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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).

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