Emma Watson in Emilia Wickstead at UK ‘Beauty’ premiere: elegant or blah?

UK Launch of Beauty and the Beast

Here are some photos from the big “launch event” (or “premiere” in peasant terms) for Beauty and the Beast last night in London. As I said earlier this week, I’m not into this movie but I acknowledge that it wasn’t made for me. It was made for a new generation of little girls who want to see a live-action story about a bookish girl falling in love with a beast. The original was one of Disney’s most popular animated films and I’m sure it will be one of Disney’s biggest hits this year. The Hollywood Reporter already says that early tracking suggests that this film could open with $120 million just in North America. Disney’s internal tracking says that they’re expecting anything around $100 million for its opening weekend.

As I also said in an earlier post, I’m not into Emma Watson’s style during this promotional tour. To be fair to her, she’s been doing the sustainability challenge that we’ve seen from other stars – her dresses on the promotional tour have been made from eco-friendly, sustainable fabrics. I guess that means that no one can dye the fabric? Because the color on Emma’s dress is very… blah. From a distance, it resembles old cheesecloth. The dress is Emilia Wickstead and it’s bespoke, meaning it was made specifically for Emma. I like that she went with an English designer and I don’t even hate the design – it’s a little boxy? – but the fabric and the color ruins it for me. Everything is so washed out.

I’m also including photos of Cousin Matthew (Dan Stevens, doing The Jolie Leg), Luke Evans (looking handsome but his suit is a bad color too) and Emma Thompson, who is an angel.

The 'Beauty and the Beast' Launch Event

The 'Beauty and the Beast' Launch Event

The 'Beauty and the Beast' Launch Event

UK Launch of Beauty and the Beast

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Nicole says:

    I would be fine with the color if there was more shape. Like you said it’s very boxy when it could’ve been cut to her figure.

    • Karen says:

      It’s a custom dress and they couldn’t even hem it correctly, it’s too long. Nice effort trying to do something different but it doesn’t work for me.

      • Maria says:

        i know right? It is my pet peeve on the red carpet. How difficult is it to hem a dress correctly? My mom is a seamstress and freaks out everytime she sees it.

      • LadyT says:

        I could love it if it was fitted and hemmed correctly. All that effort to design a custom dress and then fail in the end over simple alterations.

      • Lyka says:

        Bless you. I twitched when I read it was bespoke because that baby is much too long.

    • Sam says:

      It should have been a jumpsuit. If the skirt was actually trou, this would have kicked ass.

    • Margo S. says:

      For a bespoke gown it really doesn’t fit her body well. Where’s her waist? Maybe because the material used is so thick?

  2. MunichGirl says:

    I love Emma’s hairstyle here.

  3. Mikasa says:

    Dan Stevens is such a hottie!

  4. Millennial says:

    I going to watch the crap out of this movie, Stockholm Syndrome be damned. I want a little joy in 2017.

    • Mae says:

      Lol yup. Hopefully the singing works out, since this movie is all about the music.

    • kimbers says:

      Me too! I was nervious abkut this one bc the remake of the song wasnt produced as well as the original, but it’s more that the guy isnt bold enough in his parts & the girl is too produced in hers.

    • Malificent says:

      I’m all over it! So apparently I’m in the target audience off middle-aged nerd women who think it’s smokin’ hot when a guy gives you a whole library….

  5. Honey Bear says:

    Miscast. She is to plain and sharp to be Belle. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.

    • Miss V says:

      Yes! My opinion, as well. She’s too bland for me. She doesn’t have much charisma. Also… She. Can’t. Sing. You’d think that would be important when making a live action version of one of the most beloved Disney films of all time?

      • G says:

        That’s the real kicker for me. She can’t act or sing, but she’s riding residual Harry Potter popularity so somehow that makes her a good fit. She wasn’t particularly convincing as the last bookish brunette! I wish they’d stop trying to make her happen.

        The way Dan Stevens poses makes me laugh, though. It’s like an awkward hybrid of “this is what a dashing leading man looks like right” and “oh damn how does standing work”.

      • Sean says:

        She is the definition of bland.

