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In Honour Of Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, We Look Back At Emma Watson's Style Evolution

Hermione Granger has come a long way.

Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary was recently celebrated – the very first book in the seminal series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, came out on 26th June 1997. While I personally didn’t start with that title (I started with the Prisoner of Azkaban), the books were definitely a defining part of my childhood, as well as millions’ around the world – queuing for the books when they released at 7am in bookstores here (i.e. 12 midnight in the UK) was particularly memorable.

While all 3 of the original leads in the Harry Potter movies – Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson – have gone on to lead very different careers after the series ended, it is Watson who has continued to be in the limelight the most, not just as an actress but also as a humanitarian and fashion icon.

Here, we take a look at how Watson’s style has changed over the years:

#1: Circa 2010-2011

At the premiere of the cast’s final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the three protagonists, along with the author who kick-started it all, J.K.Rowling, reunited for a group photo. Rowling and Watson were both clad in Oscar de la Renta’s signature feminine designs, from his Spring 2011 collection. Rowling opted for a lovely pistachio green strapless number while Watson went for a heather gray ruffled number. My only quibble with Watson’s look was that her pixie cut could be styled better – it’s rather lackluster for a movie premiere, to be honest.

Looking safe and super-feminine at the 2010 Met Gala in a Grecian Burberry number, this was very much Watson’s MO around that period.

#2: Circa 2014


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From top to bottom: Emma Watson in Dior couture, J.Mendel, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga

I call this period Watson’s awakening – her red carpet looks, previously pretty and safe (nothing wrong about that, just not very exciting, fashion-wise), became far more sleek and refined with an androgynous touch.

Case in point? Her game-changing backless red Dior couture dress in look 1 (worn to the 2014 Golden Globes), which look rather nondescript from the front, but the twist came when she turned, showing off the backless design and that she’d worn sharp cigarette pants with the dress. Perfect example of business in the front and party at the back. It’s still one of my favourite Emma Watson looks ever, three years on.

Watson’s beauty looks were also far more fashion-forward than compared to previous years, and she often paired directional jewellery (of the time) with her streamlined looks, such as the one-sided Dior pearl earring.

Credit must be paid to Watson’s primary stylist, Sarah Slutsky.

#3: Circa 2016-2017

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Sunday was the first ever public screening of @beautyandthebeast! We were so happy to surprise the audience in Paris and say “bonjour” in person, especially as this is the country where it was created and Belle’s place of birth ??? Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the new Co-Creative Directors of @oscardelarenta, created this Jacobian flower-embroidered duchesse satin bustier with an organic silk faille sash and organic wool trousers as part of their first collection. The entire look was made in-house at Oscar de la Renta’s NYC atelier ❤ @burberry pumps handmade in Italy with organic silk. Fashion info verified by @ecoage #ecoloves Lipstick is a combination of Osaka Plum Matte and New Orleans Scarlet Matte from @thebodyshop who have used their fairly traded 'Community Trade Brazil Nut Oil' from Peru in this product along with the Lash Hero Mascara which uses 'Community Trade Shea Butter'. Hair using @rahuabeauty who as well as being a natural brand partner with women from Amazonian nations such as Waorani, Achuar, Quichua, Quechua and Shuar to harvest their key ingredients Ungurahua, Sacha Inchi, and Buriti oils. Hair styling using @johnmastersorganicsusa who created their first organic haircare products in 1991 and use bottles made from the most recyclable plastic type and boxes made from 100% recycled paper with 100% soy ink. All brands are cruelty free. Beauty brands verified by @contentbeauty

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From top to bottom: Emma Watson in Dior couture, Emilia Wickstead, Osman, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Oscar de la Renta

The past two years have seen Watson continue to refine her modernist streak, and she definitely persists in her favourite article of clothing – pants – on the red carpet. However, as the lead in Beauty and the Beast, she returned to more feminine looks such as the yellow Dior couture gown (very Belle in Beauty and the Beast), and the demure powder-blue Emilia Wickstead caped number.

What she’s done differently now, is collaborating with designers to come up with environmentally-conscious and sustainable fabrics, made via ethical means.

It’s a very Hermione Granger thing to do (remember when Hermione started S.P.E.W – the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare in the Harry Potter books?) and we can’t wait to see how Watson continues to grow over the years.

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