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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

24 Nov

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving—yeah I know it was yesterday—to all celebrating! Even with the four-day weekend, there are still plenty of red carpet moments and award season antics. The AMAs delivered some sartorial highs, the Independent Spirit Award nominations have been announced, Call Me By Your Name is out today and there’s a reunion that makes my heart swell.

I realized last week that “Out of the Box” has turned into something a little more than just the best looks; it has become a weekly newsletter of sorts with a mix of outfits and other things that excite me including trailers and performances. The level of activity on TV Ate My Wardrobe is less than it used to be (because I am writing for other outlets) and this is all very much a work in progress (as is life), but I am thankful I have this outlet to share these weekly observations. Viola Davis is a vision in white caped-sleeve crystal-embroidered Michael Kors Collection at the AMAs and she never disappoints on the red carpet.As the host of the AMAs, Tracee Ellis Ross had numerous outfit changes throughout the night and she made a dramatic impact on her arrival in a stunning custom Stella McCartney sequin gown.

Regular readers will know how much I love Tracee Ellis Ross’ Instagram feed and it showcases the many looks she wore while hosting. I’ve gone for another sparkly number and this video really captures this aspect of the Paco Rabanne matching skirt and top. Another highlight is this tribute to both her mother and Michael Jackson.Clueless reboot, but now Cher is a spy and played by Yara Shahidi. Sign me up. Going against the jewel tone palette she wears as Veronica Lodge on Riverdale is Camila Mendes in a romantic J. Mendel gown.

And for all things Riverdale season 2 style check out my Observer column here
I’ve been listening to Kelly Clarkson’s new album “Meaning of Life” nonstop and holy hell is this Christian Siriano feathered gown serving up super diva feelings.

I love her.They’re not actually sisters, but Claire Foy and Vanessa Kirby very much look like siblings as they both opt for seasonal sparkles of varying lengths—Christian Dior for Foy, Prada for Kirby—at the premiere of The Crown. Foy’s Lisbeth Salander hair looks great and I am super excited for the second season of this show.  The full Ava DuVernay/Ryan Coogler panel transcript is going to be made available soon, but for now enjoy this snippet and DuVernay’s patterned frock.

And the new Wrinkle in Time trailer.Also at VultureFest is Sofia Coppola in an outfit that looks straight from my closet. So of course I am here for it.Jennifer Garner’s giving great slip dress at a screening of her new film The Tribes of Palos Verdes and this week I watched the episode of Felicity where she first makes an appearance.

And as a big Alias fan, I would love to see her reunite with J.J. Abrams in a professional capacity. Maybe Star Wars, maybe something else. Or just get Garner a great TV project. At the Film Independent 2018 Spirit Awards press conference, Tessa Thompson goes for pattern clashing Jason Wu and some amazing orange pumps. This is one of my favorite award shows of the season and I am so happy that Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will be back again to host. It is also one of the best red carpets of the entire calendar and Thompson’s look here is very much in line with the kind of thing you can expect from the main event.

For the full list of nominees head here. One movie that has got multiple Spirit Award nominations is the incredible Call Me By Your Name (released today in the US) and the press tour for this movie has included a number appearance delights. It is a movie I watched twice at the cinema within the space of one week and it is probably my favorite film of the year. I finished the book at the weekend and the soundtrack has been playing in-between those Kelly Clarkson listens.

Timothée Chalamet is having quite the year and he gets a great plaid suit modeling shot in GQ. Hopefully we will see more of this kind of suit wearing throughout award season.

I fell down a GoldDerby video hole the other day, but I still don’t know where Chalamet got this eagle sweater number from. It is information I would like to have.Armie Hammer covers The Hollywood Reporter this week and he is staring deep into your soul.  In the interview he talks about the hypocrisy of Hollywood and the Oscars with how Casey Affleck was lauded while Nate Parker was shutout. There’s also a discussion about his interesting career trajectory and the joyous experience of making Call Me By Your Name. And Hammer in chunky knits. Always appreciated.

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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

17 Nov

Award season is truly here and both the Oscars and the Golden Globes hosted pre-nominations fancy shindigs in the last week. The latter was awash with color and pattern; if you want to see Armie Hammer in florals head here.

