Tilda Swinton in Schiaparelli at the “Snowpiercer” Premiere

Posted on June 12, 2014

This is gorgeous, but a little surprising.


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It’s so matchy and flouncy and rich in color that we wouldn’t have pegged it as a possible Swinton dress had we seen it on its own. The fabric is beautiful, but we really can’t see how the shape works for her – or anyone, for that matter. It’s SO heavy-looking. And that’s another thing that surprises us. We didn’t think Tilda was the celebu-type to suffer through a too-heavy outfit at the wrong time of the year. That’s the move of someone trying to stay up on the latest trends, but she never struck us as the type. And the fit’s kind of weird. Then again, this is shaped so oddly that it’s hard to tell how it’s supposed to fit. Those  knotted flounces are just awful and they pull the fabric in too many different directions.

And the powder blue shoes are so basic they make us cry a little. Tilda? You couldn’t go for, say a pale pink or something? It still would’ve been matchy, but not so obviously.

Normally, when Tilda wears something we don’t like, we tend to focus on our own disappointment, but this look, while awkward, doesn’t make us upset. It’s dramatic in the Swinton mode, which is what we expect from her. It’s just too heavy and awkward to work well.




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  • RussellH88

    Tilda Swinton never makes a mistake, it’s just an intentional misstep in order to try to distract us from the fact that she is a Perfect Immortal Being.

    • Kate Andrews

      She’s trying to make us all feel better for not measuring up. I agree.

    • Chickadeep

      True! She is, by definition, infallible. The Pope of Fashion, as it were.

  • @Biting Panda

    SWINTON has to deepen her cover. She knows that we knows that she is not of this world. So she’s having to flounce it up in order to appear flawed, aka, human. Well played Alien Goddess, I almost believe you are just another actress with a fashion complex.

    • Kent Roby

      Yes, this! While SWIN-TON 3000 has been careful to apply her extaordinary human mask whenever she steps out of her pod, she realized that BK’s were giving her away as a creature that is not of this world, hence this attempt to retain her cover.

    • SugarSnap108

      This makes so much sense. She thought, “How would the female human demonstrate flawed judgment?” The answer: Place large pieces of knotted fabric on both hips. (It’s easier than dating Sean Penn.)

  • lundibleu

    I wonder if this would look so heavy if the two bows/flounces/pockets/shopping bags were not attached to the sides. It might then look a little sleeker and less weighed down.

    That aside, I’ve gotten so used to seeing Tilda in long coats/trousers/suits that a knee length dress looks strange. She’s probably done it on purpose and will come out with something batshit crazy and back-to-normal-service Swinton like at the next event.

    • smayper

      SHOPPING BAGS!!! Like fashion panniers! FTW.

      • lundibleu

        This should totally be a thing, right?

        • smayper

          Absolutely! Because then no one would have to clutch their insanely overpriced clutches — they could carry all of their stuff in their panniers.

    • AudreysMom

      Coming out of lurkerville to say that this is the first time I’ve seen Tilda look like she’s got back posture or is slouching. She’s not – it’s just the shopping bags/panniers/heavy fabric fit of this dress that giving the illusion of human behavior.

    • Trent

      Completely agree. This is so un-SWINTON that I can’t shake the suspicion that she’s trolling us. I mean, peplum flounces? In June? Nah, it’s some sort of performance art project…

  • Loola234

    I think the skirt is fine/OK – even with the flounces…it’s the bodice that is wonky…

  • What I’m seeing here is primarily issues of fitting. Its a skosh too big for her. The bodice needs to be altered smaller on the side seams, and the hemline should be, for her, either a bit shorter, or a bit longer.

    • EveEve

      Agree on all counts. Some of the fit issues may have to do with the drape of the fabric. Would love to see this in a version with a lighter silk crepe. The roll of the fabric along the Bardot neckline is partciularly troublesome. I would have made it significantly narrower for someone as delicately boned as Swinton

      • Yeah, Somehow the shoulderline seems too tight. And I agree with you that seeing this rendered in a soft crepe could be glorious. I’m not minding the proportion of the Bardot neckline, but if it was fitted correctly it might improve immensely.

