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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

11 Nov

Oh this week and I don’t even know where to begin. It is hard to turn back to the frivolity of picking the best outfits, but here I am with distractions from Gilmore Girls, lots of ladysuits, award show sparkle and magazine cover wonders. In two weeks time the new episodes of Gilmore Girls will hit Netflix and with that Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are going to be doing a whole lot of fan events in a variety of countries. Last night they were in Berlin and Bledel’s super sparkly pleated number is the Christmas party outfit I am coveting hard. Graham meanwhile goes classic in a fabulous LBD.

The Gilmore Girls catch up for me is going well and I only have another 12 episodes to watch; even if both season 6 and 7 are a big step down I cannot wait for these new episodes. The last few days have pretty much been a blur of me binging this final season and I’m looking forward to being able to read all those revival articles I have been saving.julianne-mooreThe Hollywood Film Awards is not one to mark on your calendar, but Julianne Moore made sure we paid attention by wearing this stunning Tom Ford sequin dream.naomie-harrisFirst of the ladysuits this week and at the Hollywood Film Awards, Naomie Harris goes glitz in Gucci. Harris is a TV Ate My Wardrobe favorite as she tends to try a whole lot of different styles on the red carpet and the cropped pants/slightly longer jacket is just that.ruth-wilsonInterview Magazine is crushing it on the fantastic TV profiles and photo shoot front this year and there’s a couple more this week.

First up Ruth Wilson discussing The Affair, which returns later this month for more mashed-up memory misery and for all its stumbles, I’m looking forward to it coming back. Also Wilson is doing the whole menswear inspired look in Calvin Klein Collection and I am here for it.birgitte-hjort-sorensenI’ve been thinking about Borgen a lot this week; part of this is to do with current events and the other is because of the work the three leads have been getting since this show ended. Sidse Babett Knudsen is currently starring in Westworld, Pilou Asbæk will be back as Euron Greyjoy on Game of Thrones and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen had a brief, but memorable part on GoT and was in the one season and done Vinyl. Basically, HBO loves Borgen and I need to do a rewatch.

In Interview, Sørensen talks about the big breaks she has had with Pitch Perfect 2Game of Thrones and Vinyl as well as returning to the stage as she takes on Les Liaisons Dangereuses co-starring Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer. thrThis cover was released on Wednesday and was pretty much the bright spark in a dismal day; Zendaya is someone I am looking forward to seeing so much more of and while I was pretty unenthusiastic about another Spiderman movie, the cast is something to get excited about.

This is a really dreamy looking cover shot and the accompanying “Next Gen” profiles includes recent faves like The Get Down’s Justice Smith and Shameik Moore, Glenn Powell aka the reason I carried on watching Scream Queens and singer/actress Kiersey Clemons (Transparent season 1).beyonceI almost didn’t include this because it was making me feel so sad, but fuck it; I love this photo of Beyoncé in a polka dot ladysuit and her pantsuit wearing dancers from the Get Out the Vote concert in support of Hillary Clinton in Cleveland last weekend.

10 New Yorker TV Posts: From The Hummingbird Theory to Reality TV

24 Jul

The New Yorker has dropped the paywall for all articles dating back to 2007 for the summer and now is the time to catch up on seven years of writing that you may have missed or only read select quotes from. The New Yorker is calling this “a summer-long free-for-all” as they launch their new site and introduce a similar system to The New York Times in the fall. Content wise they are also introducing a Daily Cultural Comment column “in which our critics and other writers confront everything from the latest debates over the impact of technology to the latest volume from Chicago, Oslo, or Lima and the ongoing sagas of Don Draper, Daenerys Targaryen, and Hannah Horvath.”

With this in mind I have selected 10 articles with a link to television including some of my favorite pieces from current TV critic Emily Nussbaum (who makes up just under half the entries and hates lists, sorry Emily), recollections from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, a range of genres and one profile that is about a current pop culture queen back in 2011 (this one is the exception to the TV focus of this list).

EnlightenedIn the same package as The Hour boxset and another show on my catch up list is Enlightened and Emily Nussbaum’s Hummingbird Theory draws on Laura Dern’s Amy Jellicoe from Enlightened among others like Leslie Knope and Carrie Mathison. It is something we touched upon during our Comeback discussions and these kinds of characters are “idealistic feminine dreamers whose personalities are irritants.”

