathema_Device

    I love that Saint David is blessing her in the background (although the person covering Bowie’s face with a shopping bag in that one photo deserves to be slapped).

    I usually don’t like the pants to the floor, either, but I think it works here because of the over-sized shirt and general vibe of the the outfit.

    And lipstick! That’s a change-up, right?

    • We shall here to fore refer to him as Saint David of the Stardust, Patron of Androgyny, and Fabulousness.

  • praise the lord. thank you tilda.

  • MilaXX

    I love everything but the pants length. Still it’s Tilda and she’s always a welcome sight.

  • I can’t love the icy pink frosted lipstick I’m afraid. That and the gumby pants get in the way of the true WERQ.

    • Though apparently the pants are supposed to be that way, and Tilda is certainly giving them maximum werqitude!

  • Matt Smith was also at this event. I want to see them together!

    And I agree with all the other BKs who can’t get behind pants eating feet.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    She is still pretty damn stunning even though I don’t love the pants either. I love how she brings it. Love love love!

  • teensmom99

    Perfection if you can ignore the long pants.

  • I love how the laws of physics, fashion, and logic simply do no apply to SWINTON. Just a teensy peek of a shoe would have been terrific, but really nothing is going to ruin this for me.

  • I can’t wait to see her and Hiddleston as vampires in that Jarmusch movie.

    • Deb_Lynn

      THAT is vampire casting I could get behind

    • Rand Ortega

      Thank you, Joanna. I had no idea about this movie until you mentioned it. & I work in film/tv. I nearly fainted. Just when I swore the genre was thoroughly dead (pun?)…

      • H3ff

        As far as Tilda is concerned, the vampire genre is happening only NOW. She hasn’t heard of Twilight before.

  • flamingoNW

    I wish she’d worn the runway version with those pants. LOVE that look

  • Was on a flight with Ms Swinton a few years ago. I should have said hello, but was too in awe of her presence.

  • SewingSiren

    Is she wearing two suit jackets? And it still looks good. I don’t know how she does it. But she does do it. Snaps.

    • It might be a shirt with jacket tailoring? I think it might be the shirt-jacket in that first runway look. But I don’t know. I LOVE IT THOUGH.

    • Frank_821

      it does look like she layered the jackets from both looks to create something oh so “SWINTON!”

      • conniemd

        Yep, that’s exactly what she did, you can tell by the fabric hanging out by the pocket area of the pants. It’s from the shirt jacket in the first runway look. Very cool.

  • Oh I have a feeling you’ll find someone who took a great risk and royally fucked it up before the day is out. We thrive on that just as much as we do our WERQs.

  • Tatiana Luján

    You see an almost Werq, I see a wrinkled mess.
    I do love the hair and makeup, though.

  • Introspective

    i love the effortlessness of it. she clearly thought about the outfit, yet it seems so easy and unbothered with what tomorrow’s best dressed lists have to say.

    that said, even with the pant hem, she is fabulous and can eat most of the “best dressed” list for dinner. just arresting. phd level wearer of fashion. dont try this at home average starlets in silly putty hooves.

  • Hanging out with David Bowie is doing her good. This is all very British country-side manor by way of glam rock. FAB.
    Also, I like the David Lynchian hair. How do I get my pixie to do that? Does it just happen by magic once you’ve transformed into a surreal creature of fantasy? TELL ME TILDA I NEED THE MAGIC IN MY LIFE.
    The hem is sad though. Even just an inch would make me stop twerking about that hem dragging on the floor. Plus I bet her shoes are to-die. LET ME DIE OVER YOUR SHOES AND YOUR ENTIRE ENSEMBLE, TILDA.
    She’s far too merciful. Let that be our assumption for that sad hem length. It was HER PITY UPON OUR SOULS.

    • Try Aquage molding paste on your hair. It’s excellent.

    • Nancy Dunn

      The irony of her being at a Bowie event just makes me smile! I love them both!

      • Glammie

        I don’t think it’s ironic. If you’ve seen the latest Bowie video “Stars (are out tonight)”–she’s playing his wife/doppelganger (There’s a younger Bowie doppelganger as well.). My understanding is that she appeared in place of Bowie at the V&A Bowie exhibit since he’s not doing interviews/PR for his new album. (The video’s totally worth a look–some great fashion of course, except for Tilda’s wig.)

        Clearly everyone involved has a sense of humor.

