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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

25 Oct

It’s “Out of the Box” time and it’s we’re covering a variety of shows this week including a returning show with a bright and bold wardrobe, an “Out of the Box” regular, a new favorite and another example of the excellent costume design on The Good Wife. We’re also looking at a Halloween themed episode and there are plenty of last minute ideas if you’re thinking of going as a TV character especially if you take the Nick Miller approach.

Win Some, Lose SomeThe Carrie Diaries returns tonight for season 2 and I’m looking forward to discussing the way they depict ’80s fashion; a fusion of pieces that are on sale now with authentic items. Carrie gets a new friend this season and it’s someone from the Sex and the City universe; that’s right Samantha Jones is entering Carrie’s life and she’s doing so in a lace jumpsuit (because of course).

I really enjoyed the first season of The Carrie Diaries and found both the show and AnnaSophia Robb to be incredibly charming. That’s a whole lot of bold color and patterns in the shot above and a flash of Carrie’s bra through her blouse is probably a nod to the many times we saw SJP’s in Sex and the City. This could also be Samantha’s influence as she is the more provocative, even at this age. She’s not pictured here but the person I am most looking forward to seeing in all her ’80s glory is Donna, as she was a constant source of sartorial joy last season.

April perfect outfitParks and Recreation has been bumped around the schedule this week and so this feels like a good opportunity to talk about April’s outfit from the end of the last episode. It’s typically April and for those who frequently read “Out of the Box” you will know by now that April’s wardrobe is one that I covet. With April her clothes are pretty similar to my own personal style and something like the outfit above is within my budget (the bag and skirt are both from Urban Outfitters). With a character like Olivia Pope I can but dream of owning something from her closet (and I’ve talked about my spilling issue before that prevents me from wearing white).

Elsbeth TascioniWhile I have already focused on the incredible Diane costume design on this week’s episode of The Good Wife I also want to highlight Elsbeth Tascioni’s blue velvet suit and frill blouse. This could have been a pure Austin Powers looking disaster, instead it’s lends to Elsbeth’s charms as she demonstrates why Alicia and Will trust her inherently; just because she looks and behaves a certain way doesn’t mean you should underestimate her. I wonder who will get Elsbeth in the impending firm breakup?

New Girl Halloween Costumes

It’s that time of year for Halloween themed episodes which means costumes! New GirlHalloween party featured a couple of lesser known costumes including  Paper Mountain Trash King (otherwise known as trash from Nick’s car) and Joey Ramona Quimby (a hybrid of Joey Ramone and Ramona Quimby). Not featured in the shot above but also just as random is Schmidt’s public serpent. Winston opts for a real life person and dresses as David Letterman after a misunderstanding at work, Schmidt thinks he is Maya Angelou instead.

Jess looks pretty great with a bob and the striped top would go on my wish list if I didn’t already have more striped tops than any person ever needs. Later on Jess does get to dress as a more familiar character as she pretends to be Michael Keaton in his Batman costume. Even when doing a popular character there is a weird edge to it. At The AV Club Erik Adams discusses how for these characters every day is Halloween as they are constantly adopting pseudonyms on New Girl and with this in mind it makes complete sense that their costumes are this bizarre.

Trophy Wife

It wasn’t Halloween on Trophy Wife but there is still an opportunity for dressing up with a ’80s themed school fundraiser. Trophy Wife is one my favorites from the new fall shows and it has impressed me with how it balances such a big cast and all of the different family dynamics. This part of the episode was all about Pete saying no to Diane and the Billy Idol/Pat Benatar costumes could ruin the impact of Pete’s big moment; even though things end on a slightly awkward note for Pete, his point has been made and acknowledged. Kate’s Working Girl costume is effective because it would be easy to make a gag out something more revealing, but this show is a lot smarter and subversive than the title suggests. I’m glad more episodes have been ordered and despite low ratings I’m remaining optimistic that good word of mouth will help this charming new sitcom stay on the air.

