Last month, a tabloid rumor caught fire amid the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie split that Pitt had had a premiere with French actress Marion Cotillard. In dismissing the claims outright, Cotillard also announced her pregnancy with longtime partner Guillaume Canet; she and the director have been together since 2007 and their first child was born in 2011. Yet, had she not announced it, we might never have guessed — from her appearance front-row at Dior to the four films she’s premiering this year, her red carpet style has been as chic and minimal as ever. For the latest, the premiere of her new film Mal de pierres (From the Land of the Moon, in English, in which she stars with Louis Garrel), which debuted at Cannes earlier in the year, she rocked a simple Dior shift dress, which, paired with a few retro styling details, exuded pure mid-century French starlet vibes.
Who: Marion Cotillard.
When: Monday, October 10.
Where: The premiere of her new film Mal de pierres at the Cinema Gaumont Marignon theater in Paris, France.
What: A black high-neck shift dress by Dior with fishnet tights and iridescent patent pumps.
Why: A simple, ultra-French Dior shift dress makes the perfect canvas on which to project a retro Parisian look. Cotillard, who sat front-row at Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut at Christian Dior as well as the brand’s fall couture show, is also the latest face of Lady Dior. Which is to say, she has the fashion bona fides. A red lip and understated glamorous dress channel Edith Piaf, while Cotillard’s edgy side-parted coif brings the whole aesthetic into the contemporary. Then there’s the matter of fishnet tights, a cabaret staple that Cotillard might singlehandedly make a thing again. (We can only hope.) Never one to overdo it, the actress keeps the rest of her look pretty neutral — a simple nude eye and sensible patent pumps, albeit pumps with a glitzy embellished heel — in order to allow the statement pieces to stand out.
It’s Easier to Wear Fishnets Than You Think
Givenchy Fishnet top, $990, farfetch.com
Balmain Fishnet Maxi skirt, $4,685, farfetch.com
Wolford Twenties Fishnet Tights, $53, neimanmarcus.com
Ellery Women’s Green Weaver Fishnet Crop Top, $4,500, lyst.com
Proenza Schouler Mesh Jumper, $672, farfetch.com
MM6 Mesh T-shirt, $285, farfetch.com
Filles a Papa dress, $1,048, farfetch.com
Chanel Vintage mesh cuff, $1,148, farfetch.com
MM6 MAISON MARGIELA Long socks, $175, farfetch.com
Sonia Rykiel mesh transparent paneling dress, $1,102, farfetch.com
A Brief History of Marion Cotillard’s Red Carpet Triumphs
At the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, Marion Cotillard posed on the red carpet in a strapless black dress. Clearly not yet the style icon she would soon become.
Looking downright glamorous at the 6th Marrakech International Film Festival, the star wore a strapless grey ruffled silk gown with a matching hair accessory.
In a black off-the-shoulder cocktail dress with a gold sequin lightning bolt going down the middle, Cotillard was striking at the 11th Annual Hollywood Awards.
At the 2008 British Academy Film Awards, the actress wore a ivory sequin couture Chanel dress with a dramatic flair.
Marion Cotillard took home the award for Best Actress at the 80th Annual Academy Awards dressed like a modern day mermaid in this intricately-detailed, ivory-colored custom Jean Paul Gaultier gown.
Cotillard wore a black and blue Dior Couture ball gown with a sequined bodice, black leather belt and a tulle and acrylic skirt to the 81st Academy Awards. Her chignon undo and maroon lip kept the look demure instead of goth.
At the 2009 Met Gala, Cotillard stunned in this strapless blush Dior gown. The mermaid-style cut of the gown accentuated her phenomenal shape effortlessly.
The actress glowed in a pastel-colored dress with a silk bustier bodice and georgette embroidered column skirt by Dior gown at the15th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards.
At the 2010 Met Gala Marion pulled out all the stops wearing this show stopping Dior gown. The dress fit her like a glove and sparkled with every step she took.
The actress made another fashion-worthy appearance at the 2012 Met Gala wearing year other jaw-dropper by Christian Dior. Her strapless two-tone gown featured a black sequin palette embroidered design and a violet sheer skirt that showed of her toned legs.
On the red carpet of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, Marion Cotillard dazzled in a chic color-blocked Dior gown. Her strapless asymmetrical dress was paired with aa simple up-do that made her look elegant and flawless.
Cotillard wore a fiery blood-orange double-tiered strapless Dior Couture gown to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards. The brunette beauty kept the focus on her stunning gown with her hair pulled back and minimal jewelry.
At the 87th Annual Academy Awards, Marion Cotillard looked gorgeous in a white Dior Couture gown. The beautiful but unusual shape of the dress featured a perforated texture and a head turning back that made her best dressed on everyone’s lists that evening.
Cotillard look elegant at the 2015 Moet British Independent Film Awards in a long-sleeved sparkly black Dior Couture gown with shoulder cutouts.
Shining bright on the red carpet of the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival, Cotillard donned another Dior couture stunner. The gold silk lame column dress was the perfect look for the French actress.