        • capybara_cafe

          I damn near exploded from glee/excitement/sexiness when I watched that thing!

        • That video is SO GOOD. Like I said, I die for her.

    • H3ff

      Her hair is fucking perfection for the look. Could you imagine any other woman celeb pulling that hairstyle, let alone the entire LOOK, off? Didn’t think so.

    • I just imagined a reality show or sitcom in which Bowie and Swinton are roommates sharing a British country side manor and getting up to all kinds of wacky hijinks. If only.

  • Anniebet

    Wowser, that’s some great suiting going on there. Well, except for the 3 inches too long pants, but we’ll ignore that. She always seems so freaking cool, calm and totally smarter than just about 99% of the rest of the world.

    • jetpackdino

      “She always seems so freaking cool, calm and totally smarter than just about 99% of the rest of the world.”

      Amen and amen.

  • Jessi03

    “Heroine: Available at the clinic.”

  • Tamara Hogan

    Nailed it, guys.

  • Alyssa

    I don’t care for pants that swallow feet, but if anyone can get away with it, it’s Tilda. I love the hair & makeup. That touch of pink lipstick is gorgeous on her!

  • Lori

    Just seeing the words “Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann” made me smile.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Agree. Love the whole thing but the pants are too much (and I like trousers).

  • formerlyAnon

    You’re right about the hem, but I love her hair so hard I barely noticed.

    “Ladystars: take risks! We promise we won’t hate you for it!”
    Be careful what you promise. Sometimes the universe delivers.

  • Rand Ortega

    The Swinton. Pant hem notwithstanding, she’s in a class all by herself. The swirl hair & the pink lip are very sexy. Takes the androgyny to an even more interesting level.

  • Qitkat

    I LOVE the sophistication of the pattern mixing; but that pant length makes my knees cringe, the possibilities of disaster are too high.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I wish she hadn’t buttoned the jacket and left it open but thank goodness she buttoned her shirt correctly. On the model that just looks stupid.

  • JanieS

    If I dressed like this, I’d look like a hobo. Tilda is Magic.

  • So chic. She’s beyond classy.

  • Rose_H_Tyler

    <3 you Tilda!

  • Le_Sigh

    OMG. SHE HAS RETURNED! And she is resplendent.

    (TLo – its been a really really difficult week, and between Tilda and Teyonah – thank you thank you thank you.)

  • mhleta

    She’s muse worthy, for real. It’s amazing how little makeup she uses, a testament to her abundant natural beauty.

  • EEKstl

    I worship her. Oh, if ONLY that hem were where it needed to be, but I’ll give it to her from the ankles up. Stunning.

  • Funkykatt

    That’s the length I wore my pants in the sixth grade when I was afraid being seen in ‘floods’.

  • I think that SWINTON! can pull off giant pants puddling to the floor. I think they kind of add to the whole crazy thrown-together-but-humans-can’t-copy-it look.

  • libraangel

    Wait, I thought it was David Bowie

  • While their. Is no denying that she looks amazing, I wouldn’t exactly call Tilda Swinton wearing Haider Ackermann a risk as much as I’d call it “good common sense.”

  • miagain

    those are elephant LEG pants

  • erinbinek

    Werq it, Miss Tilda.

  • carolynmo

    The woman is a goddess. I wish we could see her shoes.

  • iheartbuffy

    I love you guys

  • I’m with you, my dears. Perfection, except for the hem-on-the-floor.

  • CeeQ

    Agree with your critique, nothing to add!
    But seriously, I love this woman, who would think of wearing this and 90% pull it off?!? SWINTON.

  • MsMajestyk

    Aw man she’s a goddess, too bad about the pants.
    On a side note, I would KILL to see that Bowie exhibit. There are amazing workshops and lectures associated with it as well, such as creating your album cover, stage makeup, fashion, etc. I hope it travels to the States.

  • Has Tilda ever been seen with David Bowie or Annie Lennox? I’m certain that they are different versions of the same unearthly creature.

    • Squarah

      She’s in David Bowie’s new music video and it’s GLORIOUS! The song is Stars (Are Out Tonight).

  • BaddestMotherEver

    this is one instance where it feels like the runway model is trying to look as spectacular as Swinton! Don’t you know the director said, “C’mon, princess, pretend you’re Tilda.”

  • I love the prints, but otherwise the clothes aren’t doing it for me. The hair and makeup are perfection, though.

