Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli on the “Late Show with David Letterman”

Posted on July 17, 2014

We love Emma Stone. We think she’s charming, adorable, talented and full of charisma. We say this as a shield against the ripe tomatoes to come for saying the following:

Why is it the stars who complain the loudest and most often over things like paparazzi and red carpets are the ones most likely to, say, sport two entirely different high end outfits to the same event; one for entering and one for leaving?

Not that we think she has all that much control over things like this, really. Once publicists get it in their heads that the trash cans outside the Letterman studio are a major photo opp for their clients, the wheels were set in motion to make it a requirement instead of an option for them. And since very few publicists want their clients to be posing for pictures looking like crap, the “walking into the studio” styled ensemble was born. Believe it or not, we don’t think this is a good thing. As much as we love seeing fashionable stars in discussable outfits, turning something that used to be done without any fanfare at all (entering a studio for a taping) into a press event like this just means one more level of artificiality in the celebrity sphere. The likelihood of someone like her seen dashing into the studio in jeans and a t-shirt, looking fresh-faced and unpretentious is getting slimmer and slimmer.

But hey, if the fashion and celebrity worlds want to put one more outfit out there for judging, who are we to withhold that from them? Let’s get to it.


Emma-Stone-Giambattista-Valli-TV-Style-Show-David-Letterman-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Emma Stone at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City for an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” in Giambattista Valli.

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Cute and almost business-like, but COMPLETELY INSANE to be wearing a leather jacket in New York in July. Love the shades. The shoes feel like a missed opportunity to take this a little bit away from office-wear.

She nailed it with the second look, though:


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Adorable. We don’t even mind the nude shoes.  We’re not sure about that lip belt, though. That’s venturing into twee territory.





[Photo Credit: Kristin Callahan/ACE/INFphoto.com, Roger Wong/INFphoto.com]

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  • Emily Giovanni

    Are we not going to talk about the coffin in the background?

    • Emily Giovanni

      sorry, I care about the outfits too. I love the second look!

    • Mothra

      my favorite comment EVER!

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Maybe it was a prop for a sketch? (I’m really hoping it’s a prop!)

      • Emily Giovanni

        There’s a dude casually leaning against it drinking coffee. I hope it’s a prop as well.

    • hughman

      Did you think Elaine Stritch would miss one last chance to be on Letterman? She was a trouper.

      • ChaCha_70

        Slow clap.

      • alyce1213

        Oh hughman, you’ve done it again.

      • Karen Belgrad

        I bow down and surrender all commentary to the master…

      • Danielle


      • Qitkat

        This may possibly be the cleverest thing you’ve ever said 🙂

    • marlie

      What the hell IS that? It looks like it has legs, so maybe a table or desk? but it’s weirdly shaped.

      • deelup

        An organ?

        • Sarah

          That’s my guess.

        • decormaven

          Thought maybe it was a Hammond B3, but I’ve never seen one with casket handles on the side. Was Arthur Brown a guest on Letterman last night?

    • No.

    • Kent Roby

      Mahogany was SO last season for coffins.

    • somebody blonde

      I thought it was an organ or a piano, but that’s hilarious.

  • ChaCha_70

    She’s so cute. Covet her hair.

  • It upsets me when she lets the sun touch her skin and I just want to scream.

    • bingo

      where has the sun touched her at all? I thought she was wearing white hose in the first pic until I scrolled through the entire set.

  • Danielle

    I love the lip belt and collar and I don’t care who knows it!

  • Olivia

    The first outfit was for a taping for Charlie Rose (which I’m guessing she just came from) and the second for Letterman and we all know that you can’t wear the same outfit twice on TV

    • evave2

      Oh, thank you, informed person Olivia, I did not know it was for two different shows. I always think of him as sort of a “public affairs” type of guy so it confuses me what world issue she was discussing.

      I know nothing about her personally (though I do gather she lives with her Spiderman costar) but I have to say she presents as somebody who is in control of herself and very professional. Very few people her age in the public eye can do that consistently, No silly smirks from HER.

      • Qitkat

        Charlie also interviews casts of films, tv projects, stage; and all types of creatives in many fields.

    • Kent Roby

      Good catch! Of course now I feel a little silly, because I wear a going-to-work outfit, then my work outfit, then a leaving-work outfit each day (with separate outfits for walking the dog, and a tuxedo/messenger bag combo for “leaving the gym”).

      • Imasewsure

        You also need a whole selection of “keeping it real” looks for grabbing coffee, lunching with your “real” friends (who should be suitably attractive but not too attractive really). etc. Your pole dance is not quite complete, my friend!!

