Lily Collins in Paris: Looking a lot less like Emily

If you’ve been missing a significant amount of pastel tulle, red berets, and kaleidoscope patterns in your life, fret not: Emily in Paris season 3 will be available on Netflix on December 21. As shown in the teaser, the upcoming episode of the eagerly awaited series promises more romance, drama, and garish clothing (three words: zebra shoulder pads). However, Lily Collins, who plays the title role, couldn’t be more dissimilar from her character on her recent red carpet attire.
The 33-year-old performer kicked off her press trip with a sensual and understated Saint Laurent dress, complete with cut-outs at the front and gathering at the waist, for the Paris premiere of Emily in Paris season 3. The outfits that followed were a masterclass in the real French-girl look, including a sandy wool Fendi ensemble, a skirt suit by Thom Browne, a tunic and pants set in blue by Delcore, a toile short set by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and a button-down shirt by 3.1 Phillip Lim paired with a fringed skirt.

Naturally, there are hints of Emily in Lily Collins. She chose a black Dior tulle dress for her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, evoking this passionate scene from season one. She also wore a bright green suit and corset on December 14 that resembled her now-iconic outfit. I can’t help but feel that the series partly misled us because even these bolder styles have an aura of elegance that the show never quite manages to achieve.
The French-girl look is subtle, as TikTok will attest. It’s simple, a little disorganised, and mainly neutral. If you’ve seen Emily in Paris for even a brief period, you’ll realise that none of these characteristics apply to the costumes; they are the Disney Channel’s interpretation of Parisian style. Is Collins making a message by appearing so un-Emily? Is she consciously distinguising her personal style from that of her persona? She might well be, but for whatever reason, we want more!

The greatest Lily Collins looks from the Emily in Paris season 3 press tour have been compiled in case you missed them.

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