Emma Thompson at the “Walking On Sunshine” UK Premiere

Posted on June 12, 2014

Not to pat ourselves on the back or anything – because goodness, we’d never do something like that – but we really nailed it when we dubbed her “Everybody’s wacky British aunt,” didn’t we?


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She’s having way more fun than women are allowed to have on the red carpet. For god’s sake, somebody stop her. Tell her to suck in her cheeks, cock her hip and cross her legs IMMEDIATELY.

Critiques? We have very few, because this outfit, while wacky as hell in a lot of ways, is so full of color and life – and she’s so clearly happy wearing it – that it doesn’t really matter what we think. But to be purely technical, that scarfy thing is too long and distracting, and the shoes are WAY too heavy for the rest of the look.

But you keep doing you, Ems. You do it better than anyone else could, you wacky thing, you.




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  • Kitten Mittons

    It’s so sweet of her to wear her niece’s craft project around her neck like that.

    • Anna

      Not even ashamed to admit I totally want one. Love a big chunky chain necklace like that and love the colours!

      • Kitten Mittons

        You and Ems can fight over it, then, and I’ll referee.

        It does goes perfectly with her outfit, though. She may not give it up so easily. Hope you got yer fightin’ pants on.

        • Anna

          Naw, we’d have matching ones that we’d wear for the fantasy Vegas getaway.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Matching necklaces, or matching fightin’ pants?

            I’m hoping it’s both. Praying, in fact.

          • Anna

            Hahaha! I meant necklaces, but I love the pants idea!

          • Kitten Mittons

            Big and loose for lots of movement. I’m sure Emma can pick out something quirky that will go with the necklace. They’ll also be good for smuggling food out of the buffets, and then you can seductively pull out pickles from the salad bar and hum them at the cute guys at the floating bar. And then collapse in fits of giggles.

            I’ve talked myself into coming with.

          • Anna

            I just assumed the BKs would be going!

          • Kitten Mittons


          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That would be the fantasy Vegas getaway where we and Ems get tipsy, go to the Thunder Down Under show and get frisky with the beefcake, amirite?

          • Anna

            Yup. That’s the one! Just think of all the other sorts of trouble the BKs could get into in Vegas with Emma Thompson.

          • whaddami

            YES YES YES!!!! Can we cast the beefcake? I think we should start with some Hugh Jackman and work our way out from there. Actually, why don’t we just cast all the boystars from the latest X-men and then we could have a whole superhero theme working. We can just put any random non-English Anglophone dudes into Thunder from Down Under anyway, can’t we? (We can always make the traditional American feint of ignorance due to nationality…..).

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            We can add that delicious model who graced these pages recently (Maximiiano Patante, I think) for aficionados of non-Anglophone BK’s

      • evave2

        Do you know who designed it: I think this looks like a comfortable happy summer dress. BUT WHO DESIGNED IT? I can’t buy it if I don’t know. Please. I never noticed T/L NOT telling us the designer’s name before.

        • Anna

          Wish I could help, but I don’t know either! It’s likely that the dress is her own and not loaned to her by a fashion company, hence the lack of info. Sorry! It is a very happy colour and a comfy-looking dress :).

      • I’ve been on a The Good Wife binge and Christine Baranski wears a lot of chain necklaces like this, though nothing quite so bright and terrifying. 🙂 I’ve got to say her fashion on the show is gorgeous and I love the character she plays. 🙂

    • GeoDiva

      They look like fruitloops!

      • Pennymac

        My first thought. Second thought was “what a happy outfit!” So rare, on ladystars

  • Sarah

    Oh, AUNTIE! I missed you a champers brunch this weekend! And love your new glasses, girl.

    • Aidan B

      LOVE those on her/want to steal them for myself.

      • Sarah

        My own are much the same, but perhaps a bit bigger. I do have a bigger head than she, so that makes sense 😉

        • Kitten Mittons

          I kinda thought hers were a bit too small for her head. Maybe she could borrow yours.

          I do love the shape of them on her, though.

          • Sarah

            Shiit. If she borrowed my glasses, I think I’d have to bronze them or something.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Shooooooot, if you bronzed them, she’d probably steal them back and wear them like that.

  • I want to benignly Single White Female her so bad.

  • Aidan B

    J’ADORE. A breath of tropical-scented fresh air.

    • P M

      She needed to be carrying a pina colada, non?

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        OK-that will be my new gig in retirement-trailing behind Emma with a pitcher of her favorite beverage….

  • kimmeister

    That’s a scarf? I thought it was some weirdly long, thin shrug. That necklace is improbably working.