        • Alana

          So, that neckline is called a “bardot.” I am so happy to know this. Years ago, back in the early 90’s, (so prenatal-internet) I tried to describe this neckline to a seamstress for my wedding dress. She had no idea what I was talking about and I really couldn’t figure out how to tell her. But, now I know. Thank you.

    • Monabel

      Isn’t the belly too tight?

      • Right at the join of the bodice to the skirt, it does look a tad bit tight.

    • stonecoldcuddlewhore

      I just love your comments. I have NO ZERO ZILCH knowledge of this sort of thing and I always learn something new when you write a critique.

  • In_Stitches

    Up close that print looks like the bargain bin at Joanne’s. I love the drama of the whole deal though. I don’t mind the shoes; the matchiness gives the look a bit of Dolores Umbridge flavor.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Could Tilda be hiding a kitten in a hip flounce?

  • sienna elm

    Maybe she lost a bet ~

    • Rhonda Shore

      Maybe she’s doing a favor for the design house. I like the look on her and the weather really has been touch and go. She’s thin enough to get away with the flounces. Agree on the shoes though, that’s where she could have funked it up…

  • Those shoes on her feet.. I die in a good way, I really like that colour with her skin tone. 🙂

    Tilda and Ice Blue are items I daydream of. 🙂 Not sold on the dress, would prefer if the colours were reversed.. because Tilda and Ice Blue.

    • Completely agree. I saw the color of those shoes and just sighed a wistful sigh. Too bad those drapery tie backs on her hips are so damn awful. I do like the neckline.

  • Wink

    This is an uncomfortable sight… like Ellen Degeneres in a dress and pumps.

    • Bad Idea Jeans

      She looks uncomfortable to me. There is some pursing of the lips. She looks like someone told her she looks fabulous but she doesn’t believe it herself, and she’s questioning the whole craft project dress. She, herself, is fabulous, obv.

  • Capt. Renault

    Do Not Question the Ways of the Tilda.

    • Mr. J.

      I am with you on this. Totally.

  • @Biting Panda

    But seriously, in what world would you think those hips accouterments are necessary? The neckline is giving a lithe angel, linebacker shoulders. How does one say, “Yep. Perfect. Let’s go.” ?

    • Kayceed

      Stella would.

      • @Biting Panda

        Fuck it up.

    • kimmeister

      A world in which the wearer is also a busboy who has to wipe down tables.

      • 3boysful

        No, it’s so you always have your own napkins at the ready and don’t have to accept the common ones provided by the restaurant.

    • smh4748

      They remind me of the Marion Cotillard “body-less crying girls” disaster of a week or two ago. Designers: just stop. Wadding up fabric and tacking it on to the sides of your dresses is flattering on 0.00% of women.

  • MoHub

    I’d be fine with this if she’d lose the hp napkins.

  • Alyssa

    Let us never speak of this again.

  • Very wintery, but I suppose the movie is called Snowpiercer and the blue bits do sort of look like falling snowflakes…

  • LadyVimes

    Her flounces are full of secrets.

    • decormaven

      And snacks. It’s a movie premiere! Must fortify to run the ‘razzi gauntlet.

      • kimmeister

        The last movie I attended, I smuggled in two fully popped bags of popcorn into the theater. Ah, the joys of large handbags!

  • Anna

    I would’ve preferred the dress without the weird saddlebags, but I love the colour. Seeing Swinton, Swinton-ing about is always a welcome start to my day.

  • B_C_J

    Get rid of the hip adornments, lower the neckline & give her some dramatic eyes & this look will improve.

  • Margaret Grace

    Take off the hip-shit, throw it on Cathy Cambridge with a fab updo and sparkly earrings and I think I’d love it.

    ETA: but only from October-March.

    • Chickadeep

      …and as long as she didn’t wear nude platform pumps with it.

  • Tanya Wade

    If it’s wrong that I like this, I don’t want to be right. Also, her face is impeccable.

  • OffToSeeHim

    God, I love it! I think it’s an amazing dress and she’s the only person who would have done it justice. I don’t even think it looks too heavy.

