Emma Watson Returns to the Red Carpet in a Daring Backless Gown

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Emma Watson doesn't often make red-carpet appearances, but when she does, she knows how to make a statement.

The Little Women actor walked the Earthshot Prize Awards' green carpet in a unique, sustainable outfit by London designer Harris Reed: a white gown worn over black flared trousers. The dress featured an open back, floral details, and an asymmetrical tulle skirt made of 10 upcycled wedding dresses from Oxfam.

Reed is known for designs that don't conform to any sort of gender binary. The 25-year-old, who identifies as gender fluid, tells BAZAAR.com that their goal is to "eradicate the categories of menswear and womenswear." Sustainability is part of their project, too, so it makes sense that Watson chose a look by Reed to present one of the five inaugural prizes at last night's Earthshot Awards, created by Prince William to support the fight against climate change.

Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Watson accessorized her look with two pairs of earrings from Harris Reed x Missoma: a simple pearl set and a gold sun-and-moon pair. She styled her bob in a side part with loose waves and donned metallic silver eye shadow.

Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

She also made a rare appearance on Instagram yesterday, posting for the first time since June 2020. She shared a video of herself wearing a warm coat and jacket, promoting the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this November. "14 days until @cop26uk — Let's go!" she captioned the clip.

The Beauty and the Beast star has kept a low profile since 2019, though she has been spotted out in London and L.A. with her businessman boyfriend, Leo Robinton. She addressed engagement rumors and speculation about her career in a series of tweets last May.

"Dear Fans, rumours about whether I'm engaged or not, or whether my career is 'dormant or not' are ways to create clicks each time they are revealed to be true or untrue. If I have news - I promise I'll share it with you," she wrote.

"In the mean time please assume no news from me just means I'm quietly spending the pandemic the way most people are - failing to make sourdough bread (!), caring for my loved ones and doing my best not to spread a virus that is still affecting so many people.

"I am sending so much love to you, hoping you're ok and as well and happy as you can be in these strange times. And again, thank you to everyone working so hard to keep us safe and well."

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