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Thoughts on the 2017 Emmy Costume Design Nominations (Updated to Include Winners)

14 Jul

The Emmy nominations were the usual mix of joy, disbelief, bewilderment and disappointment and quite a few people from my dream picks had their name read out. But not enough. The lack of Leftovers nominations was not a surprise (oh hey, Ann Dowd representing this incredible show), but it is still maddening. At least Queen Carrie Coon did get *a* nomination.

There are already plenty of hot takes and reactions to what did and didn’t get recognized with Vox’s Caroline Framke giving my fave analysis and Libby Hill’s Leftovers article being pretty much the perfect reaction.

As is now tradition, I am here to take a look at which shows got nominated for costume design. For thoughts and previous winners from 2015 and 2016 click on those years.As with last two years there are separate categories for period/fantasy, contemporary and variety/non-fiction/reality. We also already know which episodes have been submitted and some of my favorite costumes from the year are included.

Of course there are shows/costume designers that have not been nominated, which I would’ve loved to see get recognition for costume design. Katie Irish for The Americans as she balances numerous disguises including an airline pilot and flight attendant and the Jennings at home. Irish does this all without screaming the ’80s at us. The episode Irish submitted also includes one of my favorite all time disguises and glasses influencer.  Also from the long list there is also Mari-An Ceo for the Bonnie and Clyde episode of Timeless and Laura Jean Shannon work on Good Girls Revolt. Yes I am still sad this show is cancelled. You can see the full list of shows submitted for the initial nomination process here.

I am thrilled to see Ane Crabtree up for The Handmaid’s Tale and we have been obsessed with Crabtree’s work since we started covering Masters of Sex, way back when. Also very excited to see Alix Friedberg nominated for Big Little Lies especially it is the finale with all the Audreys that has been submitted. And in finally getting recognized newsRuPaul’s Drag Race received a total of nine nominations including costume design!

Two of last year’s winners are nominated again and they are now in the same category; both are for different shows than their previous wins. Game of Thrones is not nominated this year (because it hasn’t aired yet) and Michele Clapton switches fantasy for period with The Crown. Lou Eyrich keeps with the Ryan Murphy team, but is nominated for Feud instead of American Horror Story. It is also interesting to note that both previous winners are up for projects based on real life figures. This category is truly stacked.

If Lou Eyrich does win, this will be her fourth triumph in a row.

One show that straddles categories is This is Us with both period and contemporary featuring. The episode submitted is the season finale, which does feature both flashback and present day and opting for the contemporary category obviously worked for them. But it is actually the period costumes that are my favorite.*

*Update! 

So the point I raised above was indeed an issue for the episode This is Us submitted and their nomination was revoked due to the rule that at least 51 precent of screen time must include contemporary costuming from a period of time covering the last 25 years. The episode “Moonshadow” had more than the allotted amount and House of Cards replaces This is Us in the contemporary category.

The full list of costume design nominations are here and congratulations to all on this list!Period/ Fantasy Costumes for a Series, Limited Series, or Movie

The Crown, “Wolferton Splash” – Michele Clapton, Alex Fordham, Emma O’Loughlin & Kate O’Farrell WINNER!
Feud: Bette and Joan, “And the Winner Is…” – Lou Eyrich, Hannah Jacobs & Katie Saunders
Genius, “Einstein: Chapter Seven” – Sonu Mishra, Martina Hejlová & Petia Krckova
The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred (Pilot)” – Ane Crabtree & Sheena Wichary
Westworld, Trish Summerville, “The Original” – Lynda Foote & Jo Kissack FolsomContemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series or Movie

Big Little Lies, “You Get What You Need” – Alix Friedberg, Risa Garcia & Patricia McLaughlin WINNER!
Empire, “Light in Darkness” – Paolo Nieddu, Jennifer Salim & Mary Lane
Grace and Frankie, “The Art Show” – Allyson B. Fanger, Heather Pain & Lori DeLapp
House of Cards, “Chapter 61” – Johanna ArganKemal HarrisJessica Wenger and Steffany Bernstein-Pratt
This is Us, “Moonshadow” – Hala Bahmet, Marina Ray & Elinor Bardach
Transparent, “To Sardines and Back” – Marie Schley, Hannah Schneider & Leslie HermanCostumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming 
Dancing with the Stars, “Halloween Night” – Daniela Gschwendtner, Steven Norman Lee, Polina Roytman, Karina Torrico & Howard Sussman
Hairspray Live! Mary Vogt & Carolyn Dessert-Lauterio
Portlandia, “Carrie Dates a Hunk” – Amanda Needham, Jayme Hansen & Jordan Hamilton
RuPaul’s Drag Race, “Oh. My. Gaga!” -Zaldy Goco & Perry Meek WINNER!
Saturday Night Live, “Host: Emily Blunt” – Tom Broecker & Eric Justian

For the full list of Emmy nominations head here.

