Emma Watson in Oscar de la Renta at the “Noah” NY Premiere

Posted on March 27, 2014

Like we always (sometimes?) say, if you’re getting your picture taken, sometimes simple and classic is the best direction to go in, style-wise.  Case in point:


Emma-Watson-Oscar-de-La-Renta-Noah-NY-Premiere-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Emma Watson attends the “Noah” premiere in New York City in an Oscar de la Renta black satin gown accessorized with a Roger Vivier clutch and jewelry by Ana Khouri, Aurelie Bidermann, Ginette NY, and Jennifer Meyer.

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We have a few quibbles with the front view; namely that the bodice, neckline and sleeves skate right up to the line of “matronly,” and that it’s all a bit wrinkled from the ride over. But she has magic powers to overcome such concerns and besides, the view from behind more than makes up for it. That last shot is a stunner.




[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/INFphoto.com]

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  • KinoEye

    Not as jaw-droppingly perfect as yesterday’s LadyTux, but still gorgeous.

  • @Biting Panda

    She is stunning. Full stop.
    This is still Helen Mirren’s dress.

    • Had the same thought!

      • @Biting Panda

        Bitter Kittens, mind meld powers, activate!

    • Gatto Nero

      Ms. Mirren would shut it down, even with the stripper pumps she likes so much.

      • Darcy H

        You mean *especially* with the stripper pumps she likes so much! 😉

    • AuntHo

      Blossom and Dianna Agron could take notes as well.

    • Wendi126

      Before I knew it was floor length and from the first pic I thought Bette Davis realness.

  • Feathers McGraw

    I like how this is clearly a dress for the premiere of a somewhat religious movie. Conservative without sacrificing the glam.

  • marlie

    Emma looks beautiful here. The front of the dress could use a little steaming, but I still love it. You should all check out Emma’s Twitter feed from last night. She showed some behind the scenes pictures of herself getting ready for this event. A couple of observations:

    1. Those shoes are KILLA. It’s a shame we can’t see the detail on the back of them.
    2. She showed that getting ready took a truckload of staff, makeup, and loaned jewelry.
    3. The back of the dress is stunning, but I don’t even think these pictures do it justice.

    • AzSportsGirl

      Agreed. My two favorite moments
      1. she wears Commando underwear.
      2. Her caption “I don’t wake up like this”

  • In_Stitches

    She’s young enough, thin enough and innately chic enough to pull this off. It’s a very rare feat.

  • Lily

    Definitely a case of dress is wearing the girl. Too, too much for her tiny frame and she doesn’t have the “I don’t give a shit” to pull it off.

  • abfidy

    Sigh. She’s so pretty.

  • Beautiful! It’s hard to believe she and Jennifer Connolly were at the same event.

  • JauntyJohn

    She does the over-the-shoulder mysterious smile better than anyone out there — quite possibly better than anyone ever.

    When she does Full Metal RC and then hits that mark it’s like BAM: Mona Lisa at the Met

  • Aidan B

    Somewhere, Lena Headey is fuming.

  • FancyPhilly

    I think it is too much dress for her. It overwhelms and makes her look like she’s playing at being a Sargent painting in mummy’s dress.

    • B_C_J

      Love the reference to john singer Sargent
      :-)). She definitely looks the part in the last pic.

  • Glam Dixie

    If this dress were on Allison Williams I would hate it, but this works for me. Very elegant if a tad matronly but she’s young so that negates the dress’s matronly powers.

    • mlle

      Allison Williams would wear this is mother of the bride blue, too. The black elevates it to a fashion-y gothic black.

    • The jewellery lifts it.

    • tereliz

      The boatneck shows off her shoulders and neck to such lovely effect from the front of the dress, too. I think that and the jewelry it’s styled with make the look work on a younger ladystar without looking too mature. (Although I would love to see Dame Helen or Meryl give this dress a go)

  • therealkuri

    I sort wish the shoes were either a bright, deep blue, or black. Navy with black always makes me think you dressed in poor light and couldn’t tell the difference.

  • Janet B

    Perfect for the event.

  • Sarah

    She looks beautiful, as always, but I feel like it is reading a bit “period mourning gown.” Which is sad, and also Keira Knightlyesque.

  • She looks fabulous, but it still doesn’t detract from the fact that she’s wearing ugly shiny satin. Did I mention how much I hate the stuff?

