Mindy Kaling is a regular TV Ate My Wardrobe style fixture for both her on and off screen attire (and The Mindy Project will return) so Kaling’s recent overseas adventure has made me all a fashion fluster. This week Kaling has been showcasing her sartorial flare at the Cannes Film Festival in a variety of daytime pretty and stunning evening frocks documenting all these wardrobe changes on Instagram.
Appearing as the voice of Disgust, Kaling has been promoting the new Pixar movie Inside Out along with former Office co-star Phyllis Smith and Amy Poehler; the film has been getting a tremendous reception with plenty of tear inducing moments (I am so screwed if recent reactions are anything to go by).
I love this photo so much with Poehler and Smith going for striking patterns while Kaling opts for a Roksanda Ilincic color block sleeve dress.
The detail is in the accessories with a fantastic Les Petits Joueurs clutch and Kimberly McDonald jewelry.
And for some close up Poehler/Kaling giving good sunglasses face (with a surprise appearance from John Lasseter).
Same day and a quick change as the ladies are joined by their Inside Out co-star Lewis Black all wearing 3D glasses to match the color of their character. More bold choices across the board embracing the sunny climate with Kaling killing it in matching Alexander McQueen flower collage jacquard skirt and crop top.
For the big evening event Mindy opts for someone who knows her very well in custom Salavador Perez. Perez is the costume designer on The Mindy Project and he has created several other beautiful gowns in the past for these big events; it is clear why she trusts him.
Simple, elegant and striking; working bold color blocking in a way her earlier dress choice hinted at.
Continuing fun fashion choices the following day in a floral mesh Sachin & Babi Noir F/W15 frock. Later on Kaling switched out her heels for Cons (as you can see in the video below maybe as a nod to Emily Blunt’s comments on the whole Cannes shoe controversy).
And finally while Kaling has generally been playing in the red/pink/purple wheelhouse she ends things with jeans, black top and a splash of yellow in Tory Burch doing the cool chic jacket slung over her shoulders thing. The Edie Parker clutch from earlier in the day also works wonders.
Rounding this all off with the aforementioned Cons and a chat via The Hollywood Reporter about why you shouldn’t try and erase things from your past (you might end up in a sticky Back to the Future situation). Amy Poehler’s glasses are also excellent, as is her new hair color. Basically this has been a very good Cannes for Inside Out and its cast.
Find your team and get to work! April Ludgate was the focus of the TV Ate My Wardrobe Parks and Recreation goodbye for both her style influence and how the show managed to capture the anxiety of not knowing what you want to be/do so brilliantly through this character. Parks is all about the team so while April is our style icon, it is perhaps fitting that the leader of the team gets the Wish List costuming honor from the series finale.*
*Please be aware that as I write this the screen is still blurry from the mess these last two episodes have made me.
Throughout the seasons Leslie’s look has got more polished and her blouse collection cannot be rivaled. Floral prints are a repeated motif and this is something we see in the finale; however it is the striking black and white blouse which makes our list.
It mirrors one of our favorite current trends with the lady tux and from a distance the black trim has that effect. The ‘Quiana’ blouse is by Diane von Furstenberg and I would very much like it in my life. And here is a closer look (albeit through a window shot):
And here is one last April Ludgate outfit to covet for good measure:
In the future there will be more sweaters underneath dresses – I kind of like how the future costuming is pretty similar to the clothes of now – and this green dress is T by Alexander Wang. Digging the specs too.
And to round things off how about a song to carry on the Parks related tears and The Gabe Dixon Band’s “All Will Be Well,” which was used during the montage sequence as Andy and April drove to the Grand Canyon in the season 4 episode “End of the World.”
October is a busy month for celebrity memoirs (this tends to happen in the lead up to the holidays) with Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming and Lena Dunham all bringing out books. The one book I will be buying/pre-ordering/wishing it was out already is Yes Please by Amy Poehler. On the Barnes & Nobel site you can pre-order it now and get a glimpse of the cover (which you can see below), plus an official description:
“In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.”
It’s a simple and yet effective cover; the neon sign title stands out and I love the white vest, black pants and flats styling.
Today is the start of a BookExpo America and the four-day event will include Poehler, Dunham, Harris and Cumming as they promote their forthcoming memoirs. The expo attracts 20,000 people from the world of publishing with authors like John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and Jonathan Tropper (This is Where I Leave You) discussing the forthcoming movie adaptations of their novels, as well as many authors promoting their new material.
Now I need to make sure I get through my always growing “To Read” pile before October (this photo is from 8 months ago and I’ve only added to it).
Yes Please will hit stores October 28.
Updated to include high res image courtesy of Today
“What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we come and kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies”
It might be a fictional holiday courtesy of Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, but Galentine’s Day is something TV Ate My Wardrobe fully supports. Celebrating lady friends AND with breakfast food; who wouldn’t want that?! Make sure to bring an intricate art and crafts project or at least some sort of gift certificate. Failing that, just make sure there are waffles and plenty of whipped cream.
Ann leaving Pawnee has left a big beautiful (insert your own choice here) hole in Leslie’s BFF heart and I’m disappointed we didn’t get one final Galentine’s Day before she departed. I’m going to miss this pairing as it’s one of my favorite TV female friendships and it’s one that didn’t suffer from the usual cliches. Instead of being sad here is a supercut of all the best Leslie and Ann moments – yes it’s over 25 minutes long and it’s all good.
I know this scene doesn’t come from a Galentine’s Day episode, however it captures everything I love about the lady friendships on Parks and Recreation and as April testifies “everyone know this song, it’s amazing.” Yes, yes it is.
Be sure to check out the Galentine’s Day Google Hangout being hosted by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party today.