Oscar winning actress and Christian Dior ambassador Marion Cotillard is a star who knows how to make a fashion statement, and her appearance at the rainy London premiere of new film Allied did just that.
Cotillard had turned to British designer Stella McCartney to custom make the black sculptural cape-effect dress, which she paired with statement Chopard earrings and bright lipstick for the red carpet event.
Commissioning McCartney was no doubt a neat sartorial nod to the event’s location (for the Parisian premiere of Allied she’d turned to French fashion house Dior) but also a wise move for a woman who is doing this round of publicity whilst pregnant. Because if anyone knows how to make women look megawatt whilst keeping them comfortable, it’s Stella McCartney. This dress proved that point: with soft draping but slashed to show off Cotillard’s legs it was flattering and sexy in a very modern way.
Not that you’d expect anything less from Cotillard. Whilst Allied, which follows the story of two military personnel who fall in love after pretending to be a couple on a mission in Morocco, is receiving mixed reviews from film critics, the fashion press have been won over by the stylish 1940’s period costumes. Oscar winning costume director Joanna Johnston has talked this week of working hard to maintain Cotillard’s mystique and old school Hollywood glamour, even as her character settles into domesticity with her co-star Brad Pitt. “She’s still Marion, and she wears clothes very well,” Johnston told Fashionista of the not-so-tough challenge. “I have to say, you could put her in something that is not so gorgeous and she’d still look beautiful.”
Those scenes of domesticity will no doubt be closely watched by those who followed the fallout of Brangelina’s separation. When news first broke of Brad and Angelina’s split, rumours that Cotillard was involved reached such a frenzy that the actress felt the need to issue a very public statement on social media that she and Pitt were no more than co-stars.
Still, that attention hasn’t stopped Pitt and Cotillard doing what must now be done when releasing a film that’s expected to perform at the box office – putting on a stylish tour of Europe’s red carpets. Pitt seems to have even developed his own style flourish; a skinny scarf carefully draped around his overcoat is fast becoming his signature at Allied premieres.
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