Maison Kitsuné F/W ’13 Collection: Dressing April Ludgate

27 Jun

It’s the third week of TV Ate My Wardrobe’s fantasy costuming series as we take a peek at the new collections for Fall/Winter and beyond. So far we’ve looked at Jess from New Girl sporting French Connection and TV’s most stylish guys with the Burberry Prorsum’s Spring ’14 offerings. Today it’s the turn of a character whose wardrobe I covert as April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation is the reason I’m still on the hunt for the perfect mustard hoodie (it’s a much harder task than it sounds). Season 5 saw April going from disaffected and bored to really honing in on her skills and passions. April has always felt strongly about animals so it isn’t surprising to see her character apply and get accepted into veterinary school. April style points include patterns, knit sweaters, yellow and anything that doesn’t resemble a Leslie Knope pantsuit.

With April’s new job I wanted to find a brand that would allow April to dress as casually as she has in past seasons but adding some more tailored styles. The inspiration behind the new Maison Kitsuné lookbook, which was shot on location in Tokyo and features “the street-yet-chic style of the collections, artfully incorporating tradition and modernity” was just the style I had in mind.  I’ve combined looks from this Tokyo shoot with model/actress Kiko Mizuhara and the standard shoot on the Kitsuné site, as I wanted to include several April-esque outfits that don’t feature in the lookbook . The French label (don’t tell Ron Swanson) features a fox on its label which is perfect for April’s new career aspirations and the Parks department (though for Pawnee a raccoon might be better).

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This is very much a first day of college/work outfit; it’s stylish without looking like April is trying too hard. We know beneath those eye rolls that she cares about a lot of things… ok some things. The deep plum/indigo combination pops without being too overpowering and April tends to wear a lot of these darker versions of colors.

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Another outfit that displays April’s casual chic look for work and features the Kitsuné fox logo. Foxes are the owl of this season when it comes to sweaters and because I already featured the French Connection version for Jess a couple of weeks ago, I’ve opted for the sneaky fox over the fantastic (Mr) fox jumper which you can see here. The sunglasses will ensure that April doesn’t have to engage or make eye contact with anyone that she doesn’t want to.

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A mustard yellow knit sweater is April Ludgate all over. The rose probably isn’t.

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April has a number of hoodies (and not just the dream mustard one) so this slightly more tailored version might work as an upgrade for those days at vet school.

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While you’d probably never suggest that April is particularly cute and girly with her style, she also isn’t adverse to wearing dresses and the one above feels like casual wear that could double as an office outfit or even for a trip to the Snakehole Lounge – when she’s not Janet Snakehole of course. I think the disdainful look on this models face would totally sell this collection to April.

Would these outfits get the April Ludgate seal of approval?

To see more of the Maison Kitsuné F/W ’13 collection head here.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

19 Apr

It’s “Look of the Week” time! Once again there has been a rich amount of different costumes across various shows this week. This is a snapshot of what I have been watching and each pick is for a variety of reasons including; what it adds to the storyline, what it tells us about the characters involved or simply because it looks good. Or because it is funny.

Winner: Elena Gilbert in The Vampire Diaries “Pictures of You”

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It’s Senior Prom on The Vampire Diaries this week and there were a lot of beautiful gowns on display. It’s not surprising that Nina Dobrev looks incredible as Elena in this dress, but the reason why I have picked this as the “Look of the Week” is thanks to the circumstances in which she ended up in this attire. Elena is currently a very different character to the one that we have seen over the past four seasons as she has no humanity at the moment. This version of Elena is a bitch who mean girls her former BFF’s with cruel jibes and she steals the dress that she helped pick out for Caroline (it’s ok Caroline still manages to find a stunning alternative). How long Elena is going to remain like this is unclear and as the season is nearing the end this would suggest not for long, but she’s been entertaining to watch and it has given Nina Dobrev another chance to shine playing yet another variation of this character.