  • Cathy S

    I think it’s a WERQ, even with the long pants. My god, she’s fabulous.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Bowing down to the Swintonator. Just read your old posts on her, darlings. Say no to drugs.

  • LaSylphide

    She even looks like Bowie! Love everything here, even the long pants; for me, that’s part of the overall look. Conventional-length pants wouldn’t look right with such an unconventional outfit. Tilda Rules!


  • Nancy Dunn

    I like it all except for the double blazer. I just adore the bottom blazer, so I am sad she covered it up.

    Snap your fingers bloody! You guys! You make me laugh every day!

  • Seriously, the pant/boot combo on the model would have WERQD

  • I thought she was dressing up AS David Bowie for this event… 🙁

  • BK’s and TLo, have you seen the fabulousness out there that is the video for Bowie’s latest single which also features Swinton, Saskia de Brauw and Andrej Pejíc? You simply MUST! It is called ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’. Google it, and experience a fantastic sparkly gender mind-fuck!

  • Squarah

    Can we please talk about how amazing she is in David Bowie’s new music video? It’s killing me!

  • Hetha Innis

    Born to be a lot of things, not least of which a muse for Haider Ackermann! Loving this.

  • julnyes

    If I am remembering correctly, she tends to wear her pants this length fairly often. I would like to see her shoes, but I can appreciate that the pants are deliberately cut to this length (and not just lacking tailoring)

    She retains her place in the Triumvirate of Fashion Goddesses.

  • editrixie

    Swinton and Haider Ackerman are a marriage made in heaven. I always feel like they design just for her. And who could blame them?

    • ballerinawithagun

      Love Haider Ackerman!

    • H3ff

      Talk about the proverbial ‘muse’.

  • julnyes

    Her hair is perfect.

  • PrunellaV

    Now that’s a woman among girls. She looks so comfortable, even while smashingly fashionable. Her hair and makeup are amazing. Wondering if that’s her natural color growing out. If so, she’s very lucky.

    • makeityourself

      I’m pretty sure it is. A month ago she had about a half-inch of grey roots, now it’s much more. Damn that Tilda. She can even grow out her grey and look ethereal doing so.

  • I will just never get used to the ‘pants to the floor’ thing. It always looks like they didn’t have time to hem. But it’s so nice to see the Tilda and yes, so nice to see some interesting looks.

  • capybara_cafe

    Wow, that’s seriously hawt from the waist up. I think the trousers need to be a little more fitted as well as hemmed though, they seem awfully baggy on her. Wonder what kind of shoes she has on…

  • PeaceBang

    Swinton + Bowie + V + A = more fabulousness than I can handle.

  • tereliz

    Could there be any more appropriate occasion to wear this suit? Almost perfect.

    I vehemently and until the die I die agree about the hem length (do celebs REALLY not want to show off their amazing shoes? Or is she wearing Céline Berks under there, complete with shearling? lol). It drives me nuts that people willingly turn themselves into tree trunks.

  • *whispers* I personally don’t like that shade of pink on her, but never mind me, this is The Lady Swinton we’re talking about; she’ll wear a potato sack and WERK it, and we’ll all bow down to her all the same…

  • marilyn

    Look at her face. Is she related to Tim Gunn from PR?

  • libraangel

    Wait – isn’t this a photo of David Bowie?

  • e jerry powell

    Seriously, though, I just died from the Tildaness of it all. DIED.

  • BKagainwiththesweatpants

    Hopefully everything I’m about to type is typo-free and coherent, because I can’t see the keyboard from being all bent over bowing down in absolute worship of this goddess, this otherworldly vision of fashion fabulosity. I’m giving a pass on the pants hem–this is a WERQ if there ever was one.Swinton can do no wrong in my book.

  • MattCooper27

    In the words of Barbra: “Sam, you made the pants too long” and “What good are belts? What good suspenders, when the pants are hanging over the shoes?”

  • really? those lips with that top?

  • Trisha26

    LOVE. Don’t mind the pants at all. And I seriously shrieked out loud “David Bowie” before scrolling down.

  • mmc2315

    NICE hair, Tilda!

  • Space Oddess. Love her so much, when I’m in a bind, sartorially or not, I think Tilda thoughts.

  • Puckndc

    All bow down….This is how you remain an individual and do it right!!!!!

  • bd73

    hair and makeup are fabulous. love the color scheme.

  • kathrineb

    Agreed. Aside from the pants length Tilda is pulling this of like only Tilda could!