Fug or Fab: Emma Watson


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If Emma were smiling, this might’ve had a shot.

But she isn’t, and there isn’t a picture of her in our subscriptions where she is. So what could’ve been a cute, girly-with-an-edge take on tartan, had she seemed to enjoy herself in it, suddenly becomes, “My agent lost a bet with Gerard Butler and so now I have to star in a new West End ballet called Scotch Leg about three generations of Scottish haggis makers and the women they love. And I HATE haggis. Except Paul Haggis. And even then I’m not sure. God, this acting thing is hard sometimes. Do we think JK might change her mind and write Harry Potter and the Mid-Life Crisis Motorbike? Please?”

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Comments (42):

  1. Zuzzie
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    I like the jacket, but I don’t really think it works with that shape dress

  2. Kristan
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    I think the jacket is too … not-fitted. It turns the outfit into a triangle shape that I’m not loving. If it were zipped, or tailored, or something, then I probably would like the combo. Maybe that’s why her expression is so sour grapes. :P

  3. TonyG
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    She is wearing a droopy leather jacket with a Catholic school-girl uniform with muppet hair at the bottom. This is decidedly not cute, but drab. And even in the dress, she kind of looks like a boy here. No. Not drinking the Kool-Aid today.

  4. Gigi
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    You’re making me vote like my grandmother! A smile definitely would have sold this look.

  5. Kristen
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    This makes her look wide. HER. Emma Watson. Automatic fail.

    PS– Just started Spoiled. Loving it so far.

  6. vandalfan
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    Not a ballet, she’s the lead in The Scottish Biker Chick Takes Up Square Dancing. Bow to yer partner, bow to yer corner, now promenade!

  7. TonyG
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    LOL @ vandalfan.

  8. Daisy James
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    I think the jacket just needed to be a little bit shorter, so it hit at the waist of the dress instead of where the skirt is already flaring, for this to work. Fix that and I think it would look great.

  9. Willow
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    It’s like Avril Lavigne but tolerable.

  10. erin
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    Why is she standing in that idiotic crossed leg pose? Like with that skirt it’s going to make a difference.

  11. M.Amanda
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    Not digging the jacket. A close-fitting cropped cardigan would have been better, as would a smile.

  12. Kate
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    I agree with all of the comments here, my question is, if all of the comments point to the fact that this is not working and does nothing for her shape…why are all the votes pulling in the other direction?

  13. The Other Molly
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    Kate, I have no idea because it’s NOT working and it does NOTHING for her shape.
    Too bad someone put the Exitus Smilieus curse on her.

  14. Lina
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    There’s something fun about putting androgyny in a frilly dress and leather jacket, but it doesn’t really work with THIS dress. I kind of wish they’d gone all out and put her in menswear.

  15. Nina
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    Ditch the jacket and the sour expression and she’ll be alright. Her haircut is growing out so it looks cute.

  16. nobody home
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    preteen clothes on post teen people just look wrong. And it looks more like an old fashioned ice skating outfit. Maybe the movie is really about Scottish skaters?

  17. ak
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    Kate: maybe it’s selection bias. We could guess that on, the whole, people like the outfit, but it provokes a strong negative reaction among people who don’t like it, compelling them to comment. Or maybe people are always more likely to comment when they don’t like something. I’m bucking the trend and commenting because I like it–I think she looks adorable and age-appropriate. On anyone over 24, I think this would be ridiculous. But what are your early 20s for, except to wear tartan party dresses with leather jackets and a Very Serious Face?

  18. dih
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    If you have your doubts, check it out with a slightly different expression and far better lighting.

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lr5qcg1zyi1qzaq9bo1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1315508361&Signature=pHvcm92%2BUa4rh%2BXFLxEj%2BwRXdIo%3D

    It looks amazing. I think the only problem is that this is the sort of look that works in a dark bar or atmospheric street scape. It just wasn’t made to pose prettily in front of a white screen patterned in “GQ”s. Give it a chance.

  19. Autumn Van Weir
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    WAIT!!! The first pic I saw of this was on People and it’s cuter!!! She look doll-like in a good way.

    http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,20526126,00.html#21050802

    http://www.autumnvanweir.com

  20. Linda
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    I like the outfit, a darker lipstick would have been better. Just to brighten her face a little.

  21. Sara
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    I love how you guys bitch about the starlets not smiling, and you use the one photo where they’re not smiling. I’ve seen about 20 other photos of this look where Emma is smiling!! And she looks cute.

  22. Bianca
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    I think she looks very pretty, but I love tartan, and I love big flaring skirts, and I also love Emma Watson. So. I have to agree with Linda, though, a little bit of lipstick would have done wonders.

