This is the October issue of In Style UK. I'm sure you'll recognise the talented Naomi Watts on the cover. Ms. Watts is fresh off of her role as Princess Diana, and has been out and about doing the press junket. Like most successful leading ladies, Naomi has a very ethereal beauty, delicate, but with a burning intensity beneath the surface. She has a wonderful look that enables her to look very editorial.
Or conversely, her look lends itself well to a modern version of old Hollywood glamour.
I get in theory what the people at In Style were going for putting her in this Flintstonesque outfit for their latest cover; an attempt to completely switch gears and try something different on an actress who is always flawlessly put-together, while channelling the punk trend. But this does not work for me. At. All. I do not believe that it lends itself in any way to what the Daily Mail is calling a "punk princess makeover."
The platinum quiff, the awkward print-mixing, the shiny skirt (looks cheap, and I'm sure it's not), the pink-nude lip with the impotent smoky eye that is not quite up to the job of balancing said nude lip…gah! Everything just seems out of balance here. While I am used to seeing Naomi looking sophisticated and chic, here she just looks she is channeling a teenager who has yet to learn how to be sexy without looking skanky. Punk princess? Nooooot quite.