The Rules of Style by Emma Watson

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  • "#latergram. And we are off! Wrapped up Regression press in @TomeNYC dress which is produced and manufactured in New York City.

    Hat by @MaisonMichel is handmade in Paris utilizing the finest craftsmanship since 1936. "The métier’s secrets lie in the skillful hands of a small group of specialized and complementary artisans: the hatter shapes the hat, while the milliner stitches, lines and finishes it." These sandals… easy chic from @PaulAndrew who has been so fantastic (& generous) to work with this press junket, sending his handcrafted shoes!

    #beauty on point by @charlottehayward and @visapyyapy"

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  • "First day of Regression press off to an incredible start. Obsessed with this @ralphlauren look made only better by the company's long standing commitment to not use fur products.

    Jewels by @cartier who is committed to responsible and sustainable business principles and practices in both the supply chain and their own business.
    Shoes by @paulandrew are all handmade in Italy by artisans who have been making shoes for decades-- some for generations
    And of course hair by the lovely @visapyyapy and makeup but by brilliant @charlottehayward @emmawatson"

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  • "Darling @EmmaWatson at the #Colonia Junket rocking #AlexanderMcqueen , @PierreHardy and @JenniferFisherjewelry.
    @WorldMcqueen is part of Kering, a Group committed to making sustainability a reality through a collaborative transparent approach, ambitious targets and policies that go beyond social compliance. Hardy has worked with the same craftsman, who use the Goodyear technique (made by hand), for 25 years. Fisher manufacturers her pieces in #NYC using all conflict free stones. ???"

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  • "Television junket continues! Love this chic little @Erdemlondon dress created from fabrics sourced in Italy and produced in Portugal!

    The suppliers and producers of these bad-ass boots by @Alexawagnershoes are located in Milan. Alexa Wagner is proud of their quality control systems, the excellent workspace and atmosphere provided for their employees.

    Jewels from @MoniquePean who strives to raise awareness of art, culture and global environmental issues through design, and is committed to partnering with artisans around the world to support traditional craftsmanship.

    Love this Feminine/Masculin Bag (because traits of both is beautiful!) by @clarevivier who roots herself in the Los Angeles design community, where her line has been made exclusively since 2008.

    Team on #beauty @charlottehayward @visapyyapy ? @emmawatson"

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  • "Day 2 kicked off with this @wes_gordon dress! Love the print which was created in collaboration with London based artist and then produced in New York and Italy!

    @alexanderwhiteltd are crafted by hand by artisans in Italy. Alex does not use fur and refuses to use chemical agents that could harm the environment!

    @Wwake jewelry uses recycled gold whenever possible, and all diamonds are either destruction-free antiques OR conflict-free stones. WWAKE has developed an in-house studio practice with proper ventilation systems to protect employees health!
    Beauty by the darlings @charlottehayward and @visapyyapy ! @emmawatson"

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  • "About last night ?... @EmmaWatson hosted the @TrueCostMovie screening wearing a @GabrielaHearst knit dress which is handmade at a small atelier in Italy. Paired with @paulandrew shoes (on their way to #30wears) and @stellamccartney 's new bio acetate bag. Topped off with a coat by @behno_official who aims to set a new high standard for manufacturing for India’s garment trade."

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  • "Final look of the #Regression press junket! This gingham beauty from @isa_arfen who produces a majority of her garments in the United Kingdom and sources fabric from suppliers in Italy & France.

    The espadrilles from @EmmaWatson ’s closet by @StellaMcCartney. Stella is committed to being a responsible, honest, and modern company. Pledging to find innovative and ecological materials, #StellaMcCartney is pushing the boundaries of what sustainable products can look like.
    The jewels for this look by @jadetrau who works with responsibly sourced @forevermarkdiamonds (read more about #Forevermarks : http://www.forevermark.com/en-US/our-diamonds/responsibly-sourced/ ). @charlottehayward on makeup @visapyyapy on hair ?"

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Amelia Diamond | April 15, 2016

Now here’s a sight for sore eyes

Celebrities who had their start as awkward adolescents are lighthouses of hope to anyone between a weird place and a style rut. A quick scroll can quickly prove that stars are just like us.

Just like us, they have mornings where they don’t know what to wear.

Just like us, they succumb to dumb trends.

And just like us, they think they look great until 10+ years have passed and their current style causes them to wince at their former wardrobes, but hello! Yoga says we’re supposed to live in the present.

Which sort of translates into the drunk idea that by studying a celebrity’s sartorial trajectory we can learn an awful lot.