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Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

31 Aug

Fall TV premiere dates inch closer – and You’re the Worst is back tonight! – and so plenty of behind the scenes promo is occurring. Plus fabulous guest stars, guest directors and one show is almost forever finished shooting.

 

A lot of beard to kick off this week’s Insta highlights with Kristofer Hivju and Michael Fassbender. Future Fassy in Game of Thrones possibilities are probably low, but this wouldn’t be his first HBO venture as he was in a couple of Band of Brothers episodes.

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Sea punks. #portlandia #season7

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Abbi Jacobson on Portlandia alert.

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😋😋😋

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Looking forward to September 20 and the return of these guys (and their new captain). Stephanie Beatriz related glasses envy is still high.

 

New Girl also returns September 20 and Hannah Simone’s got the co-stars in sunglasses shots on hand. First up Max Greenfield and bathrobes.

 

And then Zooey Deschanel under an umbrella wearing a headband and check shirt look that I will no doubt be after when this episode airs.

 

Also back the same week on Fox is Empire and Taraji P. Henson gives a little costume sneak peek featuring some very large hooped earrings.

 

Welcome back my fave screechy teen on a prestige drama and it looks like Whitney’s going all domestic goddess in a cat covered apron in season 3 of The Affair.

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Squad.

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From the summer TCA and the Mr Robot ladies continue to crush it.

 

To be filed under “this is kind of cool, but also creepy as fuck.”

 

Eva Longoria is directing an episode of Jane the Virgin this season and everyone is very pleased with this. Also the amount of Brett Dier popping up in these shots would suggest Michael is not going to be dearly departed.

 

And a ladies only version. I am thrilled to see Bridget Regan kicking it on set.

 

While we won’t get to see the final season of Girls until early next year, the show is currently wrapping up and these final days are getting the Instagram treatment.

 

And polaroids to mark Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke’s last day shooting.

 

BrainDead continues to be my favorite show of the summer, but the last two weeks have been lacking any Gustav so hopefully the next episode will rectify this.

 

Happy You’re the Worst Day! I am so ready.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

24 Aug

Lots of Emmy prep this week including dress choosing, shoes I want to see on the red carpet and hitting the campaign trail. Plus fun guest stars, going back to work with Master of None and our weekly updates from the sets of You’re the WorstJane the Virgin and iZombie.

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Met a wonderful woman today @reallyndacarter

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Older superheroes appearing on current superhero shows is one of my favorite guest star subgenres.

 

It seems like a good sign that Aziz Ansari has not rushed making season 2 of Master of None. And that they will be shooting in Italy. Once again I am going to want to eat all the pasta.

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“The recognition was such a shock in the first place, but the outrage was the most shocking for me. That people actually cared whether I was nominated or not, that they felt they had a stake in it, I think that was such a testament to our fans who are so supportive of us. They’re the only reason we have a show because they sort of forced people to watch (laughs). The critics have been good too. We’re really lucky to have been championed by people who have some influence on what people watch. For me, it felt like it was for the fans that that nomination came through; it really felt like a communal thing, it was for us that the show got recognized. But by no means did I ever expect it, or seek it out, or think I deserved it. It’s a world I don’t necessarily feel part of. I’m just baffled to be in the company of actors like Robin Wright—it’s wild to me. These are women who’ve been working for years, who have such a body of work and such a legacy, and are changing television. It’s just really surreal to be in that company.” -@TatianaMaslany for AwardsLine @Deadline #OrphanBlack #EmmyForMaslany

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Emmy campaigning continues and Deadline has another interview to be savored. This time it is with Tatiana Maslany and the above quote and series of images is a pretty good example of why we heart Maslany hard. To read the whole wonderful interview head here.