  23. witjunkie
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    Yes, she needs lips and I don’t like the slicked hair, I just want to take my fingers and rough it up a little. The hair, not…the lips. I voted cute for the outfit because doggone it, it is CUTE. A different jacket maybe. I don’t think it makes her look fat. And she is young! Let her be young.

  24. luxsword
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    Toes !

  25. Katharine
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    The jacket’s not quite right, and I’m with witjunkie, rough slightly spiky hair would make a big difference here, but honestly, I think she should pass this off to Helena Bonham Carter next time they run into each other. And Helena will wear it with a sort of Gothic hunting jacket and maybe some pantaloons, and it will look gorgeously wack on her.

    Emma is cute, but it’s a plain sort of cute, and she doesn’t have the bold attitude to pull off anything even this gently odd. She is better served by a more classic style.

  26. snuffy
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    I love it all, and I especially love that you could potentially wear this on a red-carpet then ditch the awards early to hit up a punk show or metal bar without looking too overdressed. Daisy Lowe or Leona Lewis definitely could not have done that :)

  27. Lisa
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    I saw dozens of pics of her smiling in this outfit, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too down on her… besides, when’s the last time you saw any criticism of a famous male actor for not smiling? Hmm?

  28. Martha
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    I’ve seen photos of her in this outfit where she smiles, and she looked gorgeous. And the outfit looked better. I think the lighting in this shot is terrible though, so maybe the better light in the other photos also helped.

  29. Sarah
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    Adorable dress and she’s scowling-Isn’t she a teenager? Seems right to me.

  30. witofastaircase
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    She looks like a disgruntled Hot Topic employee.

  31. Mahastee
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    The jacket needs to be shortened or at least nipped-in. That would make it a winner for me.

    Also, a little color on the lips wouldn’t go astray.

  32. Sajorina
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    This is so “Rebel Without A Cause” meets “Madeline”… I like that it’s cute and edgy, but it’s missing something, like maybe a “total bitch” attitude! Those shoes ROCK, though!

  33. Lizzarda
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    The design is annoyingly, British-ly smug, made worse without any whimsy in her facial expression. There’s also an air of Hot Topic-y, suburban teenage-ness to the dress. It’s just too obviously referential. Yeah, we get it. It’s supposed to be “punk rock”. The actual superb cut and tailoring of the dress and jacket save it, though. Conclusion: Meh.

  34. Kathryn
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    my 1st thought was that she needs lipstick

  35. anne
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    The leather jacket ruin the dress shape, too bad

    http://remplirlesblancs.blogspot.com/

  36. Miwome
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    Oy. Not good. I bet it was less not good (a more lackluster pile of adjectives I have never uttered) in peson, but still.

    I take exception, however, to TonyG’s criticism that she looks like a boy. I remember, when i had short hair, I LOVED dressing androgynously. And I looked hot, too, judging by the student body’s reaction (HAW). A girl looking like a boy is not inherently negative.

  37. kimmy
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    i thiink its adorable. Lainey Gossip has this posted too and E is smiling in several photos. I think it would be better w/ a cropped fitted blazer.

  38. jenelope
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    I voted cute and cuter if she’d smiled because I saw the look on Yahoo first, and in that pic she was smiling and doing that one hand on hip pose that’s so popular on the red carpet. And I can see why. In the other picture, she looks engaged, sassy and has a good line. In this picture, she looks grumpy, frumpy and just awkward.

  39. TereLiz
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    I think she looks all over cute (though some lippy wouldn’t have gone amiss), and she’s smiling in the fashion police pic: http://www.eonline.com/fashion/fashionpolice/index.jsp#139542

    The cut of the jacket seems more flattering in this pose, too.

  40. Rose
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    Due to a bit of an internet walk I actually saw this outfit and she was laughing in it and I actually decided I wanted it right then.

    Well when I finished laughing over the recipients of the awards that is. And consoling my cousin over the fact that the Top Gear guys didn’t win anything.

  41. NYCGirl
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    I think the jacket is kind of tacky, and the dress’s colors are too dark.

  42. Jane
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    Either nix the jacket, or keep it and have a less voluminous bottom of the dress. The jacket adds bulk, which her body doesn’t need when the dress is relatively short – if she’s showing her legs, the waist needs to be defined and cinched to make her body look it’s best, otherwise it’s just bulk (which is a particular problem when she’s quite short)

    Would have loved to see a colour on her lips, they look nonexistent here, but I think she has pale lipstick on? But props for keeping the makeup fairly simple – loads of mascara and contouring but no strong colour; it would have been too much for a rockabilly-meets-biker edgy look. Her hair looks better in candids, it’s not nice slicked now that it’s grown a bit. She looks best in the restrained sort of girly looks; she always looks like she’s having fun in them, but at GQ she looked uncomfortable. She’s beautiful when she’s happy and she’s happy in less edgy clothes, but definite kudos for experimenting while young.