Tilda Swinton in New York City

Posted on June 16, 2014

Tilda does “sweatpants and sneakers” better than you. Better than anyone. Because Tilda is a style goddess.

Tilda-Swinton-NYC-GOTS-BWESB-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Tilda Swinton (pictured with boyfriend Sandro Kopp) seen leaving The Bowery Hotel in New York City. They’re both wearing BucketFeet shoes. 

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We are ready to serve as Vestal Not-So-Virgins at the Temple of Tilda, Goddess of Style. Bow down, bitches. She is a creamy, cool confection.

Seriously, she’s making even something as simple and humble as this into a head-turning look. It ain’t no bullshit when fashion people fall all over her. She’s got some serious style chops.

Let’s all design a temple for Tilda. We’re thinking minimalist in style, with occasional shocking and unexpected flourishes. Also: a giant marble statue. And a gift shop, of course.




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  • Chickadeep

    Temple of Tilda gift shop? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!

    • Lucía Gavello

      Can I buy a bearded man-toy???

      • Eric Stott

        He’s pretty fabulous too

  • I like boyfriend’s shoes. Tilda has her shit together in ways I cannot begin to comprehend.

    • Sarah

      Yes to the shoes, and yes to Tilda’s sunglasses. So fierce.

      • kimmeister

        Her sunglasses are my favorite thing about this whole picture series.

      • FancyPhilly

        So where do these shoes fit on the cultural appropriation scale?

        • Sarah

          Don’t really know. They don’t offend ME, if that’s what you’re asking.

        • Lucía Gavello

          Well, he is of New Zealand descent and the print certainly looks Maori so… he gets a pass?

          • Heather

            The print is actually Marquesan-ish.

          • Lucía Gavello

            You are absolutely right, I wasn’t familiar with Marquesan designs. I googled some early drawings of Marquesan men, the tattoos are breathtaking!

          • FancyPhilly

            I never know where to fall/think when it comes to these things to be honest. The print on these looked like Haida art to me (but I live on Canada’s west coast on an island so that is my excuse). I’m never sure where the line is from honoring something (I have Haida art in my home) and appropriating something.

      • Lucía Gavello

        My first thought was OMG WANT, and then I realised how they would look on me… *sigh*

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      And she has the hot boyfriend to go with….bowing down to her fabulousness.

      • It’s the hot boyfriend to go out with and the husband at home that I particularly admire.

        • kimmeister


          • fursa_saida

            Polyamory, baby!

          • I don’t know if it is still as reported (or ever was) but at one point apparently she and her husband were living together raising their kids, but she would travel with Sandro.

          • J. Preposterice

            she’s said in interviews that it wasn’t ever that way — basically the press was making assumptions because she & her ex-husband have a good co-parenting relationship, don’t hate each other, and he picked her & her boyfriend up at the airport once.

          • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

            Wow. Of course, Ms. Swinton would be able to stay friends with her kids father AND have her new guy be fine with being around him. I would love to be her in another life.

          • J. Preposterice

            right? it’s almost like she and her partner/former partner are emotionally mature adults!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Wow-now I have my hands full with just the husband at home….

        • FibonacciSequins

          Right? Tilda has magical powers. I think I read not long ago that her husband is in another relationship now, living near her village.

      • Julie Parr

        Hot boyfriend = almost 20 years younger. Delicious.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Tilda really can do anything!

  • TinyDynamo

    THAT is a perfect how and when to do casual. AMEN!

  • Jennifer Bober

    Damn!! That woman is a walking inferiority complex for the rest of us!!!

  • Courtenay P

    she woke up like this

  • Hysterectomypants

    Look at all the people staring as she goes by. I am 100% certain that she would not have to be famous or an actress for that to happen. I imagine her just leaving a wake of dumbstruck humans behind her wherever she walks.

    • Oekmama

      That’s exactly what I hought too!

  • Kent Roby

    I often want to sob when I see her, like I do when seeing a great work of art or brilliant theater.

    • Kate Andrews

      That one girl standing behind Tilda in the third picture looks like she swallowed a canary! As would I, if I ever ran into Her Coolness.

      • Little_Olive

        Her Coolness! Perfect. I’ll be stealing that now.

  • leahpapa

    Compulsory naysayer here: That jacket moves with all the ease of a lead apron. Not really working for me. But the consistency of her style/image is hard to impugn.