  • butterflysunita

    I hate this dress.

  • msdamselfly

    The dress looks good but I dont like the lipcolor

  • Hysterectomypants

    Good gravy, she is a pretty girl.

  • tonibaloney

    LOVE the dark navy shoes with this.

  • JP

    I want that bracelet!

    • Stella Zawistowski

      OMG ME TOO. Please, please, Uncles, which designer did the bracelet? (I ask as if it doesn’t likely cost several months’ rent.)

    • kimmeister

      That’s my favorite part of the look. I don’t like the ear jewelry though. Seems out of place.

      • JP

        Oh wow, I just noticed that. Not doin’ it for me, either.

  • deb

    Love the ear cuff!

  • Gatto Nero

    Miss Emma seems to favor simple and classic, which speaks to her taste level and intention to be taken seriously. Then she adds just a little edge: in this case the black manicure, ear cuff, and unexpected lip shade.
    I love the dress — and even more the fact that unlike some other ladystars her age, she never goes for bare and cheap.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I like Emma’s style, and the back view of the gown is stunning-that V and the train.

    • random_poster

      Exactly. I pulled my tween daughter in front of my computer screen yesterday and showed her the Kim K see-through monstrosity followed by Emma in her lady tux as a lesson in class and taste. Luckily she’s never gone down the butt-short route, and little lessons like these continue to reinforce that.

  • merciblahblah

    For me, it’s the orange lips and black mani that make it more fresh and modern than had she gone with a typical red lip/red nail. I think she looks fan-frigging-tastic.

  • Agador Spartacus

    Love this look! Although I wonder how it would look if it were in a different color. Black is a little funeral.

    Also, the lack of Oxford comma in the Noah tagline is making my eyes twitch.

    • conniemd

      That’s the way I was taught to use commas when it’s a grouping of three. Seeing the comma in the item before the “and” makes my eyes twitch (And I’m a gramma Nazi who read “Eats, Shoots and Leaves.”

      • SEPA_Q

        “East, Shoots and Leaves” points out the need for the comma before the “and”, i.e the Oxford comma. Of which I join Agador in being a firm proponent.

        • demidaemon

          I am also a huge proponent of the Oxford comma and attempt to instill that in my students, despite English grammar’s fickle rules.

          • Sarah


          • demidaemon

            WITHOUT A DOUBT.

          • Agent Sculder

            My PEOPLE! I swear to God, I am one of the only people I know who regularly uses the Oxford comma, and it makes me crazy more people don’t. I knew the Bitter Kittens wouldn’t let me down.

          • demidaemon

            We stand in solidarity. At least when we don’t disagree.

          • mlle

            There is a song with the lyric “who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?” to which I always respond I DO.

          • kimmeister

            Comma comma comma comma chameleon! 😛

          • VicD

            AP Stylebook – less is more.
            In her popularized style guide Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss writes: “There are people who embrace the Oxford comma, and people who don’t, and I’ll just say this: never get between these people when drink has been taken.”

          • formerlyAnon

            Perfect summation.

          • demidaemon

            Smart woman.

          • Qitkat

            I seem to recall that I grew up being taught to use it, and then somewhere along the way, not to use it. Now I haz confused, and pause every time it comes up, and generally use the rule of thumb to avoid ambiguity in making my decision. But you are correct, English grammar is so very fickle.

          • Sarah

            Moms, who was among many things also a Latin and English teacher, told me to use a comma when you’d pause when speaking. ‘Tis a good rule of thumb, I find.

          • demidaemon

            That’s exactly what I tell my students. Read your work out loud, and place punctuation wherever you pause.

          • Qitkat

            I like this. Simple, easy to remember.

          • kimmeister

            It is. Unfortunately, some people talk exclusively in meandering, run-on sentences, and it shows in their writing. If my husband starts to tell you a story, back away slowly . . .

          • @Biting Panda

            Of this, I am guilty.

          • Sarah

            Oh, shit. Me too.

          • demidaemon

            Yes. It’s partly because we basically speak mutt–Latin, French, German, and a bunch of other languages all smashed together. Personally, I always say “always use the Oxford comma.” But most of my students are like, “Commas? What are these creatures? How do we use them? I am afraid.”

          • Sarah

            ARGH. It is better to over-punctuate than write every sentence as if you were a run-on robot. That’s how I learned, anyway. I put commas, semicolons, quotes, parentheses, and what have you until I was taught to edit.