    • Daisy says:

      She’s bland and can’t act, but she is stunning.

  6. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Its not very flattering – she doesn’t have the best red carpet style sadly. I like the shoes.

    I want to see this movie primarily as I loved the original and I love most of the cast – the thing that puts me off is Emma. She’s not the greatest of actresses – i find her wooden and you can see her ‘acting’ which is off putting, something that will be even more obvious with the very talented people around her.

  7. lower-case deb says:

    both of these are better tailored than Emilia Wickstead’s version

    (i overlook the overlong hem of the little girl because obviously kid will shoot up like a beansprout)


  8. Alix says:

    Unflattering, looks like a bedsheet. And why is it puddling on the ground, ruining whatever shape it has?

  9. Daisy says:

    Emma T looks very waxy. Like she did something to her face.

    Emma W looks really nice.

  10. QueenB says:

    Dont like it. Dresses like this are a huge inconvenience for everyone around her.

    The movie is going to be huge tho. I would expect some records.

    • OhDear says:

      Yeah, I was with a group of late 20s to 60s women who are all VERY EXCITED for this movie.

    • teacakes says:

      Oh yes it will – it’s tracking at $120 million plus for opening weekend, and given that even Cinderella cleaned up over 500 mil, this one is going to gross even more.

      BotB might be a stupid fairytale movie but Emma Watson’s profile is going to stay high for a while thanks to its box office.

  11. lightpurple says:

    A group of my cousins, ranging in age from 26 to 40, who don’t usually go to the movies, believe this will be the greatest cinematic event of this century and are already planning to see it multiple times, with and without their kids.

    I think Emma’s dress should be fitted a bit better through the waist.

  12. Adrien says:

    Only came here for Luke Evans. I will probably watch it just to see Gaston.

  13. Trixie says:

    The movie was also made for mid-20-somethings who grew up loving the original animated film and want to see a live-action version of it. I already have my ticket for the IMAX.

  14. ell says:

    the dress would be quite lovely, if it weren’t for that cape thing. i just hate capes and i do not understand why they’re a fashion thing. they make every outfit uglier.

  15. Janet R says:

    Since I can’t see through it , I am delighted!

  16. ElleBee says:

    Not sure what’s making me dizzy, Luke Evans or his suit? The man is gorgeous, I’m watching for Gaston.

    I know he’s gay but I still would…try…and fail

  17. what's inside says:

    Seriously meh….She looks like she is being swallowed up by that dress.

  18. MissMerry says:

    girl, get that dress hemmed!

  19. astrid says:

    Other then the dress being a bit too long, I love it!

  20. IndifferentCat says:

    Goodness, my foliage wall looks just lovely in these photos 😛

  21. OhDear says:

    I actually don’t mind the fabric – it looks a bit like seersucker – but the fit is bad and the train is unnecessary.

    The fabric on Luke Evans’ suit is making me dizzy.

  22. Bliss 51 says:

    The dress looks like a prototype. I expect there’s a word for that in the fashion world. For
    for something that’s bespoke it doesn’t look properly fitted and hemmed. It looks like something from high school Home Ec.

  23. HK9 says:

    While I love the train that comes from the shoulders (my Mom’s wedding dress had one and I will always love them) you have to fix the hem with that kind of material. If you’re going to put all that effort into a dress fix the hem.

  24. A.Key says:

    I like her as a person, but she just can’t act for $hit. I’m afraid her standard wooden one-note performance will ruin the movie :/

    • third ginger says:

      It won’t matter. The movie is “tracking” at 120 million opening weekend domestic [US] box office. That does not mean it will make that much, but it is extraordinary.

      • third ginger says:

        Please excuse me!! I forgot that Kaiser mentioned this. Still, it’s an extraordinary prediction.

  25. Meggin says:

    She’s really pretty and natural looking but I don’t think she looks like Belle. But of course I will still watch it!!

  26. Rocio says:

    No, it’s not good. I think the material is wrong and the cape is an overkilled. Sorry, Emma, you usually look good but this is a no, no. The hair, on the other hand, is amazing.

  27. bella says:

    Love the dress, and I think she looks beautiful!!