Emily Nussbaum’s essay on Sex and the City in reaction to Brett Martin’s Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Wire’ to ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Breaking Bad is one of my favorite Nussbaum New Yorker pieces. Nussbaum looks for reasons beyond the terrible movies as to why Sex and the City has lost its place in TV legacy discussions. All while pointing out its groundbreaking position and reinforcing why it was one of the most talked about shows beyond its ties to fashion.

Continuing with Emily Nussbaum and female centric shows that spark a lot of debate/column inches with Nussbaum’s thoughts on the sex scene in one of the most discussed and beloved (and hated) episodes of Girls “One Man’s Trash.”

The final piece from current New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum is an examination of the variety – quality and genre – of work from one of the most controversial and prolific showrunners working in TV at the moment; Ryan Murphy.

Tina Fey wrote about her experiences on SNL and the lessons from working on late night in an essay from her book Bossypants (there are slight differences between the two).

Nailing those pre-college summer job feelings and slowly realizing what she wanted to do with her life is Amy Poehler in “Take Your Licks.”

Emily Greenhouse says goodbye to Gossip Girl and makes sure to mention Dan Humphrey’s fictitious New Yorker submission.

Last year Lauren Collins asked why so many (myself included) have become obsessed with Scandinavian television tracking the success of Forbrydelsen (The Killing), Broen (The Bridge) and Borgen.

While I don’t necessarily agree with everything in Nancy Franklin’s reality TV analysis in “Frenemy Territory” it is fun to look back to 2008 when reality shows like The Hills were at peak popularity.

This last recommendation is a slight cheat as it isn’t strictly TV (SNLCSI and Teen Mom all get a mention), it is however a fascinating look at the Taylor Swift angst empire back in 2011. Lizzie Widdicombe talks about Swift’s “unjaded sincerity no matter how contrived the situation” in “You Belong with Me” and it’s just as relevant now three years later.

Best of TV Costuming 2013: The Collection

1 Jan

Happy New Year everyone! There’s a lot to look forward to on TV in 2014 (and still much to catch up on from 2013) and here’s a roundup of the Best of TV Costuming 2013 series. Rather than do a standard top 10 list we looked at the shows that have got us talking with the impressive wardrobe work; from the items that we covet to the garments that took our breath away. Here is a full list of everything we have discussed over the last month. It’s been a special year and this site has grown in ways I could never have imagined when I launched it in April; here’s to an even bigger and better new year!

Megan tshirtMad Men and the Megan T-Shirt Conspiracy

Never has an item of clothing stirred up so many theories on Mad Men as conversation and predictions turned to murder.

NG_Ep215_sc22_1325New Girl and Trench Coat Nick

It’s the episode of New Girl that changed everything for this “will they/won’t they” couple and it’s not the trench coat that gave Nick the confidence to make the bold first move.

Elizabeth JenningsThe Many Wigs of The Americans 

One of my favorite new shows of the year also had the most costume changes and The Americans explored notions of identity both physically and emotionally. So excited about its return on February 26.

KERRY WASHINGTONScandal and Olivia Pope’s White Hat

Scandal is one of the most talked about shows here at TV Ate My Wardrobe and the use of white costuming helps explore the question of morality and ethics in a world where the lines are increasingly blurred. It also prompts my confessions of being a food and drink spiller.

borgenBorgen, Birgitte Nyborg and the Red Coat of Defiance

Birgitte Nyborg has been a joy to watch over the past few years and as Borgen comes to an end I discuss the use of the color red in the final episode.

Sleepy Hollow 1.3Revolutionary Styling of Sleepy Hollow’s Ichabod Crane

Some have questioned why Ichabod Crane is still wearing the clothes he woke up in on Sleepy Hollow and we talk about why it matters from both an aesthetic and character perspective.

Hannibal 1.10 HannibalPattern and Color on Hannibal

It’s one of the most visually sumptuous shows of the year and the costuming on Hannibal adds another layer of beauty and conflict through color and pattern. 

Orphan Black ClonesThe Many Looks of Orphan Black and Tatiana Maslany

The Americans might win the wig contest, but there’s only one actor this year that has portrayed this many different in depth characters while often sharing the scene with herself and that’s Tatiana Maslany on Orphan Black.