 

A different form of Emmy prep and Constance Zimmer gives a sneak peek into the what dress to wear dilemma.

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Oh hey @Gucci #TIFFfittings

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I would love it if someone wears these really fun Gucci heels to the Emmys. Far better than anything in the beige range.

 

Also on the Emmy trail (as well as promoting S2 of Mr Robot – here is my latest Mr Robot costuming piece) is Rami Malek and on The Late Show he took his first Instagram photo. Leaning in completely with a selfie stick shot.

Bonus video of this moment/Rami demonstrating his loveliness.

 

Aya Cash got a new dog and her Instagram feed is now about 75% Lucy and 100% delightful.

 

Prop issues on the set of iZombie.

 

Food issues on the set of iZombie. 

 

I would say this is a selfie success.

 

Everything about the look on the kid (or one of the kids) who plays baby Mateo on Jane the Virgin is precious.

 

Fall TV season is almost here and this means lots of Insta reminders (which I am so grateful for).

2016 Emmy Nominations Quick Take – Costumes (Updated with Winners)

14 Jul

This intro is usually where I would complain about the lack of nominations for The Americans, but this is an Emmy miracle as Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and the show all received nods today and I maybe blacked out after this so I’m catching up on everything else still.

It wouldn’t be the Emmys without some grumbles and only about half of my wish list made the cut – no Leftovers, Rachel Bloom, Aya Cash and more – but I am so surprised/amazed/happy about The Americans finally breaking through in its forth season that it somehow softens the blow of the other snubs.OutlanderI’m here not to talk acting nominations, instead I want to take a quick look at the costume design nominees. There are three different categories for costume; contemporary, period/fantasy and variety/non-fiction/reality. Specific episodes are chosen to submit and some of my favorite costume moments from this year are featured including the incredible red gown designed by Terry Dresbach for Claire Fraser to wear to the fanciest of fancy parties on Outlander, the jaw dropping revenge/mourning/coronation outfits as worn by Cersei in the Game of Thrones season finale, everyone in white at the wedding that turned disaster on Transparent and Lady Gaga’s stunning American Horror Story purple number.

As with every category there are some notable omissions including Katie Irish taking us further into the 80s on The Americans with Elizabeth’s cover Patty, all the many covering up coats and the Princess Di inspired maternity wear. The Knick picked up some technical nominations, but I am disappointed this isn’t one of them.

In the contemporary category I am thrilled to see Daniel Lawson recognized for his Good Wife costumes particularly after this one of my snubs from last year. As with last year I am sad to see some of the bold wardrobes from comedy not among the nominees with Salvador Perez for The Mindy Project and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tina Nigro missing the cut. Girls had a stunning season and for Marnie’s red dress alone I would have loved to see Jenn Rogien on here.

The full list of costume design nominations are here and congratulations to all on this list!

The Good Wife 7.22 Alicia and Diane

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A CONTEMPORARY SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Winner! American Horror Story: Hotel, “Chutes and Ladders” – Lou Eyrich, Helen Huang, Marisa Aboitiz

Empire, “Past is Prologue” – Paolo Nieddu, Jennifer Salim, Mary Lane

The Good Wife, “End” – Daniel Lawson, David Brooks, Daniele Hollywood, Angel Peart

Grace and Frankie, “The Party” – Allyson B. Fanger, Lori DeLapp

Transparent, “Kina Hora” – Marie Schley, Mark A. Summers

Cersei

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A PERIOD/FANTASY SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Downton Abbey, “Episode 8” – Anna Mary Scott Robbins, Michael Weldon, Kathryn Tart

Winner! Game of Thrones, “The Winds of Winter” –  Michele Clapton, Chloe Aubry, Sheena Wichary

Outlander, “Not in Scotland Anymore” – Terry Dresbach, Elle Wilson, Nadine Powell, Anna Lau

The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” – Hala Bahmet, Marina Ray, Elinor Bardach

Roots, “Night One” – Ruth E. Carter, Diane Cilliers, Meagan ‘Bijou’ Coates

GREASE: LIVE: (L-R) Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit rehearse for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. © 2016 Fox Broadcasting CO. Cr: Kevin Estrada/FOXOUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A VARIETY, NONFICTION OR REALITY PROGRAM

Dancing with the Stars, “Disney Night” – Daniela Gschwendtner, Steven Lee, Polina Roytman, Karina Torrico, Howard Sussman

