Pairs Division: McGregor and Watts

Posted on September 11, 2012

These two clearly didn’t coordinate before heading out for the night.


Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts attend the premiere of ‘The Impossible’ during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Ewan McGregor wore Marni. Naomi Watts wore Elie Saab. 

Elie Saab Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Karolina Waz (ELITE)

It’s like the head cheerleader has been forced to go to prom with that sullen kid who carves things into desktops and writes on his jeans all the time.  Except this sullen kid is freaking adorable.

HE: Gives us life. We just love the way he dresses and the fact that he insists on dressing how he likes for public events. Even better, he manages to look put together and stylish while doing so. It’s all as simple and basic as a look can get, but it suits him perfectly. Love the hair. And the face. And the boots, of course. Score: 8/10. Only because it’s somewhat effort-free. From a style perspective, it’s a ten, but he is standing next to a lady in a gown and looks somewhat dressed down in comparison.

SHE: Is wearing a beautiful dress in a color we hate. But that’s just a personal taste thing. Nothing wrong with a mauvey-lilac if that’s your thing, but it’s never been ours. Still, we love the shape and the little details, like those half-peplums and the belt. It fits her perfectly too. But we kinda hate the shape of that neckline and we think everything north of the neck is just a little harsh-looking. But the overall effect is chic and turned-out, so we can’t complain too much. Score: 8.5/10.

Combined Score: 8.25%2

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  • Lilithcat

    Are you joking?  8 of 10 for him?  He looks homeless.

    She looks fabulous, and the expression on her face is all “what did I do to get stuck with this douchebag?”

    • Ryan Williamson

      Wow you have some remarkably stylish homeless people living near you. 

    • call_me_schmeg

      ok, ok, so i get that ewan’s styling comes down to a matter of personal taste (it’s a love it or hate it kinda thing). but from everything i’ve read and seen about him, he is far far FAR from a douchebag. personally, i’d love to cuddle him up in my pocket and let him read the phonebook all day long. 

      love her dress. 

      • Speaking of listening to him read the phonebook all day long, have you heard him reading Checkov? In 2002 he read five stories for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime, and I just rediscovered the cd and for all that I listened to it in 2002, and I listened to it just a couple weeks ago, I still don’t know what any of the stories were about! I just wind up listening to the sound of his voice, rather than the words. 

    •  I think the 8/10 is only because it EWAN. Otherwise, yes, dude would look terrible.

      • JosephLamour

        I enjoy this ALL CAPS NAME THING with people we like. EWAN! TILDA! CATE! JOSEPH! (just trying the last one out)

        But yes. He is a fabulous dreamboat who dresses in reality how Details attempts to style every famous actor. For that he is a for-all-time thumbs up.

    • Stefanos Mantyla

       I agree. A greater divide was called for. Sorry T Lo!

    • annieanne

      He is always adorable. But he could at least polish the damn boots before getting on a red carpet.

      • out for a walk

        Adorable, yes indeedy, but I would quibble with polishing those boots. Like them or not, they’re supposed to be all rough-and-tumble and chimney-sweep – boots that don’t have gromets for their laces don’t need or want polish!

    • LuisaNL

      I agree, he looks terrible in this outfit, he needs to. take. it. all. off. now.

      no, really, douchey? he’s adorable. and his outfit’s adorable. and it’s Ewan, he can do no wrong.

  • MsOlympia

    Yum, Ewan.  Yum.

  • Love Naomi’s dress, and I love Ewan (not his clothes), so all’s good for me. 🙂

  • Ewan McGregor can do no wrong.

    • Violina23

      I had SUCH a crush on him in high school. I even adored him in Star Wars… 😛

      • Lori

        My entire review of the first Star Wars prequel was (and remains): Way too much Jar Jar Binks, not nearly enough Ewan McGregor.

