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K-Stew: Bouncing back, one fabulous outfit at a time

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Paula Joye

Kristen Stewart has emerged from her chrysalis looking more glamorous than ever.

Kristen Stewart has emerged from her chrysalis looking more glamorous than ever.

Kristen Stewart always looks so awkward on the red carpet, doesn’t she? Couture gowns and Kristen go together like nails down a chalkboard. In anything other than jeans and a t-shirt the actress looks utterly self-conscious. So uncomfortable that it makes you feel uncomfortable just observing her uncomfortableness.

Recently, something has changed and she of the dirty checked shirt, unwashed hair and sneakers suddenly looks like a brunette Charlize Theron. Sexy, sophisticated, glamorous… adjectives I thought I’d never use when describing Stewart’s sense of style.

Exhibit A, the red carpet tour for Breaking Dawn Part 2: Kristen has worn floor length gowns, make-up, even high-heels. She bared her spectacular bottom through gold lace in New York, her back in a sequined black jumpsuit in London and acres of Diaz-style leg in neon yellow in Madrid.

Stewart’s stylist Tara Swennen credits the transformation to the actress’ coming-of-age, telling The Cut: “She’s embraced doing the long-gown thing, so it was definitely an opportunity for me to stick as many as I could on her. Through the years, she’s come into her own - she’s grown into being more comfortable on the red carpet; she’s definitely embracing elegance and gracefulness. Obviously I’ve been able to push more on her, but I think her confidence level is really the thing that’s changed the most over the years.”

I think there’s more to it than that.

Stewart has just been through a very public trial as the ‘woman who cheated on Rob Pattinson (her boyfriend) and broke up a family (she had an affair with father of two, Rupert Sanders)’. This is breakdown material for any woman let alone a 22-year-old. A scarlet letter was quickly pinned to her chest and Stewart has played Hester Prynne beautifully and dutifully. After retreating and repenting for months, I feel she’s now using her wardrobe to tell the world she’s had enough, and like a modern day Hawthorne heroine, she’s a phoenix rising.

Twelve months ago, the rug was ripped out from under one of my friends’ feet. She cheated on her husband. Multiple times. He found out via an email she sent him instead of HIM. Her world exploded in the worst possible way. The fall-out was brutal and absolute. She lost her marriage, many friendships  and became a shell of her former self in the process. For months she only got out of bed to go to work and walk her dog. She wore no make-up, her oldest, clothes and wore her hair scraped back in the same ponytail. She was literally drowning in shame. It was only when she signed papers to give him full custody of their Labrador that she drew a line and started the journey back to herself.

Within a few weeks she was a very different woman. Like Stewart, she re-emerged from her chrysalis of guilt dressed like a bombshell. There was a new inner confidence that said: “I’ve done my time” and a wardrobe that echoed the sentiment.

I’ve written about break-ups before and how rejection is one of the strongest human motivators for reinvention. Surely the need for redemption is equally strong? And that clothes are just as powerful on the flip-side of heartache.

I can’t help but think that if Prynne had lived in Hollywood rather than Puritan America, she would have walked a similar path to Stewart. Bouncing back as only a woman shamed knows how – one fabulous outfit at a time.

38 comments so far

  • You can't literally drown in shame. You can do so figuratively, but to literally do something is to actually do something.

    And whilst fashion is obviously a matter of opinion, I'd have to say that I hate at least two of the dresses here and the third (yellow) ones is more of a Katy Perry outfit.

    Commenter
    Hurrow
    Date and time
    November 23, 2012, 1:23PM
    • Yes. The word "literally" is grossly misused these days. It's especially embarrassing when someone who's paid to write doesn't understand the words that she's writing.

      Commenter
      half_shell_hero
      Date and time
      November 23, 2012, 4:17PM
    • and surely it should be discomfort, not "uncomfortableness"

      Commenter
      liz
      Date and time
      November 24, 2012, 6:44AM
    • This article has bigger issues than the misuse of "literally".

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      Christian
      Date and time
      November 24, 2012, 2:35PM
  • I've always wanted to say this in cyberpace about this girl. She's not ugly, she's ordinary, breathtakingly unremarkable even, which makes the relentlessly tedious publicity surrounding her worse; it is simply unearned. Why does she consistently make the news, along with her banal relationship with a pale and uninteresting boy? Much ado about nothing.

    Commenter
    reality bites
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    November 23, 2012, 1:26PM
    • Reality Bites - Beauty is obviously in the eye of the beholder, but it seems that millions would disagree with you. They are both very attractive, and make a sweet couple. And are you implying that to deserve publicity you need to be beautiful? That is a very strange opinion...

      Commenter
      bite yourself
      Location
      cyberspace
      Date and time
      November 24, 2012, 11:27AM
    • If she was stunningly beautiful you would say she is only famous because of her looks and therefore her fame is still unearned

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      Richard
      Date and time
      November 25, 2012, 9:20AM
  • I agree somewhat overrated

    these twilight dweebs have been getting a lot of press of late
    I think smh should find some new news and put this lot out to pasture

    Commenter
    medusa
    Date and time
    November 23, 2012, 1:58PM
    • Fugly, surly, rude, gauche and talentless. The biggest joke is she was supposed to be 'fairer' than Charlize Theron in the snow white movie. It only made sense after it was revealed she was sleeping with the boss - still palpably implausible though

      Commenter
      dee
      Location
      st ives
      Date and time
      November 23, 2012, 2:08PM
      • OMG she is actually smirking. I find her as dull as watching the grass grow.

        Commenter
        Winter snow girl
        Location
        nsw
        Date and time
        November 23, 2012, 3:01PM

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