Grease: Live -William Ivey Long, Paul Spadone, Nanrose Buchman, Gail Fitzgibbons, Tom Beall

RuPaul’s Drag Race, “Keeping it 100!” – Zaldy Goco

Saturday Night Live, Host Ryan Gosling – Tom Broecker, Eric Justian

Winner! The Wiz Live! Paul Tazewell, Rachel Attridge, Rory Powers

 

For all Emmy nominations head here and excuse me while I go celebrate The Americans finally breaking into the main categories

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

17 Feb

That very busy time of year when it is not only New York Fashion Week, but the awards keep on coming and shows are returning/are deep into their filming schedule. It is good for “Behind the Insta-Scenes” as there is plenty of variety this week.

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One week! We psyched!

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Happy Broad City Day! We are very excited to have Abbi and Ilana back on TV and this picture of a Polaroid is a delight (and means I am no longer questioning the times when I have posted a photo of a Polaroid).

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Repost by @sabongui. A little BTS of Earth2!

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On Earth-2, Iris has super wide legged pants and I am so here for this futuristic retro look.

 

Meanwhile Grant Gustin is also moonlighting over on Supergirl; Gustin and Melissa Benoist do look very good together. I really need to catch up on Supergirl before this episode happens.

 

This episode. Ultimate Valentine’s Day sobs.

 

Tyra might have a few pointers, but I give this picture a 10 with the added bonus of more Lucca Quinn patterned costuming treats.

 

Constance Zimmer’s very on point sweater this weekend gets extra points for the Galentine’s tag (and now I’m sad I forgot to include Rachel and Quinn in this post – next year).

 

There needs to be a word for something that is even more than just #SquadGoals when hangouts like this one take place.

 

NYFW is all over Instagram including many runway shots and this one from The Cut’s Stella Bugbee captures the fluidity and pretty from the Altuzarra show.

 

Jill Stuart dress delights – which you will be able to see in full as part of “Out of the Box” – courtesy of Zoe Kazan.

 

Cats and couture.

 

A very sweet BAFTA pre-party selfie with Emilia Clarke and Bel Powley.

 

Now this is an amazing Cookie look – fur, leather, pattern clashing, sunglasses – it has everything. Empire is back in just over a month.

 

Agent Carter hair secrets – it is all about the curlers.

 

Seeing double on Jessica Jones.

 

Thankfully there’s a lot more laughter and a lot less animosity behind the scenes on Scandal without all the romantic dramaz.

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HOT

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I’m just gonna go ahead and assume this is Michael Sheen and also very much agree with Sarah Silverman’s straight to the point caption.

 

Totally fulfilling the ‘cast mates who are friends when not at work’ sweet spot.

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Oh boy

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For anyone who has seen the excellent John Mulaney Netflix comedy special The Comeback Kid or if you just like dogs wearing coats – this one is for you.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

3 Feb

Another award show this week and that means more behind the scenes action from getting ready to after the after parties. Plus Grease: Live live, X-Files props, Empire sleep wars and some high levels of cute in our Insta round-up.

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Sorry boys. I'm off the market

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Sophie Turner is all of us in this situation at the SAG Awards.

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Buds

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Standard reaction to a picture of this pair is one that involves experiencing a lot of feelings.

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Ladies 💗 #SAGawards

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Ultimate #SquadGoals

 

Marisa Tomei was one of our best dressed at the SAGs and her pre-show ritual looks like a whole lot of fun.

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Traffic. #SAGAwards2016

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Getting stuck in awards traffic doesn’t seem so bad when Pedro Pascal and Sarah Paulson are around.

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R E A D Y @sagawards

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Oh, hello.

 

From the stage Laverne Cox gives us a view from the other side of the amazing OITNB winning cast.

 

And OITNB’s Emma Myles shows what the end of a SAG winning night looks like.

 

Kether Donohue crushed it in Grease: Live as Jan and I got a whole lot of IRL bestie feels from this post. Plus I am coveting Aya Cash’s outfit hard.

 

From the actual opening of the show (which was a feat of technical brilliance) and Vanessa Hudgens deserves all the kudos she is getting for her incredible performance. Great lipstick too.

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SUPERGIRL X GREASELIVE

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Support for Grease: Live across the networks and a crossover I now want to see.

