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Alice + Olivia NYFW Wish List and Style Highs

17 Feb

Taking a break from Fantasy Costuming various shows with a brand that has appeared on New Girl, The Mindy ProjectParks and Recreation and How to Get Away with Murder; Alice + Olivia has the cutest sweaters. This collection was about a lot more than knitwear with designer Stacey Bendet striking a balance between late 60s/early 70s boho and rocker; a strong theme for this NYFW and one discussed yesterday with our Red Valentino Sally Draper Fantasy Costuming.

This post is a mixture of looks from the show and the stars in attendance (some are wearing items available from Alice + Olivia at the moment). Okay there might be some suggestions of what shows some of the pieces should appear on/who should wear them; it is hard to resist the urge to Fantasy Costume.

First up Fall 2015 items to covet:

Alice + OliviaIf you are a regular TV Ate My Wardrobe reader you will know by now that I have very strong feelings about lady tuxes and the current menswear trend. So it might not be too surprising that this simple and sophisticated take on this theme is top of the list. Keri Russell sometimes leans towards this style on the red carpet and even though it is not vintage the pants have a hint of wide legged Elizabeth Jennings about them.

Below are several more outfits from the collection to drool over with pattern and texture reigning supreme – click on the image for a closer look. Jenny Slate will be glad to see the turtleneck is making big waves this NYFW and the first dress in the collection below has a hint of Joan Watson about it.

And now for a few looks from those at the show.

Kate NashSinger Kate Nash went for bold color and pattern in a stunning multicolored ‘Bryn’ skirt pairing it with a very cute zebra sweater.

Sarah Silverman A&OSarah Silverman put a bird on it and makeup artist Tina Turnbow shared this beautiful close up getting ready shot.

Abbi and Ilana at A+OHopefully Ilana Glazer will fare better in white than when her Broad City character last wore something similar to this. Abbi Jacobson’s embellished bird jacket is incredible and she adds an extra pop of color with blue stilettos.

Ella CatliffFashion blogger and model Ella Catliff beats the New York cold with stylish layering including the ‘Shih’ collarless coat and pairing tights with these wedges means no freezing toes in the name of fashion.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

3 May

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. This week we take a look at a couple of season finales and it is an all female edition. Near misses include the many flashback looks of New Girl and the return of Bert Macklin on Parks and Recreation.

Winner: Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife “What’s in the Box?”

The Good Wife finaleThe costume design on The Good Wife is flawless; from Diane’s epic statement jewellery to the tailored perfection of Alicia’s courtroom suits. Daniel Lawson who is the man behind these pieces writes an episode-by-episode column for InStyle and explains how he alters certain outfits and discusses the reasons behind his costume choices. Color is really important on The Good Wife and we have seen red used on multiple occasions to express how Alicia is feeling and this can impact the mood of the scene. Lawson explains that this Antonio Berardi dress was chosen because “Julianna and I didn’t want her to look like the typical candidate’s wife.” It’s a simple black dress with a twist and this is indicative of this final moment where it looks like Alicia is meeting Will, but instead she is making a huge move in regards to her career.  Bonus points go to the bold lip color (which I now really want – no surprise there). This was an excellent way to end the season and I cannot wait to see what the costume department brings us with all the change that is coming in season 5.

Runner Up: Megan Draper and Peggy Olson on Mad Men “The Flood”

MM_605_MY_1219_0624Every week I could simply write Janie Bryant is a genius as she continues to work her costume magic on Mad Men. In this scene Megan and Peggy are at an awards ceremony and both are in bold patterns that the late 60s is famous for. This isn’t a period for a wallflower when it comes to fashion and even Peggy is embracing the trend. Peggy’s dress is not as fashion forward as Megan’s and she is still playing it safe with bows and flowers. Megan is an actress after all (even though she is up for an advertising award) and so she is wearing the most flamboyant dress of all the female characters we see. It has an I Dream of Jeannie feel and even though these two women clash in both pattern and color there is warmth to this scene and between these two characters. I would love to see more interaction between Peggy and Megan as they could both benefit from a close friendship. The costuming in this moment contrasts with the rest of the episode after the news of Martin Luther King, Jr’s death is announced and the far away place the Megan’s dress evokes is just a fantasy.

