Tuesday 23 January 2018

Red Carpet Wrap: Best and worst dressed

From left: Emma Watson and Alexa Chung
From left: Emma Watson and Alexa Chung
Rowena Walsh

Rowena Walsh

Who is a style queen and who should be taken away by the fashion police?

Best dressed: Emma Watson

Talk about a magical transformation. It's been nine years since we first encountered Emma Watson and in between shooting movies and studying at college, Harry Potter's pal has been indulging in her love of clothes -- a lot.

She's managed to shine on the red carpet, work that cool festival vibe and look like she's having fun. Very impressive.

And all that effort has certainly paid off. Ms Watson's now modelling for Burberry and involved with the Fair Trade fashion brand People Tree.

So far, so fabulous. And then she chopped her hair.

We were a bit taken aback. After all, it's not easy to work such a severe look, especially when you're going to be out and about promoting your latest movie. You'll need more than one killer outfit.

On the evidence of her London premiere, though, there's no need to worry about Emma. She looks amazing in this gorgeous vintage mini, cunningly designed to show off (almost) all her fabulous figure. Hermione graduates at the top of the class!

Worst dressed: Alexa Chung

She describes being an 'It girl' as involving a "charity-shop coat, a Mulberry bag, drinking champagne at a bad party and having a boyfriend in a band", while her signature look involves throwing together jeans, checked shirts, ankle boots, mini-dresses and 'It' bags with a "couldn't care less" vibe.

It's an attitude that clearly resonates with some because we've lost count of the number of times that Ms Chung has been lauded as a style icon. (Secretly we've always wondered why. After all, it really doesn't take that much effort to pick up some random items of clothing from your bedroom floor -- and sashay out the door. It's all about the sashaying, y'know.)

So when we spotted the so-cool-it-hurts Alexa in this get-up, we knew just what we were supposed to think. But although we should be in awe at her ability to work that of-the-moment '80s vibe, actually we're a bit horrified by this patently unflattering ensemble.

Honestly, Alexa, surely you can do better?

We want to give you brownie points for your dodgy attempts at DIY by updating a genuine relic -- that dress has clearly been out and about before -- with a bit of nip and tuck (and extra kudos for the yellow belt).

But really we just wish that your Arctic Monkey boyfriend Alex Turner would buy you a new outfit.

Like the bag, though.

Irish Independent

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