Emma Watson and Clemence Poesy are both dominant figures in the fashion world and both star in the movie adaptions of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Watson has flourished from the eleven-year-old ‘know it all’ we first met as Hermione Granger to the muse of Burberry Prorsum and the face of Lancome. Poesy followed a different path, having become a well-known model for brands such as Chloe before she starred in Goblet of Fire as Fleur Delacour.
The most remarkable thing about Emma Watson is that she has not succumbed to the issues that seem to strike many child stars; instead she has become an elegant face of the fashion world, so much so that she has gained the admiration of high fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Christopher Bailey and William Tempest. Her red carpet style draws its roots from her magical upbringing, favoring bewitching gowns with a tight bodice and a long flowing skirt. Her bubbly personality flows through her style, often seen in all situations with a smile playing on her lips.
French sweetheart Poesy’s style is less edgy than Watson’s, though still just as eye-catching. In Deathly Hallows Part 1, her Alexander McQueen lookalike wedding dress – though controversial – suited her perfectly and it was not dissimilar to lace outfits she has been spotted in on the red carpet. Poesy was well known in the fashion world before she came to Harry Potter, but her brand has only increased as her fame skyrockets.
At the premiere of Deathly Hallows part 1 back in 2010 there was a sort of lace-off between the two starlets. Watson rocked an edgy black lace cocktail dress, feathers giving the finishing touch, while Poesy wore a navy lace maxi, fit with vintage style puffy sleeves. Poesy made the dress appropriate for the occasion by not holding a normal clutch, but a book. However, in my opinion this is the only thing that lifted the outfit from bland to bewitching.
These two fashion icons have helped bring the Harry Potter series from a loved children’s book to a world wide phenomenon, while growing up beautifully and fashionably in the process.