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The Wish List: Joan Watson’s Zara Outfits on Elementary

14 Apr

Joan Watson’s wardrobe is full of stunning outfits on Elementary and this character has featured multiple times on The Wish List. The most recent entry was this incredible Victoria Beckham ensemble which practically had me drooling over my keyboard while I wrote about it. Joan’s costuming tends to come from high end stores and there is an aspirational quality to these outfits. There is not an expectation that Joan will wear pieces that fall into what I would call affordable and I don’t expect to watch Elementary and think I could pop online and buy whatever she is wearing. In recent episodes however, Joan has worn several items from Zara and this store does fall into my budget range.

Other Wish Lists have covered this notion of characters wearing clothes which don’t make you weep when you see the price tag with Jane the Virgin doing an excellent job of mixing designer with lower cost items and it is refreshing when this is the case.

In last week’s Elementary “One Watson, One Holmes” Joan wore a couple of printed Zara delights. First a mixed fabric top sticking to her general muted color palette.

Elementary 3.19 topLater when she decided to actively hang out with her friends instead of crying off with excuses she went fancier in a floral printed frock with the all important pocket detail. The coat Joan is wearing has appeared in previous episodes and fits into the higher end bracket (a fancy coat is an investment piece and the brr cold weather we have seen on Elementary this season shows how vital good outerwear is even if the price makes my eyes bulge cartoon style).

Elementary 3.19 dressAnd here is a closer look at this beautiful dress and one which is perfect for the changing season.

Zara dressZara has been on trend for Joan and in the previous episode “The View from Olympus” she wore a matching patterned top and skirt; it is sadly no longer available in stores although it might be the kind of thing which will pop on eBay.

Elementary 3.18 JoanFor all things Joan Watson costuming related head here.

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The Wish List: Joan Watson’s Water Color Stunner

14 Mar

Coveting Joan Watson’s Elementary wardrobe occurs often with her incredible mix of silk prints, shift dresses, a-line skirts and one of the strongest boot collections on television. Even Sherlock has got in on the Joan style game with his pretty much perfect outfit gift a few episodes ago. Joan’s clothing palette generally hovers within the neutral circle of white, black and grey; color isn’t entirely absent but her power move tends to be through pattern. In “T-Bone and the Iceman” Joan switches things up with a stunning ensemble bringing in bold elements of color and print.

elementary 3.17 Joan and sherlockA slightly more tailored approach and Joan tends to favor the oversized approach; this outfit is not the best for the messier end of detective work, but she has a good excuse for being this put together as she has come from an awkward lunch with her mother at a fancy restaurant. What I really love about the water color element of this floral print is that it looks slightly different in every shot we see it in.

Elementary 3.17 JoanIt is more of a swirly blur when she is sitting down and matches her anxiety at the difficult conversation she is about to have with her mother regarding her possibly deteriorating mental health. And while I know the snow must be an absolute pain to shoot in, it does also help create incredible vistas such as this one.

elementary 3.17 Joan restaurantWhat this outfit does is make Joan the focal point whether she is in the dark station or in the icy looking (and feeling after her mother ditches her) riverside restaurant location.

Victoria Beckham contrast shirt dress

The Victoria Beckham contrast shirt dress appears to be two separates when it is in fact one combing a silk shirt with a quilted jacquard skirt. Perfect for all those awkward dinners and crime solving deliberations. Joan even throws in a trip to the morgue, but I would maybe advise against that. Or you could even go the Amy Poehler route and wear it to Trinity College in Dublin to receive a Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from the University’s Philosophy Society. Either way this dress is on the Ultimate Wish List.

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.

The Wish List: A Gift for Joan on Elementary – Breakfast and Couture

6 Feb

Sherlock tends to favor an abrupt awakening for Joan on Elementary, however when she stayed over at the Brownstone in this week’s episode “Hemlock” he went with a far more pleasant approach including breakfast in bed, a new pair of boots and a fantastic day dress.

Elementary Joan in bedThis definitely makes up for pointing out how little she feels for current beau Andrew and the fancy outfit she was wearing the previous night might not be the best for day detective work. Sherlock gets major points for this and as I mentioned on Twitter this looks like the point where shooting in New York got particularly cold as super warm (and stylish) coats, gloves and knitted hats are on display – my current winter hat of choice looks a lot like the one Joan is wearing below – are all part of Joan’s costuming so those boots are a must.

Elementary beanieI also like to think she is wearing something of Sherlock’s in bed even though I can’t imagine him with a ratty bed tee collection.

So what about the dress in question? Sherlock didn’t scrimp as the herringbone silk stripe dress is from Edun and sticks to Joan’s signature slightly oversized style; it makes sense with his observation skills that Sherlock would nail this clothing gift.

Elementary Joan dressWhile I am enjoying Joan and Sherlock living apart at the moment and how this has impacts their relationship dynamic allowing both of them to grow; if the treats of breakfast food and clothes were to be more than just a one off I can understand why Joan might want to move back in. Plus after what transpires at the end of “Hemlock” the Brownstone might be the safest place for Joan right now.

For more Joan Watson Wish List ideas head here and here.

Dressing Elementary’s Joan Watson with Spring 2015 London Fashion Week Collections

16 Sep

Fashion Week continues in London as more RTW Spring 2015 collections are unveiled and so it must be time for more Fantasy Costuming. Joan Watson on Elementary manages to look casual, stylish and professional all while putting up with Sherlock and whatever crime they are tasked with solving. Shift dresses, a-line skirts paired with tights, boots and an endless stream of incredible coats to protect against the New York City elements are all Joan staples; now she won’t have Sherlock throwing outfits at her when she wakes up as she’ll be in her own place.

