Journalist Sophie Ruelo guest edits To Di For Daily and gives us the scoop on our favorite ‘Crown’ Princess, Emma Corrin! 👑
Emma Corrin. Her name has become known across the globe, primarily for her role as Diana, Princess of Wales, on Season 4 of The Crown. This gem of a TV show has been a hit since 2016 for its excellent plot, narrative, and overall portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II and her family from the 1940s onwards.
When Emma officially broke the news that she would be joining the stellar cast in her first Instagram post, there was no doubt that the eyes of the world would be on her. Her acting in the show was excellent, and she earned her nominations for a Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, and Screen Actors’ Guild Award, respectively, of which she has already won the first two.
Yet aside from Emma’s top-tier talent on the silver screen and her lovely personality, her fashion is one of the many things that make her unique as a person. We all know red carpets have been temporarily put on hold by COVID-19. This has not stopped her from putting her best foot forward every time we see Emma doing press for The Crown, or during this recent awards season where she has nailed every look.
Her stylist, Harry Lambert (who also works with newly-crowned Grammy winner Harry Styles!), was a significant part of her fashion journey. In an interview with British Vogue, Emma talked about her experience with him: “Working with Harry Lambert has brought so much fun and imagination into my personal style.” Based on her Instagram feed, it looks like the two of them began to team up during the online press tour season for Season 4 of The Crown.
During the said tour, their preferences in terms of designer brands began to become apparent: looks by fresh fashion graduates and emerging designers, punctuated by a flurry of established names. Lambert shed light on this in an interview with British Vogue, where he said: “I always like to have a really good mix of young and established talent. I think it’s really important to showcase young designers, as there are so many amazing ones out there at the moment. It’s been a shame that we haven’t been able to show off the full-looks by these young designers on the Zoom calls.”
It’s a comfort to know that celebrities and their stylists care about the logistics of a Zoom call just as much as we, ordinary people, do. Since most of the time, only the upper part of one’s body can be seen on a laptop screen, the tag team made sure that there was plenty to focus on from the waist up. Emma’s personal choices in the past include fun earrings and interesting necklines. Lambert added to these decisions, stating that: “We had to focus on outfits that were really about the waist up, with a focus on jewelry and stuff that was interesting around the shoulder. It had to be a good color that would pop or show something a bit interesting on the Zoom call.”
Going back to the designers Emma has worn in her past Zoom red carpet looks, Miu Miu seems to be a personal favorite of both Emma and Harry. This comes as no surprise, given that she was recently invited to participate in “Mind Mapping,” which is Miu Miu’s Spring/Summer 2021 official campaign. She also worked with them for their Holiday 2020 Campaign and Miu Miu Fashion Week 2021.
In addition to the one mentioned earlier, Emma and Harry have collaborated with several brands in the past. These include the following: 16arlington, Ashish, Ashley Williams, Celine, Chanel, Charlotte Knowles, Chopova Lowena, Christopher Kane, JW Anderson, Kiko Kostadinov, Loewe, Nanushka, Nensi Dojaka, Rejina Pyo, Richard Quinn, Schiaparelli (Beyonce wore them for the Grammys too!), Simone Rocha, and Valentino.
LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT EMMA’S MOST RECENT LOOKS –
The Crown Season 4 – Virtual Premiere: For everyone’s safety, The Crown refrained from having an IRL party, but pulled through all the stops for a wonderful Stay at Home Premiere — complete with mini-red carpets for the cast!
Emma chose to mark this momentous event in her life with the help of photographer Greg Williams and her stylist, Harry Lambert. Emma and Harry teamed up with Miu Miu, and she wore a custom look. It featured a puff-sleeved tunic and matching leggings. British Vogue praised the look, and stated: “The head-to-toe tartan was appropriately whimsical and, dare we say it, fit for a princess.“
The 78th Golden Globes: Emma won Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama!
The Golden Globes was the first event on Emma’s awards season calendar, and she spared no effort to look absolutely dazzling.
