Emma Watson at the Christian Dior Fall 2014 Couture Show

Posted on July 08, 2014

We feel mean saying this, but there’s something a little hilarious about these pictures of ladystars heading into the Dior show, trying desperately to look comfortable wearing the brand.

Oh, wait. Did we say “hilarious?” We meant “depressing.”


Emma-Watson-Christian-Dior-Fall-2014-Couture-Show-Paris-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1) Emma Watson attends the Christian Dior Fall 2014 couture show in Paris, France in head-to-toe Christian Dior.

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Wait, why are we apologizing? We didn’t design this monstrosity. We were trying to work with the look; come up with something positive or constructively critical to say. Then we got to the shoes and threw our hands in the air. For some reason, that was the bridge too far. We get that you have to wear the dress, hon, but you couldn’t just put on a standard pair of pumps? Just one little, so-called “normal” item to help balance out all the whackadoo going on from the ankles up?

We’re sighing now. Audibly.

We’re going to go out on a limb and suggest the “I got my dress caught in some industrial machinery” look is never really going to catch on with the masses.




[Photo CRedit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Christian Dior]

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  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Sigh. Can we bring back the guillotine? There’s a Dior designer who needs it.

  • smh4748

    There is no way for that neckline to look like the wearer is not mid-shrug, trying to get it to stay on.

  • Pablo Ulloa

    Idk… But i kinda like it

    • Thomas

      It’s the powers of Emma. Trust, it’s a horrible dress.

  • cat772

    She looks so miserable! Beautiful, but miserable. I could deal with the dress, but the shoes must go. Poor Emma!

    • Daisy Walker

      I can deal with the shoes, but the dress must go! But I do agree with beautiful, but miserable.

    • SugarSnap108

      Her expression sums up the situation nicely.

    • Janice Bartels

      The shoes were cute until I could see the heel.

    • Kikishua

      Although she does look marginally less miserable than the model.

  • FibonacciSequins

    That dress belongs in an insane asylum. Commit the shoes along with it.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Not even in an insane asylum would anyone find this remotely flattering.

      • scoobynacks

        Someone would go all Chief Bromden on you with a pillow if you were in a mental institution wearing that dress.

  • lundibleu

    I’m just glad they stopped short of a fallen shoulder strap to go with the illusion that’s created here. Urgh. I’m coming to conclusion that most of the current Dior lines only make sense if you’re drunk or drugged up to the eyeballs.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Project Runway–design a look with 3 different fabrics that is uncomfortable for your model to wear. Don’t get me started on torture-device shoes. She looks like she has a case of allergy eyes, which is the only thing I can relate to in these photos.

    • MoHub

      “Use the Dior accessory wall thoughtlessly.”

      • myandyleigh


        Thanks for that laugh, I needed it after the panicked crying brought on by looking at those shoes and imagining the agony they would inflict on my insteps and knees.

        But you snapped me right out if it. [/snorting]

        • MoHub

          Thanks! Snark is my specialty.

    • altermyego

      Have any of the BKs out there tried wearing any of these new shoes with the heels placed in not-the-usual place? Is it at all a possibility that they are even slightly more comfortable than standard heels, which are far from comfortable as well?

  • In_Stitches

    If you put your thumb over the shark’s fin boob treatment, it’s not that bad. I like a lot of the ideas here, just not all of them at once, and just not in this execution. Dior needs some editors, stat.

    • I like the concept of the fabric with the circles cut into it, but I do not think this is a good use of this fabric.

      Her expression is so, I know, can you even believe they made me wear this shiznit? 🙂

      • ballerinawithagun

        Love the skirt fabric, bit, of course, it needs a simple bodice for the skirt.

    • kimmeister

      The shark’s fin boob has the unfortunate effect of making it look like the right side of her torso has pulled a Hulk move and suddenly burst out of the garment.

  • Poor girl, she looks so uncomfortable. It’s never a good idea to have a dress with a built-in titscrepancy.

  • Chickadeep

    “WHAT IS THIS FUCKED UP SHIT WE CAN’T EVEN” is possibly the most concise and heartbreakingly accurate review of the current house of Dior that I have ever read.