 

A slightly different shot of Jenna Dewan-Tatum on her way to the Hail, Caesar! premiere and the classic ‘lying down to avoid creases’ situation. 

 

Last night’s episode of New Girl was directed by none other than Nick Miller himself; Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield posted a shot that captures him in all his glory.

 

The Empire sleep wars continue.

 

This one ends a little more violently.

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TV family swim lessons… #chapter35 #janethevirgin

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Adorable overload.

 

JDM smolder, Will Patton, bagels and a dog make for a good Good Wife set day.

 

This brow contest is too close to call.

 

This week’s episode of The X-Files set my giddy levels to new highs and being a huge fan of Kumail Nanjiani podcast, The X Files Files it was so great to see him in this super fun episode. This is the file Nanjiani was given and Gillian Anderson’s reaction to this gift is hilarious.

Best of TV Costuming 2015: Best of the Rest Part 1

22 Dec

Welcome to TV Ate My Wardrobe’s “Best of 2015” 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 we want in our own wardrobe to pieces that got everyone talking; we want to celebrate the work of television’s best costume designers.

So far the Best of 2015 series has focused on in-depth costuming achievements from The Americans, Hannibal, Fargo and Mad Men. Plus a special You’re the Worst “Music Monday” end credits rundown.

Now is the turn of a huge range of shows we have been watching this year from network, cable and streaming with comedy, drama and all those other hard to categorize scripted offerings. There has been so many fantastic individual moments that we have had to split this post into two otherwise the scrolling would be endless.

Here is Part 1 of the standout costuming moments in 2015.

Daenerys Dragon necklaceMost On Point Accessorizing 

What better way to appease the dragon that has done a runner than wear a necklace bearing a very familiar image and this comes in particularly handy for Daenerys in “The Dance of Dragons” when Drogon makes a very timely entrance. The influence of Daenerys’ heritage has been visible throughout the texture of her costuming which at times has been scaly in appearance. Yunus & Eliza designed this stunning piece (click here for a closer look) and it really is fit for a queen.

Jessica JonesThe Leather Jacket Award

As with last year there have been a whole slew of leather jacket wearing stunners, but there is one lady who takes wearing this garment to every outfit level and that is Jessica Jones. Not pictured are the very 90s looking jeans that are also glued to her body pretty much all of the time and this signature look makes sense when the show takes a deep dive into her backstory.

CookieWho Rocks a Lot of Polka Dots

Cookie Lyon has gone through a style evolution since she was released from prison going from matching animal prints to high end garments as she has caught up with trends and got accustomed to her wealth. One of my favorites is this Dolce & Gabbana polka dot blouse; perfect for a dramatic exit and a fun take on the tablecloth party trick. Cookie’s always going to eat.

Isaac, Oscar as Nick Wasicsko, Sussman predicts Nick gets eatenBest Mustache – 1980s Edition

Not only did Oscar Isaac take dancing in dad jeans to Bruce Springsteen to new levels, but he also worked this mustache in ways I did not think possible in Show Me a Hero. The mini-series from David Simon is terrific and devastating and not just for the 80s fashion. And even several months after watching it still makes my heart ache when I think about Oscar Isaac’s performance.

Mad Men 7.13 RogerBest Mustache – 1970s Edition

Of all the Mad Men characters who would embrace a new decade with some additional facial hair it really makes sense that it would be Roger Sterling. It could easily be kinda skeezy (and of course Roger has entered this territory on more than one occasion), but there’s also something elder statesmen about it and that’s what he is. And I would happily watch an endless loop of Roger and Peggy hanging out in their now deserted office.

The Knick - BertieTop Hat Placement and Male Nudity on Cable

Alleviating the awkward of the first time with cute top hat parlor tricks is Bertie on The Knick and it is all around adorable. While this is the most of Michael Angarano that we get to see, cable has embraced male nudity this season on a level we haven’t previously seen with both The Leftovers and The Affair showing far more dudes naked than women this year. Game of Thrones you have some catching up to do.

Broad City Val#LadySuitWatch2015 Shorts Winner

My response to seeing Abbi as Val for the first time is pretty much the same as Ilana’s jaw on the floor expression:

Ladysuits of the shorts variety are classic cabaret attire and I am so here for this Judy Garland/Liza Minnelli style and singing mashup inspiration.