Joan’s costuming tends to be on the white/grey/black scale, but it doesn’t mean this is a bold color free zone and Joan does wear color and especially print on many occasion. Hemlines tend to be short and so most of these choices reflect that and as always the Fantasy Costuming selections are inspired by the costume design from the show in question and are in no way suggesting this character should wear a specific item mentioned.

Topshop UniqueCasual cool from Topshop Unique with a mustard yellow coat, leather skirt and white sweater. Throw on some tights and boots and it’s Joan (as these are Spring collections replace all the sandals with the kind of footwear we typically see Joan in).

J. JS LeeFrom J. JS Lee here is the first of several shift dresses. Going to start with the more muted palette and work our way up to the bolder entries.

MCQMcQ Alexander McQueen; simple and effective.

Jasper ConranDropped waist, slightly longer and in navy from Jasper Conran.

Orla KielyHere comes the color; pink and textured from Orla Kiely. I’d like to think that is one big pocket, but alas it’s probably just seam detail.

MulberryColor and pattern with this Mulberry dress (plus an all nature backdrop). Love the slightly longer sleeves.

Paul CostelloeSo here is the color apex and I might have been swung by two of my favorite things – yellow and pockets – but the silhouette on this Paul Costelloe frock is all Joan.

Tom FordThis is more for Joan going on a date (and yes she will be getting a love interest in season 3) and Lucy Liu would look fantastic in this retro-futuristic Tom Ford.

SaloniPockets, patterns and texture from Saloni in another super cute casual frock for Joan.

Giles LFWWhen I think of peplum on TV I think of Alicia Florrick long before Joan Watson, but this Giles ensemble is far more Joan than Alicia playing with peplum, pockets and pattern in a funky manner.

Antipodium

A lighter looking coat (this is a Spring collection after all) and an all Joan outfit from Antipodium (as long as we ditch the sandals).

For more on Joan Watson’s costuming head here and here.

Elementary returns Thursday, October 30.

 

The Wish List: More Joan Watson Dresses on Elementary

15 Apr

Having only recently caught up on Elementary, it’s only fair to dedicate another post to the wonderful wardrobe of Joan Watson and two of the delightful dresses she wore in the most recent episode “No Lack of Void.”

Joan Marni dressWith a slight hint of whimsy, this is another floral Joan Watson dress and while the one featuring on last week’s Elementary wish list was manipulated to look like an x-ray there is something more doodle like about this Marni silk print dress.

MarniMixing up the slightly oversized look and continuing to embrace pattern is the second outfit choice from “No Lack of Void” with a Christian Pellizzari tree print dress.

Joan WatsonPockets! Yep this was already a funky frock and the “anything with pockets is instantly more desirable” rule can be applied. The contrasting patterns and tee like top half with the box pleat skirt design makes this look like two separates when it’s really just one. It’s a fun dress choice and Joan’s signature style is made up of pieces that set her apart from how we generally code the clothes detectives tend to wear and from Sherlock’s distinctive buttoned up look.

A brief fantasy costuming interlude with a dress I could see Joan wearing and one that isn’t going to destroy your bank account.

Topshop Joan dressKeeping the botanical theme with a Trapeze Palm Tree dress from Topshop (available in both UK and US store) and the style and print are very Joan Watson.

The Wish List: Joan Watson’s Dresses on Elementary

7 Apr

Joan Watson joins the TV Ate My Wardrobe amazing coat club as Elementary is both set and shot in New York City, where for a substantial amount of the year good quality outerwear is a must. Having recently caught up on the show which I had previously dipped in and out of (getting season 1 on DVD at Christmas prompted this catch up), I wanted to write something about Joan’s impeccable style.

The coats were my first port of call, but hey it’s spring and there has been far too much winter wear on here over the past few months. Joan also has an incredible selection of boots, but that’s a feature including Alana Bloom and Elizabeth Jennings for the future, plus that fits into the whole brr cold thing. Joan’s around the house clothes rival Jess Day and Mindy Lahiri, but this can also wait for another occasion. Instead, we will be taking a look at some of the recent dresses Joan has worn and where you can get them from.

Elementary 2.18In “The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville” Joan’s penchant for an oversized shift dress is on display. First with this blush pink Club Monaco Iva Blocked frock (currently half off) and Joan’s style moves beyond the usual criminal investigation costuming trappings thanks to her role as consulting detective, rather than actual detective. There’s no need to have her in the usual blouse/pants uniform of female detectives as you tend to see on any of the Law & Order incarnations or even Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The consulting role sets both Sherlock and Joan apart; they can move between worlds as their clothing doesn’t scream police. Joan’s costuming is both feminine and modern without undermining her abilities; it contrasts to the always buttoned up Sherlock.

Elementary 2.19This All Saints dress if from the same episode and the printed image has been manipulated to look like a floral x-ray, which seems perfectly apt for Elementary. It also looks a bit wing like and as with a lot of what happens on this show, sometimes one thing can look a whole lot like something else on the surface. It’s another in the oversized Joan Watson collection; pairing it with tights and ankle booties is the perfect winter to spring transition.

Joan Watson dressSwitching the styling up slightly with a more fitted Alice + Olivia dress that Joan wore a couple of episodes ago (“Ears to You”). It’s red plaid so I’m predisposed to love it, but it’s a plaid dress with a twist as it has leather side panels and a semi-sheer back section. There’s more to this dress than first appearances, how very Elementary of it.

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