    • ConnieBV

      Yeah, the coat doesn’t work for me, but I do love her shoes. And her man.

    • Kimbolina

      I kind of have to agree with you. Plus the outfit underneath looks like something you’d wear if you joined some new-agey hippie cult. The only reason why it doesn’t look AWFUL is because of the magic of Tilda.

  • Wendi126

    Well hello Sandro…

  • LadyVimes

    I will gladly pay tribute to the alter of Tilda, Goddess of Style. Do those of us acolytes lacking the virginousness wear red robes?

    • ashtangajunkie

      I think we should wear a scarlet TLo.

  • Thomas

    Does Tilda not sweat?

    • LadyVimes

      Only we mortals sweat.

    • Gatto Nero

      It has been cool in the US Northeast this spring.

      • Thomas

        I know. I live in the Northeast, but depending on which day these photos were taken, it could have been really warm. Saturday was only in the 60s, but it’s been in the 80s since then, at least Upstate.

  • tallgirl1204

    oooh. I am going to dissent, and I’m quite frightened to do so. The coat looks both too large and the sleeves are too short. I was flashing back to 8th grade, the year I grew 8 inches. Loving the bf’s shoes, though.

    • BayTampaBay

      tallgirl…girlfriend….I agree! I do not think she looks that great. It is so good to know I am not alone.

    • Starts with K

      I’m afraid to say I’m not in love with this look, either. It’s the shoes I really don’t get. They look like something I bought at Payless Shoes back in the 8th grade.
      I also agree with you about the bf’s shoes. The print on them is fantastic.

  • Wink

    All is forgiven regarding last week’s “saddle bag” dress. She’s back on track.

  • Chireader

    And the mirrored sunglass lenses only add to her otherworldliness….love the gaze in photo #2

  • frannyprof

    I want to be her, do her and be her *while* doing her.

  • MilaXX

    I am coveting both her and her companion’s sneakers.

    • Kate Andrews

      No kidding. I have a pair of printed sneakers like that, but they’re already dirty.

  • Frank_821

    I thought we already discussed Tilda being the head of the church of Fuckinfantasticka?. Should there be an absolutely divine (and avant garde) temple there already? 😛

    • FuhUgh

      As long as Dame Helen can be the patron saint.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I”m picturing a diptych with Tilda and Dame Helen-that way they can have equal billing. We BK’s can be the minions at their feet.

        • Chickadeep

          Bowie, of course, completes the Holy Trinity.

          • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

            Don’t forget to add the cray cray Helena Bonham-Carter to that group.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Perfect, and we’ll make it a triptych altar with our Fashion Holy Trinity. Smaller side altars will pay tribute to other favs, such as Helena Bonham Carter, Lupita and Fan BingBing. It’s going to be tres soignee

          • Chickadeep

            I am picturing a lovely stained glass window featuring St. Kiernan of BabyWERQs in a *darling* outfit.

            And a creepy altar in the basement featuring an upside-down picture of Lena Dunham, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus (without a single pair of pants between them), surrounded by candles and cryptic symbols, and guarded by a heavily armed (and nattily dressed) Tim Gunn.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            that trio is unfamiliar with the concept of pants! Would our Tim be weeping as well as nattily dressed and armed?

          • Chickadeep

            He would be wearing an impeccable, seasonally appropriate suit and an expression of grim fortitude and determination, knowing he is all that stands between us and the Stylepocalypse. He has seen Stella McCartney’s latest resort collection and recognizes it as a sign of impending doom.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Mr. Gunn has seen the signs of doom, and will stand fast.

  • Kristi Mitchell

    I get that in some parts of the country its still a little cool out, but It is over 100+ degrees in AZ. It’s so freaking hot that even looking at a photo of someone in a jacket outside right now now makes me want to burst into flames.

    • Glam Dixie

      I am dying of heat stroke here in VA too and I thought the exact same thing. Needed to do more chores outside but had to take an inside break first. Gah, she’s making me hot and not in a good way. She looks great though.

  • Kate Andrews

    Man! Can you tell me where to find those sweat pants? They are gorgeous.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Absurdly awesome.

  • Daisy Walker

    Does she walk without moving her arms or is it a visual trick of photography? Also, does she even touch the ground or simply hovers slightly above the earth?