  • luludexter

    wow, look at that – someone actually dressing like it’s summertime… I love the necklace and dress. the shoes might work better as well, without the scarf they wouldn’t seem quite so heavy

    • maretha2

      I agree — I love the shoes with the dress, just not with the addition of the scarf.

  • Jane

    Her best accessory is that gorgeous smile.

    • SRQkitten

      That and her dear hubby in a kilt. I’d be smiling like that too if I were her. The auntie I wish I had!

  • Akemi

    I love her, and can’t even be mad at her Froot Loop necklace and the fact that those glasses don’t really seem to fit her face.

    • hermeschic

      Is the necklace Hermes? Looks like a Hermes Horn Necklace in color?

  • I will totally forgive those clunky shoes for that smile!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      That is a true mega-watt smile-the best fashion accessory.

  • James

    I love everything about this and most of all the woman who is on the red carpet, enjoying herself with that lovely smile.

  • RussellH88

    She looks like the Wacky British Aunt of Aladdin’s Genie.

    Unless that’s a dress. it’s hard to tell.

    • Trent

      I think she’s Maude’s wacky British cousin. And yes, I’m old.

      • RussellH88

        I’m 25 and I know about Maude. Would that also make her Edith’s cousin?

        • Trent

          LOL – so happy that younger people know about Maude! A great, and oft-forgotten sitcom. And Edith had an interesting family besides Maude, like her lesbian Cousin Liz and her rich Cousin Amelia who gave her the mink…

          • RussellH88

            I’m a huge student of pop culture. I love it. When I was 10 I would watch reruns of Match Game on the Game Show Network before bed.

            And I’ve seen 39 Bette Davis movies. I like to be well rounded.

          • Jacob Bowen

            YES! I did the same thing at age 10. I then had to watch Brett Somers in EVERYTHING and could not get enough of Charles Nelson Reilly!

          • Trent

            Russell, you are a gentleman and a scholar. “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”

          • RussellH88

            I’m partial to “I hope you die. I hope you die soon. I’ll be waiting for you to die.” It’s also hard to beat “Come on Oscar, let’s you and me get drunk!”

  • TM

    Not to be cheesy, but she literally does look like she’s “walking on sunshine.” Perfect.

    • KinoEye


    • James

      I’m walking on sunshine and don’t it feel good! (can’t stop singing now)

    • kimmeister

      Or walking on Pepto Bismol.

      • TM

        Haha, it is quite the carpet color.

    • smayper

      I thought that too! The whole image made me smile in a crazy way. And I adore that necklace.

  • KinoEye

    The perfect outfit to wear to the premiere of a project called “Walking on Sunshine,” especially since she looks so damn happy.

  • Bill Craven

    I actually love everything but the shoes!

  • Courtenay P

    not to be cliche, but GO GIRL. you do you.

  • Qitkat

    This is too PERFECT. I laughed with delight all the way scrolling down. Thank you Emma, now I can leave with a smile on my face. You dotty, delightful darling, come on over to my house when you’re finished, we’ll invite all the bitter kittens for a fabulous party.

    • Aidan B

      I’ll bring scones!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        And I”ll bring my spiced shortbread cookies

    • FibonacciSequins

      I’ll bring bellinis!

    • Raspberry2012

      I’ll bring Twister!

    • decormaven

      I bet everybody’s wacky British aunt would prefer G&Ts. I’ll bring the gin, tonic, and limes.

    • mjude

      I am bringing champagne!

    • Just Me

      I’ll bring all the wit and wisdom I have and Benedict Cumberbatch to carry my bottles of wine. *Hey, it’s a BK party and I can bring BCum if I want to…*

      • WendyD

        If it’s going to be like that, then I’m claiming Hiddles.

        • formerlyAnon

          Them’s fightin’ words, darlin’.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          We need to clone that boy, STAT. We just can’t have BK’s fighting like this!

  • FrigidDiva

    I love those glasses! I’m off to scour the interwebs so I can find a bargain version for myself.

  • Lex

    Keepin’ it real. Love her

  • amanda siegelson

    i don’t think the the scarf is too long as much as it’s (at the moment) lopsided… she just needs to adjust. i’m more concerned about the bottom of that dress – in so much as why the hell does it look as though it’s been stapled up in some weird way and so the bottom hasn’t dropped correctly. i mean, i’m sure that’s how it’s SUPPOSED to look – but why?????? who thinks that’s a good thing?
    other than that – i love her and her carefreeness.