  • MilaXX

    I wish she had on sandals in the first look. The second look is cute, but between the red hair and the dress, all I see is Annie. The leather jacket is completely necessary since she did wear it on Letterman and it’s too frickin hot to wear outside.

  • gabbilevy

    Oh thank goodness, it looks like she’s found her way back to a pretty shade of red. Ive always deeply envied her hair sitch.

  • marlie

    For real. A leather jacket in NYC in July? Hells to the no. It wasn’t as hot on the East Coast as it has been, but it was still plenty toasty yesterday. Otherwise, both outfits are cute, and I have no quibbles. But I’m sweating just looking at her.

  • Thomas

    This reminds me of how my mom told me that celebrities used to go on late night talk shows not to promote things, but just to talk. She told me that Johnny Carson would have guests on with nothing to promote. She also said that they used to have more guest comedians on. It’s kind of sad that everything is about promoting oneself now. I remember Paris Hilton was on David Letterman once and he was annoying her and asking her questions she didn’t like, so she said something along the lines of, “I’m on her to promote my show, fragrance, etc.”

    Anyway, I love Emma Stone, but I can’t sign of on either look because of the leather jacket in July.

    • Qitkat

      Bitter Kitten here who well remembers those days. Possibly why Johnny is and will remain my favorite late night host of all time.

      I love ES too, but she ought to have removed the jacket outdoors to show off her cute dresses.
      Paris Hilton was on ET recently; I’m usually not this harsh, but vapid is doing her a favor.

      • alyce1213

        Dick Cavett used to have interesting, non-promoting guests, and they had actual conversations about stuff.

        • Suzanne Moore

          Yes, I loved the Dick Cavett show. Intelligent conversations!

      • Thomas

        Johnny is my mom’s favorite late night host of all time as well.

        And yes, Paris is vapid, but I’d still take her over Kim Kardashian any day. At least I found her kind of fun and her single “Stars are Blind” was actually kind of decent, despite the fact that she can’t sing. I remember hearing a charity single that Kim Kardashian put out that made my ears bleed she sounded so bad. Plus, the song was crap. What’s the point of having a charity single if no one’s gonna want to buy it?

    • cocohall

      Watch Graham Norton on BBC. His show is so much more fun and in the vein of the old US chat shows – the celebrities DO have work to promote, but that usually seems incidental. He brings out most all of his guests right at the top, serves them the alcoholic beverage of their choice and then much hilarity generally ensues. The Brits are very good at self-deprecating humor and they are also quite happy to give each other a bit of “stick” if the opportunity presents

      • Thomas

        I love Graham Norton! I love how there’s much more interaction between the celebrities. It’s like you’re just watching a get-together. And it’s great that he always has different types of celebrities on together with usually one comedian to keep things moving. It’s hilarious.

      • I think Craig Ferguson is quite good for that too – his guests seem to always be on to be charming and entertaining, rather than just pimping their latest vehicle. Obviously with less booze around though.

    • MemHey

      My fiancé produced television for a number of years. According to him, the networks get calls from whatever press people who represent movies, etc., letting them know which stars are available, what they’re promoting. It seems it’s not uncommon for a celebrity to do multiple interviews in one day, albeit some are for international audiences or media outlets other than television. My guess is that it’s not necessarily the celebrity promoting herself specifically but it’s part of what she agreed to when signing onto a project.

      Anyone else miss a little Rosie O’Donnell? My childhood dream was to be famous enough to be on her show. Maybe during the same week they had the Krispy Kreme conveyor belt.

      • decormaven

        Rosie may be back on The View, if reports hold true.

  • FibonacciSequins

    There’s a lip collar on that red dress, too. I don’t think the belt is detachable. This look would be much cuter without the leather jacket. I like her bangs.

    The first look is total generic office-wear. Why do celebrities think this is a good thing to wear for a photo op? Scratching my head over that one.

    • marlie

      I guess that goes back to TLo’s post… *IS* this a photo op? I mean, it is, because the powers that be have made it one, but it *shouldn’t* be. I agree with them on this one, that it’s rather ridiculous to get dressed to the nines just to walk into and out of a building (I’m talking to you, Taylor Swift), especially the back (side?) door next to a dumpster. I sort of wish a star would rebel and show up pre-taping in sweats or jeans.