Master of None#LadySuitWatch2015 Patterned Shirt Winner

Denise is not only stylish as hell as demonstrated by her movie premiere ladysuit wearing ways, but she is also one of the best things about Aziz Ansari’s excellent Master of None helping make a citizen’s arrest in the stellar “Ladies and Gentleman” and offering up sound dating advice (even if she ends up ignoring it).

The BridgeThe Outwear and Boots Crime Fighting Title

Season 3 of The Bridge (Broen/Bron) lost one of its main stars, but didn’t lose any of its quality introducing a new partner for Saga who turned out to be just as compelling (if not even more so than his predecessor – sorry Martin). Style wise the pair complement each other rather well favoring classic coats and boots for their crime fighting attire; Saga is still all about the olive leather pants and Henrik also tucks his trousers into his boots because who wants those flapping in the wind while running after a suspect.

FortitudeBest Reason to Invest in a Big Warm Coat 

Fortitude is part X-Files like mystery, part exploration of the human condition in an extreme and isolated environment. It is also a very good advert for furry hoods and big coats; yes I even invested in my own.

Peggy CarterRed Lipstick Queen

There is plenty to love about Peggy Carter and season 2 is just a couple of weeks away! Agent Carter also gets added to the How TV Ate My Wardrobe list in the makeup department as I invested in Peggy’s Besame 1946 lipstick and there is also the bonus of beautiful packaging along with fantastic red lips.

Wet Hot American SummerLake Bell and David Wain in Season 1 of the Netflix original series "Wet Hot American Summer" Credit: Saeed Adyani, Netflix [Via MerlinFTP Drop]Denim Dream

1981 was a great year for denim and there is a residual 70s influence on fashion in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp with high waisted flares and dungaree delights. Also pairing anything with short shorts is fair game.

April Ludgate Parks and Rec finaleBest Future April Ludgate 

2015 saw the end of Parks and Recreation prompting plenty of finale tears. This also means saying goodbye to one of TV Ate My Wardrobe’s biggest style influences and I am happy to report that future April Ludgate is still very much in our sartorial good graces.

Hannibal 3.01 Bedelia in blueWhat to Wear on Your European Vacation

Traveling across Europe with Hannibal Lecter means packing your finest threads and Bedelia is up for that challenge with this blue 1940s spy looking ensemble even if this is the opposite of staying incognito.

You're the WorstSunglasses I Need in my Life

Yes I am still highly coveting Gretchen’s round opal yellow Wayfarer sunglasses for the second year in a row.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Beach House GinaMost On Point Accessorizing Part 2

Gina is not just the TV Ate My Wardrobe Sweater Queen (her turtleneck game has been strong all season), but she’s also the reason why I yell “Wolfie” at the screen whenever any of the direwolves pop up on Game of Thrones. So when Gina appeared on screen in the episode “Beach House,” which kicked off the new year for Brooklyn Nine-Nine in this hat/scarf/glove combo it also caused me to yell “Wolfie” on this occasion too.

LookingFestive Relationship Goals

Looking is almost over (*sob*) and before its one final outing in the form of a TV movie next year, let us bask in Eddie’s Santa outfit and how Agustín went from loathsome narcissist to the dude (and ship) I was heavily invested in by the end of season 2. Good character development, show.

Stay tuned for Part 2 coming next week.

TV to be Thankful For: A Pre-End of Year List (of Sorts)

26 Nov

There is a lot of TV to be watched right now (#PeakTV) and like many I am in the process of compiling end of year lists (and as I have done in previous years I will be doing my ‘best of’ in a variety of ways) while trying to remember everything that I have watched this year. So this is a preview of what is to come in the following month and hopefully it will jog my very full TV related memory of anything I might miss.