          • Qitkat

            At the risk of starting something I have no ability to defend, just imagine how Ulysses would be changed with the addition of proper punctuation. Although I can’t admit to having read the whole thing, and probably, almost certainly, never will, I, for one, love the final sentence (paragraph, what have you).

          • Sarah

            Not applicable. Written as prose in the thoughts of Molly Bloom. All bets are off when it’s Art. And exceedingly lovely, of course.

          • Qitkat


          • demidaemon

            Yes. But, you need to know and properly use the rules of grammar before you can start breaking them. Much like the tenets of fashion and design or any other art form.

          • Sarah

            But of course. I have perfect grammar if I’m writing you a paper, but on here, I like to mix it up with slangity colloquialisms, and of course Coined Words related to fashion faux-pas.

          • demidaemon

            I know. And who knows? Maybe one of your Coined Words will make it into the OED!

          • mlle

            Stylistic omission has no bearing on day-to-day usage, though.

          • Qitkat

            Of course, you’re right.

          • demidaemon

            I agree wholeheartedly.

          • Agador Spartacus

            Yeah, the rules seem to change regularly, which makes it difficult to keep up with. I was taught the Oxford comma and so its use makes logical sense to me. Like, why wouldn’t you have a comma before “and” in most instances? But to each his own.

            It’s like the “old” GIF with a hard G or a soft G sound. Now there’s a divisive issue!

          • Qitkat

            One is peanut butter 😉

          • Agador Spartacus

            THANK YOU!

          • formerlyAnon

            Ohhh, there is NO QUESTION how “GIF” is pronounced.
            1. What is the first word, that which is represented by a “G?”
            2. How is that word pronounced?
            3. Carry over that pronunciation.
            4. I refer any arguments to the learned Qitkat.

          • Qitkat

            4. Aww. Back atcha.

        • Gatto Nero

          There are disagreements between AP and Chicago style, as well as a divide at times between US and UK style.

      • Qitkat

        From the wikipedia entry for “serial comma”:

        In her popularized style guide Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss writes: “There are people who embrace the Oxford comma, and people who don’t, and I’ll just say this: never get between these people when drink has been taken.”

        Lol. I had no idea this was so divisive.

        • Sarah

          Or no drinks at all, maybe 🙂

        • Gatto Nero

          Very divisive. Ask any group of editors.

        • MarieLD

          So decisive. When I was a copy editor I had to make sure we never used the serial comma because our managing editor hated them. A soon as I left the editorial business I started using that second comma all the time just because I could. (P.S. I’ve read Eats, Shoots and Leaves and it has errors in it. Bugs me.) But the general rule (spoken as a former managing editor myself) is CLARITY. Use it when you need to.
          Stepping down off my editing soap box now and going back to being a librarian (and trying to figure out what the hell Pinterest is).

          • Sarah

            CLARITY FTW. And librarians unite! Screw Pinterest.

          • Qitkat

            I have no stake in Pinterest, but someone should start one called Librarians Are Cool! (Thx Matt Smith as DW)

          • Qitkat

            My husband used to do some editing of other people’s work in his former job; while he always used the Oxford comma himself, he just made sure that there was consistency within a document when editing.

          • formerlyAnon

            Clarity. Exactly.
            And if one must default to using or not using as a single practice, avoid the option which more often interferes with said clarity.

  • lunchcoma

    She’s really been working it at these premieres. It’s been awhile since someone has had so many hits or near-hits in a row.

  • VicD

    Are those navy blue suede pumps? If so, I want to quibble.

  • Lori

    The back looks terrific, the front does not. It’s not just wrinkled, it’s puckered in a way that makes it look badly sewn. It reminds me of a yellow bridesmaid’s dress that my sister sewed in the 60s. At that time sis was pretty good with a sewing machine, but she struggled with that fabric and it just wasn’t right. She wore that thing one and only one time and now refuses to allow anyone to see the pictures.

  • B_C_J

    She is an exquisite breath of fresh air in a world where many of her contemporaries are showing up in clothes that would make the devil blush from shame.

  • Noah

    That lip!

  • Vegas Girl

    Love everything, except the material. Still, she epitomizes what I want young Hollywood to be – beautiful, talented, and seemingly very smart. Have loved her since Harry Potter!

