Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann at the “Only Lovers Left Alive” Premiere

Posted on October 11, 2013

And lo, came the day the Seventh Seal was broken. The Apocalypse is nigh. Fire from the heavens. Cats and dogs living together. Tilda’s wearing lipstick.

Tilda Swinton attends the premiere of “Only Lovers Left Alive” during the 2013 New York Film Festival in Haider Ackermann.

Haider Ackermann Spring 2014 Collection

Seriously, we’re a little freaked by her lips. It’s so not how we’re used to seeing her. The super-shiny face is an oddity too. That goes beyond perspiration. She looks like she was dipped in a vat of baby oil.

Sweetie, what’s this all about? What’s happening here? What are we looking at? Everything you’re wearing looks sad, cheap and ill-fitted. You’re sweaty. You’re wearing lipstick. You’re scaring us. We’re stocking up on dry goods and bullets as we speak, darling.





[Photo Credit: Marco Sagliocco/PRPhotos.com, IMAXtree]

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  • KateShouldBeWorking

    I’m way more concerned about her tacky, boring pants.

  • Maggie Smith

    Not all her nails have polish either. Very unSwinton ensemble.

  • Bexxx

    I can’t even judge this objectively because I am a magpie and SHINY JACKET

    • conniemd

      I love the jacket, too. But the brown blouse and boring pant are killing me.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    If ever there were a time it appeared someone was melting, this would be it.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Don’t worry… I’m sure it’s a couture lip tinting mechanism that our pedestrian beings haven’t been introduced to yet.

    There’s no way it’s just … lipstick.

    • filmcricket

      Hee. SWINTON as couture hipster. “I’m into this really obscure micro-stainery that make all their colours on site. You probably haven’t heard of it.”

      • formerlyAnon

        ARTISANAL micro-stainery. [organic, locally-sourced]

        • ShaoLinKitten

          Made from local berries harvested sustainably by workers who were paid a living wage

          • formerlyAnon

            But of course!

  • MoHub

    I was so excited to see the SWINTON back on the site, and now I’m disappointed. Tilda, how could you do this to me?

  • In_Stitches

    Shiny shirt, shiny pants, shiny face, shiny hair…it’s like she’s been laminated. A little contrast goes far, but I wouldn’t dare say it to the White Witch’s face.

    • tereliz

      Didn’t everyone look a little shiny or blown out at this event? I blame the lighting and white backdrop for that shiny. And I LOVE the jacket beyond reason. But the blouse and trousers? Meh.

      • In_Stitches

        The jacket is fabulous, but the pants and blouse look like she stole them from Jane Lynch and didn’t even bother to tailor them.

    • terpsichory

      Whether laminated or lacquered, it was obviously done to preserve SWINTON for posterity. We just have to get used to it.
      We wouldn’t want to rob our great-grandchildren of the experience, would we?

  • Denise Alden

    Oh-oh: I really like this. I’ll grant you the vat of baby oil, but otherwise, I love it. That jacket!

  • MilaXX

    If some old dude floats by in a really big boat, we’re all in trouble. I don’t mind the outfit, but the lipstick/shiny face is all wrong..

  • It’s not just lipstick, it’s a really, really bad shade of lipstick. And she’s also been dipped in baby oil or something.

    • Clueless_Jock

      And the lipstick matched the carpet.

  • hughman

    “Tilda, honey, I thought we talked about those pants. And that blouse hurts me like a hangover.”

    • 3boysful

      The blouse on the model is infinitely preferable.

      • Qitkat

        That sheer navel-revealing droopy thing? Blech. But I loves ya anyway 😉

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan

    I love the whole thing, but then I’m a MAJOR sucker for everything Ackermann.

    • I love it too. Shiny head to toe. Love the jacket. Love that, busy as it is, she still wore a broach with it. Love it all.

      • decormaven

        Yes, someone please ID the jewelry manufacturer. That’s a very nice pin.