        • Violina23

          6 years later, he managed to speak George Lucas dialogue with a straight face… he deserves a friggin’ OSCAR!  (Don’t get me started on poor Natalie Portman…)

      • He stole my heart in Trainspotting…not an easy feat when you are playing a miserable junkie!

      • ChiliP

         I feel in love with him in Moulin Rouge. I still get chills during the “Roxanne” tango.

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        Well, I fell in love with him in a movie called Brassed Off, starring adorable Ewan and Pete Postlethwaite, may he RIP.  Such a good movie.  Ewan can wear anything (or nothing) he wants, and I will still love him.

  • bluefish

    They look wonderful together!  At last, Naomi finds the perfect dress for her — lovely color on her and just an all round gorgeous dress.  And he looks like a million bucks!  Fantastic — And good chemistry too.

  • J D

    He’s wearing jeans to a movie premiere.  Yes, he’s Ewan McGregor and yes, he looks good in them (if a little age-inappropriate), but since when has a man wearing jeans to a movie premiere/awards event not warranted a sigh of rage from TLo?  I’m sensing a little biase.  He’s got a cute face, but the dude could’ve put in a little more effort.

    • We’ve given a pass to jeans on the red carpet countless times.

  • I love the color of that dress, and I think she’s well-accessorized, but I dislike the style and agree that the neckline is all wrong.  Him?  Yes, he’s an iconoclastic dresser and he gets a few points for not being led around by the nose regarding his style, but Jeee-zus, he looks like a backstage worker at a concert venue, not a major star at a major premiere.  The boots aren’t even clean, for Chrissakes.  He gets a 5, she gets a 7.5.

  • EditKitten


    • meowing

      At first I thought she may have older-lady boobs (believe me, I know), but then I realized it’s mostly a function of her posture.  She’s too young for osteoporosis (believe me, I know), so ditto to your directive.

    • DItto – don’t you wish you could just walk around Hollywood with a ruler and smack people into good posture like a fashion nun?

      • Hee… fashion nun 🙂

      • margaret meyers

        My father would come up behind you and press his knuckles into your back right between the shoulder blades.

    • Verascity

       My first thought was, “Boy, she’d look great if she wasn’t hunching like that.”

    • Yes!! Is it the dress that’s making her slouch? I haven’t noticed this on her before. Also, I don’t like what this dress is doing to her boobs. I don’t think she has implants, but it’s squishing them in a way that it looks like she does (ie Xtina’s most of the time).

    • another_laura

      She’s slouching because she knows that color is making many people (like me) barf in their mouths.  Excuse me while I go gargle with Listerine.

  • nannypoo

    I assume these two are a couple or in a movie together or have some other relationship that would cause them to be in a picture together, so it seems reasonable to assume he knew he would stand next to her in front of a camera. Did he think she would be dressed for a camping trip, or did he think she would dress like all ladystars do when they have a photo op? If we choose the second option, then I think it is a sign of rudeness, arrogance or ignorance for him to show up in that outfit. While he looks like an adorable hobo, he should have saved this outfit for a different event and chosen one that would be suitable here. 

    • LaylaSV

      Personally, I am cherishing this chance to check up on Claire Standish and John Bender after all these years. I always wondered if they’d still be together. It’s a goddamn Hollywood miracle.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i do love Ewan, and while i know he’s up here in Canada and all, he could have saved his lumberjack boots for another occasion other than a film premiere…..

  • I just keep thinking she needs to stand up straight.

  • I don’t like Ewan’s look.  A little bit is because of the boots, but most of the dislike is based on the fact that it appears that he has suspenders hanging down from inside the jacket.  

  • ccinnc

    Do they hate each other? It would appear so.

    • Judy_S

       My thought is that they looked at each other and realized that they had both dressed as a 10/10 but would not get it because they had to stand next to each other.

    • I don’t think so.  This is the second movie they’ve done together and he indicated on twitter that they were friendly if not friends.  You can never tell what’s going on that makes people look distant/weird on the red carpet.