  • gabbilevy

    This parade of Dior disasters is a slow-motion train wreck. Won’t somebody tell Raf Simons the emperor isn’t wearing any (well-designed) clothes?

  • jbontrager78

    The bottom half is kinda cool, but the neckline is terrible. The model looks perpetually mid-shrug, and poor Emma just looks uncomfortable.

  • Capt. Renault

    That velcroed-on bodice panel is flattering on precisely no-one.

  • teensmom99

    Did they all go to the beach together . . . so much beach hair with fancy clothes!

  • imperfectlaura

    All that’s missing is a desperate fame whore designer for Heidi to say Auf Wiedersehen to.

  • Stefan Hurray

    a bit too avant-garde…..but she still manages to be just the cutest girl imaginable. Funny because I found myself thinking ‘ you ALMOST had me to the shoes’ and then I saw you said the same thing! The chateau looks AMAZING, I’d go to the show with the hideous clothing just for that. Who am I kidding -I’d go to any fashion show if they invited me.

    • onetinkerbell

      You’re right – she’s super cute. But that’s no chateau – the show was held in Paris near the Rodin Museum, which makes me think that it was actually in the garden of the museum, given the grass.

  • Introspective

    “this is MY DRESS!!” -no one, anywhere, ever in the history of the world.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    This is, in the words of Charles Barkley, TURRIBLE, just TURRIBLE.

  • Melting and imploding frankendress.

  • MoHub

    This is even less conscious of a woman’s shape than Pilotto. And Pilotto has been improving.

    • demidaemon

      He has, somehow. It’s still eye-searing, of course, but I feel there is hope.

      Right now, I have no hope at all for Dior. Instead, I have despair.

  • EveEve

    They say everyone has their price. Apparently an all-expense-paid trip to France was the price for having to wear this stuff at the show. I’d have worn it for that price too.

  • “How about we create the illusion that one boob is half the width of the the other?” “Brilliant! Let’s do it”

    • makeityourself

      That’s what got me too.
      That bodice is horrifically overworked and hideous to boot. Why isn’t someone yelling “The emperor has no clothes.”

  • Danielle

    On a scale from one to even, I just can’t.

  • RedRaven617

    At an even like this, when the show is a specific designer and the attendees are obviously provided the designer’s clothing to wear, how much control does the actress herself have over the styling. Both J Law and Emma are young women who are NOT trained models, but it seems that they’re expected to act as such. Even the step and repeat is along a walkway.

    • demidaemon

      True. However, one could always say, after being told what they would have to wear (or even seeing the invite), “You know what? It’s probably not going to be worth the humiliation.”

  • thecitysleeps


  • mjude

    I am sad for her.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Her face is saying it all “I had to wear this shit to watch the shit show and I think it was a bad decision”.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Shitastic like the world has never seen before.

  • Judy_S

    It looks to me like this dress landed on her and started eating her heart. Then it got caught in some industrial machinery.

  • Alyssa

    The shoes looked so normal from the front. That neckline is pure awful. Poor Emma, I usually love her style!

    • ballerinawithagun

      I love black & white shoes, so I was lusting for them until the frightening dangerous heel.

    • Gatto Nero

      She has great instincts. You can tell she’s mortified here.

    • kimmeister

      They look normal from the front, but they still don’t seem to be made for her feet. The whole front of her foot is being pushed toward the inside of the shoe, which is open, so only the stupid diagonal strap is keeping it in.

  • Anna

    “WHAT THE FUCK?!?!” -The new fragrance, from Dior.

    • mjude

      I would so buy that!

      • Anna

        I would love to see the ad campaign 🙂

        • mjude


  • Ms_flyover

    Can we just go back to binding feet? At least it was an obvious way to torture in the name of being fashionable. High heels aren’t damaging enough – lets mutate women and have the heel come directly out of the arch.

    The idiocy of the dress is best handled by others.

    Ms. Watson is still a lovely young woman and seemingly a good human being, so I’ll leave the blame with Dior.

  • Wink

    Someone at Dior is punking us to see just how many of these horrendous “designs” we are willing to accept.

