Tilda Swinton at the 2014 Berlinale International Film Festival

Posted on February 10, 2014

Darlings, the word for today is “elegant.”

Exhibit A:

Tilda Swinton by photographer Ian Gavan for the Contour Collection poses at the Cinestar during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany.


What more needs to be said?




[Photo Credit: Ian Gavan/Contour via Getty Images]

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  • Did she change lipstick between photos? Anyway, I worship.

    • MilaXX

      I think it’s the lighting.

    • kmk05

      Her face is flawless. I really liked the deeper red at first glance (first pic), but the more orangey glossy colour (pic 2) actually works nicer overall because it doesn’t coordinate exactly with her trousers.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      The color changes at her will to confuse us mere mortals.

    • Joey Melliza

      her lip shades change every two minutes – that’s how fabulous she is! hahahahaha

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    And I’ll say it again. When is she taking me as a lover/adopting me? Both scenarios give me access to her closet.

    • Nicholas


      • A Shiny O’Connor

        I was here first. Check the internet if you don’t believe me 😛

  • RussellH88

    She looks like a goddamn fashion editorial.


    • Trent

      Marlene Dietrich would have adored her….

    • mlurve

      She Swinton’d the f*ck outta this one!! I LOVE.

      • RussellH88

        I’m pretty sure (97%) that she’s God. There’s no way that she’s mortal.

  • jilly_d

    That 3/4 profile looks like a painting by one of the Dutch masters. Beautiful.

    • KinoEye

      Alien Queen with the Pearl Earring.

      • jilly_d

        Nailed it!

      • ecallaw1977

        Had to google it, but yes, totally nailed it!

  • imperfectlaura

    She looks like the goddamn queen of the universe.

  • lexilexi

    Just for fun…. sometime… I’d love to see her with full blown eye, etc. makeup… blasphemous I know, but…..

    • StellaZafella

      Check this site for previous Swinton posts, I believe it was last year she appeared on a mag cover shoot in “full face drag”…she looked like the love child of all the golden era of Hollywood….check it out, it’s fabulous. However, with that done, Swinton deftly returned to being THE Swinton.

      • mixedupfiles

        You can see a regular make-up look in her movies, as well (e.g. Julia).

        • StellaZafella

          Yeah, well there is that…after all, she IS and actress…’duh’ to me! ;>)

          • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

            I tend to forget she has a profession beyond being fabulous, which is a shame because she is a tremendous actor.

      • Maya

        Also works to just search for “Guess the Drag Queen”….I think it’s post #4 on that list. (Not sure how much scrolling there is when you search under Swinton. Regardless, thanks for looking it up, StellaZafella!)

      • Kathy

        I hadn’t seen that post before. She looks like Tallulah Bankhead in some of those pics. Amazing. Thanks for mentioning this.

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        It’s from Candy Magazine. I am not sure about the rules posting links, either to TLO or external pages, so I won’t. You can find it on TLO pretty easy. Also Google Images search “SWINTON Candy” is pretty much all you need to type in there — as if one would ever need to type more than those two words!

        A BK has posted here about doing a Google Image search for “Tilda SWINTON”, and it truly is one of the most amazing things you could see. Like, if you are feeling down that is a good way to spend your afternoon, just looking at pictures of SWINTON. I think she’s surpassed everyone who ever was, including Cate Blanchett. Whichever BK first put that suggestion into my head gets eternal Tequila shots out of the belly buttons of any Doctor, Wolverine, or Loki they choose, forever.

        Finally, that coat of hers is so fabulous that I would risk walking up and trying to take it from her. I know that I would immediately turn into a pile of salt for committing such an outrageous act of blasphemy, but I don’t know how I could resist the temptation. Besides, “instantly turned to a pillar of salt by SWINTON’s glare” wouldn’t be the worst thing to have on one’s tombstone.

        • demidaemon

          To me, Tilda is our androgynous savior while Cate is the queen of fashion risk gone feminine.

        • formerlyAnon

          Jesus god. I was following your post perfectly well until the image of tequila shots off of Hiddleston’s lower torso. I have no fucking idea what else you might have typed.

          • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

            Sausage Friday is taken, and, well, Tequila Thursday too. Tickle Tuesday, perhaps?