  • Anna

    Take me to your home planet, Tilda!

  • Oekmama

    They look like they’ve just dailed into the matrix!

  • suzq

    Those don’t look like sweat pants to me. They look like plain, cotton pants. She appears to be wearing a long sleeved shirt with a mandarin collar with them. That fold crease in the pants looks a little too crisp for it to be traditional sweat pants material. I wonder if the outfit would be as fabulous if she didn’t have the trench over it. That trench is pretty fantastic. She could wear it with nothing underneath, really. She’s in the Bowery, after all.

  • Diane Iafrate

    she makes it look so easy…..sigh.

  • Glammie

    Terrific. Love the way the all-in-dark boyfriend offsets her pale look. Now, that’s good styling.

  • colleenjanel

    I think I’m the lone non-disciple. I don’t get it. But I frequently don’t get it when it comes to Tilda.

    All I see is brand new canvas paint tarp.

    • Glam Dixie

      That sounds like me with Lupita half of the time. I don’t always get it. She doesn’t look amazing or anything, but for strolling down the street in sweats, she looks pretty major (thanks Rachel Zoe).

    • Myra Amler

      I usually don’t get her either. You are not alone.

    • Wink

      “Brand new canvas paint tarp.” Too funny!

    • Terri Terri

      I’m with you.

    • Lulu

      Another in the don’t-get-it camp, I always think I’m seeing a vintage shot of David Bowie in his Thin White Duke days. When was this taken? It’s been over 80 here the last few days, I’d be sweltering draped in a paint tarp.

  • MissFern

    He is dirty hot.

    • Mr. J.

      Say it, Miss Fern. Say it.

  • robin-m

    Love the coat. And the boyfriend, although his beard needs a wee trim. However, based on the tribal Vans and leather thong necklace, he doesn’t have T’s inherent ability to accessorize. Maybe she will rub off on him.

  • Valdri8

    All the muster be in the duster

  • Shawn EH

    The temple can’t have any things on places! No things! On places! And the door knobs must be perfect!

    • JR Labrador

      No door knobs. The bronze doors will automatically open, provided that you’ve been deemed sufficiently fabulous.

      • Shawn EH

        Dammit! I’ll be amongst the faceless masses huddled outside!

  • random_poster

    Her shoes are completely atrocious. I like the coat in motion.

  • mjude

    bowing the fuck down. oh I am so in line at the gift store!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    As if we needed more proof of Tilda’s stature as a fashion/style icon, this is it. On mere mortals this would be meh (or on moi, it would be sloppy). She rules.

  • I will just resign myself into believing that Tilda created Sandro in her hydroponic incubator – the one you can buy to grow handsome European-type men of tall stature, devil-may-care hair and sexy beards.

    • Shelby

      …. and how can we get access to said machine??

      • At the Handsome European-Type Men of Tall Stature, Devil-May-Care Hair and Sexy Beard Shoppe located in the mall on the planet Tilda lives on.

    • Gatto Nero

      For sale in the gift shop?

  • Synnae

    Aargh. She is one of the very few who just has “it”. So annoying. On anybody else this would look like total crap. Not fair…

    BTW Sandro is turning into the perfect hipster accessory. Yummy.

  • elemspbee

    and her spaceship, claro que si!

  • Danielle

    Those sunglasses *grabby hands*

  • Lilah

    I’m so shopping at that gift shop.

  • fursa_saida

    I just saw Only Lovers Left Alive yesterday, and I’m so taken aback by the sight of her without that massive mane of creamy white hair. She looks so different, though the outfit isn’t actually that far off.

    This is glorious android hospital chic and I wish to god I could wear it.

  • Gatto Nero

    That coat. Those sunglasses. Her serene gaze. That gorgeous companion.

  • nannypoo

    She looks fabulous and so does her hot friend.

  • FibonacciSequins

    She’s an alien from a chic, rarefied planet. It’s the only explanation.

  • madge

    Is it me, or does her boyfriend look like hipstery Khal Drogo?

    • Coolekat

      Definitely got the same big bad boy vibe

  • Call me Bee

    Wait–Tilda has a boyfriend??!?!

    • Gatto Nero

      For several years now.

    • bellafigura1

      Tilda has a boyfriend and a husband, and they all live together.

