Emma Watson: ‘I can’t wrap my head around why ethical clothing is a speciality’

Emma Watson

Emma Watson covers the October issue of Net-A-Porter’s The Edit magazine. She looks fantastic and finally like she’s coming into her own sense of style. It’s really nice to see a child star who hasn’t gone off the rails or ripped off her clothes to prove she’s all grown up. Of course nothing is wrong with nudity, but as with Miley Cyrus, nudity for the sake of attention isn’t the wisest move.

Some of the pieces Emma models here were designed by Livia Firth (wife to Colin), whose designs follow eco-conscious principles. Livia’s clothes are also ethically sourced in that they aren’t produced in sweatshops. The journalist here mentions how Emma is very charming, put-together, and grounded. She also showed up to the interview — gasp — early. Plus she sounds pretty intelligent here:

Emma Watson

On supporting fair trade in fasshion: “I don’t do anything by halves,” she says, looking pared back and gamine in a gray and black blouse, high-waisted shorts and not a scrap of makeup. “I have to go all in. I just want things to be perfect. If I’m going to put my name on it, I want it to be something I love.”

Working with Livia Firth: “I was like, No one’s doing anything like this!’ It’s so exciting. I’ve always had this huge problem. I would love to wear garments that are ethically sourced, but there aren’t enough options for me to be able to do that realistically.” So when she met Firth, “it just seemed like [the project] was something I had to do, something I’d been waiting for. Livia’s created a lobbying body to put pressure on governments and corporations to encourage them to have [ethical responsibility] as their baseline. It’s quite awesome.”

She’s a conscious consumer: “Maybe there would be fewer problems if we were really conscious of where and how things were made. We don’t support slave labor in this country, so we shouldn’t support those conditions in other countries. I can’t wrap my head around why ethical clothing is a speciality and not a base standard. Why is it special to have something you know wasn’t made under terrible conditions by a 12-year-old girl for 20 pence an hour?” She pauses, looking slightly embarrassed. “It’s hard to talk about this stuff without sounding preachy.”

She seeks meaning in film too: She calls herself a “director chaser” and makes a concerted effort to work with “people who really have vision. It’s fun to help create something with someone who has a clear goal.”

Red carpets are painful: “Getting ready for an event can feel like a lot of pressure. You have to consider, ‘Will people see up my skirt? If a flash goes off, can you see through this?’ So I’ll do a test sitting, a test standing… It’s nerve-wracking. People really scrutinize. On the red carpet, I’m usually in so much discomfort – my shoes are uncomfortable, I can’t breathe in the dress. I don’t compromise like that in my everyday style.”

Who is she wearing at the interview? “I was worried you were going to do this! A lot of my clothes have been altered, so the tags are out, but I can tell you that I have Chloe flats on!”

[From Net-A-Porter's The Edit]

Emma Watson is gonna be fine. More than fine. Remember that brief period of post-Potter madness when Emma seemed to waver between college and modelling contracts? People were so worried about her, but Emma has worked it out in her own time frame. She seems so articulate and mentions that many of her opinions on fashion were influenced by learning about fair trade in college. Did you pay attention to that stuff in school. I didn’t.

Emma looks gorgeous in this editorial, doesn’t she? The Edit does wonderful shoots.

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Emma Watson

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Photos courtesy of The Edit

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  1. Agnes says:

    I love the navy blue(?) dress

  2. minime says:

    She really looks good in this photoshoot and even more important, she sounds extremely inteligent and grounded. That is indeed refreshing. I hope she has a long lasting acting career(and I think she will).

    Plus, nice that she is making ethical clothing a topic! This should get a lot more attention. Specially after all the garment factories that burned down killing a lot of workers(Bangladesh, Pakistan…)

  3. Anna says:

    LOVE her – what she says, how she looks, how she comports herself. Just love, love, love. I hope she has a long and quality career in showbiz, but even if she doesnt, this kid will do good, and do it well.

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She looks beautiful and seems thoughtful and mature. I admire her stance on ethical clothing. Lovely.

    Also glad to hear someone admit how uncomfortable those red carpet dresses and shoes really feel.

  5. Jae says:

    So I checked out some of Livia Firt’s stuff online.

    An $770 dress, $260 straw and textile bag, $257 brass and resin necklace… yeah, I sure do wonder why that is a speciality.

    • Ellen says:

      Couture and upper-end design for places like Bergdorf and Nordstrom could handle the markup to be made ethically, though.

      Most t-shirts and underwear and jeans for USA consumers used to be made in North Carolina and other textile states. I think I read somewhere that if Target and Wal-Mart brought all that manufacturing back to the States, we’d have to pay $15-20 for a t-shirt instead of $6-10, and we’d maybe have to imagine buying a shirt that lasted 2 years instead of 1 season before falling apart in the washing machine.

      I would totally pay that premium if it meant that 12-year olds weren’t working 10-hour days in firetraps in Bangladesh.

      Plus, having more textiles made here would actually get US workers jobs, and then there would be companies paying taxes again. Sending all the jobs overseas gave us better options as buyers, but as workers, we got screwed.

  6. Anelise says:

    Overrated, bland boring, average looking, nerd exploiting, ‘huge star’.