    • conniemd

      She should have worn the blouse that went with the outfit. That brown is awful. But what bothers me most is she isn’t giving face

  • Maybe she’s going for Rock Star Heroin Chic, you don’t know.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like the jacket. But then, I’m kinda the antithesis of a fashion icon.

    If the face weren’t shiny, I’d say she’s over 50, she wants a change, or more color to her face, or just to throw us for a loop, and decided to go all in rather than monkeying around with some namby pamby pale pink lip. But the shiny speaks rather to a new/inexperienced/rushed makeup person, or some product self-applied that Ms. Swinton is not familiar with.

    Or she was awakened 15 minutes before this photo with her moisturizer on and wearing her skivvies by an assistant saying “the alarm didn’t go off, the car is waiting, you’re late, we’ve got 7 minutes tops to get you dressed, madeup and downstairs. We’ll do the hair in the car.”

    Choose your adventure.

  • Virginia McMurdo

    Kudos on the Ghostbusters Cats & Dogs comment. I LOL’d. And…Tilda has the Shine about her.

  • lexilexi

    Remember Connie Britton? Carla Gugino? They also had shiny faces at this event … must have been hotter than hell under the lights or horrifically humid…

    • tereliz


  • I am having a BOLD LIP CHRISTMAS! (I’ll stop shouting about bold lips, now.)

  • A bit of translucent powder and I would be totally on board with this.

  • Lori

    This makes me so sad. Swinton and Haider Ackermann ought to be made for each other. The fact that nothing seems to fit correctly is just not right. That sparkly jacket should look fabulous on her. Whoever is responsible for the fact that it doesn’t needs to be fired. I can’t even think about the make-up situation.

  • Diego!

    I kinda like this look on her. A LOT. I agree her lips are dreadful and a softer color would have been much nicer. But I love her hair, and she is rocking this outfit!

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I don’t understand. I normally love the slouchy Swinton thing, but this isn’t doing it for me. I haz a Friday sad.

    • Mismarker

      The Friday sad is the saddest sad of all.

  • SewingSiren

    Are you sure this isn’t from a Madame Tussaud’s franchise opening?

  • marlie

    Eeeeevery once in a while she wears lipstick, so that in itself doesn’t bother me. I think this particular color might be a tad too harsh for her, and the rather sloppy, ill-fitting clothes bother me more than anything else.

    • I never (EVER) wear any color on my lips, because no matter what color I am actually wearing, I FEEL as if my lips look this bold and can also been seen from space. It’s my own little hangup. Now eye make up? I’ll put that shit on with a heavy hand when I’m going out, no problem.

      • marlie

        I’m just too lazy to wear makeup, period. But when I do, I prefer to play up my eyes, as well.

      • tereliz

        That’s why I never wear shiny lippy, just matte. I think the slick look makes a big difference as to how far out into space it can be seen. 😉

      • alyce1213

        annabelle archer, you are my sister from another mister. I was embarrassed to admit on this blog, with all the naked lipstick talk, that I almost never wear it and when I do, it’s pretty sheer and the same color as my lips (brand: Boots). I’m fooling myself, of course. The last time I wore a bright color was once in my mid-20s. I like other people in lipstick, I encourage it, but I think I look ridiculous. It’s a hangup, for sure.

        • formerlyAnon

          This lipstick hangup, it’s common. I too mostly wear a shade nearly indistinguishable from my lips (Secret hope: as my natural color fades with age, it will actually become an enhancement. I live in the land of delusion, I know.) I OWN many other shades. All purchased after soliciting much advice on color, coordinating blouses, etc. and being assured that they are *perfect.* Once a week or so I try to wear one. I look in the mirror and think CLOWN LIPS and usually swipe most of it off.

          I have, however, recently returned to daily eyeliner. Haven’t worn mascara regularly in decades and decided it was time to give the eyes a little help.

        • When I am feeling like a hoor I break out Clinique’s Black Honey Balm. It sounds and looks like it is going to be super dark, but it is magically the color of the lip it is on and nearly translucent.