So in no particular order here is what I am thankful for when it comes to TV in 2015:

  • The Hollywood Reporter TV Actress roundtable participants look like this and not this.
  • Comedy shows that explore a broad range of topics which not only make me laugh until I cry, but also invoke full on Claire Danes level of cry face. I am mostly looking at you You’re the Worst.
  • While I’m on the subject of comedies that make me misty eyed; Parks and Recreation ended this season on a high with an episode that pivoted on the Six Feet Under model and caused just as many tears.
  • Cable shows are embracing male nudity beyond just butts (special shout-outs to The Leftovers and The Affair) and all this after the The Comeback had a whole episode dedicated to skewering cable on this issue.
  • Everything Valerie Cherish.
  • Everything Abbi and Ilana.
  • “Looking for a Plot.”
  • Teen girls on The Americans avoiding the usual annoying teen trap many other dramas fall foul of.
  • And that every episode is a lesson in tension and an exploration on marriage and identity. It was my number one show in March and it still is in November (spoiler alert).
  • That Agent Carter got a second season and I now own the same lipstick as Peggy Carter.
  • The master class in acting delivered by Carrie Coon and Regina King on The Leftovers and for every insanely wonderful thing this show is doing. Also for Justin Theroux’s ability to look bewildered and devastated at any given opportunity.
  • The Villanueva women.
  • Getting to see Tatiana Maslany take on even more characters and make me forget she is playing everyone in a scene. And this wave.
  • Kroll Show going out on a high and creating this incredible universe where so many characters overlapped and intersected. And because I can’t say “Oh, hello” without wondering if there is too much tuna and I sometimes inadvertently say ‘Ameezing’ like I’m on PubLIZity.
  • The 12 Angry Men episode of Inside Amy Schumer.
  • Rob and Sharon on Catastrophe (even if the amount of things Sharon says that are like me is reaching a worrying level).
  • Shows that take will they/won’t they situations and turn them into yep they will. Oh hey there Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
  • All of Lady Gaga’s costuming on American Horror Story: Hotel.
  • Fargo indulging my love of all things 1970s clothing.
  • Daenerys’ dragon necklace.
  • The brief but amazing turn by Birgitte Hjort Sørensen on Game of Thrones.
  • Kit Harington Hair Watch.
  • Peggy’s cigarette smoking sunglasses strut.
  • Peggy roller skating.
  • The many times Mad Men made me cry.
  • Sally Draper.
  • Watching Felicity with Julie Hammerle and the time travel arc being even better than I imagined.
  • This Entertainment Weekly cover.
  • Master of None using THAT passage from The Bell Jar (which led to more tears – TV has made me cry a lot this year).
  • Jon Stewart’s last Daily Show (more tears).
  • All the incredible music I’ve ‘discovered’ thanks to shows such as GirlsOITNBMaster of NoneLookingYou’re the Worst and Togetherness.
  • No longer having “Drip Drop” stuck in my head.
  • The lighting on The Knick.
  • Oscar Isaac’s mustache/dad jeans and all the Bruce Springsteen used throughout Show Me a Hero. And, how the thought of this show hits me like a gut punch.
  • Every beautiful/fucked up thing they got away with on Hannibal this season.
  • Queen of ladysuits – Alana Bloom.
  • #LadySuitWatch2015
  • Superheroes on TV.
  • Jessica Jones’ leather jacket and her friendship with Trish.
  • Matt Murdock and this balloon.
  • Pre-emptive Mulder and Scully feeeeeeelings.
  • When Sherlock bought Joan the perfect outfit.
  • Every single one of Diane Lockhart’s statement necklaces.
  • Giving Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson more screen time on The Affair.
  • All the wardrobe inspiration from so many shows this year and the always growing Wish List.
  • That I got to talk to three amazing costume designers and write about it.
  • The range in costume design and shows covered on here includes everything from period to contemporary to fantasy; I am thankful there is a vast amount to discuss and get inspired by.
  • Season 2 of Transparent is almost here!

The list is long and there are probably some very obvious things I have missed. I will get mad at myself later, but for now Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re looking for Thanksgiving episodes to watch maybe take a rewind and watch these offerings from Felicity and Dawson’s Creek.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

21 Oct

Plenty of singing and dancing from this week’s TV Instagram highlights. Plus costuming sneak peeks and more shows going back into production while others are coming to an end. Ah the cycle of TV (and especially cable shows).

 

Kicking things off this week with a Pony related treat from Ryan Hansen. Yes please.

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The last thing you see before you die. @hoblygall

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Now for something a little scarier from Team Hannibal.

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Mads.

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And Mads just being very Mads. Not wearing the mask this time.

 

Queen of Dubsmash Hayley Atwell with co-star Enver Gjokaj doing the impossible and making “Uptown Funk” feel fresh again. She isn’t wrong about those hips.

 

Another pair of cuties.

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We're on our way #PaleyFest! #OrphanBlack #CloneClub

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This cast is everything. To watch their PaleyFest panel head here.

