From Hermione to Haute Couture: Emma Watson's Red Carpet Superlatives

Apr 15 2014 - 6:00am

Born in the fashion capital of the world, Paris, Emma Watson [1] was destined to be a style icon. While she's the leading lady of one of the biggest movie franchises to ever hit theaters, a veteran cover girl, and Brown University scholar, it's Watson's appreciation for avant-garde fashions and sartorial valor that's captured, and held, our attention. Whether she's floating down the red carpet in ethereal designer gowns, taking a turn on the color wheel in kaleidoscope combinations, or translating her cool-girl street style into punk-chic, high-fashion moments, we are in awe of Watson's ability to always push the envelope.

In honor of Emma's special day, we're rounding up 24 of her most fearless red carpet moments.

Emma Watson in Oscar de la Renta at 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 London Premiere

Emma upped the ante of her multilayered tulle Oscar de la Renta [2] with a sculptural white blazer.

Emma Watson in Bottega Veneta at 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 NYC Premiere

Watson's breathtaking A-list red carpet moment came in the form this golden amber Bottega Veneta [3] stunner.

Emma Watson in Tartan McQ by Alexander McQueen at 2011 GQ Men of the Year Awards

Could the girl be any cooler? I died over this tartan and tulle McQueen look when I first spotted it — and I love it just as much, if not more, three years later.

Emma Watson in Jason Wu Peplum Top at 2011 My Week With Marilyn UK Premiere

The star's My Week With Marilyn premiere look was all about her Swarovski-embroidered Jason Wu [4] peplum top.

Emma Watson in Red Lace Valentino at 2012 Pre-BAFTA London Party

Watson teamed a fiery Valentino lace and silk bubble dress with Christian Louboutin [5] crisscross pumps at a pre-BAFTA party in London.

Emma Watson in Printed Miu Miu Skirt at 2012 Struck by Lightning NYC Premiere

Watson topped her sweet mixed-print duo with an edgy leather jacket, all by Miu Miu [6], for the Struck by Lightning premiere in 2012.

Emma Watson in Graphic Brood Mini at 2012 MTV Movie Awards

Emma embraced the MTV Movie Awards' playful aesthetic in a regal graphic-print Brood dress and caged Tabitha Simmons [7] sandals.

Emma Watson in Peter Pilotto Top and Skirt at 2012 MTV Video Music Awards

Emma Watson [8] took a turn around the color wheel in a kaleidoscope top and skirt set by Peter Pilotto [9].

Emma Watson in Floral Erdem at 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

The star was all smiles in an elegant yet edgy black and blue floral-embroidered Erdem [10] mini at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Emma Watson in White Brood Look at 2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower NYC Screening

Watson took the classic LWD and turned it on its head, donning a multifaceted Brood look comprised of a high-collar one-shoulder blouse and button-front peplum-detailed mini in 2012.

Emma Watson in Christian Dior Couture at 2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower London Premiere

A monchrome Christian Dior [11] Couture duo for London premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Emma Watson in Maxime Simoëns at 2013 MTV Movie Awards

Watson embraced her statement and short motto with a watercolor Maxime Simoëns mini and cutout Proenza Schouler [12] lace-ups at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.

Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung at 2013 Met Gala

For the 2013 Met Gala, Emma put her fit figure on display in a custom silk-crepe Prabal Gurung [13] gown.

Emma Watson in Christopher Kane at 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Watson posed in a moody peekaboo Christopher Kane [14] creation detailed with paillette feather trim at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Emma Watson in Roland Mouret Bustier at 2013 This Is the End LA Premiere

Emma balanced her avant garde Roland Mouret [15] bustier with cigarette trousers and classic pumps in 2013.

Emma Watson in Chanel at 2013 The Bling Ring LA Premiere

The Bling Ring star chose a high-collared tweed Chanel mini and embellished ankle-strap pumps for the LA premiere.

Emma Watson in Balenciaga Crop Top at 2013 GQ Men of the Year Awards

If you've got it, flaunt it. Watson chose a futuristic bolero-inspired crop top and black boyfriend trousers, both by Balenciaga [16], for the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London.

Emma Watson in J. Mendel at 2013 Gravity NYC Premiere

Upon first glance, Emma's creamy J. Mendel mini may look a little uninspiring, but the sexy off-the-shoulder detail and sheer-inset tiered hem make for one luscious mini.

Emma Watson in Christian Dior Couture at 2014 Golden Globes

Only the crème de la crème of trendsetters would think to rock a dress over pants for one of the biggest shows of award season — and that's just what Emma did in this exquisite Christian Dior [17] Couture.

Emma Watson in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture at 2014 Elle Style Awards

Comprised of a shimmery, beaded top which descended beautifully into an incredibly feminine — and dramatic — bow skirt, it's easy to see how Emma's Giambattista Valli [18] Haute Couture creation stole the show at the Elle Style Awards.

Emma Watson in Vera Wang at 2014 Oscars

For the 2014 Oscars, Watson went demure in a shimmering pewter Vera Wang [19] gown featuring a draped mermaid-skirt hem.

Emma Watson in Wes Gordon at 2014 Noah Germany Premiere

She's bringing sexy back in a bow-detailed Wes Gordon [20] gown in Berlin. Slicked strands and a red-hot lip took her already-sultry look to new heights.

Emma Watson in J. Mendel Jumpsuit at 2014 Noah Madrid Premiere

Watson proved the power of a jumpsuit in a draped white and black J. Mendel for the Madrid premiere of Noah.

Emma Watson in Ralph Lauren Collection at 2014 Noah UK Premiere

Emma walked on water, literally, in an ethereal Ralph Lauren [21] Collection gown earlier this year.

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