  • Allyson Wells

    I don’t get those boots at all. They look old, beat up and dirty, and he’s wearing them on the red carpet with an otherwise nice looking outfit?? She, on the other hand, looks great.

    • He rides motorcycles a LOT and I think that has something to do with those boots.  I could totally see him driving himself to this on a bike.

  • He’s fabulous. She’d look better if she didn’t look so embarrassed by her own cleavage: own it Ms. Watts. Tits out, head up.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Disagree. Everything about this dress does NOT flatter her, including the color. She might be thin as all hell, but that doesn’t necessarily mean everything would fit perfectly, now does it.

    I would’ve loved his look a lot more if he’d gone for more high-finish boots. The ones he has are probably really expensive, but they’re still too rustic for his NYC night out look.

  • Anathema_Device

    I think I’d up her score. She loos pretty amazing and didn’t default to yoga hair and zero accessories. I love Ewan, but you’re right to knock a few points off for not spiffing it up a little for the red carpet. We know he has it in him.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I’d go to the prom with him any day. *sigh*

    Her: I once had to wear a bridesmaid dress in almost that exact same color and it still gives me nightmares. So no on the color.
    The dress itself is beautiful and so is she. A gorgeous shade of blue would have looked amazing on her. Not loving the hair, but I appreciate the fact that she’s wearing some jewelry.

  • petalfrog

    Agreed about the peplum detail… what a fun, updated interpretation of the newly ubiquitous peplum. Love the dress.

  • luluransom

    It’s a bit Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club. 

  • I think she looks stunning.  He, looks like Ewan. Which is always a plus. 

  • PinkLemon

    he’s a bit Caricature in that first shot…methinks it’s the boots.

  • RzYoung

    I think they both look great, I don’t think he looks scruffy at all, he looks really put together and I bet he smells good. 

    • Tatiana Luján

      I would love to find out if that’s true.

  • jw_ny

    I love Ewan but dressing in all black, ala Kors, is a snore.  The boots…fine for casual nights out imo…dislike on the RC.

    She…agree with all TLo comments, especially color, neckline and everything north of the neck.  I, too, cannot dispute that she looks well put together. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I love his hair, and his boots, and what appear to be leather suspenders dangling at his sides, and his skinny pants, and his blue eyes…he’s the Scottish punk for me! I am quite literally astonished at how flawlessly that dress fits Naomi Watts. A level of sartorial perfection I will never attain. The hair is a bit yellow and a bit too tight, though it seems like exactly the right ‘do for this dress. Eye makeup is harsh, not loving the gold accessories with the lilac dress.

    It also bothers me that she has bracelets on both wrists, something that has been popping up a lot lately. I have a fashion pet peeve, who knew?

  • DaveUWSNYC

    WERQ = Whoa! Ewan’s Really Qute!

  • I have hated that ashes of roses colour since The bloody Thorn Birds made it ubiquitous in the 80s. But the dress is gorgeous otherwise. I’d like it better in another colour, but that’s just me.

    And I’m not feeling the Ewan thing at all. From the neck up, he’s great. The rest is kind of oddly proportioned. 

    • another_laura

      OMG ashes of roses, yes!  And how many bridesmaid dresses in “dusty rose” – oh this is not giving me a good nostalgia experience.

      • TieDye64

        Ugh, dusty rose. Bad memories!

  • tallgirl1204

    She needs to work on her posture.  That drapy curved neck is going to cause her a lot of pain in a few years, if she doesn’t take care of it now. And, dissent here again, I think they go together in a “Lady and the Tramp” kind of way. They’re solid columns of color.  I do wish her hair had been less harsh. 

  • Is there a missing close tag? Everything’s so BOLD.

    • Yes, make it stoooooooooopppp……(whines)

  • Snailstsichr

    Her wretched posture almost ruins the look. Stand up!

  • alyce1213

    This color as PUCE, no?

    Very close to puke.  But I like it on her, it works.