  • Frank_821

    Not offensive just awkward as you say. I kind of wish this was a jumpsuit or if the skirt was a separate in the pale blue

    Have to say if this dress is too much for Tilda, who could wear it then?

    Oh well the high priestess is allowed an occasional goof to stay human and somewhat accessible

  • Ebto

    The dress color seems off for her – too strong and contrasty. Tilda has such fair, delicate coloring – this just seems to be swallowing her. (I speak as a member of the Almost-Invisible Eyebrow clan.)

    • kimmeister

      Agreed. She doesn’t look horrible in burgundy, but it’s not her color.

  • MannahattaMamma

    why would you want pompoms swinging from your hips unless you are, literally, pole-dancing? And thus I think we see the genius in Tilda’s choice: she knows she’s poledancing for the movie, so the dress is a subtly ironic commentary…..Oh who am I kidding. It’s fugly & the shoes are a lovely color but stupid. It’s like she’s walking on bits of June sky but her dress says November.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I like the color, wish that the hip flounces weren’t there because they look awkward, and detract from the wonder that is Tilda. If she wore this to remind us all that she is mortal, Ok, I can accept that-she’s still Tilda, and a Tilda sighting is always welcome in my world.

  • jbj

    Look at the last photo. Either the fabric is gathered or she’s pregnant.

  • MarissaLG

    The shoulder piece and arms don’t seem to fit her properly. I weirdly do like the hip bows. But yeah, this is a very wintery dress.

  • Jessica Freeman

    This would have been pretty incredible without the hip fabric situation.

  • Betsy

    I’m jealous that a dress with too much fabric makes her look even more slender. Not a good thing for her.

  • Jecca2244

    i really like this! Though she must have been sweltering. unless LA has descended into winter.

  • conniemd

    Something about the fit or the pattern makes it look like she has a baby pooch in the stomach. Could be optical illusion, but that was all I could see.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Way too much fabric, and I’m not loving that pattern. Would rather see her in something simple and striking in the color of her shoes.

  • Beardslee

    It’s too heavy for the season. I don’t care if it’s Tilda, this is a fashion victim choice. That it’s Tilda is a sad surprise.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I like it, but I would be all over it without the nonsense on the hips.

  • Shelby

    I think even taking away one flounce would make it work …. (and different shoes).

  • Joanna

    Hate this unreservedly. And it kinda looks like Tilda does, too, lol!

  • d4divine

    I’m seeing the little communion girls that were in Marion Cotellaird(?) MET dress. They have changed into 1950’s English schoolgirl uniforms.

  • kfizz

    It just really doesn’t suit her. I never thought I’d say that about something she wore.

  • Heather

    If the bust and stomach area fit her, I think I would be 100% on board with the dress.

  • ChristySchiff

    No. Even the Tilda can’t save those little peplums. Without them, it would be a fine dress (one that someone with a lower degree of dress-wearing could easily pull off), but with the peplums…


  • MilaXX

    She, the dress had potential but those hip knots are unfortunate and this looks like a winter dress.

  • Shawn EH

    C’mon, it’s Tilda. She’s making it work. Never defeated by a dress yet!

  • Jacob Bowen

    I could NOT stop reading “knotted flounces” as “flotted knounces”. I must have re-read that sentence 5 times to correct it!

    SWINTON, this is a misfire, you need to reload your fashion phaser and shoot again.

  • ojosazules

    I hate it so much.

  • Yoshio

    The fabric fascinates me. I do want to rip it off her and re-fashion it into something sleek and elegant.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    I hope this is not the case, but I am worried that SWINTON might be coming for Lupita, and this is her way of announcing it.

  • J.W.

    Reminds me of saddle bags.

  • moweezy

    the only thing about this, is that we rarely see a true hourglass shape from her… and this might be the first time we’ve seen her true waist-hip ratio

  • GoAwayKardash

    I…I like it.

  • marlie

    I love the dress, despite the issues. The fit is a little wonky, and yes, it’s too heavy for the season, but the dress is really beautiful, and interesting. This is something that I think Shiaparelli would have appreciated, unlike SJP’s dress from yesterday.

