When Emma Watson first burst into the public eye playing Harry Potter's goodie-two-shoes friend Hermione Granger, it was hard to imagine that the nine-year-old with a magic wand and wizard cloak would turn into one of the most exciting new fashion forces. Indeed, it seems even the young actress herself has been taken by surprise by a fashion transformation that's seen her front row at the shows, dressed up in couture for red-carpet events and courted by Karl Lagerfeld. Emma revealed to Interview magazine she once begged to be invited to a fashion show in Paris, not realising that the designer's PR would have picked her up in a helicopter if they'd known she wanted to attend, has splurged on a laptop and Prius car rather than designer clothes with her first millions, and tends to loan rather than buy her red-carpet gowns. ‘I don't really buy designer stuff,' she said. ‘I have a few nice things, but I don't really have the occasion to wear couture too often. When I'm in a situation where I do need to dress up, I'm typically lent something – which means I have to give it back at midnight, like Cinderella.' But luckily it doesn't seem like every fashion moment has passed her by. Even Emma felt the impact of meeting and being photographed by Karl Lagerfeld. ‘I'd met Karl a few times before, at parties or something where we really couldn't talk. But this was a dream come true. We spent the whole day together, and he can talk about anything – literature, art, science, modern culture. I was totally seduced. I felt spoiled to be spending so much time with him.' Hmm... something tells us Emma needs to get used to being front and centre of Chanel shows... [Interview]
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