Emma Watson for Harper’s Bazaar UK

Posted on July 05, 2011

Hermione gets another spread and we have some unasked-for advice to give her.

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Debora Muller (NATHALIE)

Harper’s Bazaar UK August 2011 Issue
Editorial “Good Girl Gone Bad?”
Photographer: Alexi Lubomirski
Stylist: Cathy Kasterine

On Hollywood: “LA scares the crap out of me. I feel if I have to work out four hours a day, and count the calories of everything I put in my mouth, and have Botox at 22, and obsess about how I look the whole time, I will go mad, I will absolutely lose it.”

On the fashion world: “It can be savage and cruel, in that it’s prescriptive — you have to look a certain way and fit a certain mold — but also in the way it’s made.”

On being the good girl: “There has never been room in my life for [rebellion]- I couldn’t imagine giving my family any more trouble, it’s already been complicated enough.”

On playing the bad girl: “I almost broke down in tears when they tried to get me to be angry. I said, ‘I just can’t do it.’ – and to let myself be powerful, sexy, all those things, it’s scary for me. [Even playing the bad girl in this shoot] felt a bit uncomfortable and awkward, it didn’t come naturally at all.”

It’s called “Good Girl Gone Bad?” but this editorial looks more like “Good Girl Occasionally Wears Black.” Honey? Some advice. You have worked this delicate English teacup look for a good while now and it’s served you well. In fact, you and Dakota Fanning could write a book on how to transition into adulthood when millions of people are looking at you. It’s a difficult balancing act for a young starlet; you want people to stop looking at you like you’re 11, but you don’t want to shock them by looking too sexualized as you get older (even though almost all teenagers go through that). The best thing for any young starlet to do (and to our nodding approval, Hailee Steinfeld has figured this out early) is to embrace high fashion. It allows you to dress like a grownup while still looking young and fresh. And if you do it right (which means, stick with the classic big names), you’ll hit 21 without any sartorial disasters and without accidentally flashing your vag or nipples to the world. So, well done on that one, girl.

But here’s the thing, Emma: we’re sensing that this particular look has hit the wall. It’s been pixie cuts and adorably frilly, girly dresses for the last year or so and now, even fashion stylists can’t figure out a way to break you away from the look even when they’re styling an editorial that’s ostensibly all about breaking you away from your look. We think it’s time you shook things up again. We would never really suggest any starlet go the slutty route (because the public can be terribly judgmental about former child stars), but girl, it’s almost impossible to see you as anything but a porcelain doll at this point. Grow the hair out, wear some more makeup, slap on some real bad girl shoes; the change alone would get people talking, just like they did when you first cut off all of Hermione’s hair. It’s time to sex it up, just a little. Kate Winslet couldn’t go ten minutes without showing boob on film once she decided she’d had enough of being England’s Latest Rose, but you don’t have to go quite that far if you don’t want to. Look at Keira. Still fabulously stylish, but also willing to look sultry and even a little dangerous. We see you trying for sultry and dangerous in these pictures and it’s just not working.

Don’t get us wrong, it’s a gorgeous editorial with fantastic clothes, but we’re hoping this is the death knell for the precious pixie look, which is just coming up on its sell-by date.

Emilio Pucci Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Anabela Belikova

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Daphne Groeneveld

Antonio Berardi Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Hana Jirickova

Versace Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Daphne Groeneveld

[Photo Credit: harpersbazaar.co.uk, style.com]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

    Mia Farrow, is that you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

    Mia Farrow, is that you?

    • http://profiles.google.com/paigemano Paige Mano

      The cover image is more Twiggy than Mia, but def Mia in the field o’ flowers pics.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    That whole “glowy angelic thing” is annoying. Ruins a good picture.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JKDKYBXUGFK6UITCPM2BHLOM44 Liz Lemon

      I agree. You can’t even see her face.

      • Kyle Henry

        She appears razor sharp compared to a Britney Spears “spread.”

        PS:  Awesome name.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    That whole “glowy angelic thing” is annoying. Ruins a good picture.

  • Anonymous

    Wrought iron and flowers. Strength and femininity. Black lace and white feathers. Black hair and red hair. Good witch and bad witch.

    Yet she never looks in the direction of the camera… This is what constitutes an editorial these days?

  • Anonymous

    Wrought iron and flowers. Strength and femininity. Black lace and white feathers. Black hair and red hair. Good witch and bad witch.

    Yet she never looks in the direction of the camera… This is what constitutes an editorial these days?

  • Anonymous

    The dark hair and bangs at least make her look interesting. The pixie cut — I never got all the ga-ga over that look for her. 

  • Anonymous

    The dark hair and bangs at least make her look interesting. The pixie cut — I never got all the ga-ga over that look for her. 