  • judybrowni

    Oh gawd that dress already looks like the mess knock offs at the mall. That’s being kind.

  • Danielle

    Take off the hip curtains and I love it.

  • Raspberry2012

    This is just crazy, especially for Tilda. I admit, I don’t get Tilda under her regular circumstances, and I am NOT loving this.

  • Kate

    I kindof wish it had the hip flounces OR the shoulder wrap detail — not both. I like the blue shoes.

  • jilly_d

    This would totally work for me if it weren’t for all the fuckery about the hips.

  • Monabel

    They should have used some of that extra fabric in the hip bows? loops? to cut the belly large enough to fit.

  • formerlyAnon

    I would adore it but for the hip flounces. There’s switching things up a bit, and then there’s bordello soft furnishings.

    (edited to adopt the word ‘flounce’)

  • ItAin’tMe

    Hate the flounces. Love her rounded tummy.

  • DuBey2

    No NO NO nonononono. This is not anyone’s dress.

  • Gerry Coleman

    Who do I have to kill to get a piece of that fabric? I LOVE it!

  • Qitkat

    Perhaps I am behind the times as my biggest surprise was not the look but that this is from Schiaparelli, as I had no idea this design house still existed, so my assumption was that this is vintage. Wrong. The label was relaunched in 2012 after the house ceased to exist more than 50 years ago. Christian Lacroix put out a one-off tribute couture collection for A/W 2013-14; then for S/S 2014 Marco Zanini (the new creative director, formerly of Rochas) finally brought his first haute couture collection for the revived house to the runway. The dress SJP was wearing the other day that received very little love is from that collection. W magazine has a fascinating article on the revival and Zanini in the October 2013 online edition.

    To be fair, this busy, complicated couture dress would be very difficult to wear for anyone, so Tilda is pulling it off as well or better than could be expected. It doesn’t appear in the collection, so I wonder if it were created especially for Tilda. Examining the runway show, you can see the genesis of this dress. Zanini’s vision for the relaunch is to honor the Schiaparelli woman of today–bold, eccentric, nonconformist, confident, irreverent, elegant, eclectic, playful. I appreciated this dress much more after learning more about the history and the conceptuals behind the collection.

    • demidaemon

      Hmm…interesting. Now, is it just me, or is that way too many adjectives to sum up in an outfit? And don’t some of them mean the same thing? Reminds me when PR asked the designers to describe their “woman” and one or more of them basically gave three words with the same meaning.

      • Qitkat

        I can’t claim any of the adjectives myself, I lifted them from others from W and NYTimes, etc. who were describing the Schiaparelli Woman, not any particular garment, although belatedly I recognize your point– there is some redundancy, but I liked all the words 😉

        • demidaemon

          I figured they came from some official source. I do like all the words as well. It just seems to me that they could be more concise in both the number of words and the image they are trying to project. Using all these words to inspire their vision just seems like a recipe for collections of Frankendresses.

          • Qitkat

            Just to be clear all the words didn’t come at the same time from the same source 🙂 Clearly I got carried away, lol.

          • demidaemon

            It’s okay! I’m sure your collection from the sources is the actual language they use around their offices. They just split up the words between sources to not look completely off their rockers.

    • SewingSiren

      Schiaparelli woman: Don’t forget rich. Very, very rich.

  • UsedtobeEP

    I like it. It’s like abbreviated Elizabethan. Or something.

  • LJCdoc

    I suspect I would love this if it weren’t for all the fru-fru around her waist.

  • Akemi

    The colors and the pattern are really pretty, but it is not super flattering. That being said, it’s TILDA, so she can basically wear whatever the hell she wants.

  • KT

    I HATE the hip handkerchiefs, but I LOVE everything else, even the shoes. This is a really cool, interesting look, and I love that it’s different than the kind of stuff she usually wears. And because of this, I think it was time to deploy a little more makeup, to go with the slightly more dramatic angle here. The clean face works when she’s doing minimalist, but it doesn’t look right in this instance.