  • Eve Farren Farber

    Of course she has magic powers — she’s a wizard!

  • SEPA_Q

    Too bad I’m afraid that “Noah” is going to be a stinker. I just can.not figure why this movie was ever made, unless it was simply to show off CGI. Poor actors.

    • In_Stitches

      The concept of a biblical movie really irks me and not in a ‘get your religion out of my entertainment way’. It’s more…if we’re turning religion into media, it demeans it somewhat, no? Not that I’m trying to defend Christianity and help it preserve its dignity…I could care less. It just doesn’t seem like a smart tactic to me.

      • It worked for Charlton Heston… I agree with you, it’s a bit off, but it makes good business sense. Make a good one, busloads of youth groups get dragged to see it on a Friday night. Make a bad one, busloads of youth groups picket it while everyone else buys a ticket to see what the fuss is about.

        • Lori

          The thing that’s weird about “Noah” is that everyone keeps yakking on about how “dark” Darren Aronofsky’s vision is. What exactly were they expecting? Have they ever actually read the story of Noah from the Bible or do they only know the kiddie Sunday School & nursery decor version with the cute animals going into the cute ark? It’s a story about an all-powerful being getting POed and drowning all but 8 humans and all but 2 of each land-based animal. Global genocide is not happy fun time.

          • mlle

            Unlike the Aronofsky version, at least the Bible Noah story is brief. There was a piece about him in the New Yorker a few weeks ago that discussed the way he padded out the story and the effect on run time.

          • Violina23

            I heard an ad for this movie on the radio and it had a 10 second disclaimer on how “liberties” were taken with the story and that they still feel it’s true to the biblical story. That just cracked me up. They are totally bracing for religious backlash 😛

          • formerlyAnon

            Bracing for? Based on my FB feed, it is here. (What can I say, I have relations I love very much . . .)

          • I’ve only seen the trailer – it looked like Game of Thrones with coarser fabrics.

          • Lori

            Coarser fabrics and a much higher body count.

          • You don’t actually see the genocide in the trailer!

          • Lori

            Wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise 🙂

          • KinoEye

            If people are complaining about Aronofsky’s vision being too dark, then they have never seen one of his films. Every single one is pessimistic, disturbing, heavy and difficult. In my opinion, he’s really hit or miss — he’s made some of the best movies I’ve ever seen, and some of the most stupid and pretentious — but he’s nothing if not consistent. I’ll see this one eventually, but this seems like it could be one of his misses. But it makes total sense that he would choose this story. All his hallmark themes are there.

            And seriously, have they never read the Bible? Most of the Old Testament sounds like it was written by the Marquis de Sade. I do think that some of the stories in the Bible would make incredible films. Not the Sunday School nonsense, but specifically the more disturbing OT stuff.

            Sadly, I have to say the best Bible-based movie I’ve probably seen was the kid’s movie, Prince of Egypt. It doesn’t pull any punches about all the genocide, or the first-borns being killed. Plus I kind of love the fact that God used various insects as tools of persuasion. Having lived in the country for a while, I can safely say that hordes of insects could make you change your tune real quick.

    • Evan

      Actually, it’s getting pretty good reviews so far, surprisingly.

  • R.A.

    She’s been looking crazy good lately. I covet her makeup and hair!!!

  • jw_ny

    Seems kind of grande dame, and perhaps too formal, especially with that train, in comparison to Ian & Jennifer.

    The orange lipstick kind of bugs me. She is quite striking in the last over-the-shoulder shot though.

  • Qitkat

    This is a perfect dress for performing an aria for the Presidential Inauguration. But it is a bit much for a film premiere.

    I wish we had a closeup on the left earring cuff swoop. It adds a nice bit of jazzy youth to the look.

  • demidaemon

    Goth Emma. I do think she is going to de la Renta a tad early in age, but I understand what she was going for here. The neckline and sleeve length needed some changes to adjust for her age.

    • formerlyAnon

      If she chose to, I think she could adopt a pared down look with a few distinguishing “trademark” features and make it hers, as did Audrey Hepburn. She has the features for it.

      • demidaemon

        I can see that. This dress, though, feels like it is swallowing her up at times.

  • MilaXX

    Feels a tiny bit serious for me. I would have preferred it in navy.

    • Violina23

      Yeah, I dunno, she’s stunning, but I’m still getting “funeral” from it.