          • formerlyAnon

            Seems like it’d be a hard one to organize photos around, but as a purely mental theme, I’m good with that. 🙂

        • Posts with links go into moderation for a bit but they usually get through.

      • KinoEye

        I remember these photos well, but had to look at them again. She’s so wonderful. She’s a better model than most of those silly little things who stare at the camera with their mouths open. “THAT’S how it’s done, bitches!” she says in that first photo with the crazy black beehive.

    • scurvey

      Search “Swinton Carravagio”. She was lovely in a very different way.

      • KinoEye

        Wow. The stills I found on Google are gorgeous. She is truly a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

  • MilaXX

    Simply fabulous!

  • @Biting Panda

    SWINTON makes all right with the world. Thank you, Tilda. You know, for being you.

  • Musicologie

    I’m so confused. How can this be at a film festival when there isn’t a very busy and heavily-branded backdrop behind her?

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    The coat is Haider Ackermann Menswear Fall 2014. Took some diggin’ to find that one. The little sauce pot threw us off with those Valentinos.

    • formerlyAnon

      Thank-you. I’m now fully prepared should I wake up with both height and a chunk of money some morning. I’m also vindicated to discover 30 years since my days of trying to ignore my hips out of existence so I could wear menswear – even TILDA resorts to their coats!

      • A Shiny O’Connor

        J’agree. Let’s be swellegant.

    • Kayceed

      I think he is her go-to guy and she is his muse – she has been wearing him for several years now…

      • A Shiny O’Connor

        Yep, but she’s been wearing the crap out of Valentino opera coats of late.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Thanks, Haider Ackermann is my favorite but I hadn’t looked at the menswear.

      • Gatto Nero

        I think this is only his second or third menswear collection(?).

      • A Shiny O’Connor

        It seemed a little too feminine in the print so I assumed it was women’s.

  • This is triple xxx hard core
    coat porn here.

    • Introspective

      Word. Wishing i could wear this anywhere as fabulous as the coat merits. Or even everywhere. Because fabulous.

  • She’s like an albino peacock. If you knew how much time I spend googling albino peacocks, the weight of that statement would shine through.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      Albino peacock! I’ll steal that, if I may.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      Le freak, c’est chic 😉

    • kimmeister

      The last albino animal I saw was the alligator at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in SF. It was captivating. Will have to check out peacocks.

  • bellafigura1

    I’m going to the Oscar party at Soho House London and THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO WEAR.

  • ellatheingenue

    is she a robot

  • sagecreek

    Wow. Absolute perfection.

  • Lori

    I love this as much as I hated those bird feet flip-flops from the other day, and that’s a lot.

  • Trickytrisha


  • crash1212


  • lillyvonschtupp

    All hail that is Tilda!

  • SugarSnap108

    Nothing more needs to be said. I’ll just repeat: LOVE

  • LaSylphide


  • formerlyAnon

    She seems to have decided that it’s time in her life for some lip color. Excellent decision.

    She brings me so much pleasure, what she does to/with clothes and her look. A woman my age who projects stone cold cool as I thought Marianne Faithful, David Bowie & Grace Jones did when I was in my teens and 20s. (Patti Smith didn’t project. She was the real deal & both more and less impressive for it.)

    • Trent

      Patti Smith is STILL the real deal (saw her perform recently and she hasn’t lost a trick). And could not agree with you more regarding Marianne, Bowie and Grace…and now SWINTON!

      • formerlyAnon

        Yes. Patti Smith. She’s always been too real to fit into a consistent “cool” persona. And therefore been more than that, always.

  • Belvane

    That FACE. Get the thousand ships ready for launch.

  • shaziz

    NO ONE serves up fashion forward REALNESS like MS TS. But i”m going to go out on a limb- a sinewy fashion limb and SAY it: I want her in a touch of mascara. JUST A TOUCH. Ok- Slaughter me now….

    • alyce1213

      I’d like to see that. Soft brown or grey might be nice, very subtle. We can both duck and cover for this sacrilege.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        There will be 3 of us huddling together for shelter from the slings and arrows…

  • YoungSally

    That is coat porn!

  • AvaLehra

    That’s it. I’m cutting my hair again.