  • LeelaST

    An obvious case of “dressing for the film,” I love this even with all it’s weirdness. It’s very Tilda-y.

  • somebody blonde

    I think it’s very unusual for Tilda because it actually calls attention to her feminine shape. Most of the time her clothes give the impression of a kind of willowy, glamorous rectangle with legs. I kind of appreciate this because it’s so unexpected for her.

  • alyce1213

    A daring effort, high marks for that, but ultimately too much going on. Sorry to see she’s taking shoe tips from Lupita.

  • P M

    Um, ….. well…….. Err……. No, sorry, this really doesn’t work.

  • traceyishere

    Who are they holding hostage to make her wear that?

  • Bonnie Kim

    I was at this event with my sister and I have to say we both agreed that she looked IMPECCABLE in person. It didn’t look heavy at all. It could be that I didn’t notice any imperfections because I was too busy freaking out over being less than 2 feet away from her, but this was really an eye-catchingly fabulous look from what I saw.

  • Columbinia

    So bad that it’s good. Somehow this dress works for me. I think only Tilda could wear it in real life, being that she is one of the league of Extraordinary Mortals.. There’s so much going on (heavy, fussy, dotty) that the shoes have to be powder blue. Take off the fussy hip ties and there’s a dress that ordinary mortals could wear.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Gawd, TLo. I loves it. So elegant. Bianca Del Rio take note.

  • SophieCollier

    Iiiiiiiiiiiiiii like it. Not the shoes. The shoes bug. But she wears odd shapes well, and I rather like this dress, hip froufrou and all.

  • Gatto Nero

    Not used to seeing her in so much color and flounce. I hate the hip draperies but think that the overall shape would be striking if the fit were a bit better.

  • Man Dala

    I loved her cameo in The Grand Budapest Hotel, which I watched at the theatre earlier this week. She can do Batman and be the right choice.

  • Mothra

    That would be so awesome without the weird saddle bags.

  • Is she pregnant? If so, cute. If not, weird fit.

    • dmkava

      She’s 53

      • Wut. Jeez. I had no idea. She is actually older than I. Okay. This will take some time to get over.

        • dmkava

          I thought she was 46 tops. It’s funny how she can look so good at that age
          and Madonna can look so…strange

  • macwell

    Even she could not pull off ‘match matchy’….:(

  • Annistella

    If Our Lady of Fashion, Saint Tilda, cant pull it off it is fashion kryptonite. Save yourselves!

  • icm

    Get rid of those “knotted flounces ” and replace them with an interesting pocket. That would improve the silhouette of this dress a 100%.

  • deech_sea

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the flounces disappear and perhaps a longer skirt. I saw “Only Lovers Left Alive” last week. It was romantic for a Jim Jarmusch. He did a great job recreating the feeling of club hopping, and the characters seemed more like aging, jet-set club-hoppers than vampires–but, I can accept that view of a vampire. I think I prefer some of his other movies (like Mystery Train, Down by Law, Ghost Dog, and Dead Man), but my husband and I both really enjoyed it. Tom Hiddleston looked edible. Tilda Swinton was sexy.

  • Linda Leeson

    It’s not the dress ;it’s the makeup. Too neutral for the color of the dress.

  • understateddiva

    It’s been a long day – Tilda take me away!! I would have preferred a gray shoe, but I still gasped with delight.

  • Lola

    For some reason I keep imagining her saying “It’s LACROIX sweetie darling, Lacroix!”

  • It’s heavy and all, but I like that print on her.

  • e jerry powell

    Do those things even have a name? Are they peplum? Pockets? Saddlebags?

  • lilazander

    I don’t care what she’s wearing IT’S TILDA, TILDA! She is GORGEOUS! (sorry for the caps, but I love her!)

  • mila_8

    I think she’s pulling a Jolie here as far as dressing to the theme of the movie- Snowpiercer. Explains the heaviness, the shoes, the gingerbread house embellishments.

  • mdcoon127

    I love it including the shoes…

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  • Hazuki Chino

    She didn’t put that on–it attacked her in the closet and then refused to get off. See, her face has the pinched look of a hostage.