Pairs Division: Emma Hemming and Bruce Willis at the “Red 2” Premiere

Posted on July 23, 2013

It’s a weird turn of events when Bruce Willis winds up as the guy who could teach all the other guys how to dress. Not that he was ever slovenly or anything. Just that his style, up until now, has always been fairly basic and workman-like. We don’t know if it’s the wife, a new stylist, or a late middle-age realization that he needs to step it up, but the man’s on a style roll and we’re loving it.


Emma Hemming and Bruce Willis attend the ‘Red 2’ European Premiere in London. Emma Hemming is wearing a Roland Mouret dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps and Bruce Willis is wearing a Dior Homme suit.

HIM: Don’t kiss on the red carpet, Bruce. That’s weird. It’s not your wedding. This concludes our criticism because once again, he Willis’d it the fuck UP for this premiere, bringing true masculine, mature style to the red carpet. This look doesn’t thrill us as much as the very unexpected summer white suit he wore last time. We’re almost never fans of a dark tie/shirt/suit combo like this; especially when the shirt and suit are almost the same color. However, we do like the pop of blue in the tie and hankie. The latter touch really takes it to a dapper level. And we are once again weeping in gratitude over his properly hemmed pants.

Okay, maybe we exaggerated that last part, but proper fit and tailoring is important, kittens. Personally, that’s more of a break than we prefer, but it’s more than appropriate. We wouldn’t want to see him try the high-hem skinny pant, after all. Score: 9/10.

HER: We love the color of that dress on her. We’re a bit surprised they’re not more coordinated as a couple. Not that we think they should be, but they strike us as the type. Anyway, trust Roland Mouret to design a lace dress we actually love. Looking at it objectively, we’re surprised we’re not calling for a little editing, because that’s a dress with a lot of design elements to it; the sleeve and shoulder treatment, the pleat and buttons on the back of the skirt, the visible zipper, the faux pockets. But somehow it never seems to feel overworked or overwhelmed. Everything is perfectly placed and proportionate. The silly putty shoes make us sad. Score: 9/10.

Combined Score: 9/10. If she’d worn a better shoe and he’d worn a lighter shirt, we might have been looking at a perfect score.


[Photo Credit: Kiera Fyles/,]

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  • jtabz

    I also adore that dress, and I share TLO’s general predisposition against lace dresses. I think the color and the modern-looking micropattern really elevate it.

    • Golfkat

      I think the big thing about this lace dress, is that it doesn’t look like a lace dress in the design at all. It’s just a dress, that happened to be made of lace.

      (And thank god, because lace dresses are so overused it’s sad)

    • Kimbolina

      Yes, it definitely helps that the lace isn’t some fru-fru doily flower type pattern.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    They look great! The only thing I’d edit out of that dress is the exposed zipper. There’s a lot going on with that dress, even in the back; it didn’t need that zipper.

    • Amanda Herriott Welliver

      Agreed. I love the buttons and the zipper feels like it’s competing with them.

    • decormaven

      Was loving that dress until I saw the zipper. Puts it in the immediate discard pile for me.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Actually the more I look at it, I think half the elements could have been removed. The pockets, the knee peplum, the buttons at the back, the expose zipper, the collar situation, the sleeve situation….the lace was stunning enough on it’s own, they should have edited a bit.

    • SugarSnap108

      Yep, I’d love the back if not for the exposed zipper. I’d also get rid of the pockets; they’re just silly.

  • MilaXX

    He: I got no complaints. He Willis’d it the f**k UP! I don’t even mind the monotone coloring, the varying shades, especially the tie & hanky keep it safely out of mafioso territory.
    She: Looks fab. Minor quibble; the silly putty pump.
    I have no problem with the scores, since it takes the rare person to attain perfect tens as far as I’m concerned.

    • mshesterp

      See, I think the silly putty pump works fine in this case, because the lining of the dress is nude and clearly that’s part of the design. So while I could’ve seen a flashier shoe deployed, it’s not fighting with the dress and it coordinates. I think she looks absolutely lovely. His shirt is too dark, but I’m loving both these looks.

    • mjude

      i agree! was there a sale on silly putty shoes?….boring

  • teensmom99

    Love, love, love. And I think this might be an example of an effective deployment of the silly putty shoes with a busy dress. Not A+ on the shoes but definitely okay. Helps that a) they are not hoof shoes and b) her skin is darker than the shoes.

