Emma Watson in J. Mendel at the “Noah” Madrid Premiere

Posted on March 18, 2014

Scarlett Johansson, in case you need examples, this is how you wear ladypants on a red carpet:



Emma Watson attends the premiere of “Noah” at the Palafox cinema in Madrid, Spain in a J. Mendel silk long sleeve v-neck jumpsuit with draped bodice.

J. Mendel Fall 2014 Collection


We are more than a little dubious on the whole cuff placement issue. And certainly, the “My head is where I store all my barettes” hairstyle is an eyebrow-raiser, but the outfit is the very definition of “chic,” as far as we’re concerned. We wish Meryl Streep would dress like this for the red carpet, rather than shoving herself into dresses she mostly doesn’t like to wear.

Seriously, that hair is weird and that cuff is causing our eyelids to twitch.


[Photo Credit: GTRES/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images, IMAXtree]

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  • @Biting Panda

    I applaud her decision to close up the shirt a bit. I’ve seen the cuff over the sleeve thing enough now, where it doesn’t strum my nerves any more. But, she lost me at the barrettes. Overall, I’m calling this a win. Bless her heart, nothing she can do on the RC will save this shitbag of a movie though.

    • leahpapa

      Have you seen the preview where they have the wonky disclaimer at the end about “we took artistic liberties” and “if you want to read the biblical account of Noah go read Genesis”? Which was basically code for “Listen, we gave this thing the full Darren Aronofsky treatment and the Catholic League is going to get blow a gasket and probably there are uncomfortable racial overtones to the way we’ve styled the bad guys and please excuse that these people are all white despite the fact that, genetically speaking, whiteness emerged thousands of years after this story is supposed to have taken place.” In other words, this thing looks like a real stinkaroo.

      Edited because I can’t type despite (or because of?) three cups of coffee.

      • Sarah

        Oh, boy. Haven’t seen the disclaimer, but if you have to disclaim your own movie before people see it, that’s a pretty bad sign for sure.

      • KinoEye

        Oh, Aronofsky at his best. The man has made a few great movies, but he’s suffering from that syndrome all good directors with vision eventually suffer from: Your head getting stuck too far up your own ass to be able to tell which ideas are good and which are ludicrous.

        Seriously, an all-white cast with inexplicable British accents for NOAH’S ARK? Darren, I know you really, REALLY like pretty brunettes, but I think you could have omitted them this time for the sake of making a somewhat less ridiculous movie.

      • @Biting Panda

        I think anytime you want to go Hollywood with a Biblical theme, if Kirk Cameron is not your star, and his people are not your target audience, you’re screwed.

        • anotherkate

          I don’t know. People in my parents’ church when I was a kid were IN LURVE with The Passion of the Christ. Personally I found even the notion of it more vulgar than all the swear words and sexual innuendos they were always trying to get me to stop saying. (I did not last long in youth group, is what I’m saying.)

    • emilyaGoGo

      Yes on closing up the shirt – but am I the only one who thinks the alteration was done on-the-fly? I’ve had my seamstress put a stitch in many of my too-booby shirts, and the change is always flawless, even on difficult material….

      • what not

        To my eye the stitch ruins the drape of the shirt. I don’t know if there was a better way to do it, but I’d like to see that instead of this.

    • kmk05

      To be perfectly honest, I hope it tanks even worse than that Tom Cruise Scientology movie (Earth something something?). If you are going to sign on to such a project, knowing that there is a rise in religiosity and the Religious Right almost everywhere (US, UK, Portugal, Greece, Myanmar, Pakistan, Syria, to name just a few) which is synonymous to the oppression of other people, then maybe you want a NEW TWIST to your story, like, maybe, evolutionary and genetic accuracy. Or making your hero not a SAVIOUR OF THE ONLY GOOD PEOPLE WHO ARE WHITE.

      What am I even saying, this is the Bible as interpreted by Hollywood. Gah. /shakes head and leaves her soapbox

    • kmk05

      Is that why it looks like she’s praying to the audience in the last photo?

      I hope it tanks worse than that Tom Cruise Scientology allegory movie.

    • Jecca2244

      i’m ok with the cuff over the silk shirt because i do it too from time to time. and i liked that she closed the shirt up a bit!

  • I think these barrettes are even worse than Kate Mara’s effort a few weeks back. A necklace instead of the cuff and a little trim of her ends would be good things.

