Emma Watson’s leather & lace dress: tacky or high fashion?


Unlike Miley Cyrus’s classy leather dress at The Last Song premiere last night, Emma Watson’s leather-and-lace concoction failed to win me over. This is Emma at a cocktail party in New York last night, and this is what Emma was wearing when she met Anna Wintour, for goodness sake. I’m sure this dress is “high fashion” and expensive as all hell, but it just looks totally cheap to me. The lace cutouts in the leather, the detailing at the hem, it’s all so… tacky. And not what I expected of Emma at all! She’s usually so lovely and stylish. Who dressed her in this monstrosity? It’s Christopher Kane, a designer I don’t know at all. And now I don’t want to know him. Emma has a contract with Burberry, and she should stick to that line, seriously. Here’s a little more from OK UK:

EMMA Watson proved her Hermione days are over as she stepped out in a racy leather and lace dress in New York last night.

Harry Potter star Emma Watson showed off her grown-up style as she attended a London Show Rooms cocktail party in New York wearing a lace dress with leather panelling and floral accents.

Emma, who was happy to sign autographs for fans waiting outside, matched the stunning Christopher Kane frock with a pair of towering black heels.

It was the first public appearance the 19-year-old has made since splitting from boyfriend Jay Barrymore after two years together.

Emma recently received a standing ovation after appearing in her university’s stage adaptation of Anton Checkov’s Three Sisters.

An onlooker said the star, who is currently preparing for the release of the final Harry Potter film, was “nervous” but said Emma’s performance was “faultless”.

The actress was joined by Vogue editor and fashionista Anna Wintour at the star-studded bash held at Pulino.

[From OK Magazine UK]

There have been rumors that Emma is a new favorite of Anna Wintour, and that an American Vogue cover might be forthcoming. I wonder what Anna thought of this? I can never tell her taste in fashion, honestly. Wintour might have thought this junk was fabulous. Hopefully not.

I do like Wintour’s ensemble though:


Emma and Anna in New York on March 25, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    Anna Wintour is scary.

  2. Lala11_7 says:

    Anna shouldn’t say ANYTHING about Emma’s frock…considering what she’s wearing…I have seen at A.J. Wright’s for $16.99…AND I AM SO NOT KIDDING!!!

  3. Green Is Good says:

    I love Emma Watson, and I like her dress. With her killer figure and legs, she can work it.

  4. Sudini says:

    Emma Watson is beautiful but that dress is just an incredibly huge NO.

  5. Lady Nightshade says:

    I love the dress it is very different and interesting without distorting her figure.

  6. I came rushing over here ready to scream TACKY with out really thinking. I don’t know what’s up BUT I kinda love it! Yikes!

  7. Aitch says:

    The flower embroidery thingon Emma’s dress is awful. Otherwise the dress is killer and she looks awesome, not sleazy.

  8. kaligula says:

    it’s fun, but not memorable or special. but it’s perfect for someone as young and lovely as she. it would go from sweet to gorgeous if the pattern of the embroidered flowers were more richly colored and exotic/ethnic looking as opposed to the quaint english country meadow vibe these have going on.

  9. Stephie says:

    I like Emma, but not her dress.

  10. LindyLou says:

    I think Emma looks cute. Mind you, on anyone else I don’t think the dress would work.

  11. Whatever says:

    I like Emma’s dress a LOT better than Anna’s. That animal print is hideous!

  12. jenn says:

    Lose the lace, make it all leather and strapless, and it might work.

  13. waldemar says:

    Great! Out with Sienna Miller and in with a real actress who has taste. Good!

    I like the dress. It is not tacky at all. Go to Miley if you want to see that.

    I doubt that Anna knows that there are clothes for sale for less than a thousend dollars, let alone 16.99 I think you saw a knock off.

  14. Tess says:

    An example of “More is Less.”

    The dress has too much going on.

  15. guesty says:

    the flowers with the lace is what’s wrong imo. one or the other & it would’ve been ok.

    so tired of seeing miley cyrus. ughh. she’s so beyond annoying.

  16. mimi says:

    Lately all Celebitchy headlines are questions. Is this a new trend on news reporting? 🙂

  17. Cheyenne says:

    If the flowers were all over the dress it would be overkill, but since it’s just on the hem and the sleeves, it’s not too overdone. And Watson is young enough and had the figure to carry this off.

    Wintour, OTOH, looks like she put that ensemble together from Cheap Charlie’s Bargain Basement.

  18. grace says:

    leather is part of a killed animal. we should be more conscious than that and not wear such things.

  19. anon says:

    i don’t like it but she can sort of pull it off

  20. ligeia says:

    don’t like the dress. looks like she was trying to go for a “unique” look, but it just turned out to be more weird than anything. embroidered leather? no thanks.

  21. Linda says:

    I like it on her – it’s cute for someone her age!!

  22. DoMaJoReMc says:

    @ Cheyenne


    HaHaHaHaHaHa! You are hilarious!! LOL!

  23. Miss. Thang says:

    That dress is just confusing. Is it cute? Is it dangerous? Is it sexy? Is it 80’s? I’m not sure it knows what it wants to put accross. I don’t like that.

  24. ViktoryGin says:

    Leather conjures up thoughts of S&M sessions on damask cushions in someone’s basement. To toss in pastel floral embroidery is like inviting Aunt Ethel to your swingers’ soiree. It’s just out of place. Nice try.

  25. kelbear says:

    I don’t think its that bad. Would be a lot more cute if it was strapless I guess.

  26. Shawna says:

    I think you’re right: it’s cheap looking.