  • http://twitter.com/wednesdaydreams Natalie

    I like the comment about Keira …. (it figures) It’s true, the girl can balance both sultry screen siren and English rose at the same time, and her style has shifted over time, and each time for the better. Some of the pictures are ok but overall it’s a little weak. 

  • http://twitter.com/wednesdaydreams Natalie

    I like the comment about Keira …. (it figures) It’s true, the girl can balance both sultry screen siren and English rose at the same time, and her style has shifted over time, and each time for the better. Some of the pictures are ok but overall it’s a little weak. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/sauchih Sau-Chih Feng

      Keira is fucking fabulous, I love her. 

  • Marie Drucker

    She does look rather good, though.

  • Anonymous

    I think she wears all the dresses well.
    As to the concept, it’s pretty ho hum.
    What if, Fashion Editors, for once you did a fashion shoot where black/dark = good and or innocent and white/light = bad or corrupt?

  • Anonymous

    Gaaaaah I want that Pucci!

  • Anonymous

    Gaaaaah I want that Pucci!

  • Anonymous

    Gaaaaah I want that Pucci!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lromain Lindsey June Romain

    Just fyi, she’s already 21.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    It doesn’t help that the darker wig is not all that flattering on her.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JKDKYBXUGFK6UITCPM2BHLOM44 Liz Lemon

      I like it though. Darker hair looks better on her imo.

  • Anonymous

    She’s definitely channeling both Twiggy and Mia. It’s a nice spread, but nothing groundbreaking or earth-shattering with regard to her current image.

  • Tamara Hogan

    I love the pixie cut, and on the red carpet, I think Watson has definitely shown some edge. I’d love to see her tip even more in that direction.  She can more than carry it off.

  • Anonymous

    Rather easier for Miss Knightley to transition/mix it up … considering the difference in her coloring, bone structure, facial features, and maybe even height.
    By contrast, Emma is a very finely drawn physical specimen (even discounting her limited/inhibited expressiveness).  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    I don’t get the “bad girl” component. If they want to play that, they should do a white trash set-up (think early Guess Jeans ads) or a Born to be Wild set-up with her on the back of a Harley or a goth-ish club girl set-up… the world is full of terrific bad girl scenarios, and this spread doesn’t cut it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JKDKYBXUGFK6UITCPM2BHLOM44 Liz Lemon

      I agree. There’s nothing about how they styled her or where they had her posing that says bad girl.
      It’s more Catherine Zeta Zones in Chicago than anything. If you want her to be bad, then go all out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JKDKYBXUGFK6UITCPM2BHLOM44 Liz Lemon

    I think her US Vogue shoot was sexy and fierce. Plus, Emma’s done racy/sexy shoots in the past aka her Ellen Von Unworth shoot and she’s also done tons of high fashion shoots: Vogue Italia, Crash magazine with Karl, US Vogue, UK Vogue, 2009 Teen Vogue.
    She’s done every kind of photoshoot imaginable, so obviously it’s going to get repetitive after awhile. I don’t think she needs to take her clothes off in Esquire just to “do something different.” And when it comes to the red carpet, she does a nice job of mixing sexy, classic, girly, etc. Tom and Lorenzo clearly didn’t do their homework before writing this. Great shoot btw.

  • http://twitter.com/enanlim Enan Lim

    you should just keep the images of your website still and remove that white wash-fade out in the back ground effect when moving from different headlines. The effects/animation is annoying.

  • http://twitter.com/enanlim Enan Lim

    you should just keep the images of your website still and remove that white wash-fade out in the back ground effect when moving from different headlines. The effects/animation is annoying.

  • Anonymous

    Oh come on, people. Who peed in your Cheerios this morning?
    It hasn’t even been a year since she cut her hair and started rocking the pixie look! She’s a lot more daring with her look than a number of actresses who wear the same hairstyle for 10, 15 years or longer. About sexing it up, she admits right there in the interview that the bad girl/sexy thing isn’t really her and she finds it uncomfortable. That’s why the “bad girl” portion of this editorial isn’t working. So you want her to try to be something that she’s not?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668300493 Patsye Dickinson Peebles

      Amen!  We have seen enough teenagers going to slut route.  She seems like a very intelligent girl who is comfortable with herself.  Why be something she isn’t?  And she has already said she is growing her hair out.  I think she looked great!