    • At first I thought the barrettes were some sort of pencil tucked behind her ear, á la Hermione Granger. Then I looked again and was confused…

    • fursa_saida

      Yeah, there has to be another way to achieve the same style, or close to it. It seems like they were sort of trying to simulate what it would be like if she’d shaved the left side of her head, without actually committing to it (which seems like a perfectly reasonable way to go to me–I love my shaved side but it’s not for everyone)–but the barrettes are just hugely distracting.

    • Jecca2244

      they are too big!

  • Sarah

    Oh, I hate the cuff over the sleeve. But not as much as the zipperhead hair accessories. If multi-pins is a micro trend, I am going on record as heartily disapproving.

    • emilyaGoGo

      So agreed – the multi-pinning is distracting and overly excessive. Really don’t get it, as haven’t plenty of people managed a similar style with barely visible bobby pins, and wound up looking like knockouts?

      • Sarah

        Right? It’s like visible hardware is the point. I could see how MAYBE that could work if you were going for a harder look, but sophisticate ladyslacks don’t call for it.

        • 3boysful

          I wonder if the point might be that you could NOT do this in real life, because one piece of hair would get pulled out of place (your bracelet catches, you forget and scratch your head, someone leans in too close for the air-kiss, etc), and you’d have to remove all 17 barrettes to fix it!

          • Sarah

            Ha – yeah, like those rings you wear on the outside knuckles. Proof that you’re Privileged and have a team of people to carry things/fix your hair/keep things from falling off/down etc.

        • kimmeister

          Every season, we have a trend to make things visible that shouldn’t be. We had visible industrial-strength zippers and granny panties for a while, and now that those are fading away, we get visible hair hardware. Next season, they will resurrect the slip just so it can be worn on top of skirts!

          • Sarah

            Don’t forget the Prada outside-bra look! I think you’re on to something.

    • gabbilevy

      It didn’t work for Kate Mara, and it’s not working here. Not sure what this is about, but I hope it dies a horrible, fiery death, and soon.

    • SierraDelta

      I’m harumphing in solidarity with you.

  • flamingoNW

    I can somehow manage the cuff, but that hair…. Too bad because I love the outfit

  • formerlyAnon

    She is lovely and the overall look is chic. Well done.

    I’m ok with the cuff from the “glancing over from a distance” when it adds a nice point of interest. Close up, odd, but they do it. The hair barrette effect would be cute on a young girl who did it herself, it’s less impressive if done by a hair stylist who is probably well-paid and well-recommended to be working on Emma Watson.

  • LipstickForPigs

    The cuff reminds me of those ticky-tacky stretch “bracelets” my mother wore over her cuff to keep them from slipping down her arm. Also, the hair is a glamour don’t.

  • majorbedhead

    Oooh, the hair is bad. The rest is OK-ish, but she’s only getting a pass from me because she is who she is. It reads a little C-Suite to me.

  • Kent Roby

    Oh, Emma Dearest; you are awesome, and talented, and you look great here in spite of the missteps, but you absolutely must stop using Evan Peters as your hair-accessory icon. Thank you.

  • kmk05

    FABULOUS. Until she turns her head and we see the barrettes.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Exactly. I love everything about this look, even the look/effect of the hairstyle from straight on. But then I saw the side shot and all the barrettes, and I visibly cringed.

      Overall, she looks fantastic, though. Love her.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Bobby pin hair is the new Pinterest nail apparently. I love everything except her hair and lipstick.

    • cocohall

      Is the bobby pin hair going to be one of those things that we all learn to love and accept, like tattoos? Just wondering. I’m old enough to remember a time when tattoos were pretty much the province of older grizzled ex-navymen. And bobby pins were a necessary evil to produce a certain look, but were meant to be “invisible.” I don’t want to be all “get offa my lawn” but I’m hoping this is like the sky high bangs of the 80s.

      • Sarah

        Sky high bangs were a many-year phenomenon, more’s the pity.

        • Jacob Bowen

          Hence my mom’s LOVELY wedding photos…

          • formerlyAnon

            Oh baby, I had a poofy swoop of bangs you could have parked one of those little go cars in on the day I got married.

            Nothing to do with how usually did my hair, but I had a good friend with a friend who had a hair salon . . .

        • formerlyAnon

          They kind of . . . evolved, rather than properly fading away in a year or two. It started with Farrah hair, and the gravity-defying poofiness just kind of migrated all over the head for at least 15 years. Or that’s how I remember it, anyway.

