Jemima Rooper and Daniel Radcliffe at the “What If” London Premiere

Posted on August 13, 2014

Look at these two adorable hipsters.


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They’re just so… fresh, aren’t they? Fresh is the word. He’s good to go and we wouldn’t change a thing (although we’re mostly anti-stubble for events like this). She needs a little work. Love the dress and love her for picking something just a little odd for her movie premiere. But it just hangs off her. It needs to be taken in a bit at the waist, we’re thinking. Also: weird mullet skirt with giant pocket thingies, which we are duty bound to not love. And finally, the shoes are all kinds of wrong. Way too heavy and they have absolutely nothing to do with the dress. A more delicate sandal in a color pulled out from the dress; the red, probably. But we like the print and the basic idea of the dress. Some fitting and judicious accessories-choosing would bring this up to chic.





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  • Cute, overall. DanRad’s looking a little less rough than usual — I guess he finally let someone approach his eyebrows, and he’s evened out the stubble, at least.

  • sugarkane105

    That print is so beautiful, and I don’t even mind the big pockets or the way the dress hangs on her. Some strappy silver sandals would’ve been a much better choice though.

    • Little_Olive

      The hanging and the pockets *are* the dress. Wrong shoes, but I love it so much and I am so happy it’s not another variation of a shift dress, she has my vote. She can wear it, too.

  • Dany

    A chunky belt would have saved her mullet-hem look. She needs new shoes. I love the print, but the colors make it look vaguely like bird-poo.

    I didn’t realize he had such a nice jawline…he’s obscuring it with that fluff on his face. I love Daniel Radcliffe, but someone has GOT to tell him to stop posing with the “I’M a WiZaRD??!!!” eyes.

  • Bridget Smith

    This is actually one rare instance where I think the dress NEEDS a mullet hem. It’s already heavy & shapeless, but a straight hem would exacerbate that effect. I like it!

    • higgledypiggledy

      Agreed! The mullet hem also shows off the lining of the dress, which is a pretty detail.

    • another_laura

      Agree! I was wondering why I didn’t mind the mullet hem. (However, I dislike very much the print so I’m not as pleased as most BKs with the look.)

  • Margaret Annie

    Literally an art smock.

    • sk8tfan

      Yes! But made out of great fabric.

  • Sophie

    I like her earrings and the print of her dress. Wish he were smiling with his teeth, not like he doesn’t really want to be there.

  • SewingSiren

    He looks as charming as he always has.
    She is cute too. I like the peacock silhouette, but it always presents a problem with the shoes……….. The pockets are a distraction. I love pockets, but the front patch pockets make me think of the shift my mother wore when hang the wash on the line.

  • I really love the look on both of them. But you guys are right about them shooz. Bronze metallic strappy sandal?

    • SewingSiren

      I think Roger Vivier is the only one who could design the correct shoe for the mullet hem gown.

      • Sad he’s gone from us. Yeah I have seen some low heeled evening shoes of his that would KILL with this dress.

  • RussellH88

    I’m surprised I like that dress. It could have very easily veered into looking like a kindergarten floor, but it’s pretty beautiful.

    But a belt could have helped it look a bit more structured.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I too like the dress, even though part of my mind tells me that the fabric would make a lovely slipcover for a chair. I love that kind of print, and I cheer Jemima for choosing a more unusual dress for the premier. But I can’t with the shoes.

  • Jangle57

    He looks terrific; I was loving her look until I got below the waist. Hate the mullet hem and the overall shapelessness of it. That print is so pretty, a classic shift dress, maybe with a red belt, would have sufficed for me – oh, and definitely different shoes……

  • Cloveradams

    I don’t know, that dress is one step away from a Simplicity pattern for a midterm sewing class project.

  • Anna

    I am feeling less than stellar in my skinny pants today, so the idea of throwing on a bedsheet with pockets for my snacks is very appealing. And I love the colours and the print. I don’t have a premiere to attend though, and agree that some taking in was needed.

    He looks cute, no complaints from me.

  • Nancer

    I love this dress, though I agree that some slight tweaks would make it more flattering. Still, the print is fabulous and I think it’s nice to see something this colorful and non-bodycon on an actress who obviously has the figure to pull off something more form fitting, but doesn’t feel that she HAS to. That’s nice and refreshing. She’s go to go in my book!

