Tilda Swinton in Valentino Couture at the “Only Lovers Left Alive” Screening

Posted on March 11, 2014

Long time kittens know we’re always up for a good Tilda-ing, but well…

Tilda Swinton attends the screening of “Only Lovers Left Alive” in Los Angeles, California in Valentino.

Valentino Spring 2014 Couture Collection


Not even she can make us love that much craft store fringe. This looks like something you drape on a lectern in a church. Not that we think it’s a practical look for the real world, but the runway styling works so much better here. We’re thinking this is not a jacket that should be worn closed, nor should it be paired with a matching skirt shaped like that. Tilda’s first instinct is to go for the more extreme version of a look, but these pieces need softening in their styling.

And the shoes are kind of disappointingly standard. Tsk.


[Photo Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty Images, IMAXtree]

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  • But the hair is giving me LIFE.. 🙂

    • MarissaLG

      I came here to say just that! The hair is amazing. Every gay boy in NY/LA WISHES.

  • Didn’t love the version Blanchette wore, don’t love this. When something is beyond phD level dress-wearers, it should probably be retired. Good hair though.

    • @Biting Panda

      I’m surprised she wore something so similar to her Sister Goddess.

      • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

        They should have a fringe-off: it won’t be pretty, but the world will implode due to the fierceness overload.

        And I want them to do a remake of “What ever happened to Baby Jane?”.

        • Dam_Angel

          Imagine how good she would have looked in the long coat version glimpsed on the runway. Paired with a black ensemble.

    • kmk05

      The one Cate wore was a little more elaborate, and the craft raffia curtain vibe was slightly more curtailed than it is here. This one is just… The lines across the fabric only make it worse. It doesn’t help that it is the same colour as her hair.

      Cannot agree more that if the Swinton cannot wear it, it should be burned. This one will burn easily, too.

  • ushoda

    probably she’s in disguise…. dressing herself bad so she can’t get recognized as the Fashion Alien Godess she is

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      This is her version of “going incognito”. But she can’t hide that attitude.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I just can’t sign off on that fringe. Having a sad.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I dearly hope it isn’t a trend!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        One hopes not.

  • @Biting Panda

    Oatmeal SWINTON gives me a bummer.

    • kimmeister

      Well, if she was trying to make her irises and lips stand out, she succeeded, since they’re the only things that are visible in that oatmeal desert.

    • rhymeswithorange

      It reminds me of wheat.

  • Introspective

    Etsy fringe. Boxy silhouette from top to bottom in fabric that matches your skintone. Snooze on the footwear.

    Hate to say it but she phoned this one in.

  • gayle

    It is a lot but for the most part she is pulling it off i think, but when it comes to Tilda I am completely biased to at least like what she wears.

  • jw_ny

    If she laid down on the floor, she’d disappear.

  • Sarah

    Beige SerapeSwinton is uninspired. Bring back FierceSwinton!

  • Anna

    Love the hair, I’ll just chalk up the fringed, two-piece burlap sack to an off day. I guess even Tilda has them sometimes.

    • eandh99

      the Hiddles is in Toronto doing a del Toro film with Jessica Chastain. what I hate about this outfit is the way the two sides of the jacket and the skirt don’t quite line up.

      • Anna

        OMG, I know. I just about died when I heard that was filming here. I still haven’t gotten over the time I saw him during TIFF.

        And YES re: the two sides of jacket and the skirt not lining up, that really bugs my eyes.

  • I’m so glad T-Lo explained why the runway look is so much better. I looked at it and thought that while I hate sheer lace, I’d have rather seen Tilda in it than in that severe skirt. It’s just overall boring, bland and crafty. Sigh.

  • MoHub

    This looks very much like some of the rattan creations from last week’s Under the Gunn.

  • shirab

    Sheaf of wheat.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I do love the style of her hair though.

    • Alyssa

      Me too…makes me want to chop mine back off. Alas, I will not spend the time to fix it ala SWINTON, so I shall resist the urge.