  27. Natalie says:

    I really like it, as I did when Carey Mulligan wore one of his dresses during the award circuit. The stark juxtaposition of naughty and nice is refreshing.

  28. operaghost says:

    I think if you replaced the lace with sheer-ish black or opaque black panels, it would be fine. I think the lace mixed with the colored embroidery makes it too busy.

  29. Linda says:

    Oh yuk!

  30. dizzybenny says:

    it’s cute i like it!
    looks like a tea dress with a shot of Jack. 🙂

  31. Sumodo1 says:

    Emma’s dress looks cheap. And Anna Wintour is too old to go out without hosiery on. I should know. I’m her age and I am going out tonight to a big function. I will be wearing hosiery.

  32. MMF says:

    What is she 12?
    To young for leather.

  33. Ron says:

    Emma’s dress is ghastly. Snaps for trying something different, but have you no mirror?

  34. J9 says:

    Neckline and boob cups need work but its almost there!!

  35. terry says:

    a big thumbs up! A young girl wearing leather is always great!

  36. Rosanna says:

    I love that dress, especially on Emma!!!!

  37. kelbear says:

    @MMf, actually she is in college

  38. gg says:

    Ugly dress, interesting shoes.

  39. Anne says:

    She’s beautiful and is always interesting with her fashion. Brains, beauty. Her legs are amazing!

  40. Celia says:

    This dress is AMAZING and Emma looks GORGEOUS in it!! I think Christopher Kane needs to snatch her as the face of his next line. Emma also looked amazing and so sophisticated in the Christopher Kane dress she wore on Letterman.

    This dress could easily be made trashy on some other celebrities who do not know how to dress themselves, but Emma does it Justice!

  41. Meekohh says:

    I actually think that Emmas dress is adorable. I also do not like Anna’s ensemble… I believe strongly that animal print of any kind should be reserved for pr0n stars and strippers. Her hair doesn’t flatter her face either.

  42. joolz says:

    the dress is actually really cute. it’s not in your face slutty, shows off just enough, and it’s fun but girly. perfect for emma’s age.

  43. Scout says:

    I like the lace and the leather – except I do not like the bust area – I would have preferred just leather across there and not those stupid cup things…I think the flowers on the sleeves and hem are way over the top – as was already implied…less is more. However, it is NOT cheap looking in the sense of trampy and she is so adorable, it does not detract from that.

  44. ruru says:

    love the shoes.

  45. M says:

    The dress comes off looking tacky on her.

  46. trashaddict says:

    Anna Wintour – badly dyed hair and same damn haircut for the last umpteen years, channeling Helen Gurley Brown for god’s sake (for you youngsters out there, she was editor of Cosmopolitan which was bullshit parading as feminism). Why anyone is interested in that woman’s opinion on fashion is beyond me.
    Think Emma’s dress is interesting but part of a bad trend in bustier dresses where the bosom part is undersized and does NOT fit, bringing to mind some sadistic designer who doesn’t really want a woman to actually look good. Other than that it is at least, innovative.

  47. Kate says:

    I love the dress, she’s the perfect person to wear it! It’s not something I’d wear, and if she was just out and about in it I’d gag… but in context I think it’s really nice

  48. Rianna says:

    Who cares about Anna Wintour? She is a wrinkled old prune who sees the world only in white and thinks she is hot shit and the whole world sucks up to her ass because she edits a magazine. Wow, real hard stuff there.
    I think Emma looks great athough the embroidery is a little offputting. Other than that, I think the dress is amazing on her and it suits her shape and attitude 🙂

  49. EMV says:

    I love Emma’s shoes!!! Her dress I can live without but it isn’t that bad, its kinda growing on me.

  50. Kuo says:

    Not that bad .

  51. stylefile says:

    As a fashion stylist, I must say I love the dress on Emma. Not a lot of people can pull it off but she does it with aplomb.

    What I like about her is that she dresses very age-appropriate. Leather and lace is a very risque combination but the addition of the sleeves and the embroidered flowers, while a little twee, adds a freshness to the look.

    Can you imagine if it was just leather and lace, with no lace panel on the chest and no flowers? Sleeves or not, everyone would be down her throat for dressing “slutty.”

    I love how she’s being styled, same as with Dakota Fanning and, to a lesser extent, Kristen Stewart. They’re being shown as young ladies keen on fashion but knows how to dress for their age (and target market).

    Leather and lace looking innocent? Emma is one of the very few who can pull it off. Kudos to her.

    As far as Anna goes, much as I love her, her ensemble is a bit boring. Yes, you can find dresses like those in any bargain basement bin. I mean, how hard is it to find a leopard print dress? The cream cutout cardigan is very cute tho. Imagine layering that over just a tank top, jeans and killer boots? Old to young in a second!

  52. stylefile says:

    Oh, and I have to add, the shoes picked for Emma’s ensemble is inspired! I looove the shoes. I will never be able to rock the dress, but those shoes I can. 😀

  53. Emma look stunning in that leather&lace dress!Emma Watson is my rolemodel! I love her so much. Her fashion sense is amazing. I want to have that dress!

  54. brooklyn says:

    i know it probably cost trillions but i am not a fan of this leather ensemble. but i really like emma!! i am sure if anna has her way emma will be dropping our jaws by the end of the season.

  55. svallbha says:

    YOu are not looking sexy in this dress.but you are looking hot.

  56. Emma is cute. dress is tacky. would have definitely look much better without the cups!

  57. Jo says:

    this dress isn’t something I would ever wear but I still like it more than Mileys. Even with the lace it’s modest but Emma still looks fantastic in it, but then again she always looks gorgeous.

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