    • Alyssa

      I’ve been staring for awhile, and I’m mildly concerned it’s not a dress, but a jumpsuit with culottes. However, she’s just so happy and seems like she’d be so much fun that it just makes me smile.

      • amanda siegelson

        oh my – that would be VERY distressing.

      • kimmeister

        I’m incline to agree with you about the culottes. Almost harem pant-like culottes.

        • demidaemon

          I hope not. I’ve had enough of culottes/gauchos/whatever for the week, thank you very much.

  • padma sallah

    I cannot hate because this adorable!

  • Danielle

    Gotta love a woman’s natural smile. I love her!

  • FibonacciSequins

    Her attitude is more important than anything she’s wearing. Love seeing her so happy!

  • Cyd Butler

    I love the outfit and i really want to get drunk with her someday.

  • Kent Roby

    Thanks, Auntie Em, now I’ll be singing “break these chains of love” for the rest of the day! Please never change, Dear!

    • kimmeister

      How can I explain when there are few words I can choose?

  • Jennifer Bober

    She’s one of those people you know would just be a blast at a dinner party. Can we please have one soon with her and our fabulous uncles?

    Oh, and just a bizarre aside…a friend of mine was on the writing team for the song “Walking on Sunshine,”

    • formerlyAnon

      lyrics or music?

      • Jennifer Bober

        Given that we’ve been singing and playing together for years and she’s spent a good part of her life as a music teacher, I would guess music, though I never actually asked.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I bet she feels like she’s literally walking on sunshine and I love her for that.

  • Anna

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I want to go to a girls’ weekend getaway in Las Vegas with her. She will wear this outfit, get me blazingly drunk on margaritas served in glasses the size of fish bowls and triple dog dare me to chat up the hot guys at the swim up bar.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Don’t you wish we could make this happen? I picture Emma at the head of a conga line of BK’s sashaying through Vegas!

      • Anna

        If I had a genie, this would definitely be one of my wishes!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    What I like about her is that she always looks so happy to be where she is. You can’t help but feel the joy when you look at her.

  • marlie

    Aunt Emma looks awesome, and true to herself. Plus, the “rules” don’t really apply to her. I have no complaints!

  • LJA

    Guarantee you she’ll have been the most comfortable person in that movie theater!

  • Anne

    I don’t even care, I think this is fabulous. 🙂

  • wasabi

    THIS is why I have self-imposed a ban on black articles of clothing. Color is so much more fun, and flattering. She looks great.

  • Thomas

    We should just affectionately start calling her Fruit Loops because of her Fruit Loops necklace.

  • Wink

    Very ‘Endora takes a vacation.’ But she loves it, so I do too!

  • somebody blonde

    I think she looks fab. The shoes help the wackiness by not quite going, in my opinion.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    As a Texan, I would secretly fill my wacky English Auntie’s flask with premium grade Tequila. She would call me, drunk, and talk SHIT about Prince Albert. She would mail me Mr. Bean DVDs for my birthday.

    These photos are absolutely delightful. She is delightful, truly.

  • jilly_d

    If she had swapped the clodhoppers for a pair of simple black sandals I’d be calling this a WERQ. Quirky snaps!

  • Denise Alden

    Even her blond hair can’t bring me down! Walking on sunshine, indeed.

  • Sarah Jacobs

    She looks beautiful here. The colors are her friend.. As a grown up with foot troubles…it’s a whole lot easier to rock a big smile if your feet aren’t sore. Kudos to Emma for wearing comfy shoes.

    • MoHub

      Actually, the shoes don’t look that comfy to me. I’d have loved a flatter sole and less height in the back.

  • Loramir

    Emma transcends Be Me Or Do Me. She falls into the “Be BFFs, Get Tipsy, and Exchange Juicy Gossip About My Many Hot British Costars With Me” category.

    • WendyD

      I NEED to gossip with her about K. Branagh SO BADLY. I love them both so much, but I’ve been in love with him since 8th grade.

  • Kristin

    She looks incredibly polished in her wackiness here. I would have ditched the scarf, but otherwise this is a pretty great look for her.

  • numenah

    It does the heart good to see her. So much respect for her and her causes.

  • ashtangajunkie

    So naturally gorgeous and always looks like she’s having fun. I don’t care what she wears – it’s always an ‘attagirl.’

  • Sherrie

    I totally love this. It’s a little kooky, but adorable, and looks terrific on her.

  • Raspberry2012

    Serving up “That really fun office manager on a summer Friday” realness!

  • Luv. Huh.

  • Jess Collett

    I wish more celebs had this attitude on the red carpet. Come on, you’ve achieved something! Be happy about it!

