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Emma Watson's transformation from gawky drama student to fashion's newest darling has been nothing short of magical. The 19-year-old Brit first caught the world's attention as Hermione in the hugely successful Harry Potter franchise, of course, but it's her daring yet sophisticated personal style that sets her apart from the PYT pack. She's told Teen Vogue that she opts not to use stylists because "there's nothing interesting about looking perfect." Perhaps so, but in the last couple of months she's been photographed looking all but perfect in fresh-from-the-runway Rodarte and Proenza Schouler, as well as, most recently, vintage Ossie Clark.

And those red-carpet choices have caught the attention of serious fashion heavyweights. Karl Lagerfeld photographed her as a nun for the French magazine Crash, and these days Watson calls Chanel her "lucky brand." Miu Miu, Alice Temperley, and Burberry number among her other favorites, and her admiration for the latter is mutual. Christopher Bailey snagged her to be the face of the label's latest Mario Testino-shot campaign. Though she's signed with London's Storm modeling agency and is buddy-buddy with the style set, Watson apparently hopes to be an anonymous Ivy Leaguer stateside this fall—both Columbia and Brown were aswirl with rumors she'd be matriculating this September. Whether or not she manages to ditch the spotlight, she'll no doubt have the most coveted wardrobe on campus.

—Liza Darwin

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