Runner Up: Elizabeth Jennings on The Americans “The Colonel”

The Americans ElizabethThis is the third week in a row that Elizabeth Jennings from The Americans has featured on the list, but as it is the season 1 finale it felt appropriate for the show with the best wigs and disguises on TV to appear once again. This look is pretty similar to how Elizabeth usually appears, her hair is blonder and those aviators are not something Elizabeth would wear but other than that it’s not an elaborate disguise. It’s on this occasion that Elizabeth is closest to being caught by the FBI and if she had been apprehended it wouldn’t have taken Stan very long to ID her. It’s also fun to see how quick Elizabeth and Philip can shed their disguises and hopefully in season 2 they will show the process of how they become someone else. The Americans is so much more than wigs and costumes, but these aspects add a layer of fun to this spy drama.

Who would you choose as your look of the week?

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

26 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. I’m mixing it up with this edition as I’m including a look from the red carpet. Near misses included the Pat Benatar-like girl and her epically high waisted jeans on The Americans and Stan’s amazing fringe jacket (plus his beard) on Mad Men.

Winner: Elizabeth Jennings and Claudia/Grannie on The Americans “The Oath”

The Americans weddingThis is the second week that Elizabeth Jennings has been included on this list and thanks to the many costume changes and wigs that The Americans showcases this isn’t a surprise. In this scene Elizabeth and her handler Claudia (who she despises and doesn’t trust) are attending the wedding of “Clark” posing as his mother and sister. “Clark” is of course Philip Jennings and this wedding to Martha is just so he can manipulate her into getting more information on the FBI. It’s a real wedding involving a fake character and it turns out that his marriage to Elizabeth could be considered even more of a sham as they never actually had a wedding.

The scene begins in an amusing way thanks to all of these contradictions but this quickly turns into something sad; Elizabeth is finally realizing what her relationship with Philip means and it’s clear that Martha is going to get her heart broken (or something much worse will befall her). They really do look like they could be mother and sister in this scene in wedding attire that features a similar washed out color palette and those oh so amazing big glasses. Also how does all of Elizabeth’s incredible hair fit in that wig?

Runner Up: Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham in Hannibal “Potage” 

Hannibal 1.03

So this is technically from last week, but I haven’t seen the newest episode yet and so I’m including this one instead (the rules of “Look of the Week” are flexible) and I really wanted to mention the costuming in Hannibal as it has been excellent so far. I also resisted the urge to include Will in his bedtime wear of t-shirt and boxers. Hannibal’s costuming is particularly intriguing as there has been a lot of power clashing; plaid jackets with patterned ties being a signature look. This demonstrates Hannibal’s sophistication and because his clothes look expensive it shows that he is good at his job as people probably pay a lot for his service. Whereas Will’s style is a more muted, it’s as if he wants to blend into the background. In the scene above he takes off his glasses (if anyone knows what brand they are can they let me know, thanks) to make himself seem more approachable perhaps, a hard task in this moment as he has just been referred to as “insane.” There’s a clear difference in how there two characters operate and their costuming is a constant reminder of this.

Runner Up: Kiernan Shipka at The Paley Center Mad Men Presentation 

Paley eventKiernan Shipka who plays Sally Draper has long been serving up red carpet hits (which as a statement sounds weird because she’s only 13 years old) over the past six seasons of Mad Men red carpet events. Shipka always wears age appropriate outfits on the red carpet and this can be something hard to navigate when you’re going from childhood to teendom in the public eye. This is a slightly more mature look for Shipka and her heels are adding inches as she gets older, but it’s still a fun outfit and is a perfect for a Mad Men event as it captures the essence of the 60s without looking like she’s come straight from set. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Sally on Mad Men this season as we got a glimpse of a brattier Sally in the premiere and I’m intrigued as to how Betty will deal with the perils of having a teenage daughter.

Who would you choose as your look of the week?

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”

Pictures of You

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”

Ron and April hats

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”


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”

Elizabeth Jennings

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?

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