      • Anonymous

        I think the thing is that the pixie cut is not the most flattering look for her–and it certainly isn’t versatile.  Some women can wear  one for ages, I don’t think Watson can.  I actually think from the interview that she ought to go back to college and grow up a little more in relative privacy and *then* see what she wants to be as an adult.  Or go do something on stage.  She’s an actress–if she wants to continue being an actress, she needs to try out different things–the looks will come.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JKDKYBXUGFK6UITCPM2BHLOM44 Liz Lemon

          She is going back to school and you act like she’s had the pixie for 5 years. She hasn’t even had it for a whole year yet. And she has already said that she’s going grow out. Plus, Emma has said about trillion times that she wants to do theater.

      • Anonymous

        I think the thing is that the pixie cut is not the most flattering look for her–and it certainly isn’t versatile.  Some women can wear  one for ages, I don’t think Watson can.  I actually think from the interview that she ought to go back to college and grow up a little more in relative privacy and *then* see what she wants to be as an adult.  Or go do something on stage.  She’s an actress–if she wants to continue being an actress, she needs to try out different things–the looks will come.

      • Anonymous

        I know, How about something REALLY revolutionary?  How about promoting a look that says, “I’m intelligent, well read, have good taste and feel no need to pander to anyone’s concept of me.”  It sure would be different.

  • Anonymous

    Oh come on, people. Who peed in your Cheerios this morning?
    It hasn’t even been a year since she cut her hair and started rocking the pixie look! She’s a lot more daring with her look than a number of actresses who wear the same hairstyle for 10, 15 years or longer. About sexing it up, she admits right there in the interview that the bad girl/sexy thing isn’t really her and she finds it uncomfortable. That’s why the “bad girl” portion of this editorial isn’t working. So you want her to try to be something that she’s not?

  • Anonymous

    Ditto the Twiggy/Mia comments.

    Ditto the “where’s the bad girl?” comments.

    I think the concept was poorly conceptualized and/or executed or maybe just dreamed up after the shoot was over. She’d have to be really a *terrible* model if these were the best/most appropriate photos for the concept to come out of an entire shoot if every one involved knew what they were going for. 

  • Anonymous

    Ditto the Twiggy/Mia comments.

    Ditto the “where’s the bad girl?” comments.

    I think the concept was poorly conceptualized and/or executed or maybe just dreamed up after the shoot was over. She’d have to be really a *terrible* model if these were the best/most appropriate photos for the concept to come out of an entire shoot if every one involved knew what they were going for. 

  • Anonymous

    While the top cover looks very Twiggy, the bottom reminds me of Cyd Charise. I think this is a good look for her, and if comparing her to Keira or Kate, I think that while she could pull off their looks, they couldn’t pull off this one of hers. So maybe it’s currently distinct enough for her to hold onto a while longer.

    And how great to read an interview with a young actress who sounds like she has her head screwed on straight. Maybe that’s staying away from Hollywood, or maybe it’s pursuing a real education. Either way, I can think of a bunch of other young stars who should take a page out of her book.

    –GothamTomato

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      Yes on Cyd Charisse in the black wig. I was trying to place it.
      The good-girl stuff reminds me of the story about Elia Kazan having to get Andy Griffith drunk in order to get him to play his more outrageous scenes in “A Face in the Crowd.” Griffith went back to playing nice guys for a really long time.

  • Anonymous

    While the top cover looks very Twiggy, the bottom reminds me of Cyd Charise. I think this is a good look for her, and if comparing her to Keira or Kate, I think that while she could pull off their looks, they couldn’t pull off this one of hers. So maybe it’s currently distinct enough for her to hold onto a while longer.

    And how great to read an interview with a young actress who sounds like she has her head screwed on straight. Maybe that’s staying away from Hollywood, or maybe it’s pursuing a real education. Either way, I can think of a bunch of other young stars who should take a page out of her book.

    –GothamTomato

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027947445 Jennifer Von B

    I think she still looks fantastic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027947445 Jennifer Von B

    I think she still looks fantastic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027947445 Jennifer Von B

    I think she still looks fantastic!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYYAY25W7VS5BYCOCTK62SSUBI tw125

    Um, Kate Winslet flashed her boob while playing a sociopath in the first movie she ever starred in (Heavenly Creatures).  Sense and Sensibility was just a short detour.

    Anyway, I think what she really needs to do in order to transition to adulthood is find new roles to play.  Announcing that you’re an adult now almost never works.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JKDKYBXUGFK6UITCPM2BHLOM44 Liz Lemon

      Lol. When did she announce it? Plus, she’s more adult than some people 3 times her age.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYYAY25W7VS5BYCOCTK62SSUBI tw125

    Um, Kate Winslet flashed her boob while playing a sociopath in the first movie she ever starred in (Heavenly Creatures).  Sense and Sensibility was just a short detour.

    Anyway, I think what she really needs to do in order to transition to adulthood is find new roles to play.  Announcing that you’re an adult now almost never works.