Take Emma Watson: feminist, activist, Aries (hbd!), actress, would probably prefer it if you don’t bring up Hermione’s spell inflection or Daniel Radcliffe. She’s now considered a fashion plate, but even she had a few missteps along the way.

Missteps like wearing various shades of green at once (an accidental ode to Peter Pan) or thinking that the best idea ever — “Mom, I’m red carpet ready!” — was putting a bra strap around her head.

But we don’t throw stones in this glass house. Not when those of us currently typing used to own a shirt that said “80% Angel” as though anyone actually wondered about the missing 20%. (Joke was on me: the devil was that teeny tiny baby tee.)

Emma Watson did what all good humans do and matured in the process of growing up. “Goodbye, black boas and long denim dresses,” I assume she said as she waved hello to juxtaposed leather.

Hello to starched collars, sensible cutouts, side-parted hair and a game of Grecian goddess or Emma: who wore it better?

Hello to suede asymmetry and synched waists like Peggy.

Hi to blasts of lip color and thick, combed brows.

Hey, how are ya to to white sheaths and paired pinks, peplums, pointy shoes and jumpsuits.

Hello to full skirts, fitted tops, non-douche-y bowler hats and striped frocks.

HELLO (as shouted in capital letters through a megaphone) to the idea that sustainable fashion — in its many forms and facets — is not a gimmick. It’s not a trend. It’s a very real way of design.

The rules of style according to one Emma Watson are simple: screw what’s “in” — wear what fits, flatters, flaunts, feels right and good to the earth, is also fun.

For her that means playing with various degrees of backless.

For us, regardless of what we’re wearing, it’s a reminder on the fridge to always look back at it.

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  • Andrea Raymer

    Emma Watson is the reason I got into fashion in the first place (around age 13). I was an active member of an Emma Watson fan forum where we tried to ID all her clothes way back in 2004. I tried to make myself my own version of slide 3 and the Chanel dress in slide 15 was the inspiration behind my prom dress. I cut all my hair off when she did and I, too only part my hair on the left. I was lucky enough to stand in her presence the day slide 20 happened.

    I also once saw her college ex-boyfriend on the subway one time which I think speaks to my fanaticism because he is NOT famous and I recognized him. I hate myself for admitting that.

  • Liz Warners

    I once purchased a Marc Jacobs dress off of Ebay to wear to my Homecoming dance because I saw Emma wear it on Teen Vogue. She wore it better of course.

  • Must be nice to be able to see all of the pics.

    🙂

  • BK

    No NO NOPE I will hear ZERO veiled asides about Emma’s early style, I’m the same age as her and always thought she looked the coolest at every potter movie premiere she went to (also the girl was like ten at the time, by the way, so let her go). Also she arguably has the most meticulous, clever style of any celebrity at present. Kind of surprised that you guys didn’t even mention her actual rules of style here though? She’s very passionate about ethical & sustainable fashion and the captions from those Sarah Slutsky Insta photos in the slideshow elaborate on that aspect of Emma quite a bit. Tbh that’s what I this post would be about.

    • Amelia Diamond

      Hey BK, I’m a big Emma fan, which is why I made this post. I find it eternally reassuring when you realize that women who are insanely chic and put together and well dressed had less than insanely chic moments in their dressing journey. It makes them relatable and seem human. As for your note on sustainability, what a great call! Added in a rule about that, as well as Sarah Slutsky’s very informative captions to the slide. If you’re interested in more sustainable fashion related posts on MR, here’s a good one: http://www.manrepeller.com/2016/03/sustainable-fashion.html

      • BK

        I understand the motivation behind including them, but if we have to go all the way back into her childhood to find conventionally doubtful outfits, can’t we just leave them there? Ten-year-old me used to like wearing head-to-toe fluorescent green and gumboots as leisurewear (an inadvertent rural channeling of E.W’s all-green ensemble in slide 9, I just realised) which is a sartorial choice I’d (probably) reconsider these days, but I loved it so much back then that I’m at peace with it now. I know these little-kid clothing choices are funny in retrospect, but I just think they possess a sort of innocence that’s to be cherished rather than judged, which is the tone I got from this article.

  • In addition to being stylish AF, Emma Watson is a huge supporter of Ethical Fashion. As she said in Porter Magazine, “because so many women design and make the clothes we wear, it’s primarily the working conditions of women that are affected by the decisions we make, so fashion is a feminist issue.”
    To summarize, she’s the epitome of style.

    #EthicalistheNewBlack 😉
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  • Inkygrl

    She’s so pretty and cool and smart and just makes it all seem so effortless.