Runner Up: Ron Swanson and April Ludgate in Parks and Recreation “Article Two”

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It’s the second week that April has featured and originally I was going to just focus on Ron, but the pair of them having to endure a management teaching seminar was too good to not include both of them. Really this is all about the way both of them have such disdain for the hat that Chris is making them to wear.

P.S. I really want April’s shirt.

Runner Up: Joan Harris in Mad Men “The Collaborators”

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Joan hasn’t featured too heavily in this new season of Mad Men (and really I hope that changes with the next episode), but in her limited screen time she managed to remain strong and focused in front of the man who she was essentially sold to last season (Joan also managed to get in one excellent dig “I know there’s part of you that you haven’t seen in years”). Joan keeps her cool and only lets this facade drop when she goes into Don’s office and pours herself a big glass of vodka. This strong blue and red outfit gives the impression of strength and it is something that Joan exudes in her brief moment in this episode.

Runner Up: Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans “Covert War”

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It’s not uncommon for an episode of The Americans to feature multiple looks for lead characters Elizabeth and Philip Jennings and “Covert War” included several; Elizabeth-centric flashbacks showed her in 1964, 1971 and 1976, Philip appeared as “Clark” and there is a new look for the pair as they went off book with a mission that is incredible personal for Elizabeth. We have seen Elizabeth in an array of seductress costumes (starting with the opening scene of the pilot) and this time she opts for a crossword loving, scarred beauty. The endless supplies of wigs that this pair have access to is fascinating and I’d really love to see the person who hooks them up with these disguises (if I had to work as part of a spy agency I would like to work in the costume department). I do still have wig fear that in a romantic moment one of their wigs will accidentally come off (Martha and “Clark” seems like the obvious choice for this).

Who would you choose as your look of the week?

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

12 Apr

This is a new feature where I pick some of my favourite looks from this week of television. There isn’t a set list of requirements when it comes to picking a winner; it might be because I appreciate how a characters costuming reflects a storyline or simply down to how striking it is. This week’s inaugural picks are for a variety of reasons and the winner is a character whose costuming I admire on a weekly basis (if you’ve ever read my Twitter feed when I’m watching Parks and Recreation this will be very clear).

Winner: April Ludgate in Parks and Recreation “Animal Control”

April look of the weekApril Ludgate is still the dry, sardonic character that we met at the start of Parks and Recreation but it would be boring if this was all she is and this character has come far since her intern days. April prefers animals to people (“I hate people”) and so the decision to utilize this into her career progression is a smart move as we still get to see the April who gives Jamm a threat to “train a crow to fly up your butt.” The eye rolls are still there, but they have a clear purpose now. April’s clothes have also undertaken change as we have been seeing more shirts and skirt combos this season; they’re still not the pantsuits that Leslie favours (“I don’t know who Ann Taylor is but I hate her and want to kill her”). My favourite mustard hoodie still makes regular appearances and April is on the more casual end of office wear; but her evolution in terms of costuming and April’s importance to the success of their department is enough to warm the heart of even a “dark tortured genius.”

Runner Up: Nick Miller in New Girl “Bachelorette Party”

NG_ep221_sc1_0613Nick decided to his dead dad pass on New Girl this week which meant that he spent the entire episode in this wonderful orange tracksuit that belonged to his recently deceased father. Schmidt said he looked like a “homeless pencil” but that was not enough to deter him from wearing it. This is the guy who spent a whole episode wearing a woman’s coat. It might not be as alluring as his suit from last week, but he still somehow manages to pull it off.

Runner Up: Stan Rizzo in Mad Men “The Doorway”

Stan's beardOne of the most stylish shows on TV returned this week so it would be remiss to not mention Mad Men and particularly Stan and his new amazing beard. Stan has competition on the facial hair front (Ginsberg and Abe have moustaches, Harry and Pete have sideburns) but nothing beats this grizzly look. Stan is as far removed from his predecessor Sal in terms of styling as you can imagine (we still miss you Sal).

Who would you choose as your look of the week?

 

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