  • SewVintageRooster

    The dress on the model looks “okay” It’s stylized well to make it look better, and fits her. Emma is much too short to pull this look off.

  • CPK1

    Poor Emma looks like she’s about to be sick

  • SamE

    The House of Dior now has the dubious accomplishment of making Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson AND Charlize Theron look terrible all in the same day

    • FibonacciSequins

      This is true. Whoever’s in charge of dressing the celebs needs to be reassigned.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      That’s quite an accomplishment.

    • ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be…..avoided. (Apologies to Shakespeare. No apologies to Dior.)

    • Boulderista

      Charlize and Emma are both sporting the “unzipped” look in the back., which means Charlize’s look probably wasn’t a mistake

      • SamE

        Re backs of dresses: It seems like they forgot sewing is involved in fashion. They must think that “it’s Dior” covers up for the half-assed disasters they are putting out there

  • Shawn EH

    The shoes are the best part. But she wants to get back to the pool party, too!

  • Gatto Nero

    The dress is a shapeless mess, and the proportions are horrible on her.
    It looks as though she threw on the dress, saw how awful it looked, and just gave up on her hair and makeup. (Though the lipstick is a pretty shade for her.)
    What a shame, because she loves taking risks and usually gets it right.

  • rebeemoon

    Now I know what Emma and Jennifer were saying in those pictures of them hugging that are splattered all over the Internet today: “OMG! I know–right? Can you believe what they made us wear?”

    • demidaemon

      There was probably some well-hidden sobbing and clinging for dear life as well, like when, in a movie or TV show, two hostages finally get to see each other again after being separated for torture.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Well, the purse is nice.

  • boweryboy

    It is so clear by her facial expression that she’s not loving that dress. Raf Simons has single handedly managed to make numerous gorgeous ladystars look like ass. That, in itself, is quite the coup.

    • MoHub

      And ruined the Dior cachet into the bargain.

  • V No Privacy

    I feel like Dior is the Steven Tyler/Johnny Depp of the fashion world where they got to a point of success/fame/wealth where they are just going full out no-fucks-given crazy b/c they think they can.

  • elemspbee

    though, she is doing a better job keeping this dress on unlike the model. The dress is literally getting ahead of the model on the runway–see it go south…

  • crash1212

    Wonder what would happen if the lady starts just simply refused to wear this crack-tastic nonsense. Dior really needs to re-think.

  • Thankfully she’s not wearing little under the knee bows like the model. And that’s the only good thing I can say about this look.

    • Targettaste

      Knee bracelets? Please don’t let this become a trend.

  • OffToSeeHim

    I feel like on the model it’s so cute, because the skirt isn’t so wide. I don’t understand why they would make that kind of change to it to put it on such a small woman. Wouldn’t it have been better so take it in even more? I feel like she can rock the edgy, so it’s not *her* – you know?

    • boweryboy

      I think it doesn’t appear wide on the model because she’s in motion. It probably has a nice flow to it when walking but it’s certianly not a standing still kind of garment. In either case, it’s butt ugly.

  • Belvane

    That smile in the last photo clearly says, “We both know I’m only wearing this merde for the money.”

  • Spreecord

    Why bother wasting nice shoes on this dress? It’s not like they’re going to save the look.

  • Beth513

    From the front from the boobs down I actually sort of love it. Sadly, the top part of the dress exists and the world is not 2 dimensional.

  • nannypoo

    She doesn’t seem to like it much either.

  • Sam Smith

    Horrendous. Lets’ take 6 different elements and throw them all in a mixer.

  • Joey Melliza

    Dior the new fugly

  • MilaXX

    Dress is “meh”, but those shoes are too tricky for their own good. Also her hair & makeup don’t really go with this look

  • Joanna

    Those shoes should be burned. Not even remotely attractive.

  • NinjaCate

    WTF is this shit?

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Someone at Dior is playing with us. Right?

  • Kent Roby

    This look is as depressing as “Requiem For A Dream”.

    • jonnyf8

      Thank you! I’m going to use this in the near future. Many times!