          • Sarah

            Yeah, that’s how I remember it. It took place on my own head, as a matter of fact. I had the “feathers” on the sides as a kid, and by the time I got to middle school, I was working the Claw Bangs.

      • Jessica Freeman

        This too, shall pass.

  • carnush

    LOVE. Elegant and classy. Way to go.

  • Capt. Renault

    I’d replace the barrettes with bobby pins. But where am I going to get a bobby pin? Out here in space? At this hour?

  • jw_ny

    The multiple barrettes must be a new fad thing…I’ve been seeing it on friend’s teen kids and in public too. ugh.

    Outfit looks great…wish the tack where she made the sternum bearing top more modest was smoother, but I like it better than on the model.

  • Anna

    Um, why didn’t they finish styling her hair? Cause that’s what mine sort of looks like when I put it up in sections to curl it. And I use 99% less hair clips.

    The outfit is only OK, but I do like it better than Scarlett’s.

  • merciblahblah

    I have a fascination with Emma Watson, because someone once told me that my daughter (who is 5) looks like her, so it is interesting to see what she could possibly look like as an adult. This all has nothing to do with anything that Mz. Watson is wearing, and for that I apologize. I will NOT apologize, however, for my intense dislike of that hair. I CANNOT. Her blouse and ladypants are okay though, and her makeup is a SOLID thumbs up. Wow – this may go down as the most random comment ever. The end.

  • SugarSnap108

    I say this as an avowed cuff lover – they look ridiculous over a sleeve. I sometimes do something like that with my hair, when I’m in dance class and can’t stand having a strand fly into my face. Otherwise, she looks fab.

    • kimmeister

      Especially a sleeve that has some volume to it. It might be passable over a form-fitting knit sleeve.

  • SewingSiren

    The cuff bracelet on the outside of the sleeve is amateur hour style wise. i like the half doobie though. Thanks Rihanna.

  • BlairBear

    this may be one of the only jumpsuits I have unreservedly liked.

  • lunchcoma

    I don’t like the barrettes, either, but I approve of what she’s been doing lately. She’s done a good job separating herself from her childhood image without cranking the sex appeal up to 11.

    • Evan

      I agree. I think she could hold a workshop for upcoming child stars on how to transition to adulthood without falling into the over-sexualized trap that so many fall into.

  • annrr

    I think the cuff would work if the sweater was shortened and inch and the hair isn’t cute

  • Gatto Nero

    I hate jumpsuits as a rule, but this looks great on her. She was wise to tack the bodice to moderate the cleavage a little, though the stitching/pinning could have been cleaner.
    Love the makeup.
    As much as I like the idea of a bold metal bracelet with this look, this cuff-over-sleeve business doesn’t really cut it.
    And the hairpin thing — I don’t get it, though the ones she’s wearing are clearly meant to be seen. I hope this trend doesn’t last.

  • Danielle

    Those aren’t barrettes, those are the clips my stylist uses to hold the foils in my hair when she highlights. They make me stabby.

    • ryenerman

      Oh my god, you are right. I’m even more depressed by that “hair style” now than I was when I started.

  • deelup

    Yes Emma, I want to be you. Okay? Satisfied?

  • mary mary quite contrary

    What’s going on with her feet? Is that a sunburn?

  • Betsy

    The little girl I used to babysit used to love to load up my hair with barrettes. Are grown-ass stylists doing this now because this makes no sense to me whatsoever?

  • ballerinawithagun

    That jumpsuit would have looked great on a pregnant Scarlett and her lovely bustline (pregnant or not) would have been perfection with the not quite so deep V neckline.
    I have a couple of sweaters that I do a cuff over sleeve, but this just looks as if the sleeves need to be shortened. She must have changed shoes in the limo, horrible red marks on her feet. (I hate when that happens…whoops no limo, just the red marks!) Didn’t the stylist have a big fabulous jeweled comb to use if they really wanted to do the asymmetrical hair?

  • unpious

    The cuff, I could take it or leave it. I’m just going to pretend it’s a shirt and pants and not a jumpsuit because I can’t with the jumpsuits. But y’know what, I like the hair. Yeah. The barrettes. I dig it. I think it’s a neat way to add some more visual flair to what could be a very simple outfit otherwise. I think a giant ear cuff could have served the same purpose, but I like this solution too.

