Tilda Swinton in Chanel at the Museum of Modern Art 2013 Film Benefit

Posted on November 06, 2013

Someday, when the Museum of Modern Art has a benefit in our honor, we hope to show up as cool and chic as Miss Tilda did for hers.

Tilda Swinton attends the Museum of Modern Art 2013 Film Benefit – A Tribute To Tilda Swinton in New York City in Chanel.

Chanel Spring 2014 Collection

Although we can assure you, our pants would be properly hemmed.

We do love this look. It’s classically Tilda in a lot of ways; chic, androgynous, oddly shaped. But the pants are too long and we find ourselves wishing the top was a bit more flattering and less smock-y.




[Photo Credit: Darla Khazei/PacificCoastNews, IMAXtree]

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  • gabbilevy

    Cant even complain. She is who she is, and aint nobody gonna make her wear makeup or a tailored jacket.

  • suzanne77

    She’s about the only person who can make those puddle hems work, but that’s because Tilda comes from a planet where people do not walk, but instead hover over the ground by a fraction of an inch.

    • e jerry powell

      And it’s not the first time for her with those Chanel pants.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    It’s so…SWINTON, that the pants hem feels like a minor quibble. I do love the necklace the model is wearing though.

    • 3boysful

      Agreed. I find I like the IDEA of the necklace rather more than the necklace itself. I applaud the originality of it, but it also looks a bit like headphones.

      • I was going to say testes, but maybe “headphones” is better.

        • ankali

          There were a few similar necklaces in that collection where the pearls were off-center and of different sizes. I really liked those; they kept the distinctiveness but shook off the resemblance to testicles.

      • Jaeda Laurez

        I stared at it initially, trying to figure out if it WERE headphones lol, but because it’s such a large piece, I would probably try and wear it with something strapless.

      • ballerinawithagun

        I just assumed they were headphones.

      • John Parot

        Its supposed to look like headphones. Karl Lagerfield explained the inspiration of the jewelry in interviews.

    • ampg

      I think a necklace (maybe not the one on the model, but one with a similar vibe) would have done a lot to mitigate the smock-ness of the top.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She’s magnificent. So magnificent, in fact, that I don’t care if she wears pants that aren’t properly hemmed. I love this look.

  • Danielle

    She’s really got the best genuine smile.

  • I cannot bring myself to fault her, especially since she is on my “famous people I would love to hang out with” list.

  • filmcricket

    I love the top, but yeah the hems need to come up just a fraction. For the most part she’s actually making one of my hugest pet peeves work, but: pristine white pants! On the ground! The hems are going to be so dirty! Gah.

  • Targettaste

    If there is any justice in the world, TLo will indeed be honored one day by MOMA, and the bitter kittens will be honored to kindly critique your attire.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Aside from the length of the pants, this is pretty much Tilda perfection.

  • In_Stitches

    It’s a bit too low impact and octogenarian for my taste. I like my Tilda with thought-provoking drama.

    • ankali

      Yeah, I’m getting an “especially chic Golden Girl” vibe. Those pants are way too close to slacks, at least in these photos; and slacks just look dated to me (I know, I’m weird). Not my favorite of her looks.

  • Nexli B

    This is beautiful, but it’s what I would expect to see Ms. Swinton wear to go to the grocery store.

  • Yesterday, la SWINTON turned 54. So yes, I’ll be bowing down, if you need me.

  • MilaXX

    The look is pure Tilda so I don’t mind the loose blouse-y thing happening. I do mind that it’s too long. Tilda’s not a shirt gal, so who exactly were these pants made for if they are too long on her?

    • alyce1213

      Typo alert: short gal. (When I read shirt, I thought – wait, I’ve seen her in shirts, a lot of shirts.)

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I just… I’m sorry, I know this makes me a bad BK, but I just don’t get Tilda. I know I should, but I just don’t, so I generally don’t like what she has on. Please don’t ban me, kill me, drum me out of the BK Corps, feed me to the Zombies, short-sheet my bed, etc.

    • oklund

      If you’re going down, I’m going down with you! I can’t stand Swinton’s style. She’s clearly trying to be artsy and “different”, but ends up looking dowdy and incoherent.

    • colleenjanel

      You’re definitely not alone. I don’t get Tilda either. I don’t care for her style or her look. I don’t find her particularly stunning. On anyone else, this outfit would be criticized and called boxy, shapeless pajamas. Which is pretty much what I see.

    • I think it’s this kind of David Bowie androgynous appeal. There’s something so wonderfully exotic-is-erotic about it.