    • mshesterp

      Totally agreed–this is an effective deployment of silly putty shoes. Everything about that dress (besides that back zipper) is amazeballs. 9.5 for her.

      • Introspective

        that woman and her fab dress is all i can see in this photo. so gorge. i mean bruce looks good, but she’s gonna take all the attention away if she shows up everywhere looking this showstopping.

  • Diego!

    Almost DOUBLE WERQ! She looks amazing, but I hate her shoes too! And Bruce looks STUNNING!

  • Meredith

    But I don’t know what other shoe WOULD go with that dress.

    • kimmeister

      I would have gone with silver.

      • Meredith

        oh ya. i can see it.

  • VeryClaire

    A lace dress that doesn’t look like lace. Perfect. The dress is so pretty the shoes can be excused (and I don’t usually like lace dresses either). He does look good, too.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I wished the part of the skirt past her knees wasn’t there. It’s just a touch too much.

  • Nan

    The fabric on the dress looks like cheap kitchen curtains to me and I’m so over the exposed zipper. Shape is nice, tho.

    • GillianHolroyd

      Yup, curtains. As in we actually had these curtains. I found them in a box in the attic. They were mauve. ((shudder))

      • demidaemon

        This sounds like a line uttered by someone reminiscing in a movie!~

  • NBG

    Loving this suit on him, even the color. Shall we call it “Action Star Who Is Smart Enough to Pay a Good Stylist” Charcoal Grey? And bonus points for the print hanky.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    The way the light hits his collar in that second picture, I thought for a moment that shirt had a black leather collar. That wouldn’t work for this look, but now I really want to see a black leather collar on a man’s shirt for the red carpet.

  • Rhonda Shore

    Agree on all but I would have liked a sparkly hanging earring or something to set off the severity of her hair…she could have pulled that off…

  • Julie

    Gosh they both look great. *swoon.*

  • Heather

    The color of her dress is gorgeous, but I don’t like those front pockets – they look apron-y to me.

  • GorgeousThings

    The only thing I don’t like about her dress is the pockety faux peplum. Other than that, LOVE them both!
    Uh oh, I’m wearing silly putty shoes.

    • kimmeister

      Since you’re probably not on a red carpet, we can forgive the silly putty shoes. 😉

  • alyce1213

    I’m thinking it’s late middle-age realization. Let’s face it, Bruce is on the verge of being Old Hollywood Royalty and he’s smart and worldly enough to know he had to step up his look from the working-class bad boy he was. I applaud and appreciate the example he’s setting for boystars. I can picture him with a tailor, making sure it’s done right.
    He looks magnificent and so does she. The dress is absolutely stunning. Her shoes might be a minor .25 deduction on principle — but in fact, they’re really not all that bad with the dress, so I give it back. Perfect score from me: 10/10.

    • I concur. She is giving magnificent “I’m the spouse, not in the business” perfection. And he is the kind of man I want to take orders from. Those kind of men are very few and far between.

  • msdamselfly

    Gorgeous dress on her

  • Janet B

    Him: dark shirt is overwhelming
    Her: buttons or exposed zipper (buttons are prettier)

  • Beth513

    Seething with dress envy.

  • CC06

    She looks great. If there’s anything I would change, maybe a bolder pair of earrings or a necklace to set off against the dress?

    • Loola234

      Maybe a slightly bolder lip??

  • They are just hot.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    This is making me look at Bruce Willis in a whole new way, he hasn’t looked this sexy since moonlighting. (imho)

  • I want her dress desperately, though I imagine those faux-pocket things would make me look extra hippy. I don’t care, I love a dress with a good neckline and shoulder treatments. Plus it’s got this retro 1930s jazz singer in the summertime vibe that I’m all over – I wish I had a version of this dress for the next Jazz Age Lawn Party (anyone else going – I’m going again in August on the Sunday – bitter kittens meetup?)

  • vitaminC

    I have to disagree–the closures really screw up an otherwise amazing dress. Big, cheap-looking buttons and a SHINY silver parka zipper. Ugh. The dress works because it’s essentially monochromatic–all the design is in the textures and the way the elements fall against each other. Bargain basement notions pull the sophistication way down. I dunno, maybe she could stand against a wall all night?