  • Patricia Gillett

    Ditto on those rapping on her posture. I like the dress and the color but mostly because I’m determined to love anything that gets the ladystars out of beige. The cut of the dress is quite nice. With such a slim cut, I would have broken out the bouncy curls or even some mermaid hair. I’m not loving the severity of her ‘do.

  • Jangle57

    Maybe I’m just with TLo in not liking that color of her dress (cause I don’t), but I think she looks awful.  The color and the severity of her hair just makes her look so stiff and severe as to be unapproachable.

  • j_anson

    “It’s like the head cheerleader has been forced to go to prom with that sullen kid who carves things into desktops and writes on his jeans all the time.  Except this sullen kid is freaking adorable.”
    It’s like a lost Brat Pack movie. I would totally watch that. I don’t see the downside. 🙂

  • Call me Bee

    Oh gentlemen. 
    He:  Agree that he’s just a doll, but this looks like he’s trying too hard to look like he’s not trying at all. 
    She:  Harsh makeup and hair along with really poor posture makes her look about 20 older than she is.  OK, so she’s stuck going to prom with the unwashed emo kid, at least stand up straight and take it like a woman. 

  • Amy

    I love her dress! I love the shape! That’s not my favorite color either but with her blonde hair and pale skin…it’s working for her like gangbusters!

    Eh…’re boring me.

  • elirt

    Ack! I don’t think I could adore Ewan any more – this encapsulates it to a T! I just want to eat him up!

  • I love her dress!

  • MilaXX

    I think the scores are fine. The thing is they look better separately than when posing together. He is dressed in that way that only Ewan can and she is dressed to the nines. My only quibble with her is the hair is a bit severe. I don’t mind  the makeup. If she had a different hairstyle the makeup would work. I really like that dress and it looks great on her.

  • melanie0866

    She needs to stand up straight!  She’s all hunched over.  Take a ballet class, Naomi!

  • She does look chic and I like her hair but there is something going on with her make-up; it’s aging her.  And I do like the color of the dress especially with her hair color.

  • kimmeister

    I think the dress looks fantastic on her, color and all.  Agree about the hair and makeup not working so great though.

  • It comes down to what looks good on you and what you can get away with and pull off. And let’s face it, Ewan has great personal style and he manages to look exceptional in most situations. It’s a gift. Accept it! 🙂

  • I hate that Naomi’s dress draws attention to her very poor breast augmentation. Or makes it look like she’s had back alley augmentation seeing as I have no clue whether she has or not and couldn’t care to Google it.

  • margaret meyers

    He is slim as a boy.  What is his diet, petrol fumes and oatmeal bannocks?

  • formerlyAnon

    I concur, mostly.

    I usually like his style, think he’s usually adorable. But I keep banging my (metaphorical) head against the perma-stubble thing. I know I am wrong, it is guy-fashion and totally accepted and present everywhere. At least among the denizens of the red carpet and their ilk.

    So, out of step as it may be, I gotta say it: if your companion is wearing a gown, if you haven’t grown an actual damn beard:  shave.

  • Stand up straight, Ms. Watts!

  • Tatiana Luján

    I also loved the dress in spite of the color of it and I love everything about Ewan McGregor, except his hairstyle, it seems to young wannabe.

  • I so love his boots! LOVE that he can pull this off on the red carpet. yumyum.

  • julnyes

    They look great separately, but their outfits don’t compliment each other and that is the only down side as far as I can see.

  • momogus

    I hate to be the disapproving old lady, but I think those boots are completely unacceptable for a red carpet (albeit a less formal red carpet) event. I don’t mind jeans on the RC, but those boots, while super-cool and authentically broken-in, are just 100% wrong. I love EM, but consciously making that choice veers into douchiness.

    • mountainFashionista

      EM is older than I am, but I, too, am clucking like an old biddie as well at the awful affectation of his boots.

  • kolokOlchik

    I absolutely love her dress.  I wish I could afford one!

  • That dress is gorgeous! The bustline works so well on her body. And the color is divine on her.