Parks and Recreation - Season 5Leslie Knope’s Wedding Dress

Everything about Leslie Knope’s wedding dress on Parks and Recreation embodies the endearing warmth of the show; from the person who made it (Ann) to personal and group victories that make up the documents used on the skirt.

ABC TCA Summer 2013 PartyOut of the Box: Look of the Week Best of 2013

“Out of the Box” was the first feature on TV Ate My Wardrobe and I looked at the show, character and person who appeared as part of this column the most. I also picked out my favorite individual red carpets outfit from the 36 entries in 2013.

Masters of Sex 1.04 Virginia lipstickBest of TV Costuming 2013: Group Discussion

And in our last item from this series I’m joined by two of my favorite ladies Kerensa Cadenas and Julie Hammerle as we discuss the year in costume. This includes what shows are influencing our personal style, highlights of the year (including Masters of Sex) and what we’re looking forward to in 2014.

Best of TV Costuming 2013: Borgen, Birgitte Nyborg and the Red Coat of Defiance

15 Dec

Continuing TV Ate My Wardrobe’s “Best of 2013″ costuming series and rather than doing a straightforward countdown we’re going to do a variety of posts that look at which costumes and shows have made a huge impact this year. From items that we want in our own wardrobe to pieces that got everyone talking, we want to look at this year’s TV through the prism of costume.

Borgen has come to an end and while season 3 didn’t hit the lofty heights of the previous years, it has still been one of the most enjoyable watching experiences of 2013. Watching Birgitte Nyborg return to politics reminded me of Coach Taylor taking the helm at the East Dillon Lions on Friday Night Lights and both shows feel like a ray of optimism in a cynical world.

Borgen Red coatThe coats on display on Borgen rival any of the Scandal outerwear and like The Good Wife red is the color of power. Birgitte demonstrated her most political and strong self in the final episode, switching her black coat from the previous episode to the bold belted red. Birgitte’s has a huge decision that will impact the entire political landscape of Danish politics and she works through her options with mentor Bent, in the shadow of the magnificent building the show is named after (it’s the nickname of the Christiansborg Palace).

photoIn an incredibly striking shot Birgitte stands alone in her red coat in the snow looking at her second home; the world of politics where she believes she can make a difference. Birgitte is different to the other politicians on the show (and those in real life) as she does admit when she is in the wrong and her idealism guides her decisions without being the sole driving force. For all the faults of this season (the Kasper/Katrine relationship resolution is a big letdown); one factor is consistent and that’s Birgitte Nyborg. As consistent as her bun of glory.

BorgenSidse Babett Knudsen’s performance has been exceptional from the lows during the debate in which she floundered in a way we had previously not seen, to the portrayal of her breast cancer diagnosis as she at first went at this alone to the various personal and political victories. The reason why I mentioned Friday Night Lights in my intro is I realized last night while I was watching this finale is that both shows give me similar chest bursting feelings of happiness and I’m going to miss Borgen and Birgitte.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

6 Sep

The summer is coming to an end and the new fall TV season is just around the corner; this means more TV stars on magazine covers, red carpet and chat show appearances. September also means multiple film festivals with Venice taking place already and TIFF started yesterday. New York Fashion Week also kicked off yesterday so expect a lot of appearances from TV stars promoting their shows from the front row. This is the month where it all gets a bit crowded and while it can sometimes feel like information overload, I love it.

Winner: Eddie Izzard and Sidse Babett Knudsen for the Zulu Comedy Awards

Sidse Babett Knudsen and Eddie Izzard

The Zulu Comedy Awards are Danish and Borgen star Sidse Babette Knudsen appears alongside actor and comedian Eddie Izzard. While this award show hasn’t been on my radar before I am so glad that this photo popped up on my Facebook feed (thanks to Scanoir) as it brings me so much joy. We are used to seeing Knudsen in the serious role of Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg but she played host at this comedy awards show. As you can see from the above photo Eddie Izzard seems very taken with the compare and she is striking a rather amazing looking fierce pose. Last year as part of a roundtable discussion I gave Sidse Babett Knudsen my performance of the year and I can’t wait to see what she does next as Borgen has now ended in Denmark (I still have season 3 to watch). While I would like to see her tackle comedy, seeing her with Izzard has me longing for a Hannibal guest starring role.