  • Imasewsure

    Love the dress on her because she kept the rest of the styling so simple. You would have to be this naturally gorgeous to pull it off though. Dark hair and dark skin also help to keep the twee away which helps

  • carnush

    Wow she is just stunning. Lovely color.

  • clairellis

    I’m in love with her dress and he is making my panties wet.

  • bertkeeter

    RM knows how to make lace MODERN! My only edit would be the “not needed” three black buttons on hem. I could care less about what’s his name or what he’s wearing.

  • Pennymac

    Confession: I accidentally caught “Red” on cable the other night, and just as accidentally reignited my Bruce-crush. I’ve since viewed both Expendables 2 and on demanded Red again, plus borrowed the DVD of Tears of the Sun, which amped my dirty/military/steely-eyed hero lust X 1000. And here he is, looking all suave and debonair. Who is that bitch at his side? Make her go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • How good was Tears of the Sun?!?!? That is so not my genre of choice, but I gave it a go, and was so glad I did.

      • alyce1213

        Anyone see In Country ? Late 80s, just after Die Hard. Really different, very good.

        • Pennymac

          No, but if it will give me a new Bruce fix, I’ll try Netflix….

          • alyce1213

            You won’t be sorry.

      • Pennymac

        I thought the story was amazing. As it turns out, it was based on a true story; only the special forces were from Canada and the country was Columbia.

    • Fordzo

      I just watched it, too, and I was so entertained! (John Malkovich helped, though. He can do no wrong in my eyes.) And Helen looked beautiful in that white dress she wore to the event where they tried to kill the VP. (I hope that isn’t a spoiler for anyone.)

  • I neeeeeed that dress. Right now.

  • pookiesmom

    Wait, they’re married? Stylish or not, he looks like her grandpa! /This concludes your daily dose of unsolicited judgment.

    • formerlyAnon

      She’s older than she looks in these photos. (35). So, not grandpa. Dad.

  • I’m shocked how much I love that dress. Typically anything that leaves me thinking, ‘I love the back of the dress’ means it left the wrong impression, but this just works.

    ETA: I’d like to see a tiny bit of sleeve peeking out, but I can’t criticize because it only shows how far Bruce has come. Well done, sir!

  • SewingSiren

    I’m a huge Roland Mouret fan and I absolutely love this dress. It really suits her. She however, does not look like she is enjoying the company she’s keeping.

  • Fordzo

    I am LOVING this shade of blue. Queen Helen wore a very similar shade last week, and I loved it on her, too. It is a perfect summer color to show off your tan.

  • MoHub

    It’s a double WERQ from me.

  • We don’t know if it’s the wife, a new stylist, or a late middle-age realization that he needs to step it up, but the man’s on a style roll and we’re loving it.

    I vote for the wife. Any fashion-conscious woman will make sure her husband’s outfit is going to do justice to her own. I recently saw a current picture of my high school sweetheart who I had almost married. His suit was old fashioned and very ill fitting. My first thought after not seeing him for many decades was, “Honey, if you were married to me, you’d be dressed way better than that.”

  • SophiaPehawkins

    Their body language is telling.

  • formerlyAnon

    He looks older standing next to a woman 20-some years younger. I imagine that’s not the way he feels, though.

    I love her dress.

  • Anniebet

    Her dress is out of control great. Unusual, flattering as hell, and a gorgeous color. The only thing I would change is a better bra and those oh-so-boring shoes. He’s pretty damn spiffy here too.

  • Mlzx

    I think the shoes were the right choice. The dress is interesting enough as it is, and the shoes match the visible lining.

  • quiltrx

    I think her dress works so well because it’s a decidedly UN-lace pattern…takes it modern instead of grandma territory.
    I’m super-eye-twitchy that the lining ends JUST above the seam, though.
    And Bruce (who I adore) looks magical, again.

  • LaSylphide

    Bruce is da man (and he’s starting to look a lot like Daniel Benzali). She looks good, especially in that great color, although I’m not crazy about the dress; it looks kind of stiff.

  • Roza

    Tom and Lorenzo, please tell me why you don’t like her shoes. I was always taught to keep my shoes simple, so people focus on my face and figure. Am I out of touch?

  • ErmengardeGreen

    I love the dress, but it looks a teeny bit too big on her.

  • Stacy Feng

    Oh god, her ankles are tiny. I’m going to go cry in a corner now.

  • librarygrrl64

    The back of that dress is heavenly.