  • Rhonda Shore

    The clips in her hair are ridiculous, particularly since they are the sort that hairdressers use to get most of your hair out of the way while they cut.

  • kt

    the bands of her shoes/ possible ace bandages around her feet are making my eyes twitch. and agreed to whomever said that the pin holding her shirt together is silly, one stitch to get it to lay right

  • ChiKat67

    For someone who is trying to move away from her high-profile franchise, why is she sporting Hermione’s hair?

  • MilaXX

    Agreed, I like the look but the dislike the hair and cuff. Who is trying to make bobby pins happen?

    • another_laura

      Could Goody have that much industry juice?

    • SewingSiren


      • MilaXX

        See this is what happens when lessor people attempt the things high level fashionistas do. I was hoping when Rhi Rhi wore that doobie with the crystal bobby pins people would know this was a do not try this at home look.

  • NBG

    The hair…just no but bless her stylist for pinning the top to a reasonable level. Great pants.

  • AC Simons

    After seeing Shailene in cut-offs and flip flops, this is a real palate cleanser! I’m not loving the barrettes, but she does look event appropriate. Love the lipstick.

    • Kent Roby

      I was thinking the same thing, that Emma is schooling Shailene in how to look classy when making appearances for what is likely to be a dud of a movie. If I were an industry exec, the RC appearances alone would make me want to hire Emma over Shailene.

  • FrigidDiva

    I shouldn’t even comment, I’m just feeling stabby today, but that hair! She needs the ends trimmed and a deep conditioning treatment stat, and the whole bobby pin/barrette to death thing just needs to die.

  • MarissaLG

    There’s so much about this that I don’t understand. The hair, the cuff over the sleeve, and definitely the hands-together bowing (which, granted, could just be the photo and she wasn’t actually doing it. But still)

  • B_C_J

    Love the outfit. Love the cuff & its placement. Love her makeup. Like the hair. I just wish the loose side was a bit more finished. Overall, she looks marvelous.

  • KinoEye

    She’s gorgeous, but that hair is seriously wonky and I wish she’d rolled up the sleeves a tad to exhibit the cuff, instead of sitting it on the outside like that. Looks great and red-carpet ready, though. *cough*TAKE NOTES SHAILENE WOODLEY*cough*

  • stubbornthoughts

    Overall, this is a fantastic look on her. Comfortable and chic is the vibe she’s giving, and I love it. As for her head, I saw this hair pin trend on a fashion site and it flabbergasted me. I’m incredibly sad Emma’s stylist decided to try it out on her.

    I’m reminded of Mean Girls, “Stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen, it’s never going to happen.” Stop the hair pinning pinteresting bullshit.

  • cmb123

    What horribly painful shoes was she wearing that left strap marks embedded into the tops of her feet. ouch

  • Nancer

    Namaste! I actually quite like this, barrette and cuff placement included. Very pretty.

  • She looks more and more like K Stew in these appearances, maybe it’s the hairstyle?

  • Susan Velazquez

    Cuff is cool but the barrettes are weird. Like that her ladypants actually fit her well and are hemmed properly

  • ScarlettHarlot

    The outfit is mature, but the barrettes are juvenile. And the cuff over the fabric does bug.

  • Golfkat

    She looks amazing. It’s such a glamorous look. But prayer hands? And on a red carpet? Jason Bateman would never!

  • Patrick Cleary

    The cuff and barrettes are stylists desperately trying to make “Fetch” happen.

  • Violentcello

    I love it. She looks amazing. What’s up with her feet though? Is that a weird sunburn?

  • Lori

    ITA. That hair is annoying and the cuff over the sleeve is trigger my OCD, but the rest of it is great.

  • decormaven

    Aww, ruined a perfectly good outfit with some damn Pinterest hair. If you want this movie to play to an older demographic, style her hair appropriately. But if not, let her wear the full Pinterest regalia, not just the hair. And make sure she’s holding something crafted out of a Mason jar, too.

    • Kitten Mittons

      At least a clutch made out of coffee filters or something.

      • decormaven

        Bwah! Spot on.

  • amaranth16

    Oooh. I don’t love the hair or makeup, but she is making that blouse and those pants sing. And I think I like the cuff over the sleeve.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    The hair and the cuff are SUUUPER weird. Also, are her feet partially sunburned or something? Or is that just a really weird plastic part of the shoes?