          • alyce1213

            Nest trip to makeupland I will check it out.

      • kathrineb

        I can relate. Lipstick sometimes makes me shy but I am never afraid to wear strong eyeliner.
        You know I actually kind of like this lip shade on Tilda! I only seem to suit the more plummy shades of red. Call me crazy but I think it kind of works.

        • my eyes are so saggy, not only from age but from genetics, that you wouldn’t see eyeliner on me no matter how boldly applied. my mom and i both had the kind of eyes where the lower lid doesn’t show at all. taylor swift has those eyes, but i think she had hers lifted. i have absolutely no factual basis for this belief, i just noticed a big change in her look at one point. either that, or a genius makeup artist entered her life.

          • kathrineb

            I never noticed that, interesting. It’s all about knowing what works for you. I have very small lips so perhaps that’s why I prefer the eyeliner.

      • i quit wearing lipstick on a regular basis years ago, as my lifestyle no longer demands it, and i know what you mean. i stick to sheer glossy colors, and not too dark or bright. and no orange tones, ever.

    • alyce1213

      I wonder if the deep color is not inspired by her movie, Only Lovers Left Alive, which is a vampire film.

  • Cheryl

    Don’t mind the pants, shirt, and shiny face, and actually love the jacket but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO lipstick. The lipstick is bad, bad, bad.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I rather like the jacket. She has such a porcelain complexion tha that shade of red is too jarring on her lips.
      Tilda not turned out better-that is a sad.

  • Donyelle

    i love Haider. This Smoking jacket made from 70s casino carpet…why?

  • another_laura

    I think with a different blouse this could have worked, HOWEVER it would also have been kind of too ordinary for our Tilda. Yeah, it’s a bad blouse. Well, that and the shiny face that looks like the “before” of an acne cream commercial. If the facial shine is the result of a lighting problem, some poor lighting guy is about to have his head handed to him, because wow that is bad.

  • AlisonS

    I read this entire post as if Karen Walker was speaking. It made the whole post more fun, less Alien-Tilda-like.

  • Erica

    The lipstick and shine are bad, but I’m still fixated on the shirt that makes it look like she has a bit of a beer gut. It’s all just odd.

  • bellafigura1

    Shiny, yes, still kills it for me. In fact, I’m going to my high school reunion tomorrow night and am wearing almost the identical outfit. Love it.

    • knock those ordinary beings down with the force of your fierceness!

      • bellafigura1


  • Mrs. Julien

    Any outfit that requires a bekarenwalkered response is fine with me.

  • Synnae

    She’s been shiny for quite a while now on the red carpet. Love seeing her with lipstick though. And being a sucker for blood red lips (very fitting considering the theme of the movie) I thoroughly approve.

    As for the outfit, welll er, even SWINTON can have an off-day right?

  • LuisaNL

    i believe we are in the presence of a cheap, poorly executed, Tilda knock-off. Go away, give us the real thing!
    Seriously, that is some shiny face.

  • E2_Remote

    Getting even more Bowie/Swinton crossover here than normal with this one.

  • RussellH88

    Tilda Swinton is beyond criticism. I fear that if i attempt to say anything negative about her, the massive paradigm shift will cause my brain to explode.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    It looks like she may have borrowed this from Hugh Hefner.

  • mjude

    damnit I wanted to bow down

  • Cathy S

    That shirt makes her look like she has a beer belly or something. I’m going to pretend that she sent a bot to this appearance because she was busy orbiting the moon in a sparkly space capsule with David Bowie.

  • YoungSally

    Did she warm up her hair color? It seems more Renaissance gold than usual.

    • perhaps that’s why i love this look. i do have to shield my eyes a bit from the shine, though.

  • traceyishere

    Looks like she was having athletic sex moments before she put on her pijamas and headed out the door….put her lipstick on in the car.

  • poggi

    If we only find our nobler selves in the face of true horror, then maybe the Apocalypse will also bring out our best fashion.