    • luludexter

      I agree. It’s just the shoes that bother. they’re way too heavy and dark for such a whimsical dress.

  • Lisalady161

    She’s wearing a candied almond wrapper!

  • Sarah

    Love the dress. It does remind me of bedsheets/my mom’s 70’s bathing suit/housecoats, but it ALSO reminds me of Monet, English gardens, and summer, which actually combines to give it a lovely vintage-y feeling. I don’t even hate that the shoes are black, but I do think they’re too clunky.

    • marlie

      I LOVE that it evokes Monet for me! That’s a HUGE part of why I like it.

      • Sarah

        Mom’s bathing suit is a huge part of why I like it. It was gorgeous – I often wish it had survived because I’d wear it now that I’m mom-sized.

    • papillon

      Housecoat is perfect. That’s exactly what it’s reminiscent of.

  • papillon

    I would have liked the dress more if it didn’t have that mullet thing going on. It also just looks SO heavy like one of the maternity gowns Betty wore in Season 3 of Mad Men. The print is very pretty though.

    I like that his suit is not too tight and actually looks comfortable. The hair makes him look scruffier than usual though.

  • decormaven

    Such a pretty print in that dress fabric! The dear uncles called it on the shoes; my first call was white, delicate strappy sandals, but with that tricky hem, they might be too “light” for the look. He’s adorbs, as always.

  • boweryboy

    The dress looks like she wrapped a comforter around herself and is about to hunker down to watch Saturday morning cartoons with a bowl of Cap’N Crunch.

    • Wink

      The ‘dress’ looks comfortable. But comfort is overrated, especially on the red carpet. Put on your Big Girl panties and do it right.

    • Kathy

      This was a real scroll-down disappointment. The thumbnail image of the Monet-type print had me expecting something a whole lot better.

      • boweryboy

        The print is gorgeous, but the dress is a disappointment. I get what the designer is going for but the execution is lousy. It could be because it looks too big for her as well.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I love the dress, and love it for being different than the normal fare. I want blue strappy sandals for this.

    Does she look like Anna Chlumsky? Am I just sleep-deprived?

    • Sarah

      Lil bit. Bangs?

      • Kitten Mittons

        That and the smile, I think. At least in the straight-on shots.

        Off to the coffee pot.

    • Lori

      Not just you. I noticed the resemblance to Chlumsky too.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Whew, thanks.

    • BLauDGaspode

      I see it a bit. Like they’re cousins, not sisters.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Yes, that sounds just right.

    • kimmeister

      I totally got Anna from the 2nd shot and was scrolling down to see if anyone else did!

      • Kitten Mittons

        I feel vindicated!!

  • Gatto Nero

    The dress does hang off her, but I think that’s just the cut; it’s one of those enveloping tents. I like the print but don’t like the huge patch pockets (in-seam pockets would have been better) or mullet hem. It’s great that she chose something unexpected, but I wish it were more flattering on her.
    The sandals are too casual and heavy.
    He looks natty, except for the stubble.

  • tallgirl1204

    Except for the goofy hem, I had a dress like this I used to wear on unbearably hot days to do housework. Not a fan. It’s a beautiful print, though.

  • “Take in the WAIST”? What WAIST? Sorry….return that chair slipcover to the hotel lobby she swiped if from…. DR …adorable and trim!

  • He is so flippin adorable, I want to keep him in my pocket!

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Okaaaay…. I hate this. His suit looks fine, standard. Everything else is stupid. His hair growing out of everywhere and her…what IS that thing?? Horrid.

  • I love the fabric but that is not what should be made out of it. 🙁

    I haz a sad for this sorry sack.. but still gorgeous fabric. 🙂

  • Constant Reader

    I kept wondering why Jemima looks generations older than her actual age, but that dress is SO much like the house dresses my grandmother wore in the 60s. I like the idea of the dress (and the print is pretty), but the whole thing is too big for her — the neck and shoulder areas are too baggy and the rest of it needs to be more of a trapeze and less of a caftan. The giant pockets and heavy sandals only add to the general “grandma” vibe.

    Daniel looks adorable and well-dressed.

    • The dress is indeed retro ’60’s. It looks like a home – ec project from when I was in High the ’60’s.