  • MW

    I’d trade my entire extended family for her to be my actual aunt. The lady’s wackily fabulous.

  • P M

    I wish she’d worn crazy Dame Edna or heart-shaped spectacles to complete the look. Or at least gone for a neon pink frame. But otherwise, well, in my next life, I want to be Emma Thompson.

  • MilaXX

    I see all the issues you have with this look, yet I unabashedly love it! It feels pretty and average person real at the same time. Honestly the only thing I would change is the ruffly thing. Lose that and I think it’s completely RC appropriate. Either way, it suits Emma to a T.

  • Kirstin McAulay

    She looks fab…. so did her hubby in his kilt… saved for Sausage Friday boys???

  • colleenjanel

    Other than the shoes and the clutch, I freaking love this. On anyone else, it wouldn’t work, but it SINGS on Crazy Aunt Emma!!

    She and Cat Deeley need to be cast in a movie together as mother and daughter STAT!

  • JauntyJohn

    Absolutely delightful, from the fruit loops necklace to the chunky shoes. Breezy and, imho, actually pretty chic.

  • Frank_821

    Oh I just love her. I recall back in 1990 my friends and I were lucky enough to meet her. She and Branagh and the rest of his theater troupe were in town as part of the Chicago International theater Festival. We had volunteered to usher the shows all day. back to back performances of King Lear and then Midsummer’s. Emma had played the Lear’s Fool in the first and Helena in the 2nd play.

    She still had plenty of energy to be delightful and charming to all the people who waited backstage for autographs

    and an aside Branagh thrown into us on the street during the dinner break between shows. It was a really windy day

  • Yay! Aunt Em is back and as nutty as ever. I agree about the shoes and the scarf. Love her hair -and I wish I had glasses that looked so good.

  • bessann28

    Oh Emma, can we be besties? Because I love you SO MUCH.

  • Nancer

    She can be my whack aunt any day of the week! Or, since we are not that far apart in age, she can be my whacky best friend!

  • BLauD

    The scarf confused me because I thought it was a vest at first glance. I agree the shoes can go – too heavy for this fun, sunshiny look. Man, oh man, do I love her though. She’s my people. (Wacky)

  • SugarSnap108

    I reject all criticisms of this woman, however minor and correct. She is perfection to me.

  • Yolanda

    I adore her! Always have, always will. Keep being you Wacky Auntie Ems!

  • Gatto Nero

    God I love her.

  • flamingoNW

    I’d like the scarf with a different more subtle but poppy necklace

  • Columbinia

    The chunky, clunky shoes seal the wacky British aunt deal. In a pair of pretty shoes she would have been everyone’s favorite funny friend.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I love that it’s a pink carpet. So cheery.

  • ChelseaNH

    I should hate the shoes, but they just suit her so well. Except perhaps for the blocky platforminess of them, which I am somehow not really seeing.

  • Steve Ek

    What is it about her that makes me want to spend an evening drinking pitchers of martinis in some out of the way lounge? She’s not technically old enough to be my aunt in most families -but I still view her as my crazy aunt. The one who kidnaps you from your graduation party and takes you to a piano bar to sing old school show tunes (I had one of those). Everything about this is awesome, except the platform “sandals”. Did she borrow them from Hugh Jackman’s wife?

  • conniemd

    Is there anybody who wouldn’t like to be meeting up with Emma after the premiere to hit a few bars and have some drinks? She always looks like so much fun. I love the wacky British aunt because I know a lot of my daughter’s friends think of me as the wacky mom because I talk about living in a house with 5 guys and a greenhouse full of pot when I was in grad school. Emma has that same, of course I don’t feel I have to act like I’m old and you’d be surprised what I did when I was your age and I’m willing to tell look about her. Love her to pieces.

  • majorbedhead

    I want to be her when I grow up. Now to cultivate a British accent somehow.

  • Mothra

    Mommy needs a drink, now. Those glasses are way too small.

  • clevRcat

    I love her unreservedly. Saw her on stage in King Lear, playing Lear’s fool, in 1988 (or thereabouts). Genius!

  • smayper

    I aspire to her combination of chic, sassiness, comfort, and all-around joy. And that’s not even mentioning her awesome talent.

  • LadyVimes

    I love her. Hands down.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’m good with the scarf, but I will agree about the shoes being too heavy.
    I do think if I’d made it a priority a bit earlier in life, I could pull off an Emma Thompson vibe. The glacial above-mere-mortals, the stunningly elegant and the aging bombshell could none of ’em be mine, but enthusiastic & wacky’s in the bailiwick.

