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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

1 May

Fancy frocks aplenty at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Plus various other red carpet looks on this edition of Look of the Week including bold prints and the 70s influence I can’t get enough of reigns once again.

Gillian JacobsGillian Jacobs is killing it in Peter Pilotto showing why she is a resident Out of the Box member as she often leans towards daring, patterned choices like this one. Pairing this dress with black strappy platforms and super soft curls mixes retro glamour with Old Hollywood chic; Jacobs looks stunning.

Lucy LiuA beaded Naeem Khan dress for Lucy Liu and this is simple chic at its best. Red lipstick adds an extra pop and the hair down approach adds a softness to the whole ensemble.

Darby StanchfieldAs the White House Press Secretary on Scandal we’re used to seeing Darby Stanchfield standing behind a podium in various forms of business wear so it is good to see her in something a little more fancy (and with a whole lot less drama going on) and this ivory Ludmila Corlateanu gown is just that.

Troian BellisarioAlso taking a break from TV drama is Troian Bellisario from Pretty Little Liars and even though I stopped watching some time ago I still really want to know who A is. The gold belt detail enlivens this white dress and there is a dash of 70s summer cocktail party to the whole cut of it.

Juno TempleSpeaking of my favorite style decade here is Juno Temple at the Far from the Madding Crowd premiere embracing 70s print in Saint Laurent and I am reminded by both Temple and Gillian Jacobs that platform heels are the only ones that don’t break my feet. Well those and the gaudy metallic silver wedges I wore when I was 16. I probably won’t be digging those out again.

Sophie TurnerTaking a break from capes is Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner decked out in Louis Vuitton Resort 2015 at the annual Garden Brunch in Washington DC over the weekend and as with Michelle Williams in everything Louis Vuitton I am definitely feeling the mixture of textures, patterns, buttons and zips.

Mae Whitman and Mamie GummerLady suit alert! Mae Whitman wears the appropriately titled “Boob Suit” from Rachel Antonoff at Refinery29’s digital content presentation (so much exciting stuff on their roster) looking equal parts edgy and adorable. Of course there are bonus red lipstick points and I am forever drawing hearts around her name.

Mamie Gummer does the whole effortless chic thing in skinny jeans, white tee suede boots and a coat that skirts near bathrobe territory, but manages to look super cool at the same time. Yes I would spill something down both outfits in an instant and be super sad about it.

Elisabeth MossAs with my complicated feelings about jumpsuits/rompers, the crop top is another one that falls into this category. Elisabeth Moss at the Chaplin Award Gala in Nha Khanh is the perfect amount of crop to the top with that slight sliver of torso on display (don’t get me wrong I am all for other people wearing this garment, but it terrifies me personally). This is a really pretty outfit and the graphic print/length of the skirt gives it a retro feel and still manages to avoid all Mad Men influence comparisons.

Mad Men 7.11 Peggy dressI wrote a whole thing about Peggy in the most recent episode of Mad Men but one thing I didn’t cover was how much I love this dress. Peggy’s style has been so much sharper this season and this is partly down to her growing confidence and because the new decade is hitting all her sartorial points. I would 100% wear this today.

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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

21 Mar

This week PaleyFest has featured panels for show that are just ending, have barely just begun and ended long ago. Out of the Box is taking a look at some of the best looks from the various panels this week and with shows including Mad Men, Masters of SexThe Mindy Project and Community still to come expect more next week.

Yunjin KimYunjin Kim is wearing a stunning red structured wrap dress at the Lost reunion panel where we were told once again what we already know and that is the island wasn’t purgatory. Discussion gripes aside it was good to see some of the cast reunited and it’s hard to believe how much the TV landscape has changed since Lost debuted 10 years ago.

Troian BellisanoPretty Little Liars is a show I fell behind on and never caught up with, I still hope to but in the meantime here is Troian Bellisario rocking a super cute Charlotte Ronson dress. The red belt breaks up the pattern and it’s making me want to crack out the summer frocks even if it’s still too early (it might be sunny today, but it’s still not warm enough for that).

Aubrey PlazaJumpsuits aren’t generally my thing; black tends to be where I can jump on board with this trend and Aubrey Plaza’s Jonathan Simkhai getup can join the shortlist of jumpsuits I would consider wearing. First of all it has pockets, always a plus and I like that it cinches in the waist which prompted a mini ‘is this a jumpsuit or top/pants?’ debate. The slight pink accents are a nice touch too.

Lyndie GreenwoodLyndie Greenwood has been bumped up to a series regular on Sleepy Hollow next season as Abbie’s sister Jenny and this pleases me no end. Greenwood’s mint green Ted Baker skater dress is both casual and dressy; if I dared to wear light colors this is something I would very much like in my wardrobe. This is maybe a random observation, but Greenwood has the best eyebrows on TV.