  7. Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    She sounds/looks lovely but she’s still so boring to me, it’s crazy I used to be such a huge fan-girl of hers in the early HP days.

  8. Tish says:

    Explains why those dresses are familiar. I saw them in The Global fund event.

  9. janie says:

    She’s a lovely girl… I love her black & white dress? Skirt & blouse? It’s refreshing how normal she is.

  10. Merritt says:

    I like her. She seems grounded and intelligent. I hope she is able to stay true to that.

  11. Esmom says:

    She’s beautiful and smart, love these interview tidbits. Although I think the headline is misleading…I thought it meant that she couldn’t even understand why ethical clothing even exists! Seems like “is a specialty” should say “isn’t standard practice” or something. Nitpicky, I know.

  12. TG says:

    I think Chinti & Parker make ethical clothing too. I have a few items from them. Their sweaters are very expensive but you can get decent deals when they are on sale.

  13. Mauibound says:

    Take notes Miley, this is how you do it

  14. serena says:

    Young starlets (and not, cough Lilo) should learn from her. Emma’s fine and will be fine. I really like her attitude, and these picture were really good too.

  15. Bianca says:

    I like her a lot. She looks a bit like a Slytherin in this photoshoot, no? :)

  16. Dana says:

    Net-a-Porter has become my favorite place to look at fashion, even over the glossy mags I use to love. I know they are trying to sell their merchandise, but the styling is so beautifully done.

  17. smee says:

    Good for her for bringing up this issue.

    I’ll admit that after the factory fire in India, I’m now more aware of where my clothes are constructed. I had to say good-bye to some of my cheap & cheerful favorites, like Old Navy, but I can’t buy that stuff anymore in good conscience.

    Too bad she’s not doing a “budget” line :)

  18. ZAK says:

    She seems like a nice girl and I’m happy for whatever success she obtains but I’m still not sure if she is going to be the great adult actress and star that the fans seem to think she is going to be. It’s doubtful to me for some reason.

  19. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Never saw the Potter films so maybe that’s why I don’t get this girl.
    Also, at the risk of getting slammed here, I don’t find her very pretty.

    That being said, this interview made me like her a bit more. Really loved what she said about being a conscious consumer.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      I think people call her beautiful because she is young. She has really good skin, she’s cute–but she is very androgynous looking (her brother looks EXACTLY like her), but she has nothing else to back that up. She’s boring to me.

      If she could act, then I’d be all for her. But I don’t think she can. I find it interesting that the only one who can act (Dan), is going out and doing the work–all she’s done is play as teenagers, although I heard she was good in Bling Ring.

      Whether you’re beautiful or not, you need charisma. Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep have oodles of that–it doesn’t always have to be sex based. I find Cate averagely attractive too, but she has such a spark, a look in her eye that makes her beautiful to me. Same with Meryl.

      With Emma, I feel nothing–plus it seems like she feels the need to emphasize just how grounded she is, how she’s not going out and partying…..she doesn’t need to tell us her every move, so that we know she’s a good girl, just go out and DO IT.

  20. Lucy says:

    Great interview, amazing photoshoot! I’m so glad neither she, Rupert nor Dan went off the rails. They could have totally done it, but never did. They will all be perfectly fine.

  21. TherapyCranes says:

    I love her. I think she has a unique delicate beauty. She looks very elegant in the black and white photos.

  22. IceQueen says:

    I like her. Very beautiful.

  23. miriam says:

    Why is she doing magazine covers when she has nothing to promote? She’s so completely overrated and her opinions on ethical fashion are negated when she wears exactly the opposite in real life.

    A boring, poorly skilled and utterly unworthy of any kind of appraisal, talentless actress.

    I would rather have Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Olsen, Felicity Jones, Holliday Grainger, Juno Temple, Imogen Poots, Antonia Thomas, Anna Kendrick, Carey Mulligan, Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt, Emma Stone, Keira Knightley or any number of other actresses in their 20s gracing the screen with their presence.

    Miss Watson is a poor representative. She’s also becoming very Gwyneth Paltrow-y

  24. dm says:

    saw her once in real life (she was sat a the table next to me in a cafe) – BANGING BOD. Was super surprised at how pretty she was in really life, very natural and no (obvious) makeup.

  25. Anna says:

    Uuuummm i will take her over nost of the actresses her age…or a bit older.And people…give her a break.She played the same character for 10 years.It’s not like she got to exercise her act with dofferent roles.She gave by far the best performance in HP 7.1 and since then she keeps getting better.She was great in The Bling Ring and i’m hearing that she had the entire Noah set in tears with her heartbreaking performance.I think she is in the right path…after all,she does have little experience.

  26. TheOriginalWaffle says:

    “Fasshion?” Someone’s been typing “Fassbender” for too long. :)

  27. Jones says:

    Luxury brands are not necessarily ethical because some of their product is made in Italy! The sentiment of the article is good but unfortunately quite naive about luxury fashion production.

    For example, Burberry Prorsum may be made in Italy. However, the majority of their sales come from the other lines which are at least 50% produced in Asia.

    Also, I find it hard to take advice from wealthy famous women who are able to persuade designers to make one off pieces ethically. This is a publicity stunt for these brands – not a change for the better.

    If a real change is to be made in labour conditions they need to be lobbying the high street clothing market where the average person shops.