  • I love Raf and if this dress were on, say, Charlize (with a normal shoe though that shoe would rock with a pair of skinny leather pants) it would KILL. No disrespect to Emma, who kills on the fashion front normally, but Dior is not a brand for youngsters.

  • Objection

    I actually kinda like the dress. It’s interesting, non-traditional, and best of all, NOT BORING. Sure, it’s got a few “weird” shapes, but that’s what I dig about it. How do we expect to push fashion forward if we stick the same handful of shapes every time? I’ll give y’all the shoes, though. The shoes are teh thugly.

    • Gatto Nero

      I’m all for experimentation, too; otherwise things get stale. But where I think this falls flat is in cohesion and proportion. It doesn’t showcase the body or play off of it in an interesting way, like Rei Kawakubo’s designs do. Even avant garde clothes have to make some sense visually.

      • demidaemon

        Agreed. It also has to look less like “throw it all in and see what sticks” and more like actual thought out decisions. For comparative examples, see the Sciriapelli (totally mangled spelling) collection from yesterday. Avant garde clothes, but a definite vision. Raf Simons has no vision that I can see.

  • marlie

    This dress is HIDEOUS. There’s nothing redeeming that I can pull out of this monstrosity. And Emma looks like she knows it, too. At least she looks pretty from the neck up. But THAT DRESS.

  • Ypsi

    It looks like something that got kicked off Project Runway. What the everloving fuck?

  • Kent Roby

    I wonder if an invited starlet would get in trouble for showing up in a “classic” Dior (i.e: anything that pre-dates Raf). It would be fairly awesome to be reminded of how great the House Of Dior once was.

    • Lulu

      I will never forget a gorgeous dress in Dior’s window in NYC back when M. Christian was still around. Gorgeously draped strapless in shades of blue, green, and white…it was like an ocean wave. Absolute stunner and turned me into a Dior fan on the spot. Since the house passed into other hands, not so much.

  • It would be better with black underbits. Those shoe are bizarre, but they’re also beautiful.

  • MissusBee

    Dior: Beautiful Humans Made Awkward. Expensively.

  • GorgeousThings

    Why the HELL anyone let’s Raf Simons design anything more than a dog bed completely escapes me.

  • Melissa

    What the hell are those stripes under the model’s knees??

    • dschubba

      It looks like part of the shoe.

  • Pennymac

    “WHAT IS THIS FUCKED UP SHIT WE CAN’T EVEN” Cackling like an idiot at this line…..

  • Constant Reader

    Poor Emma. If Dior was making me wear that monstrosity, I wouldn’t bother to get my hair done, either.

  • Laura Livingston

    Triple Frankendress! She needed f’ed up shoes for it.

  • alyce1213

    She’s one of my favorite starlets to fashion watch, but here she is a fashion victim. Well, at least she didn’t wear the things up her legs and around her knees.
    The Dior shoes are a direct steal from United Nude, a shoe company that does unusual much better.

  • Shalhevet

    I thought it was bad when my gaze alighted on the missshapen, awkwardly lopsided bustline.

    I thought it worse when it tented out and ballooned over her body, and even worse ended in a burst of overdone sheer fabric.

    And then I saw the back, and realized what they mean when the say no matter how bad you think something is, things can always get worse.

  • decormaven

    Pardon my French, but this merde is so bad, no one is going to even bother knocking it off.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    y’know I was almost buying the dress bullsh*t until the last pic..then I was RIGHT THERE WITH YA Uncles T and Lo….lord have mercy with a side of spicy sauce… the shoes? really? will she later cutting pasta with them on the floor of her loft? (do they come pre-sharpened or does that cost ext…oh wait, those were obviously freebies…sigh, give it up Emma honey

  • formerlyAnon

    There I sit thinking “well THAT’s an awkward dress. Could tiny little Ms. Watson pull it off if she looked bubbly and hap——-!!!! THE BACK. Oh no.”

  • StrandedFashionista

    I’m getting really bored of the Dior hate on this website. Yeah, it’s not conventionally ‘pretty’ but it still is a valid aesthetic point of view that’s a LOOONG way from the bad Project Runway stuff that people are basically saying it’s like.