  • Dorothy & Michael n/a

    Waaaay back in August 1987 I was in the NBC studio for a Letterman show and the temperature inside had to be in the 50’s. I shivered the whole time. (TLo has acknowledged this fact about Letterman’s studio temps many times) I’d give her a break on the leather jacket, and any other ladies who are on his show. It’s self-preservation. (Guys usually come with jackets on)

    • MilaXX

      she didn’t wear the jacket on the show

      • StelledelMare

        It’s possible she wore it up until she was actually interviewed.

  • mjude

    if she needed the leather coat in the studio it doesn’t mean she had to wear it in. I am sure one of her minions could have brought with the 2nd look. she is adorable though

  • msdamselfly

    The second one looks unattractive to me

  • Sarrinsor

    The lip details are a little too Ed Gein for my liking. Between that and the coffin maybe they’re just rushing the Halloween season.

  • Alyssa

    I love her and her hair looks amazing here. I can’t imagine wearing leather on a hot day, but I do understand why she might want to because one summer I got an amazing green leather jacket on super sale, and then had to wait until fall to start wearing it. I looked at it longingly daily and wished for cooler weather so it would be appropriate.

  • Elizabeth Szubert

    Isn’t most of the US in a polar vortex in July thing? Or maybe she’s just naturally cold and… I dunno. I love leather jackets and I think this one is nice looking, so I want to find ways to explain it away. 🙂

    • conniemd

      I live about 2 hours west of New York City, so there weather is always our weather. It’s been pleasant summer the last two days without the normal humidity. But during the day time there still is no way you would wear a LEATHER JACKET in July. We haven’t been cold, we’ve been not miserably hot and muggy, There were thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday, but yesterday was just a beautiful pleasant day to be outside wearing summer clothes.

      Sometimes its terribly cool with air conditioning, but that might mean a shrug or sweater or lightweight jacket, but still never leather.

  • AndieJay

    It’s been unseasonably cool across large swaths of the country. It dropped down into the 60s in NYC yesterday.

  • Valerie Dunbar Jones

    1) leather jacket – it’s probably freezing in the studio, 2) lip belt – i like the wavy line with the hem and can overlook the lip motif, 3) Elaine Stritch!!!!!;(

  • StelledelMare

    I need that red dress. In all colors.

  • melanie0866

    Here’s the problem with the first outfit: I would wear it. Head to toe (although in a bigger size, I’m sure). And I am a 51-year-old attorney in Texas. So, it’s probably not also a good choice for an adorable 20-something starlet.

  • Bad Idea Jeans

    It’s a good thing she wore that leather jacket, or that second look would be coming off 100% Little Orphan Annie.

  • &theJets

    The red dress made my brain break into “Annie. Annie. Annie. Look what you’ve done for us…”

  • BayTampaBay

    I like the first outfit better than the second outfit. I do not like the way the red dress fits especially in the waist.

  • Imasewsure

    Cute second outfit but her hair looks like a wig… appreciate the color of course but a bit too wiggy wiggy even if it is all her own hair I’m sure

  • demidaemon

    If she ditched the leather jacket, both of these would be near perfection without feeling overstyled (though I agree that two different outfits is a bit much).

    • Maybe she could ditch the jacket somewhere near me?

      • livesarah

        This. I don’t like either outfit, but I covet that jacket!

  • seventeenwest

    Are we seeing Lohan hair here, or is it just me?

  • NinjaCate

    That red dress is giving me Orphan Annie realness.

  • Shaeyjosan

    red dress is NICE. Not so sure about the belt or the invisible shoes. First dress is a shapeless mess.

  • Candice Booth

    They even styled her bangs a little differently.

  • quiltrx

    So I guess her Annie Porn audition went really well?

  • Kelly

    I mind the nude shoes. I can’t imagine what could look more boring than these shoes. Then again, maybe they are more spooky than boring — they make her look as if she’s barefoot but weirdly has no toes.

  • cowper

    Has an indie band done a song about Emma Stone yet? Because they should.

  • Mona_Visa

    Girl is so talented. Love her porcelain skin. Those legs! I die.

  • ktr33

    The lips are around the collar, too. (That sounds weird) ANOTHER leather jacket? The first look is Ann Taylor dress, slightly cool leather jacket, business shoes. All so off-base for someone as young and pretty and likable as her.

  • enchanted216

    And matching lip neckline. I think she looks adorable in both, but the leather jacket is making me sweat!

  • stubbornthoughts

    Uncles, she’s making a TV appearance! She’s clearly at work and knows how to play the paps when on the clock. Loving her hair.

  • Jocelyn

    Anyone know the brand of those sunglasses? NEED.