      • Constant Reader

        I just wish it reference cute 60s and not grandma 60s.

    • DuBey2

      I especially think a different neckline & (??armhole line? — I do not sew but I only know the cut of those is unflattering to her arms) would help it a ton. Love the print & the lining.

      • Constant Reader

        Yes! I wish the neckline was just a little more of a scoop and the armholes fit better.

    • Qitkat

      Grandmas of today, including this poster, would never ever wear this style. I’m cringing just thinking about it. I wouldn’t wear the fabric either, while pretty, it totally reads decor not dress to me.

      • Constant Reader

        I meant that she looked like MY grandma. At 51, I am grandma age myself. I don’t wear house dresses, but right now I have on baggy pajama pants and a faded t-shirt, neither of which I plan to leave the house in. I think each generation has its own version of frumpy/comfortable/practical garments to wear at home.

        • Qitkat

          ^ Totally. I understood where you are coming from. My grandmas wore house dresses all the time 🙂 As for you and me, right now we are totally twins, that is exactly what I am wearing/wear all the time, only at home, too funny!

  • marlie

    Get rid of the pockets on the dress, switch out these shoes for something lighter (I’d even be ok with naked heels), and we’d be perfect. As is, they get a solid 8 our of 10 from me.

  • I was all set to loathe this dress until I scrolled down. LOVE IT.

  • smayer

    His lack of neck adornment is making me itch. It must be the Southern prepster in me–put on a tie or unbutton that shirt!

  • nannypoo

    That dress is an example of everything that can go wrong in an 8th grade home ec project.

  • Sanglots longs

    Although the dress needs the lining for looks around the “lo” part of the hi-lo hem, I wonder if a full lining is giving the garment as a whole too much body. It might hang in a more flattering way if the top half had less, no, or a much drapier lining. I love clothes with lot of flow and drape, and the neckline and shoulder of this keep it from being a complete mu’ mu’u (the fit is a little off in the shoulder slope, though).

    I’m interested in the placket on his shirt: those fly-front plackets don’t usually have topstitching. Kind of a cute cross between formal and informal that works for this look overall.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I think that dress is a little too big on her, but I love it. I think inside pockets with just a slit showing would work better with that silhouette. His level of dressiness suits hers exactly. Adorable hipsters, indeed.

  • Ashleigh

    I just can’t…I feel like a teenager in love every time I see him…it’s true love, for sure!!! I must cut out many pictures from magazines and tape to the walls of my bedroom (some of which are at an angle like every 80’s teen movie)

  • I would like to hope that the recommended fitting would make this look less like a maternity dress….honestly, I thought she was pregnant. And Daniel still needs to tame the eyebrow caterpillars. But together, they ARE awfully cute.

    • DuBey2

      This. Thought she was preggers for sure.

  • SistaT

    I LOVE that dress. So different and fun and I want one. But, ooh, girl. Wrong shoes. Bad shoes. No, shoes! That’s a bad shoes!

  • elemspbee

    spot on assessment.

  • suzinrva

    I love her – remember her in Hex? Perpetually sassy. He is so fuzzy he is like a troll pencil topper that you twirl around to fluff the hair.

  • MilaXX

    He looks fine, but still needs a shave. She’s okay. Dress reads a little casual but that may be due to the wrong shoe. Dress would also be better served without the pockets.

  • SandiK

    Crazy for the dress, and think it fits her just right. A couple pearl bangles on her arm and some pearl or greyish d’orsay pumps would be nice. Kind of covered up dress paired with partially covered up feet would have made sense. Very season-appropriate though and love that print.

  • smh4748

    He looks great. I like that dropcloth of a dress way more than I would have expected. I don’t normally like the mullet hem, but I think it works on this one, and keeps it from being just a tent. I also think that’s a good hairstyle for this dress–wearing it down in any way would have been too much… stuff hanging down. I don’t know how to describe it! Too much verticality? Anyway, I like it simple and up.

  • Corsetmaker

    I like the dress. I disagree on fitting, as it’s an A-line… taking in the waist would be making a completely different dress with the same fabric. The shoes are all wrong though.

  • Yoshio

    Scarlett O’Hara did a better job of turning the drapes into a dress. Her garment (I can’t bring myself to call that a dress) is awful.

