Marion Cotillard in Preen at the “Public Enemies” Presentation

Posted on December 06, 2013

She looks utterly relieved that she isn’t wearing Dior.


Marion Cotillard attends the “Public Enemies” presentation during the 13th Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco in a Preen By Thornton Bregazzi dress.

Preen By Thornton Bregazzi Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Valerija Kelava


And we can’t blame her. This dress is a lot of fun. It is not, however, very red carpet, even for Marrakech. Way too poolside.  It’s not really something you can dress up or style. But we’ll give her this one. She’s had to suffer through a succession of awkward Diors lately and she’s earned the rest. She may be on a red carpet, but in her head she’s clearly sipping something fruity and numbing under an umbrella somewhere sunny. She’s on a stylecation and she deserves it.






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  • Chaiaiai

    ooooohkay, is she sprogged up? I would KILL for her coloring.

    • DominoEstella

      ha.. my French, Belgium and German roots give me similar coloring. I always feel lucky in that department.

  • I would love it if there was a pink curler in her hair somewhere.

    • NBG

      That’s how my mom rocked this look back in the day.

  • sugarkane105

    Those flowers are so big, I feel an allergy attack coming on.

  • RussellH88

    It looks like a beach towel Snuggie.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Lately she seems to favor loose clothing.

  • Kelly

    It may not be Dior, but it’s still a shapeless muumuu. I think she should save any “stylecations” for her own time, not for professional gigs.

  • marlie

    I’m not really loving this. The pattern is a bit too much for me, and I don’t like how shapeless it is. But yes, it’s still FAR better than some of the Diors she’s been forced to wear.

    • Sarah

      A belt? Maybe? I am not sure it could work, really, either. But it might help…

    • 3boysful

      Pattern is WAY too large for her petite frame.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I don’t know why she looks so happy, this dress is swallowing her whole. I fear this is worse than the Dior.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Agreed! This is not heading in the right direction.

    • marlie

      It’s far from a great look, but I don’t think it’s as criminally bad as some of her previous Diors.

    • This is the definition of the dress wearing the woman. She is completely lost in that garment.

  • Huge. Really fun and vibrant. But HUGE.

  • mmebam

    I’m sure there are high-end caftans which are more red carpet worthy than this.

    • tvmovielover

      I think you are right and that a caftan type covering was what she wanted for where she is. Still, she looks comfortable and happy in this dress.

    • Kayceed

      The washroom lady inside the theatre is wearing a more high-end caftan than this.

  • hughman

    “MARY, come outside on the patio with us. The boys have started another game of canasta and I made some of those wine coolers we like with the diet Sprite. A girls gotta keep her figure, am I right? Just let Bobby change the records when he wants, we aughta have some fun!”

    • decormaven

      I’m picturing celery sticks with pimento cheese filling the “canoe.” This also screams for something really tragic made with Jello.

      • ankali

        “Oh, honey, the secret ingredient is Miracle Whip! Mabel gave me that recipe when we lived next door together in Peoria, and I haven’t made a fruit mold without it since.”

    • rh33

      Keep the Ray Conniff on. I just love how he does Moon River….

  • Anna_Cecilia


    You get your poolside Dorothy Zbornak on, Marion!

    • mshesterp

      I thought it was ugly enough that it WAS Dior. So…still a fail. Bleh. I want classy, classic, mod Marion back. These frocks are dreadful.

      • Anna_Cecilia

        I hear you, classy Marion is always preferable. Still can’t hate though, since I love me some Dorothy Zbornak-style pool cover-ups.

  • sagecreek

    Aw, so cute! Yes, I know, shapeless, but she looks comfy and happy and heck, it’s Marrakesh.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    She looks like she should be shuffling towards her kitchen table in houseshoes, with a Newport dangling from her lip, waiting for the coffee to finish.