  • CQAussie

    Separately?  Fabulous!  As a pair, not so much.

    P.S. I have a cousin who dresses like Ewan and he always manages to look either douche-y or lazy.  Ewan does not have these same problems.  (How does he get his hair like that?!  With the slight wave to the side etc?  Love.)

    • LambeeBaby

       Yes! They both look fab but completely unrelated in all things.

  • BobStPaul

    He looks pretty terrible.  Besides the fact that his jacket is both too big and ill-fitting, those boots are unforgivable.  That might conceivably be an 8.5 for an “on the street” look (though to me that would still be too high a rating) but a red carpet appearance?  Not a chance.

  • snarkykitten

    seriously? no. He looks lazy as fuck. Why do the guys always get away with looking like shit, but the women MUST wear gowns and be dolled up?

  • guest2visits

    I don’t think his scruffy boots were a look for the RC, especially standing next to someone you know is going to be dressed-up –
    but damn.. it’s so hard not to love that smart ass attitude packaged in that… particular package.
    I like this color on Naomi, prettier and younger than alot of the styles she’s been wearing for awhile.

  • frannyprof

    Love the silhouette on her dress. She needs a bra, as usual. And, as usual, she looks like she’s as much fun as a barrel of monkeys.

  • What is with the MAUVE??   Has everyone gone insane??

  • I think Naomi would take that look up a notch if she would just stand up straight!  Posture can sometimes make all the difference and there’s an awful lot of slouching on the RC.  I LOVE me some Ewan but sorry, he looks far too casual for a film premiere.  Those Popeye boots could’ve used at least a brush to clean off the mud scuffs.

  • ccm800

    it has gills.

  • TieDye64

    I freaking LOVE Ewan McGregor’s look. He doesn’t seem to pretend to be what he’s not and I adore that about him. I think he’s pulling this off. Boots, which I adore, and all. She looks lovely, but the color isn’t great and her boobs look a bit sad. 

  • Corsetmaker

    I love people that stick two fingers up to what they’re *supposed* to wear on the red carpet. I far prefer someone who appears to have a mind of their own about how they dress. My only ask is that they put some effort in within their own style context – and he has. Hair is done, clothes are chosen not rolled into. 

    Also, why are male actors expected to dress to suit their female co-stars? Maybe she’s overdressed. Yes, men can be lazy in their choices (go anywhere on a Saturday night and you’ll see women dressed up way more than their partners) but the average female star slipping on the latest gown handed to her by her stylist isn’t exactly putting a lot of thought into it. I think I’d rather see Ewan in scuffy boots or RDJ in stupid trainers and know they made that conscious choice than Miss Glossy in a dress she’s done little more than nod an ok too.

    Also he possibly did turn up on a bike, and would any of you argue him out of wearing them?” you are NOT going out in those boots Ewan!” Flashes grinEwan wears boots.

    • boweryboy

      This.  Valid points.  All of them.

    • dharmabum8


  • Hot. They both look like sex.

  • boweryboy

    I’m finally beginning to understand the appeal of Mr.  McGregor, sir! 

    Part of it is his vunerable bad boy appeal, the other part is how he dresses.

    He has made my pants move.

  • eruannalle

    Look, I love Ewan, he seems like a great guy (and he happens to be smoking hot, of course). And he does look good in this outfit! If it were a more casual event I’d salute it. But this is just ridiculous. She’s wearing a gown! Put a damn suit on Ewan. 

  • dharmabum8

    Ewan has it on lock. He always looks comfortable in his own skin and somehow makes you think it would be a blast to hang out with him at whatever event he’s attending. Never boring, that one, even in his consistency. I feel you guys on the mauve. Bleh.

  • Who let Ewan McGregor out with out his pants?  Why is he wearing leggings?  I’m torn on the dress, I like the way the bottom drapes but I also think it would have been an improvement (if not a bit businessy)  if it ended at the knees.