  • M. H. Leader

    I still wish Radcliff would do something about face fuzz and eyebrows. They’re wildly too shaggy and unkempt. Makes him look like he’s more than a little scruffy all the time.

  • No Pecs McHollywood? *sad face*

  • Aidan B

    I just want to lasso her with a thin belt.

  • ElaineMarie34

    If the dress were shorter and had only a hint of mullett, it could be cute. Also I think scoop or v-necks are better with the tents — a little cleavage at least suggests a shape. The fabric is very pretty.

  • frannyprof

    I love that dress. Bring back the muumuu and caftan, I say.

    • Qitkat

      If I got my hands on this, I could turn it into a really cute muumuu. Scoopier neckline, slimmer skirtline, no mullet hem, and the crowning touch, smocking across the bodice (not the very tiny infant type, but about an inch apart, 4 or 5 rows). It’s a very pretty technique when deployed correctly, and not seen much anymore. I had a muumuu in high school that looked just as I’m describing. Very flattering.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I would take that dress and hang it on the wall in my living room like a tapestry because that print is BEAUTIFUL. And DanRad looks FANTASTIC. He is definitely able to pull of that buttoned up collar without looking so twinkish.

  • what not

    The shoes look like the ones you have in your closet and match with everything, whether it really goes or not. I getcha, Jemima.

  • alyce1213

    This is the perfect thing for an August premiere. The fabric is gorgeous, and as much as I hate mullet dresses, I love this and the pretty colored lining that shows. I could picture one of the fashion divas in this — Cate Blanchett, for example. Kudos to Jemima for choosing this and pulling it off — it’s an eye-catching statement. The third picture is smashing. As to the shoes, I think she could have stuck with black in a less heavy sandal (or maybe silver) because a red shoe on an actual red carpet can be tricky.
    He needs a little bit of grooming, but he’s so adorable who cares?

  • Skippymom1

    She’s wearing a Monet tent. Such a pretty print and a beautiful color on her, but where is her body? Has it swallowed her?

    • Mojone

      If the dress were way shorter, and we saw more leg it would
      work better … and if the sandals were more delicate. But
      that is the most gorgeous print. (Monet tent!!!)

  • demidaemon

    I think the dress is wearing her and overwhelming her. It’s just too much for her frame. He looks cute.

  • Melissa Brogan

    She’s wearing a very pretty tent and horrible shoes.

    He’s cleaned up his stubble and eyebrows just a bit so he’s looking pretty good actually.

  • paintedfish

    that gigantic dress looks sooo comfy, but it would be a tent on me.

  • Lauren Clark

    I love the dress as it, actually. Earrings are great, hair’s ok, but the shoes are AWFUL. Some light sandals and a bangle and this would be checking all my boxes. Dan is adorable, as always.

  • They look really cute. The dress sort of reminds me of something Samantha Stevens would have worn when she was pregnant with Tabitha. (Fellow Ancient people, that reference is for us)

  • fungstyle

    Not sure on the thought of red shoes. I think the silvery blue or even the bright blue would up the ante and feel less focus pulling. Even a basic silver sandal. The red feels like it would scream our against all that green – it works in the dress because it’s so lightly used.

  • GemFemme

    It’s not that it’s just big in the waist, it’s too big in the top as well. A tighter fitting top and more definition in the waist would make this dress a real stunner.
    I like the red shoe idea.

    I hate a buttoned up shirt without a tie. That’s just me.

  • LibKat

    Agree with the uncles about DanRad’s adorkableness here and the problems with her dress, accessories and footware. But her head looks great.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    She looks old enough to be his mother! Wait, is she?

  • SophieCollier

    I love the fabric of her dress, but it is a big old tent on her.

  • yllas

    I seem to have gained a lot of weight this last year and so I adore the dress, lol. Pretty pretty pretty. Love the colors. What are the little red orange splashes – fish? birds? just a pattern?

  • formerlyAnon

    I really like the dress. I’d prefer a lower neckline and/or some restrained detail at the collar, possibly just a rolled edge to match the lining, and better shoes.

    I’d have worn that dress in a heartbeat when I was her age and approximate size. Which is why all my female friends and relatives that were then near my current age were always trying to get me to wear the more ‘body conscious’ dresses which they knew I’d be unlikely to be able to wear indefinitely.