  • pugluv


  • Pennymac


  • alyce1213

    That coat is the stuff that fashion dreams are made of. Sigh.
    She’s so amazing.

  • River


  • homofascist

    The only thing that could make this more perfect would be if the words ‘Be Me’ were spray painted on the back wall. She could at LEAST do that for our fabulous gay uncles…

  • Therese Bohn

    I love Tildy!

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    I feel so inadequate.

  • demidaemon

    Perfectly hemmed pants, finally. Now, it is time to truly bow.

  • How do I get the Lynchian hair flip? I covet everything about this look. COVET.

    • quiltrx

      In an ideal world, we could ALL have Lynchian hair!

  • VicD


  • OffToSeeHim

    Is this a photo shoot? It can’t just be a red carpet snap, can it? WORSHIP!!

  • quiltrx

    Coat porn, and super-fabulous in every possible direction!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Jesus God, she is perfect. But I’d still cut her for that coat.

  • Dagney

    Dear god. GIVE ME that coat!!!

  • roche

    Wow, she looks flawless. And she knows it. Look at her smile: she’s like the cat who ate the canary.

  • Jacob Bowen

    That little smirk SCREAMS “Be Me”! Damn. SWINTON.

  • marlie

    I don’t have the words for how exquisite I think SWINTON looks. LOVE THIS.

  • flamingoNW

    Absolute perfection

  • H2olovngrl

    This bitch is exquisite.

  • Tarquin


  • decormaven

    Who designed the coat? We need details! Gorgeous, gorgeous. Thank you for posting.

    • tallgirl1204

      Yes– is it something we normal folk could ever aspire to own? This is beyond coat porn and into coat cocaine. Empirically beautiful (not just because she is wearing it– look at that fabric!)– wearable by mere mortals but made by transcendant by the shoulders of a goddess.

    • Gatto Nero

      Someone earlier in the thread said Haider Ackermann menswear Fall 2014.

      • decormaven

        Ooh! Love, love love the collection. Thanks!

        • Gatto Nero

          It is fabulous, isn’t it?

  • Jessica Freeman

    Need that coat. She looks lovely. I like her hair a lot.

    • Ediths_Head

      I just got this haircut (really!). However, I did not get the outfit to go with it and I’m just not serving this up, I’m afraid.

      • Jessica Freeman

        As I am sure I have said plenty of times on this site, I have really short hair like Halle Berry and try to do her tousled look and its bad. So very bad.

  • Danielle

    Why Miss Swinton, is that a bit of thigh I spy? You saucy minx.

  • Gatto Nero

    I want that coat. And I want to look like her wearing it.

  • Diego!

    Pic #2 has too much light filter but she looks AMAZING! As always!

  • GorgeousThings

    What I particularly love is that in the full length shot, she looks like she’s about to start laughing.

  • Patrick Cleary

    The coat is to die for, but the pants, with the stripe, look a little sweatsuit-like.

  • mjude


  • Eve Farren Farber

    i guess. elegant lounging pjs?

  • paintedfish

    lovelovelove the coat

  • Michelle Gennari

    She is fantastic in so many ways. I just love, love, love that hair!!!!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    You know, I’m one of those weirdos who’s just never a fan of The Swinton, practically never. But I LOVE this! She finally won me over, head to toe! Love the hair, the makeup, the whole outfit, the shoes – every bit!

  • Lilithcat

    Are you sure that’s Tilda? I mean, I can see her shoes.

    • formerlyAnon

      Ha. 😀

  • Stella Zawistowski


    • Gatto Nero

      That broad magenta stripe is the perfect flash of color for this black-and-white look.

  • Gatto Nero

    Wow. Speechless.
    Though I love her usual bare eye look.

  • CatherineRhodes

    She has feet!

  • Aidan B

    God, she is perfection.

  • Claudia Berry

    Can I be her in my next life? Or Helen Mirren. Either one would do 😀

  • Daktari100

    So true. I love everything about this.

  • traceyishere


  • boldprint

    she is a painting. just flawless.

  • Bethany Fairbrother

    That coat is “to die for”!

  • 8 feet tall. Gorgeous.

  • merrigator

    She needs to win some kind of award for this.

  • PeaceBang

    Conan O’Brien.

  • enchanted216

    THIS is style. LOVE and ADORE!