  • Vsanborn

    Glad you like the outfit “My Em” is wearing, or so I think of her.

  • SuzyQuzey

    Love her!

  • msdamselfly

    She looks really healthy and happy

  • macwell

    Wacky British Auntie that I’d like to have as my own…..;)

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Emma’s so clearly having a good time; I just want to sit down with her at a pub and put away a couple of pints and she can tell stories.

  • icm

    I love her,she is a breath of fresh air.Her scarf reads clown to me.

  • snarkykitten

    See, I think she pulls off the wacky style way better than HBC. She bothers to brush her hair and press her dresses.

  • Skippymom1

    My Godmother is British – and she is definitely the “wacky Aunt” and always dressed like this – LOVE Aunt Emma in this. All of it.

  • joything

    I totally want her for my wacky British Aunt. When my British Sister Helena Bonham Carter and I are done shopping, we’ll go to her flat for a raucous tea.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Imagine sitting down with HBC AND Emma and dishing about Brit theatre and film-my fantasy teatime

  • Ruby_Red

    Ok, maybe a tiny minority opinion – but I want to Be Her! She’s happy, she’s doing what she wants, she wears bright red and a happy necklace when the spirit moves her, she has actual talent and not just a pretty face. I’m good with all that!

  • smh4748

    These pictures made me smile. Sometimes I look at pictures on here and laugh (Amber Heard’s Stella disaster, for example), but it’s rare that something just makes me smile with happiness. Way to go, Emma. To have that kind of contagious smile is magical.

    (And I love picturing her selecting her necklace for the day.) 🙂

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    Aahhh, to be Emma Thompson…. She is simply divine.
    Rewatched “Much Ado About Nothing” two nights ago. Still so very good – and Emma is gorgeous in it!

    • carnush

      “Much Ado” is one of my all time faves. So very very good.

      • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

        my 16 year old son just finished studying a bunch of shakespeare in 10th grade. as i was watching the movie after the kids’ bedtime with my husband the other night i thought to myself, “shoot, should have watched this with our son too!” such is the perfection and magnificence of “Much Ado About Nothing” (and good god, how HOT is denzel in it??? ouch!) that i am actually going to watch it again – twice in the same week – with my son tonight. he’ll love it!

  • Shelby

    The shoes at least look comfortable though. 🙂

    • Mojone

      I’m on the side of comfortable shoes and a happy face …
      as opposed to shoes that pinch and a scowl from the pain.

  • Imasewsure

    Fun crazy lady

  • deech_sea

    She looks like a fun, wacky aunt, and her face still looks pretty. Very impressive, indeed!

  • Ragnarockette

    Honestly, I feel like if she lost the necklace, and wore a daintier shoe (perhaps a flat, metallic sandal) this would be an Attagirl. She looks radiant and joyful.

  • carnush

    OMG I love this woman. She looks hot in glasses.

  • NBG

    She really is owning this Batshit Crazy Aunt Schtick, isn’t she? Can’t hate on that especially if she promises to share her booze. Rock on, Auntie Emma.

  • suzq

    I want the necklace. Take off the scarf and let it shine, Emma.

  • Cathy S

    The only thing I don’t like is the shoes. She’s perfect otherwise.

  • These pictures make me want to sit down and have a gin and tonic with her.

  • Shawn EH

    Loving the head over heels commitment to color in this outfit. Somebody hide the bangle drawer!

  • cat772

    Love her, love the outfit on her!

  • Malibufire

    Helena Bonham Carter’s more colorful sister.

  • DeTrop

    I wanna be her friend. She’s refreshing and what a smile. (I’d always be the better dressed but hey that’s not hard with Ms. ET).

  • ktvon

    I love her style and the glasses…BUT they really don’t fit right. Her eyes should be in the middle of the glass pane. She may have the type of nose that actually requires nose-grips to lift those glasses up to the right place. (I have that kind of nose too, so I’m a bit hyperaware)

    • Mojone

      I need to know: what are nose grips? My face is narrow and eyeglasses never
      sit right on my face!

  • Mojone

    Adore her. But the whole thing would come together if the
    dress were white. (I love it’s shape.)

  • Isabella

    Dude, I thought it was Cat Deeley. No lie.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I wish she were my wacky British BFF. Love her.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    HAhahahaha I love the last photo LOL

  • Kelly

    Hmm. Yeah, she’s clearly enjoying herself, but I’m not sure what I think of “goofy” as a style strategy for a mature, smart woman. From the neck up, she looks like recent Sharon Gless (this sentence is not related to the first one — just a separate observation).