      • bellafigura1

        Well said!! She seems both-ie and otherworldly and wise with special secret sex knowledge.

      • formerlyAnon

        For me, that’s a lot of it. She’s got a body type I admire (on men and women), and she dresses with it in mind.

        The rest is that she manages to look good without adopting the “look(s)” that all other female celebrities over 35 seem to be required by law to adopt – the “I am [15-20 years under my actual age] and holding HARD – let me prove it to you” look of the moment. (Which doesn’t mean she doesn’t employ any anti-aging or cosmetic strategies whatsoever. Just not ones that seem designed to fake “Young! Nubile! F**kable!” for absolutely as long as possible and much longer than plausible.)

        • Qitkat

          I like your defense of her, even though I’m generally in NYCGlamourpusses’ camp.

          • formerlyAnon

            You are kind to say so! And I can see why she’s not universally appreciated. If she were built like, say, me – even an idealized perfectly maintained version of my build – I’d probably find it harder to appreciate her. She just happens to have the build that I am predisposed to view positively, so has a built in head start.

    • marlie

      We’re allowed to disagree every once in a while. 😉

    • ‘Tis her ability to rock that which is not run of the mill with fierceness. And the fact that she is a gigantic, glowing, amazon of pale Nordic flavor. But that’s okay. You don’t have to love it. She still smiles benevolently on you.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        And I thank her for that – I thank her for not hurling me to her guards and dragging me off to the dungeon in The Castle of Swinton! 😉 And it’s funny, ideally I should like her, because I always love the odd and unusual, but she just doesn’t do it for me. Dunno why!

        • But isn’t it wonderful that there’s a world of fashion weirdoes and champions, delivered to us daily by our uncles T and Lo, for you to love in her stead? Ain’t no thing but the proverbial chicken wing, honey.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            (*Smooches you!*) Thanks, boo! 😉

      • SugarSnap108

        Yes. Pale amazon benevolence sums it up nicely for me.

    • Just means that you have to buy the next round, is all.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Wow, that is gonna be a BIG group of kittens I have to get drunk! (*Fishes around for the cleanest credit card…*)

    • SugarSnap108

      I understand. I often have no idea why I think she looks great — I just do. Case in point, I don’t like either piece she’s wearing here. Still, for reasons that science has yet to explain, I find her fabulous. It might be the smile. Damned if I know.

      • marlie

        It’s the smile. It’s meant to hypnotize lesser beings.

    • Liked to show my unwavering support of you. Even when you are, clearly, wrong. <3

    • majorbedhead

      You aren’t alone. I’ve only seen one or two looks that have blown me away. The rest just leave me scratching my head.

  • cocohall

    This begs the question of how one does dress for a benefit in your honor. Personally, I think she nailed it. She looks polished, she looks like herself, but she doesn’t look like she over-thought it or was trying too hard. Confident but not self-important. Nicely done. And yes the pants are too long, but it was the look she wanted. The good news, there is enough length that you can cut off the part that goes beyond the reaches of Extra Strength Oxy-Clean and still have enough left to re-hem. Genius!

  • bellafigura1

    I love it although I think it would have been more powerful with a skinny white pant, stopped at the ankle and a fantastic, non-white, non-strappy shoe.

  • twocee

    Not her best. That shirt is a little too sofa-y for me.

  • MoHub

    SWINTON to the rescue of my morning!

  • GorgeousThings

    I dunno, while I agree about the pants, the artisty-smocky top seems perfectly suited to a soiree in an art museum.

  • Aidan B

    Fabulous, full stop.

  • Mesmerized by the lack of a crease or wrinkle in those pants. She has powers, this woman. Incredible powers.

  • Snailstsichr

    I would have loved to have seen a piece of statement jewelry.

    • broke&fashionable

      A statement necklace would make this look for me.

  • MoreShoes

    I know that feet are overrated but c’mon…..

  • marlie

    This is classic (and perfect) SWINTON. I think she looks great. And her hair color is per-fect.

  • teensmom99

    And I’m sure that you guys won’t look so washed out.

  • Love her so much! Can’t wait for Only Lovers Left Alive!

    • julnyes

      it is sooo far away 🙁

  • MaggieMae

    Giving a “stilts” look. Hem those pants!

  • ojosazules

    How many people could wear so little and look so fine? All those overblown lace complications we’ve been seeing so much of lately are left tattered in the dust by this.

    • marlie

      It IS a nice palate-cleanser, isn’t it?

      ETA: I think that’s why I like her outfits so much; they’re almost all light and uncomplicated.