 

Tatiana Maslany switched out her fantastic ruffled Roksanda ruffled jumpsuit (stay tuned for Look of the Week) for something a little more comfy post panel and Donnie himself, Kristian Bruun captured the look.

 

Jussie Smollett continues his quest to capture Taraji P. Henson in various states of sleeping, singing and dancing.

 

Alison Bennett wrote last week’s episode of You’re the Worst and the end of “Side Bitch” was just as emotionally devastating as the Gretchen’s trip in the middle of night a couple of weeks ago. Luckily for us Paul himself Allan McLeod has a bunch of sweet photos to soften the blow.

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#thegoodslide @thegoodwife_cbs #thegoodwife

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Of course the ChumHum office has a slide. Cush Jumbo’s video also indicates that Lucca Quinn will be sticking around, much to our delight and one of The Good Wife’s most challenging clients will be making an appearance.

 

Family photo time.

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She's back #TheAmericans

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The Americans won’t be back until the start of 2016, but in the meantime the Russian contingent are sharing some set photos and once again Nina has some fantastic knitwear.

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#OlegBurov

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Their characters might be on different continents; however Oleg shares his one-time girlfriend’s love for wool with his choice of tie.

 

It may not be a Mindy Project behind the scenes picture and yet it still makes the TV Insta cut as this scene made me laugh a whole bunch. And I continue to have Mindy pajama envy.

 

More amazing costumes from Salvador Perez and I am so here for this yellow Risto skirt.

 

Even superheroes need to take a break sometimes.

 

I am very excited about the Looking movie and Richie baseball cap sneak peeks. If only this wasn’t the end.

 

Joshua Jackson has a pretty wonderful view from his ‘office.’

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

14 Oct

The returning shows keep on coming and so do the cast reunions on this week’s “Behind the Insta-Scenes.” Plus costume treats galore and other on-set antics.

 

Jane the Virgin is back (!) and this lady will be guest starring soon (!). It is all the better knowing Rogelio will be involved somehow.

 

And now a message of love from the Jane the Virgin cast.

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ITS AIRING!! SEASON 2!! YAY!!

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Viewing party treats and this cast is all over Instagram for your Jane fix.

 

Petra’s getting pregnant cons list is long and includes maternity clothes, but now I want to see what costume designer Rachel Sage Kunin would stir up in this department. Meanwhile here is a regular costume fitting (this dress is fabulous) and Entertainment Weekly has more behind the scenes snaps courtesy of Yael Grobglas.

 

Game of Thrones costume sneak peeks courtesy of Emilia Clarke. And for a moment I thought Daenerys was going to be rocking a knit beanie this season (not really, but the wig net does look like winter head wear).

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#selfiesaturday in S P A I N

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Look who else is in Spain. Possibly a coincidence, probably shooting Game of Thrones (as well as selfies).

 

Oh hey Team Marvel (on Netflix) at New York Comic-Con.

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❤️ me some @carrieannemoss

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Killer cheekbones alert at NYCC from this Jessica Jones duo.

 

NYCC also led to a couple of TV reunions which made me feel all the things.

 

And this one.

 

More Buffy treats from Sarah Michelle Gellar with this take on National Angel Food Cake Day. Yep that is a day apparently and I like this version better.

 

America Ferrera’s old co-workers can’t keep away and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Judith Light or Vanessa Williams next.

 

More glasses to add to the covet list and trailer fun times from Sleepy Hollow.

 

Production has started on season 4 of The Americans and Holly Taylor shared this spy like shot of the first table read (she also posted a clearer look at the table read set up on Twitter).

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#theleftovers season 2 that's a wrap !!!!!!!!

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For us The Leftovers has only just started, for the actors they just finished filming the finale. Will we find out the backstory of the wedding dress gardening woman? And how she manages to keep it so clean while doing a task like this.

 

Digging Sherlock’s stripes and less than a month until Elementary is back.

 

Gabby Sidibe’s caption just made me laugh a whole lot.

 

It kinda looks like Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett are reacting to Gabby’s previous photo. Instead they were watching Empire and this really could be in reference to any number of scenes.

 

A treasure trove of patterned and colorful garments for Mindy Kaling to try on for a Mindy Project fitting. My eyes are instantly drawn to the starry number.

 

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