      Also, simple? No. Sweatpants? Very no.

      • formerlyAnon

        Though it always seems sensationalized to me. (And I think husband’s now moved out, but nearby with a new partner) They (she and significantly older ex-partner/husband) have kids who are now 16 or 17 -ish and the house looks plenty big in photos. It might be as polyamorous as gossip hinted, or I always figured, simply convenient.

  • She consistently blows my mind. I have almost never seen her in a piece that I would look at anywhere else – on a rack, or a model – and think “yes.” Most of my style icons are my style icons because they reflect what I’ve already, for the most part, defined as my own personal taste. And while I never associate Tilda with pieces that I identify with (or sometimes even with things I find remotely aesthetically pleasing) I STILL THINK SHE’S A FLAWLESS ALIEN QUEEN GODDESS. That’s power, amirite?

  • snarkykitten

    Boyfran looks like Boris the Animal *flees from BK rage*

    • formerlyAnon

      That comparison hadn’t occurred to me, but I won’t stone you. He does less than nothing for me.

  • marlie

    That face. That hair. Those shades. That jacket. Where do I sign up to be an acolyte at the Temple to Tilda?

  • quiltrx

    If the temple can have attendants like her fella there, in major states of undress, count me in.

  • e jerry powell

    That man is one of the ultimate accessories, too.

    I just fell out between the two of them. May Tilda draw sustenance from my unworthy flesh. Or at least accept it for burnt offerings.

  • formerlyAnon

    Things I like about Ms. Swinton: 1) She is a clothes-wearing goddess. 2) The father of her children is 20-ish years older than she is. 3) Her boyfriend/partner of near-ten years is 18-ish years younger than she is. 4) She has never felt the need to explain the details of her domestic arrangements to the public. 5) As far as can be discerned from the distant view of a stranger, both parents have been involved with the children and all three adults have worked out a way to live their lives without public drama. 6) She seems to have plenty of serious interests outside of acting and/or being a public figure. 7) She is as near to my own age as makes no difference.

    • Columbinia

      8) She went to school with Diana, Princess of Wales.

      • formerlyAnon

        I learn *so much* on this blog! Never knew that.

  • uprightcitizen

    Want the BF’s Maori-looking shoes so badly. In San Diego, I wear some variation of a Vans slip-on about half the year, and those would be awesome to add to my collection.

    • NBG

      I agree, those shoes are awesome.

  • PumpkintheCat

    We are not worthy.

  • Columbinia

    I do bow down. I can’t make anything look as good as Tilda Swinton looks here. And I’m baffled as to how someone of such seeming substance and seriousness can make putting on a coat and shoes over her pajamas looks so glorious. Unless she sold her soul to the devil in exchange for this special power.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Could we have a moment to think about the glory of Tilda’s boyfriend, too? Talk about the perfect accessory. He’s even better than Tilda’s sunglasses, which are themselves extraordinary.

  • Jess Collett

    You may not be stylish when you arrive at the Temple of Tilda, but you will be when you leave.

  • Kim Elmore

    How f’ing cold is it right now in NYC???

    • sweetlilvoice

      I was wondering that too…..Taylor is practically naked and Tilda is all covered up. Also, Tilda is a classy dame.

    • julnyes

      The temperature is pretty varied right now, but everything she is wearing appears to be pretty lightweight.

  • Jecca2244

    not related to fashion, but i didn’t realize until i just googled her that she has 17 year old twins.

    • formerlyAnon

      I know, a wonderful job has been done keeping their lives out of media view.

  • MoHub

    She has rendered me speechless. There is nothing to say beyond “All hail the Swinton!”

  • Patrick Cleary

    I love that she can throw a trenchcoat over a sweatsuit and be fabulous.

  • nomnom

    I like that she did not force her partner to dress up to her standards.

  • Miss wks

    Holy shit…that Sandro! What a gorgeous couple they make.

  • LeelaST

    To die. They look straight out of a sci-fi film.

  • Clere Norrey

    Oh, SANDRO.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Who’s the guy who needs a shampoo?

    • kategs

      and a shave!

  • Ruby_Red

    Actually, I want the guy’s shoes. They are awesome.

  • Joy

    Pretty sure she can see my soul with those glasses.

  • JynxTheCat

    She is divine HE is DELICIOUS