Sleepy Hollow PaleyFestBonus Sleepy Hollow cast as Tom Mison assures the audience while his jeans may look of the skinny variety, they are most certainly not. The cardigan/tee look works very well for Mison. Orlando Jones is repping for his character with a t-shirt bearing his mugshot and “Free Frank Irving” underneath (sadly obscured by his hand here). Nicole Beharie has opted for monochrome and looks amazing; I do wonder what it would be like if the women dressed as casually for these events as the guys. Like I get why they dress up and after all most of Out of the Box this week is women in fancy/casual attire, but it feels like there is an expectation for actresses to get dolled up for these events, whereas the guys can rock up in whatever.

 

TV Costume Designers and Impacting Fashion

19 Sep

TV Ate My Wardrobe isn’t surprised to read that TV costume designers are having an impact on fashion at the moment, as The New York Times proposes in an article today. This site was born out of an interest and passion for costuming on TV and while other avenues are explored on a daily basis this is still at the heart of what we do here. Costuming can aid the storytelling process, but we also look at trends on the runway that filter through to stores. What is featured in magazine editorials can impact what we see on screen, but as we have seen with shows like Sex and the City and Mad Men they can have just as much influence on style as the fashion houses themselves.

Olivia Pope leather gloves

One aspect this article from The New York Times discusses comes from Pretty Little Liars costume designer Mandi Line as she explains that in her interview she stated “If you let me make fashion the fifth character on this show, people will watch it just for the clothes.” This is something that can probably be said about a show like Gossip Girl which I have recently realized that I miss purely for the clothes. The way costuming can appeal can be dependent on the target demographic and with something like Pretty Little Liars Instagram reveals how fans of the show compare their clothes to the ones they see on screen. Costuming can help create buzz and a show like Scandal has benefited from these types of discussions, especially now that star Kerry Washington is covering major fashion magazines and landing on every best dressed list. Lyn Paolo has done an excellent job not only with Olivia Pope’s wardrobe, but with each character’s clearly defined look. In the pilot episode of Scandal the notion that they are “Gladiators in suits” was repeated and now both Olivia’s team and fans of the show use this moniker.

NG_Neighbors-Sc9_0017 The time between when a TV show is made and when it airs is often relatively short and so this immediacy means that the clothes we see on screen are still often in stores. While you might not be able to afford the Prada purse that Olivia Pope uses, the J Crew sweater that Jess wears on New Girl could be a more affordable option. Websites such as What Would Zooey Deschanel Wear? and its broader ranging sister site Worn on TV not only find where to buy the clothes you see on screen, but also cheaper similar looking alternatives.

Elementary costume designer Rebecca Hofherr talks about how “TV deals with realistic issues and more realistic clothing” as opposed to film which might deal with more fantastical subjects. While I’m not a proponent of any TV vs. film debates I think TV can have a bigger impact on personal tastes because shows air on a weekly basis and so we see style evolution over a period of time. Characters become familiar to us and so as viewers it can be easier to identify with them and their look. There’s also a variety so one week I might see Joan Watson wear a scarf I really like and another will have me adding an April Ludgate shirt to my always growing wish list. You can sample many different looks across many different shows.

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This also covers period costuming and as I’ve mentioned Mad Men has influenced fashion in a major way and costume designer Janie Bryant has managed to create a brand thanks to her excellent work on Mad Men. Bryant has developed pieces with Maidenform (also a client of Sterling Cooper), Banana Republic and Brooks Brothers. There is also a reality show on the way from Janie Bryant that will give aspiring designers a chance to show off their skills by recreating classic Hollywood film costumes and celebrity signature styles.  Having just finished watching the Masters of Sex pilot I can confirm that there was a high amount of sweater and coat envy; as the colder season approaches I’m sure this will have some impact on forthcoming purchases even though it is set in the mid 1950s.

It’s not surprising to read that Good Wife designer Daniel Lawson is developing a line of clothes for professional women, or that Lyn Paolo is contemplating a book that will include Scandal related tips. Eric Daman whose previous credits include Sex and the City and Gossip Girl is now the costume designer for The Carrie Diaries and one of his non-TV related projects is a prom collection for Charlotte Russe. Girls and Orange is the New Black’s Jenn Rogien is currently one of Gap’s “Styled By” experts producing a series of style tutorials. For these costume designers they are diversifying their work and using their expertise on projects that relate to the TV work that we are familiar with. We have seen what these designers can do on screen so we know where their strengths lie and so there is already implied trust that they can produce excellent work outside of the TV show they design for.

A costume designer isn’t there to simply make the characters look good or to sell clothes; they help add another layer to the storytelling process and can inform the viewer to certain characteristics without a single word being said.

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