    • myandyleigh

      And cat eye-shaped glasses hanging off a chain around her neck. Her hair should be done in a crooked beehive, lacquered in hairspray and wrapped in toilet paper held on with giant bobby pins.

      Yeah, this is 50’s/60’s-middle-aged-housewife-in-suburban-hell bad. I fear she’s sporting a severe heat rash under than thing.

      • ankali

        Until you got to the toilet paper and bobby pins, I was thinking that everything you mentioned would only improve this look.

  • Lesley

    she might as well be wearing dior bc this is just as shapeless and hideous..

  • DinahR

    I think Marion looks happy and cute. Enjoy the stylecation, darling!

    Why is the model of the dress standing like a zombie? It that going to be the new awkward model stance?

    • marlie

      The model looks like she’s suffering from some serious GI issues right now. Poor thing.

  • alyce1213

    I like the idea of this better than the actual execution. Does that make sense? Maybe it’s just that it’s so bold and too big, all at once. I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. Better than the Diors, though.

    • conniemd

      The fabric placement of the print on the model’s dress is sooooo much better. The print has the big red and blue flowers starting at Marion’s waist on the model’s left shoulder. The sleeves continue the flower pattern on the left arm and the striped pattern on the right. It doesn’t have the awkward looking seam down the right front where the red flower blossoms out of the stripe.

      It looks like this dress was the first attempt and the model’s the much improved do-over.

      • alyce1213

        Agree. The print placement on the model is so much better, makes a big difference.

      • housefulofboys

        This. Is exactly what I noticed, too, and I was reading comments to see if anyone else noticed that. Also, it may be due to print production/photoshop, but the colors in the model’s version are so much more saturated and vibrant. Marion’s looks washed out by comparison.

      • GillianHolroyd

        The sleeves are longer on the model, almost to the elbow, which helps it look less like an oversized t-shirt. Also, as you said, the flower placement. The red one on the shoulder sets up a nice diagonal.

  • Qitkat

    I think it would be hilarious if Jennifer Aniston wore this dress.

    • sagecreek

      You just won the internet for the day.

    • Hilarious. And possibly a sign of the Apocalypse.

    • lundibleu

      Oh my god, WIN! This needs to happen… Just because.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    She looks relieved that she doesn’t have to suck it in

  • padma sallah

    I think this would have worked if it ended at the knees. It just looks big and shapeless now.And not even in a fun way.

  • Coolekat

    I hate it but the recent Diors were much worse.

  • therealkuri

    Being in Morocco, I wonder if the dress was an attempt to respect norms of modesty while still being cheerful? I traveled there (long ago, 2002-ish) and was advised that while it wasn’t law it was still a good idea to wear something loose-fitting that covers (at least) shoulders and legs. Marion’s dress complies with all those recommendations.

    • random_poster

      I was wondering the same exact thing.

    • filmcricket

      Oh, interesting. I assumed she was preggers, but that would make sense too.

    • I think that is exactly why she’s wearing it. But honestly, that’s why God invented Naeem Khan.

    • Kelly

      Ah, this makes sense. I still don’t like the dress, but at least now, there’s a reasonable rationale for it.

  • I love blue hydrangeas, but not this big.

  • Imasewsure

    No this is not cute

  • boweryboy

    I like the model’s version with the red poppies better. It seems less busy if that’s possible. Even so, it’s a giant T-shirt.

  • cocohall

    Is she in penance for something? Has she been sentenced to Fashion Hell until 2014? I can’t even imagine what atrocity you’d have to commit to deserve to wear this. It is hideous. I am not religious, but I’m gonna pray for you, Marion.

  • Bradio311

    Is there a baby bump under there that I’m not aware of?

  • MilaXX

    This Resort collection actually looks like one. None of these dresses work anywhere other than poolside. Her hair just says, “whatev!”

  • DominoEstella

    I want that dress! Looks so comfortable and pretty.

  • Jackie4g

    Hydrangea is my favorite shrub. I like the reproduction of the blossoms, but I think maybe in a decorator fabric and appearing as a pillow rather than on a dress?