    • MarieLD

      Navy is almost always a better choice than black. It just makes everyone’s complexion look better. It would be perfect in navy and with a simple necklace. Though I truly love the blue (suede?) shoes.

  • jenuwefa

    Her ear bob is magnificent.

  • Amanda Welliver

    This is a posture WERQ.

  • Jen

    stunning. the makeup goes too.

  • jilly_d

    She is the only person I have ever seen who manages to pull off orange lipstick. What voodoo is this??

  • nannypoo

    From the front she looks like she sings in a women’s chorus, but the back is gorgeous.

  • Akemi

    I was all MEH, until that last shot. Love the back!

  • Betsy

    I feel like the dress swallows her but I love the lipstick.

  • Fuchaforever


  • CatherineRhodes

    Orange lipstick with a black dress? Halloween.

  • crash1212

    Girl has style chops. Gorgeous.

  • MannahattaMamma

    she is having quite a moment. and I think it’s all about whatever lipstick she’s found — maybe it’s the brand, maybe it’s the color, maybe it’s someone fabulous applying it. but dang almighty is she bringing her A-game to the cameras. Do you think she’s in love?

  • ashtangajunkie

    She’s serving up LIPS and I am loving it.

    • mlle

      I want to see her make up artist’s lipstick drawer.

  • mlle

    I have to give the PR team props for this atypically simple step-and-repeat backdrop.

  • I love this look. But she doesn’t look happy.

  • The writer in me loves that she is clutching that clutch.

  • Andrea

    A bit mature for her IMO but she still pulls it off. Gorgeous!

  • Trickytrisha

    The dress seems a tad grand for the event, but she’s turned into a world class beauty. Lots of glorious style from her recently. It’s so cool to watch them grow up and bloom.

  • Susan Velazquez

    This is a bit too much for the event and this all reads winter instead of spring to me.

  • Marie Sea

    I much prefer her look at the Four Seasons do on Monday.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I think that dress deserves better hair and I hate that lip color. But she does look good, love the ear cuff.

  • Dadoong21

    OK, I need the deets once and for all. Who is her makeup artists? They are phenomenal!

  • Tanagra

    She looks like she should be playing a grieving widow in a BBC adaptation of something by Dickens. Needs a veil though.

  • Imasewsure

    Wow that is pretty… can we lock her in a room with Shalene and see if she can learn some tips about low key/high impact RC hair and makeup?

  • TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

    Imma need that ear cuff.

  • formerlyAnon

    Lovely. Love it. Wish the backdrop provided more contrast.

  • Dave

    I have to out myself . . .as a straight-male T Lo reader, originally from Mad Style. I don’t mean to go all internet nerdy, but why isn’t Emma my wife?

    • formerlyAnon

      Obviously, because life is not fair.

      In partial compensation, we get TLo.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Kinda Witchy Poo for me.

  • elemspbee


  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    Emma is downright gorgeous for sure, and this look is wonderfully dramatic, but I would have preferred a cap sleeve here.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    By the time she’s 30, she’ll be too lovely for us mere mortals. That look is just spectacular.

  • Columbinia

    The black nail polish nudges this look a bit out of Grace Kelly territory and a bit into Morticia Addams territory. Something coral, light and bright to harmonize with her lipstick, would have been better. The look succeeds in making her to look right for leading lady roles. But she needs earrings and perhaps a necklace in order to make the look hers and not something she’s just trying on as a lark.

  • This looks like a wedding dress in black.

  • andi56

    She looks mad. As if she has just read The New York Times’ review. But really, it wasn’t all bad! However, this is far too much dress for her; she looks like she’s playing dress-up.

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    I love that neckline, I don’t care if it’s matronly.

  • FridaStaire

    Beautiful! My mum’s wedding dress, in my favourite colour, on a kid who looks like my daughter. Perfect….

  • Clash D

    I love that shade of lipstick on her.

  • nycfan

    Maybe a dangly earring instead of the ear tracer? What do you call those things? It is pretty but so subtle that I nearly missed it.

    Nails were a chance at a pop of color, maybe not bright and dramatic red but even a blue? I dunno, nit-picking obviously.

  • Michelle Gennari


  • Micaela Cannon

    Add some crazy hair and ugly sunglasses and she’d be a dead ringer for Helena Bonham Carter.