    • another_laura

      I really hope that’s the shoe because otherwise that looks INCREDIBLY PAINFUL.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I’m hoping she can spin as good as a post-Potter career as DanRad, cause I LOVE seeing her on RC’s!

  • Cathy S

    I had the same issues as my favorite uncles. The hair and the cuff are all kinds of wrong, but everything else looks chic and fabulous.

  • DTLAFamilies

    She should’ve gone with a big, honking ring if she wanted to wear a piece of statement jewelry. And the hair is a 13-year-old’s idea of cool. But the rest of her is great.

  • webslice33

    hermione is reall really growing up chic!

  • Sophie

    I like that look very much! Is she trying to cut back on the tricky outfits, what with the last bag-dress and this? But it is very elegant. I don’t mind the cuff, but I do question the barrettes and the pose in the last picture. She looks very nice here.

  • gksp

    Gorgeous. That is all.

  • Kristin

    Call me crazy, but I like the hair. She looks amazing, I love her chic style.

    • surfergirl70

      I do too. If they were ordinary drug store bobby pins, it wouldn’t work, but those pins are interesting looking. she looks fab.

  • AEditor

    I don’t mind the barrettes although they appear sloppily executed. They’re sort of a take on the Zac Posen bobby pin thing. Even with the barrettes, she looks elegant and un-ordinary.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    Lipstick is a bit much. On first look, I thought she had one of those ‘bullet made into a hair clip’ things.

  • Richard Banger

    What the hell is that last pose?

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Namaste (at least that is what I imagine she’s saying)

  • mrspotts66

    the barrettes/bobby pins are dumb.
    the cuff? meh. i don’t mind it, oddly enough.
    i do like the rest of the outfit!

  • Love the outfit but that cuff and those bobby pins are an epic NOPE.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    the outfit is good, I just wish that Emma and/or her stylist had done a better job styling her hair.

  • KT

    Yeah the pinterest hair is awful, but I love the easy breezy chicness of the look, and her makeup is great too. I kind of wish she wore some strappier shoes, but oh well.

  • CMSmith1848

    TOO MUCH MAKE-UP. Oy. She looks like if she tried to take that shirt off she would get it all smudged.

  • alyce1213

    I’ll dismiss the hair accessories as youthful indiscretion, and say the rest is fabulous. She is innately chic (like Audrey Hepburn was, but different).

  • CeeQ

    Agree on the cuff and the hair accessories, it’s pulling my focus.

  • LeelaST

    When Emma approaches Scarlett’s acting ability I’ll acknowledge her fashion ability. For now she should just be a model.

    • Gloriana Reginata

      In my book, Emma surpassed Scarlett around Harry Potter III. Scarlett is making a late run to actually learn how to act, though: her last few films have seen her lift her game a bit.

  • marlie

    The hair is the only thing I don’t like. Otherwise, Emma looks awesome! The outfit is great on her, I like her makeup, and the cuff placement is fine with me!

  • Annistella

    *whispers* I like the pins in her hair – they highlight the angularity (is that a word?) in her earrings. I think it gives a modern edge to what really could be a fancy waitress outfit. Which would be a restaurant I would totally work at.

  • Luv huh. Hate the barettes. The bodice is sloppily pinned. And the cuff is a misguided after thought.

  • dash1211

    What is she? Nine? Her hair looks as if she stole into her mommy’s hair care drawer and snatched all the barrettes.

  • Emmyllou

    Quibble quibble. It’s Hermione! All grown up!

  • Pinterest Hair.

  • SophieB210

    Those shoes: love!!!!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I think the barrettes and the cuff on the sleeve make the outfit sing.

  • J. Preposterice

    I just keep wanting her and K. Stew to play sisters in something.

  • cindiaune

    Are her feet two different colors or is it the shoes?

    • MannahattaMamma

      I wondered that too. I think maybe it’s just that her feet are DYING in those shoes and we’re witnessing what happens when bloodflow is cut off from its normal circulation.

      • cindiaune

        I hadn’t thought of that. My first thought was “farmer tan”, my second was maybe an illusion netting on the shoes? Either way it’s distracting as hell!

  • save_the_hobbit

    The barrettes….is that becoming a thing? I really, really hope not.

  • JynxTheCat

    Weird but pulling it all off like gangbusters. Chic

  • Akemi

    Does she have a sunburn on her feet? The outfit is cute, but dude, that is about 17 barrettes too many.