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Emma Watson did more than give an impassioned speech before the 71st United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. She also let her wardrobe do some of the talking. The effect was a subtle, if powerful, one. Wearing a “fully sustainable” black turtleneck and camel pencil skirt, the Harry Potter actress and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador telegraphed her passion for justice, integrity, and gender equality without, as it were, a single word. Watson had approached Zady, an ethical online retailer with its own private label, to create the outfit, which is part of a broader capsule collection to be unveiled over the coming months. Cut, sewn, and knit in California and New York City, the custom pieces feature silk from a cooperative in India, wool from a sixth-generation Oregonian ranch with sustainable roots, and woven goods from a family-run mill in Italy that runs on solar power.