  • formerlyAnon

    The pants need a bit of a hem. (Not to where almost everyone thinks they should be, but just so they don’t drag the ground.)

    That’s all. It’s the perfect “I’ll give a nod to the current ’70s thing but really folks, I’m Tilda Swinton, & therefore it’s the anti-disco fabulous top. Which is still, such are my powers, fabulous.”

  • ChristySchiff

    People – even ones who might be made of mist from other worlds – should have feet.

  • AmeliaEve

    It’s very her.

    I can forgive the pants, since they drape beautifully and all the other kids are doing the too-long pants thing. But the jacket would be so much prettier if the sleeves were narrower. She can afford to look a little smocky, but bring in the silhouette from those flappy sleeves.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Her skin is incredible. I love that she can pull off a seemingly bare face.

    • formerlyAnon

      Her skin IS incredible. I like you say “seemingly bare face” as I always doubt her face is as bare as it appears in photos. There’s a LOT of subtle stuff one can do that would look like nothing compared to all the women and most of the men around her at these big events. Could be wrong, of course.

  • DeTrop

    I love this outfit. It’s so her.

  • Sunraya

    I have a top just like that. I wear it when I am chilly and have to paint my pottery.

  • prettybigkitty

    It was her 53 birthday yesterday! Stunning for any age.

  • Shawn EH

    I don’t know if it’s the makeup or the Chanel, but her eyes are very intense in this!

  • bertkeeter

    Eileen Fisher for Chanel? And it’s fall…..not spring!

  • I like to imagine Tilda and I dress the same way – we look around our bedroom in the dark and find stuff that is reasonably clean laying around and pair with half tired eyes and poof, we look amazing. (Of course, I haven’t been given the testing platform Tilda has.)

  • Vickiefantastico

    I can’t believe I’m saying this about Tilda, but blah. Lots of blah.

  • Qitkat

    I CANNOT stand when pants drag the ground, most especially white pants. This is Tilda-ish, but rather boring. To paraphrase Dolly Parton, it also costs a lot to look this simple and elegant.

  • quiltrx

    I wish there were some color somewhere. And I want tree-trunk pants to DIE a horrible death.

  • Imasewsure

    I kind of wish she wore a cool necklace with this (and hemmed the pants). Love the jacket as is

  • Trickytrisha

    If she looks this good with minimal effort and bad pants, well.. let’s just say I’m in love with everything Tilda.

  • Gatto Nero

    She’s a long, cool sylph of understated grace. Completely at home in her skin, and never shouting “look at me.” For that, I admire and thank her.

  • Ms_Flyover

    I was really hoping you guys would do a post on her yesterday so that I could a) wish her a happy birthday and b) gleefully boast that I share that day with her. Just think she is fabulous.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      Happy Belated Birthday!

  • I wish she had kept the neck collar, or some kind of “statement” jewelry at the neck. but it’s nice to see her looking smiling and happy—the pros seem to always want her to appear dour and expressionless. I was a little confused about her getting a whole tribute evening but then I looked up her film resume. I had no idea it was so extensive!

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    J’adore. I’m pretty sure she was sculpted on ice somewhere in the beginning of human race and then infused with all the fierceness of the universe.

  • slizzy

    She reminds me a bit too much of my loony mom (she’s an artist, donchaknow) but I do love that she plays by her own goddamned rules. And as someone else mentioned, she must have levitated in there to keep those pants so crease and wrinkle and stain free.

  • PeaceBang

    She is that one woman you see at a fundraising event who is standing by the wall looking both very kind and also mildly amused. And you go right over to stand near her, because she’s too intimidatingly cool to start talking to, but you just want to stand near her. And she is effortlessly incandescent. And has no pores.

  • Sonja Brisson

    Waaaaay back in the day, there was a song: ‘Sam You Made the Pants Too Long.’

    She is sui generis outer space glam woman supreme. But she still needs a tailor as earthlings do.

  • Tashina Savage

    She sure loves long pants, doesn’t she? I would trip over the hem and kill myself. Still, she looks fabulous.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Can you imagine how filthy that pant hem would be by the end of the night?

  • traceyishere

    Her pants are ALWAYS too long. Girl, get a full length mirror!

  • GillianHolroyd

    I don’t think orange hair suits her complexion.

  • guest2visits

    Usually I dislike giant white pants, but they were just made for her long fluid limbs.
    Her good looks are both forceful and quietly laid back at the same time.

  • Jacob Bowen

    She is the most beautiful alien on Earth.