Monday, July 11, 2011

Hermione Granger: Fashion Plate

Arriving in London Thursday afternoon, after seeing the couture collections in Paris, was a surreal experience — and not just because of the breaking news that The News of the World was being shut down by Rupert Murdoch because of the hacking scandal. Outside my hotel, thousands of teenagers were swarming their way toward Leicester Square, hundreds of policemen herding them on their way, and at least three or four helicopters hovering overhead. What was going on?
From left, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesFrom left, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

Turns out it was the world premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the final installment in that film series. (The kids decked out in old-fashioned school uniforms should have been a clue.)

Ms. Watson wore a dress from the Elie Saab spring 2011 collection to the movie's after party.
Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesMs. Watson at the after-party for the movie premiere.

While most of the fans were no doubt there to get a glimpse of Daniel Radcliffe, Harry himself, the consensus in Friday morning’s newspapers was that Emma Watson may have stolen the show. Appearing on the red carpet in a sweeping pale gray gown designed by Oscar de la Renta, her hair cut short in a pixielike bob, Ms. Watson continued her transformation from geeky tween film star to fashion icon, a journey that recently included a glamorous cover shot in the current issue of American Vogue.

Later that evening, the 22-year-old actress did a quick change and attended the after-party in a sparkly knee-length Elie Saab dress from the designer’s spring 2011 couture collection.

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