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Emma Watson, Claudia Schiffer Share Their Understated Style Obsessions

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Harry Crowder for Harper’s Bazaar

As fashion icons, Emma Watson and Claudia Schiffer have access to all the lavish jewelry and couture clothing they could ever want. But not surprisingly, the subtle stars both think less is more.

“Jean Cocteau said, ‘Style is a very simple way of saying complicated things,'” Watson muses in the October issue of
Harper’s Bazaar
. So the Lancôme beauty goes for a simple fashion trademark: “If I get it right, a kind of drama whilst looking understated. If I get it right!”

You won’t find Watson dripping in diamonds and extravagant handbags most of the time, either; the actress still carries an “old-school” satchel and claims lipstick as her favorite accessory. “I don’t like to accessorize too much because I want people to see me first and my clothes second,” she explains.

Model and mom of three Schiffer also defines her style in simple terms. “Understated chic,” she says. She loves blush and mascara by L’Oréal, Eau Savage fragrance by Dior and prefers to tote her goods in Chanel handheld luggage. And if you want to get her a gift, make it cashmere: Schiffer counts the soft fabric as one of her most necessary extravagances, saying blankets are a must and cashmere sweaters are one item you’ll never catch her throwing away.

However her indulgences do expand beyond the material. When asked for her vices, she simply replies, “Red wine, chocolate, and a lie-in with my husband.”

Emma Watson and Claudia Schiffer
Camilla Akrans for Harper’s Bazaar

Lady Gaga Harper's Bazaar
Courtesy Harper’s Bazaar

–Kim Peiffer