      • Jessica Freeman

        I have said many times, I have the short hair, and you think you can pull of styles like that until you’re grocery shopping and realize, everyone is just looking at you crazy because you are not Tilda.

        • Alyssa

          I’m currently growing out my short pixie, which I loved, but needed a change. People did look at me strangely when I would do anything socially unconventional with it (like spiking pieces of it up!). But they also looked at me funny when I dyed it hot pink. I gave up caring what people think many years ago. 🙂

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Not caring what others think of you is so freeing. That said, I know that I could never rock Tilda’s hair style,so I will cede it to her, and carry on with my bob.

  • NBG

    She’s the Real Lamp Shad-y in this.

  • Tanya Wade

    Say what you will about the poncho and shoes, but the profile and hair are serving.

  • MilaXX

    Didn’t Cate also try to make this Pocahontas dress work? I love Tilda but she’s just a giant column of beige in this get up.

    • Pennymac

      Its the beige-ness makes me sad, not the fringe.

    • KinoEye

      BEIGE, of all the non-colors. In addition to the beige nightmare I mentioned in a different comment, I once had a dream where a friend called me “beige” as an insult. It was weirdly hurtful, probably because beige is just so blah. Even the word sounds sad and neutral.

      • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

        Even the word “beige” is very beige.

  • Karen Belgrad

    It’s a valance… An ode to Carol Burnett, right?

  • Nancer

    The hair, the skin, the clothing, the shoes – everything matches! If the wall were the same color, we would have a hard time seeing her….

  • lynnlee

    She looks like a stalk of wheat.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I prefer my Tilda in pants.

  • Mothra

    It is all too matchy matchy right down to the color of her hair.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Her hair is magnificent, but that isn’t enough to save us from the beige.

  • She’s trolling you, Uncles.

  • Judy_J

    “something you drape on a lectern in a church”……you guys are priceless!

    • Becky Ardell Downs

      as an ordained clergy person, I just gotta say that our lectern cloths are way cuter than this.

  • StellaZafella

    Sleeves need to fall to the first knuckle. Jacket can be closed. Wearing slacks… That is all.

  • KinoEye

    Head-to-toe beige, Tilda? Really? I once had a nightmare about beige. You’re too fabulous for beige. The word itself makes my mood plummet.

  • cocohall

    In the runway photo you can see a model to the left in a full length version of this jacket and I wish she had chosen that instead, with a pant and top, worn open. It still would have been something perhaps only the Wheat Grower’s Council could really get behind, but the stiffness of the fabric would have been mitigated by the length. Still I applaud Miss T because she takes the risk and confronts our ideas of what is beautiful. So small claps, but no, I don’t want this in my closet.

  • marlie

    I’m the most disappointed about the shoes. Tilda’s hair looks pretty cool, and I’d be ok with the jacket as-is if the bottom were different. But it’s still Tilda, and she’s still amazing.

  • CupcakeTrudy

    This has the look of one of a custom made, 60’s suit from my fabulous grandmother’s cedar-closet. She would have worn this look head-to-toe. Albeit, with a wig, even fuller and more bouffant than Tilda’s do. Of course, she would have had a matching handbag and gloves and a hat. She was a lady, of course.
    In that sense, I can’t hate.

    But, lets me honest, this isn’t working for Tilda. It’s straddling the line between high-concept and frumpy and coming down on the side of the later. It might have taken something as simple as a different shoe. And TLo’s suggestion of opening the jacket. But, as is, it’s not working. And for the record, I’m one of the few, apparently, who liked Blanchette’s gown from the same collection.

  • LilyVanessi

    I started to think, maybe if she wore this or that instead, and then I realized – it just can’t be saved. The skirt by itself might not be so bad (with the right top and definitely different shoes) but there’s no hope for that jacket.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      The jacket is sad. I’ll be at a Jo-ann Fabric later today, and will weep silently knowing that Valentino went slumming there for this fringe.