  • Jeanne leCube

    The lipstick should be matte. Otherwise, I like this.

  • xmixiex

    the shine is killing me.

  • Lily-Rygh

    My very favorite Swinton film is Female Perversions, in which she’s heavily made up throughout, so the lipstick doesn’t throw me all that much.

    The outfit, on the other hand, is just…so very pedestrian on the SwintonScale…

  • MannahattaMamma

    That jacket is like carbon offset credits: it’s so fantastic that it buys her all kinds of faux pas elsewhere, like the pants that look like someone’s bad kung fu outfit.

  • Danielle

    This leaves me confused. I feel like I’m in the middle of the supermarket and I just KNOW I’ve forgotten something but I just can’t figure out what.

  • rkdgal

    The apocalypse comes when she wears mascara, darlings. If she shows up with Rita Wilson’s eyemakeup from the other day, we’ll know that we’re all headed for eternal hellfire pronto.

  • Ceece

    Dry goods and bullets was going to be my band name. Thanks loads, T Lo. Now I have to hit the damn drawing board again.

  • teensmom99

    She is such a model that she can wear anything. I looked at this and liked it at first because she makes everything look great–I need the uncles’ analysis to realize that it isn’t great.

    • i say it IS great. our revered uncles need some disagreement in their life to keep things spicy!

  • kimiakay

    Love the ginger hair. I think that makes the makeup work. The outfit, not so much.

  • MissusBee

    Is the lip so people don’t mistake her for David Bowie?

    Like me being forced to wear my hair long, in case people think I’m Jason Alexander.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Maybe she is not feeling well? I’m being serious. She looks like she has the flu. However, she still looks better than 99% of the population.

  • AvaLehra

    I don’t care. I looooooooooooooooooove her.

  • Sweetpea176

    I actually kind of love the lipstick.

  • Qitkat

    I’m frightened.

  • LambeeBaby

    I know it’s her shtick but I really wish she would get some eyelashes

  • putacorkinit

    How nice. She’s had her face electro-plated for the occasion.

  • fursa_saida

    I don’t mind anything really that’s going on with her face. The complete dribbliness of the actual clothes is a problem for me, too, though.

    Mostly I’m honestly just excited about this movie because SWINTON is going to play a vampire long-distance-married to rockstar vampire Tom Hiddleston. And John Hurt is involved. I mean. (I’m not a particular Hiddles fangirl but I can only imagine he’s going to be overenthusiastically draping himself over things in a gothic fashion and I am going to laugh forever. In an affectionate way. Everything is going to be vampire camp and I can’t wait.)

  • Andy Brent

    I think the color was chosen specifically because of its BLOOD REDness… this is a vampire movie, after all.

  • maasai2012

    are you sure this isn’t from Madame Tussaud’s?

  • guest2visits

    For me, the lipstick makes sense with this outfit, it works for her.
    But the face needs to be more matte, for sure.
    I’ve been trying to make out what the brooch is…..spiders?

  • lamamu

    She’s perfect. In fact, I wish there was one thing in my life that I could put together as perfectly as Tilda puts together herself.

  • i LOVE IT ALL. we won’t discuss the length of the pants. she IS ziggy stardust.

  • Shawn EH

    The slouchiness of the garments is part of the design, I guess (I mean the outfit has EATEN the model), so she’s wearing it correctly, but it’s not flattering. Loving the lips!

  • valerie747

    Please explain to me … Why is it that Tilda looks better in clothes than high-priced runway models?

  • c8h10n4o2

    I’m also irrationally annoyed that the chiffon on her right sleeve seems to have detached from the cuff. This must have really been a rush job.

  • It’s a chic look but it looks sad. Not her normal fabulous. I’m scared. Hold me TLo.

  • DeTrop

    She gets away with murder because she’s so beautifully thin and has great bones. She has a very definite point of view, which works so well for her.

  • Jane

    She is scaring us all. She weighs three pounds and that shirt gives her a beer belly, very strange.