    • snarkykitten

      really? cause I’m definitely getting PR Unusual Materials: Bathroom Supplies here

      • StrandedFashionista

        I guess it’s less THIS particular dress, and more how people seem to hate everything he does… or compares him to John Galliano, and conveniently forget that John did a clunker of a gown or collection more than once too.

      • StrandedFashionista

        It just annoys me how people write off his entire aesthetic oeuvre because it’s not always easy to wear or universally flattering. Raf has done some dreamy dresses in his time and nobody seems to remember that when they’re confronted by looks like the one above.

        • demidaemon

          Well, when you see one of those, please let me know, because he has a barrel of misses and maybe one hit on the outside of the bulls-eye so far. And, if his most recent collection is a sign of the direction he is going, I do not expect any changes in his ratio of hits to misses.

          • StrandedFashionista

            An incomplete list of elegant Dior Haute Couture gowns designed by Raf that I can think of off the top of my head: Jennifer Lawrence’s gowns from the Golden Globes and Oscars in 2013, Lupita Nyong’o at the BAFTAS in 2014, Charlize Theron at the Oscars in 2013, Marion Cotillard at the SAG awards in 2013, Natalie Portman in the current Miss Dior fragrance campaign.

  • smayper

    TLo have taught me all about giving face. I think we should coin a term for “giving honest face” — in other words, just what we see here.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I sort of like the shoes. They must be killing her feet, though, given the look on her face.

  • Betsy

    The dress looks like something I would construct if I somehow got myself involved in a Project Runway challenge. Like–I’m trying my hardest to design, sew and pick the right fabrics and this train wreck of a mishmash is what I come up with. Hideous.

  • At least in the last shot she is giving great “I know, right?” face.

  • Lisalady161

    I bet the inside of her lips are raw because she’s been biting them hard to stop laughing at her outfit. Poor girl.

  • NomadicRose

    Those shoes make everyone who wears them look bow-legged. I feel like they shouldn’t, they should look more elegant, but nope. Bow-legged.

  • Skippymom1

    Her face says “Well. IF I must.” in every single picture.

  • Sadie-Ann

    She’s got that ‘don’t even ask’ sort of tight smile going on.

  • suzq

    She shouldn’t have posed facing the camera. She should have held up her dainty hand and said, “Wait until I turn around to take this picture. it’s a ‘walking away’ dress. Mr. Dior said so.”

  • fromanotherplanet

    Lawd Jesus be a seamstress’ measurements. Fix it Jesus.

  • evave2

    My dress got caught in industrial machinery works for me.

    I don’t know how these shows work (Jennifer Lawrence looked just as cuckoo yesterday): do you walk in, check it all out, pick what fits what you would wear best or do they just hand you something they already made up in your size? But this is some crazy cuckoo going on. And the shoes, jesu kohane (that’s Polish), the SHOES.

  • Aurumgirl

    The dress reminds me of a maxi pad commercial.

  • Clash D

    Dior is in a creative funk. I mean seriously, what is theees?

  • Rrroza

    the shoes are pretty from the front, with that tiny strap. and then…

  • KT

    Wow, and I thought Jennifer Lawrence looked bad… this is HORRIBLE!!!

  • Sophie

    I could even accept the dress until she turned around. There are limits.

  • Linderella

    I would like the shoes in any other scenario.
    Whoever desecrated the name of Dior by creating* that dress deserves a very public stoning.
    * I use the term loosely

  • demidaemon

    Really I have nothing to add. This is a stupid, WTF dress. All I can say is that her head looks very pretty.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Hermione would weep.

  • MaryMcClelland

    When is Raf Simmons being fired?! Enough already! Enough!

  • Imasewsure

    She looks exceptionally pretty… but then there’s that dress and those shoes….

  • quiltrx

    Man. I don’t even know what to say. I don’t think “clothes-falling-off-chic” is going to catch on. Shame, I really like that circle fabric…too bad it was abused into this, um, thing.

  • amf0001

    all that fabric, it looks like a dress to conceal a pregnancy