  • Kitten Mittons

    Definitely not her best look. Still, I can’t help feeling like she makes this work to a much higher degree than anyone else ever could.

  • MW

    If even Tilda cannot make the one-(non)-colour-column thing work everyone should finally realise that this trend must DIE.

  • Danielle

    Speaking of, where is this venue? In a church basement?!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      In a church basement with the industrial size can of cream of mushroom soup and a lovely jello salad in the fridge!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Cream of Mushroom soup to be used to make industrial-sized casseroles.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Indeed it did-white casseroles, filled with pale veggies and other mysterious foodstuffs

          • Kitten Mittons

            I’m gonna guess ground meat and egg noodles are in there as well. Comes out all one mysterious beige-y color?
            Remind you of anything else??

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        Is the jello served on a bed of slightly brown shredded lettuce? If so, I’ll take two!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Would it be served any other way ;))?

          • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

            I have attended functions where the jello is all alone in a bowl, but there is just something about the lettuce that lets me know I’m in a house of God.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            It’s the lettuce AND the industrial size coffee urn perking merrily away. We once had a poster in our church lounge that described coffee hour as “the third sacrament”

          • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

            Ain’t no party like a Methodist party cause a Methodist party don’t stop! Hey! Ho! Hey! Ho!

    • formerlyAnon

      Yeah, I think those are sandstone tiles but they sure look like church basement linoleum, don’t they?

  • formerlyAnon

    That is lovely fabric. The hair throws shade on the Thin White Duke at his very best. She has absolutely beautiful bones.

    Just about everything else is disappointing.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Is there still time in the world for Bowie and Swinton to be in a film together, or would that be too much wierd(in the best way) fabulosity?

      • KinoEye

        Didn’t she play Bowie at one point? Or was selected to play him in some upcoming project? Maybe I had a wonderful dream, but she is ideal casting for Bowie. If it were me, I wouldn’t make the movie if I couldn’t get her.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’d have to check Swinton’s IMdB page to see if she ever played Bowie, but they are definitely in my fantasy film.

        • Gatto Nero

          They were in one of his music videos together, after the release of his last album.

      • formerlyAnon

        She mentions him in an interview out this week on the Daily Beast website. How when she was a weird looking early teen she took comfort in his looks because they were like hers.

        As to a movie, I’d LOVE to see them in a very quiet movie about aging – or at least featuring two people who in the movie are actually older than either of them are (53 & 67, per wikipedia). They have the bones to look really good, even with sagging skin and age spots, it’d smooth over the problem audiences have with realistically unglamorous leading actors.

        I’d really like the characters to be between early 70s and late 80s. Either as two friends, or siblings, or even father-daughter. I imagine a quiet movie with lots of emotional moments around processing one’s life as one or both move into their final decade – but I’d settle for a buddy heist movie, as long as the characters have to confront some of the issues of age realistically. My only qualm is I don’t know if his acting chops are up to the movie I’m imagining.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          To me both Swinton and Bowie have an almost ageless quality to them.

  • Roz

    She personifies a Golden Retriever who assumed human form right after eating the tube of Girl Scout cookies you left on the counter. She feels bad but not that bad. Because she knows you will love her anyway.

  • Aurora Leigh

    “This looks like something you drape on a lectern in a church”–LOVE

  • Cousin_Rose

    Who cares about the outfit people? Tilda is playing a VAMPIRE with Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska! How have I not heard about this movie until today?

  • Carolyne

    She looks fabulous from about the breast bone up, but boy oh by, that fringe….

  • Runway yes…This NO!

  • Eric Stott

    Wrong color for her- maybe if it had a pattern.

  • Sofia

    that closeup! warm, peaceful, perfect tones of honey…flawless

  • Trickytrisha

    Our Supreme Goddess of Straw and Hay.

  • She looks like a snack wrap.

  • appliquer

    A rare miss for the queen.