  • Anonymous

    Those clothes are gorgeous.  I think the dark hair looks pretty good and maybe even a bit edgy for her?

  • Anonymous

    Those clothes are gorgeous.  I think the dark hair looks pretty good and maybe even a bit edgy for her?

  • Anonymous

    In a rare moment, I have to totally disagree with TLo here. Her recent shoot for American Vogue did a lot (all?) of what it seems like you are wanting from her. She was glossy, shiny, sleek, ultra luxe–she was only wearing Tom Ford part of the time, but she carried that entire shoot with his particular modern elegance. Even her hair was styled so that, while still her pixie cut, the back was spiked upward into these strange fins in some shots. Her hair wasn’t the focus of the shoot, but was thoughtfully reinvented for exactly the kind of transition into being a grown up you’re writing about.
     
    I am not a crazed fan of hers or anything, but I think she has been poised and clever in her fashion choices. Think back to the shoots for Burberry ads she participated in: few other things could be so totally twee and dangerous at the same time, and I think that edge is still a subtext in the way she presents herself (even in this shoot). There are ranges in the details that can be explored in this look, and I would be surprised if popular opinion feels she’s in line to be an “English Rose.” She’s prim and twee, no doubt. But I would relish seeing her work this look a while longer.
     
     

  • narita_rayna

    haha i know what you mean. it’s time for a new hair-do.  but its hard to hate the pics. she looks freaking amazing.  also, its so nice to finally see a young starlet with her head on straight. <3 her

  • Danny Maza

    despite evrything (the good girl gone bad thing) she is an amazing model! :D

  • sonictofu

    Must she be all things, to everybody?  Surely she has a great look, and can do both innocent and edgy in shoots like this – is there any real need for her to “sex it up”?  A lot of actresses have worked a wide-eyed innocence + mischief look for their whole lives!Whatever she chooses, I’m hoping she’s going to try to become a great actress, rather than a style icon.

  • MilaXX

    Wait, this editorial is called “Good Girl Gone Bad?” More like good girl occasionally wears a wig and black clothes. She looks fine, but there is no bad girl here. I don’t thing she needs to completely change, just grow the hair out and wear a bit more makeup. As long as she can deliver on the parts she takes she’ll be fine.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMEB3XKJCE4WL62SKN473LWBXQ Frank

    she looks a little gaga with the black boxy hair and dark features.

  • Anonymous

    IS this child handling the PR bits for HP’s last installment in its entirety???
    Back off..just because a girl isn’t tarting it up for fame should net be held against her. It in fact MAKES her a stand out.

  • Anonymous

    IS this child handling the PR bits for HP’s last installment in its entirety???
    Back off..just because a girl isn’t tarting it up for fame should net be held against her. It in fact MAKES her a stand out.

  • Anonymous

    Pointless.

  • Anonymous

    i adore her, cant help it & right now she does no wrong in my books. 

  • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

    She rocks.  I could look at her for days.

  • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

    I actually don’t think what you said about Emma is true with regards to all the frilly little dresses. She wears her fair share, but she also wears many tailored, studded and leather trench coats. And around the premiere of the last Harry Potter movie, she wore mostly black, and a lot of very un-girly, downright sexy silhouettes and designs. I think some of her most high-profile looks this year (at least, the ones I read about the most) were actually dark, or badass, or minimalistic, or sexy.

  • Anonymous

    i personally think going for the ‘a little sexy, a little dangerous’ thing would be a bit too obvious. plus it’s been done to death. i wouldn’t want to see her grow out her hair either because facial structure like hers is practically made for the pixie cut. i’d be interested to see her go for the androgynous look, or wear something super sleek and structured.

    the clothes are pretty fab in this editorial, but i am getting a little tired of the fairy-girl thing and she doesn’t quite pull off the vampy looks either.

  • Anonymous

    I love you, T Lo, but I hope Emma does not take your advice.  Embracing high fashion is no guarantee against mistakes as almost any red carpet will show.  She seems like she has a good head on her shoulders and will find the path that works best for her.  She’s been quoted as saying she’s growing out her hair because the pixie limits the kind of roles she can play.  That would suggest she already has her priorities straight.   

  • Anonymous

    I love you, T Lo, but I hope Emma does not take your advice.  Embracing high fashion is no guarantee against mistakes as almost any red carpet will show.  She seems like she has a good head on her shoulders and will find the path that works best for her.  She’s been quoted as saying she’s growing out her hair because the pixie limits the kind of roles she can play.  That would suggest she already has her priorities straight.   

  • http://twitter.com/Space_Kitty Space_Kitty

    Oddly, the cover makes her look like she’s playing dress up. She’s gorgeous, but if they wanted Bad Girl, all they had to do was check out her Vogue editorial.