She once again chose to wear a custom Miu Miu piece, with Cartier providing her diamond and emerald jewelry. Town and Country say this decision could have drawn inspiration from “Queen Mary’s Emerald choke, and an unforgettable moment in 1985 while on a tour with her husband in Australia; when Diana dared to take the royal jewel and wear it as a headband.” This was a fantastic way to honor the People’s Princess, whom Emma also mentioned in her acceptance speech.
The Pierrot Clown character inspired her custom gown. It finds its origin from 17th-century Paris — as part of the Comédie Italienne members of Parisian society. It has served as aesthetic inspiration for artists such as David Bowie, Lady Gaga, and many more through the years. On the other hand, her makeup made use of dramatic lashes — similar to a 1966 portrait of Twiggy taken by Barry Lategan. Note that she has a single tear drawn on in eyeliner — this is a slightly less dramatic take on the heavy paint commonly associated with Pierrot Clowns.
Fun fact: her co-star Josh O’Connor (who plays her on-screen husband, Prince Charles) also hired Harry Lambert as his stylist for the Golden Globes! This could explain why their outfits were quite similar (almost matching!) The two of them were also Zoom-ing during the show’s coverage in London (the cutest pair of besties ever!)
The 26th Critics Choice Awards: Emma won Best Actress in a Drama Series!
Emma wore her first couture piece for this occasion: a Schiaparelli dress with a short and strong-shouldered black style, adorned with the brand’s typically conceptual embellishment. British Vogue reports that it had been on her radar since her stylist sent a photo of it, the moment the collection was revealed during couture week in January.
Harry Lambert called it “the dress of the season,” and made sure to have it reserved for Emma ASAP. He told British Vogue: “I’ve been obsessed with all that Schiaparelli has been doing recently and, for me, this felt like one of the looks of couture week. I’m excited to see the reactions. I think people are very interested to see who is going to wear it and, I hate to say it, but I feel a bit smug that we got it. I really want to thank Schiaparelli for letting Emma wear this look.”
Though the piece screams contemporary and modern times, the dress actually reflects the same abstract approach that defined Elsa Schiaparelli’s work at her eponymous house. According to the brand’s artistic director, Daniel Roseberry: “The look was inspired by a Schiaparelli jacket from the ’30s. [We’ve] taken those incredibly sharp shoulders and intense embroideries and made them modern and elegant, but still having some elements of the surreal.”
He also praises Emma’s choice of designer for the event. He stated that the brand’s values and Emma’s own are very much aligned: “I think that you can see by her choosing this look that she is thinking for herself and dressing for herself, and those are values that Maison Schiaparelli has always stood for.”
Her make-up pays tribute to more contemporary muses (compared to her 17th-Century Paris-inspired look for the Golden Globes) — drawing inspiration from Kate Moss and Leonardo DiCaprio. British Vogue praises Emma for rocking the “simple, scarcely made-up look that Moss popularised in the ’90s, with minimal products used to pull focus to the 25-year-old’s flawless complexion. Corrin’s cropped hair is Leo in his teen-heartthrob years, just given an awards season-spin, and some talking-point couture.”
ICONIC MIU MIU COLLABORATIONS –
It’s no secret now that Emma and her stylists hold a soft spot for Miu Miu, for she has worn for press and red carpet events on numerous occasions. Here are some of the iconic fits she’s posted on her Instagram page to honor one of her (undoubtedly) favorite brands to work with.
According to the latest reports, following her Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award wins (let’s all hope she bags the Screen Actors’ Guild Award too!) — she is now working on her next project. She is set to star opposite Harry Styles (her former dogsitter!) in an adaptation of Bethan Roberts’s 2012 novel, My Policeman. Former artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse Michael Grandage will direct, with Oscar-nominated Philadelphia screenwriter Ron Nyswaner in charge of the script.
Furthermore, Emma will be delving into the theatrical stage: with her latest Instagram post revealing that she will be starring in Anna X, alongside Nabhaan Rizwan. Joseph Charlton will write the piece’s script, and Daniel Raggett will direct the production.
I hope you enjoyed my take on why Emma Corrin is taking the fashion world by storm. Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram to stay in the loop about all things Emma.