  • Gatto Nero

    Agree with the uncles.
    Both pieces are too voluminous; with the jacket closed and nothing to break up that expanse of monochrome textile, she looks swaddled. The proportions are off — you’d never know there was a sylph underneath all that fabric.
    As styled on the model — open, with a slender column underneath — the jacket works much better.
    I like the color on her, but I don’t think the garments photograph very well.

  • tallgirl1204

    There is a lovely pastor I know who would totally rock this beige shapeless look, with the fringy twist– but I’m pretty sure that Tilda was not going for “beige, shapeless lady minister.”

  • TLJezebel

    Is tablecloth fringe the new thing?

  • Akemi

    God, I love her, and I am fascinated that she is literally all one color here, but that fringe is making me WEEP.

  • Susan Velazquez

    You know my mother has that table cloth in that exact pattern and color.

  • Qitkat

    It’s a beautiful collar.
    She has great posture.
    She isn’t ashamed of her hands.
    There is color on her lips.
    She has inner peace.

    It’s just fabric.

  • icm

    The jacket does look much nicer as a stand alone piece on the model. I believe Tilda is wearing the same shoes as the model.

  • aahlife

    I am intrigued by what is happening with her hair, wish there was a view from the back.

  • Paula Pertile

    That makes me sad.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    I saw Only Lovers Left Alive the other night and she was just perfection in every way. It was such a beautiful film.

  • Ashleigh

    hmmmm… I tend to disagree. I like her extreme take -including the matchy shoe – and the fringe adds a little touch of looseness to it. In my opinion.

  • d4divine

    If this is as bad as Tilda gets…she’s still queen in my book.

  • melanie0866

    She looks like the couch that was in my great-grandmother’s front room.

  • EEKstl

    When both Sartorial Goddesses Tilda and Cate can’t make this work, I think it’s time to throw in the (dish)towel.

  • alyce1213

    Disappointing and too monochromatic. I’d ditch everything else and keep the shoes — they’re ostrich and therefore, not really standard.

    • Synnae

      I’d keep the shoes too, they are good basic but still interesting pump.

  • LaSylphide

    Agree the jacket is better open, but I love the fringe (any fringe, actually). That skirt is an awful shape (as in, what shape?); definitely better on the model with the skinny pants. But I do do think that color is beautiful, and flattering for her.

  • teensmom99

    So that’s what happened to the wall paper in the dining room of my childhood home.

  • Synnae

    It sucks on Tilda, it sucks on Cate. The Valentino designers better start rethinking their career choice. Like right now!

  • KT

    Why are fashion goddesses Tilda and Cate attracted to these weird beige blanket interpretations? This is not the look.

  • julnyes

    I’m just going to focus on that lovely hair and pop of color on her lip and pretend she is floating in a beige sea on some alien world.

  • lalahartma

    I like.

  • Sara__B

    This reminds me of horse blankets, except horse blankets have colors and patterns.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    The title of this movie – does it mean Only Lovers (are) Left Alive (as in, everyone hook up QUICK!)? Or (These are the) Only Lovers Left Alive (as in, the rest of ya’ll are toast)?

  • allcapsERINN

    I’m digging the head-to-toe monotone on her, though.

  • Aidan B

    *needle scratch* …whut? Oh Tilda, I am disappointed. Perhaps you’re only human after all.

  • peachy

    well that was a let down. tilda, yay! followed by tilda, no!

  • lillyvonschtupp

    Oh please, its TILDA!

    But she should’ve sported the runway look,

  • e jerry powell

    I cannot fault her, though. I fault the label.

  • Where does her skin end and the tablecloth begin? I love me some Tilda but this is no bueno.

  • SophieB210

    On the other hand she reminds me of Mrs. Babcock, my super-stern second grade teacher. She always looked stylish even though it was 1976 and the double knit was inescapable.

  • elemspbee

    I’d take it all without the fringe, please. Love the hair!

  • DeTrop

    Everyone’s entitled to one mistake. She’s a very courageous woman.