Runner Up: Kerry Washington Covering Flare Magazine

Kerry Washington Flare

Kerry Washington has scored another magazine cover (she’s also covers Glamour’s October issue) and this really is the year of Olivia Pope. The great thing is that none of the editorials look similar and this is something that is reflected in Washington’s red carpet choices; there is always variety. Olivia Pope has her defined uniform of white tailored pieces with flashes of other neutral tones whereas Kerry Washington is happy to experiment. The pink polka dot Miu Miu coat is striking (and on my infinite wish list) and this is the second magazine cover editorial that has opted for this collection (Michelle Dockery’s Harper’s Bazaar cover went for the stripped Miu Miu coat). Is a Vogue cover next? Here’s hoping.

Runner Up: Jack Huston at the Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Premiere 

Jack Huston Boardwalk Empire Premiere

Boardwalk Empire returns in just over a week (Sunday, 9) and it’s a show that has one of the richest aesthetic looks. The sprawling nature of the world that these characters inhabit means that favorites such as Jack Huston’s Richard Harrow are sometimes sidelined for too long. When Harrow did come into play last year it was as devastating and brutal as his story has always been and I’m pleased to hear that season 4 will see Harrow explore his past; will he find his sister? Jack Huston does an excellent job of transforming himself into this character that goes beyond the tin mask; his speech patterns and posture are just as important. Red carpet appearances reveal how handsome he really is and not anyone can pull off a moustache like that.

Runner Up: Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson at the Venice Film Festival 

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson

First of all let’s rejoice once again that Joshua Jackson has scored himself a Showtime pilot as the new season hasn’t even started and I’m sad that he won’t be gracing our screens. Diane Kruger has been doing an exceptional job on The Bridge – there’s this amazing thing she does with her eyes when she’s trying to explain Sonya’s issues with connecting with people that breaks my heart every single time – and I’ve been generally very impressed with this adaptation.

The pair hit the red carpet in Venice for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gala Dinner (a brand that Kruger is the face of) and while not everyone can pull of such a heavy looking velvet gown, Kruger looks extraordinary in the purple Alberta Ferretti dress. There is something regal about it without appearing too much like a fancy dress costume and this is aided by the minimal accessories and simple hair and makeup. Josh Jackson looks pretty dapper, even with the injury that means he’s wearing a support rather than a shoe (also in black).

Who is your look of the week?

The Bridge Red Carpet: Diane Kruger’s Sheer Dream

9 Jul

New FX drama The Bridge debuts tomorrow night (July 10) and Diane Kruger looks stunning on the red carpet in LA yesterday in a sheer green, black and grey Jonathan Saunders gown (accompanied by the always wonderful Joshua Jackson – someone give him a show please).

Diane Kruger The Bridge Premiere

Kruger is playing Detective Sonya Cross, a member of the El Paso Police Department and she has to team up with Marco Ruiz (played by Demián Bichir), a Mexican officer after a body is found on either side of the border. The Bridge is an adaptation of Broen; a Danish/Swedish venture and one of my favorite shows of last year with Saga Noren (the Sonya Cross of Broen) following in the footsteps of the female leads of Borgen and Forbrydelsen as they are some of the best written and most interesting female characters on TV. So while I will try to spare you from too many comparisons between the two and despite having been burnt before with an adaptation of a Scandinavian project, I am cautiously optimistic for this version. Kruger’s character Cross has Asperger’s syndrome (this isn’t explicitly labelled in either Broen or The Bridge but it is clear that Saga and Sonya are on the spectrum) and this is one of the many challenges that will complicate her relationship with Ruiz.

Recently Diane Kruger spoke about her decision to do this TV project saying “From Mad Men, to Homeland, to Robin Wright in House of Cards, those female parts are so well-written and unafraid. It seems to me that they thrive and the audiences are looking for characters like that. It’s very exciting for women in general. I’ve never been offered an in-depth character like this in movies.” One of the benefits of TV is that you have a much longer period to develop a character versus the two and a half hours or so that you have to do it on film, so it’s not surprising that Kruger gives this as a reason. It also helps that TV is no longer seen as a step back and there are so many exciting and interesting roles on TV that appeal to those who have mostly stuck to film acting (Kruger does have an uncredited appearance in an episode of Fringe).

Are you looking forward to The Bridge?

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