No doubt Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber will be the hippest parents on their NYC block, but will anyone notice? "I rarely get recognized," the diminutive Watts claims. "But amp#91;Lievamp#93; is 6'3", so people recognize him right away." She may be small, but Watts' signature style-from casual to couture-is unmistakable, even when she's dressing for two.
Naomi helped bring dresses with pockets from the runway to reality in 2006 when she debuted a Givenchy frock at the premiere of The Painted Veil in Hollywood.
Is that a glimmer in Naomi's eye, or just the shine of jewels? Last fall, Watts layered David Yurman necklaces over a little black Chanel dress to attend the New Yorkers for Children Gala in New York City. Though her early career included a few gigs as a model, Naomi is quick to point out that she was never a part of the rarefied supermodel set. "I wasn't that kind of model-I was selling cereal and toothpaste," Watts, who was named as the face of Yurman jewelry in 2006, has said.
Even on the red carpet at January's Australia Week Gala, Watts took a fresh-faced approach to her look. "I like natural beauty-when it looks like someone hasn't triedtoo hard. I usually don't wear cosmetics unless I'm going out," the actress has said. "I never colored my hair until I was 25. My mom always said, 'Don't dye your hair, it's like getting tattoos! Once you start, you won't stop.'" The effect of Naomi's less is more philosophy? "She has a mysterious, worldly quality, like her films," says lensman Ruven Afanador.
In February, Watts glowed in Gucci at the Montblanc Night of Stars gala, when the luxury brand launched its new diamond jewelry line. The actress has often pointed out that red carpet glamour is not part of her everyday life. "If they get a picture of me at the supermarket in my jeans and sneakers-guess what? I'm just one of you," Watts has said.
For the Academy Awards-one of the biggest nights in fashion as well as in film-Naomi chose a pale yellow Escada gown that hinted at the subtle shape of a baby bump. Where did she develop her signature style? "When I was in Australia, I worked for a magazine called Follow Me," she has said. "My fashion sense comes from my mom: She spent loads of money on clothes and I used to think, 'Oh my God, that is so indulgent!' And now, of course, I've probably got twice the wardrobe she had."
Watts managed to find perfect pieces that accentuated her changing figure. At the opening night of boyfriend Liev Schreiber's new Broadway play Talk Radio, she played up her curves in an electric blue wrap dress from Butter by Nadia.
Red carpet? No problem. Watts attended one of the year's most glamorous parties, the Costume Institute Gala, in an empire-waist Zac Posen gown. Her glow came courtesy of her baby-to-be-and Neil Lane diamonds.
Watts showed off her style smarts in a loose sundress at the N.Y.C. debut of Crazy Love. Now that she's mom to newborn Alexander Pete Schreiber, she can wear this versatile piece belted at the waist to premieres and playgrounds alike.