  • ojosazules

    The Wise Uncles help us open our hearts and understand.

    • LaSylphide

      Well, they’ll have to cut my heart open with a hacksaw, because that is one ugly … potato sack?

  • Sweet Jesus on a breadstick.. what the heck is this. egads. for someone usually so stylish, this is like she forgot to put something on and had to leave the house as a surprise to herself.. NOES.

  • JasmineAM

    Kinda off topic, but why is she doing promotions for a movie that came out in 2009?

    • alyce1213

      It’s a presentation at a film festival. They often bring back films for one reason or another. (It may be the first time shown in Morocco for all we know.)

  • Sam Smith

    I think that is the ugliest dress every. Yuck!!

  • Danielle

    Needs a belt, I think.

  • Shawn EH

    Hasn’t Tilda rocked some Preen in the past? Or Florence Welch? I like it. One can never have too many blue hydrangeas IMHO.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Love the fabric, but there’s 0 design in the shape.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Wow, that’s hiddy.

  • BayTampaBay

    I think this dress is almost as bad as any Dior for this season.

  • Ashleigh

    is she preggers or something? I hate these sack dresses

  • tallgirl1204

    Maybe it’s just me, but I HATE the trend for pretty print dresses with solid black (or other color) backs. It looks cheap to me– like those embellished vests they sell at down-market stores at Christmastime– The front of the dress is so pretty and festive, and then the back is a big nothing. There. I feel better now. Thanks for listening.

  • msdamselfly

    That dress is swimming on her

  • Kathy

    No to the big busy print, but anything’s an improvement over yesterday’s Dior mess.

  • lifeisastory

    On the positive side, I be she’s super comfortable. Not a spanx to be seen!

  • Trickytrisha

    That looks like one of the cheap lounging dresses I wear around the house when I hope no one is going to ring my doorbell. No wonder she’s relaxed.

    Edit: But even I wouldn’t let that print in my closet, much less on my body.

  • Glam Dixie

    Look at the contortions that poor model is doing to try and give this sack some shape. Go home. Start over.

  • bertkeeter

    Better than the DIORS? Maybe by a smidge! But that’s all!

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    I am six five and 280ish and very hairy except on the very top of my head. And male. I could totally rock this on the bear cruise.

  • kimmeister

    She looks like Drew Barrymore in some of these shots.

  • I wish I had this as a beach towel. Which is kind of the problem.

  • TGIND. thank god it’s not dior. who’d a thunk we’d need that acronym? i adore this print, but the fit/cut are not very flattering to her beautiful figure. still, the joyful flowers seem to be making her smile. christmas in marrakech.

  • GeoDiva

    It’s 3 sizes too big.

  • I discern no improvement from the awkward Dior parade.

  • Sunraya

    This is just SO ugly. Ugh. I hate it with a burning passion. Really.

  • quiltrx

    The print is lovely, but the massive scale and shapelessness of the design are swallowing her.

  • jif

    Shouldn’t be relieved just yet, that dress is awful on her. Classic GTNYD, unless she’s pregnant. And perhaps even then.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Needs a belt, or some sort of waist definition. It’s a bit sack-like.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Her dress was printed differently than the model’s I think – because hers looked like a cheap Target knock off. Hate it. Love her, but HATE that dress.

  • Mojone

    If you look at the dress on the model, you’ll see that the sleeves are a little longer and less T-shirty. And the flower placement is much more intelligent: there’s a huge red bloom on the shoulder, which really makes it all happen.

  • mickiemonkey

    She woke up and said, “Today I will be a fabulous hydrangea.” And so it was.

  • lifeisastory

    The model’s version has a much more favorable hydrangea/horizontal stripe ratio.

  • Gatto Nero

    I don’t really get Preen. And this is very boxy, even for a casual look. There’s no reference to the body at all.
    But she is radiant, as usual.