Can we all stop what we’re doing for a second and talk about Emma Watson? Or, more specifically, Emma Watson’s red carpet style. Because over the last twelve months Emma has undergone quite the transformation. But, instead of opting for a headline-grabbing Miley Cyrus-style makeover, she’s played it safe, and introduced her new look slowly, over a series of public appearances.
The shift has been so subtle, in fact, that you may actually be thinking ‘what new look?’. But scroll back through Emma’s most recent fashion moments, and it’s clear to see she’s now favouring bold, edgy designs over the people-pleasing, feminine frocks she used to wear. It was at the Golden Globes, in January, when her transformation became impossible to ignore. Wearing Christian Dior cigarette pants with a backless red dress, she had everyone doing a double take. And I know that a lot of you thought she was the Best Dressed actress that night.
Above: Wearing purple lipstick and a J. Mendel dress at the Gravity New York premiere. Below: In Balenciaga at the GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2013.
So why the change of style? I’d say there are a few reasons behind Emma Watson’s transformation. First of all, she turns 24 this year, so it’s natural her style would be growing up and becoming more refined. Also, she no longer has to dress for the average Harry Potter fan, which gives her the opportunity to be more daring (Hermione Granger wouldn’t be seen dead in a Balenciaga crop top). And, of course, there’s the high-fashion influence from her group of friends, which includes Sofia Coppola, Caroline Sieber and Derek Blasberg.
But, whatever the reasons behind this change, you can’t knock Emma for trying something new. I wasn’t terribly keen on the Balenciaga outfit she wore to the GQ Men of the Year awards, but so far that’s been her only faux pas. And I can’t wait to see what Miss Watson wears next…
Above: Wearing Roland Mouret at the This is the End LA premiere.
Are you a fan of Emma Watson’s edgier, more mature red carpet look? Which of her most recent red carper looks has been your favourite? As always, leave a comment and let me know…