Botanics also make an appearance here and if these red carpets are anything to go by then we’re in for a treat come January. The second week in a row where I have kicked things off with Zoe Kazan and another stunning ensemble. At the Governors Awards, Kazan wore an ethereal Prada gown. This is something I have noted on a number of occasions, but one thing I love about Zoe Kazan is that she always mentions and credits her stylist Leith Clark when posting about these events on social media. The team effort that goes into the red carpet part of this business has really been made visible thanks to platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

Also I appreciate Kazan answering my lipstick related query and putting me in touch with her makeup artist Kirin Bhatty on Twitter. Because I am still preoccupied with a question from the early days of this blog.Ditching Dior for Alexander McQueen and this is my favorite Jennifer Lawrence look in an age. This is telling with regards to that Dior deal. Although I do find myself drawn to the print ads Lawrence does for the brand. It just doesn’t translate on the red carpet.Sarah Paulson is serving up witchy glam in Miu Miu and a berry lip. Reader, I am here for it.Tessa Thompson’s rainbow pleated dream from the Emmys is definitely one of 2017’s best gowns and while this Altuzarra doesn’t hit that mark, it is a beautiful gown and looks like a tapestry that would normally hang in a fancy manor house/castle/palace.

Guys. She keeps asking and I keep telling her, I'm ALREADY MARRIED! ❤️

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Michelle Williams was at the Governors Awards while Busy Philipps attended the Baby2Baby fundraiser on Saturday night. Later they found each other and news that will not shock you, I yelped with delight when this photo popped up on my Insta feed. See also when Michelle made an appearance in Busy’s Saturday night Stories. Serena Williams has had a very busy week; she attended Glamour’s 2017 Women of The Year Awards and looked stunning in a Versace mini-dress. Then she got married yesterday to Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans. And I cannot wait to see the photos. The party favors alone are incredible. Congratulations! Zazie Beetz puts a really fun spin on the ladysuit trend. I now want to see her starring in a 1920s-set vehicle. Mr. Robot has got really good again and while season 2 was hit and miss, the women were super compelling. Portia Doubleday’s ability to switch from super steely to eyeliner smudged shakiness has been a pleasure to watch. On the show I am enamored with her high-neck white blouses, but it good to see an injection of color IRL. And I am a sucker for all things pleated skirts.This Dolce & Gabbana dress feels like the embodiment of the design aesthetic from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and Anne Hathaway looks great in it.Dior sponsored the Guggenheim International Gala Pre-Party and Rebecca Hall escapes all things sheer that this brand has been indulging in recently. I do appreciate a tuxedo inspired frock and the star ankle boots are a strong contender for the covet list.

I saw Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman at the weekend and Hall gave a blistering performance (as she always does) in a film that I thoroughly enjoyed. There was a high level of drooling over Donna Maloney’s costume design—especially the jackets—and that both Wonder Woman featuring movies (not including Justice League in this) were directed by women, warms my soul.  

The Get Out cast is working the pre-nominations circuit and it would please me no end if this movie was to get recognized. Allison Williams notes that there was some accidental outfit coordinating with co-star Daniel Kaluuya. Both are crushing it on the stripes front. GRETA! This Bust cover is every heart emoji.

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Feeling all the things.
It does look like the #OscarsSoWhite tag will sadly not be retired if this Hollywood Reporter cover is anything to go by and Mary J. Blige gets put to the side of all the group shots. Optics wise it is hard not to notice.

The interview itself gets to the heart of the topic that has dominated entertainment news for the last six weeks and they don’t back away from the conversation. It is important and a topic that will surely be the first question on any of these roundtables going forward.

As a headline, this one is striking and the extract below gets to the heart of the ‘difficult actress’ label:

LAWRENCE Sometimes — I’ve had this happen: I finally made the decision to stand up for myself, and then I went to go to the bathroom at work and one of the producers stopped me and was like, “You know, we can hear you on the microphone, you’ve been really unruly.” Which was not true, but basically my job was threatened because the director said something fucked up to me and I said, “That’s sick, you can’t talk to me like that,” and then I was punished, and I got afraid that I wasn’t going to be hired again.

STONE Yeah, you were “difficult.”

LAWRENCE Yeah, I was called difficult and a nightmare. I think a lot of people aren’t coming forward because they’re afraid they’re not going to work again. You need to be able to say, “This is wrong” and have somebody do something about it instead of saying, “Oh, it’s wrong? Well, you’re fired.”

Read the whole thing at The Hollywood Reporter.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

11 Aug

Florals are here to stay — much to my delight — and this is the final week of the summer TCA press tour, which means more panel attire and some fancy awards threads. TCA is not the only celebration this week as there is also Black Girls Rock! and Variety’s ‘Power of Young Hollywood’ event.

Plus the excellent magazine covers continue. It is September (in magazine terms) after all.

Unrelated, but check out my interview with Defenders costume designer Stephanie Maslansky here.At the American Horror Story: Cult panel, Sarah Paulson looks stunning in a watercolor adjacent lace Monique Lhuillier frock (as always tipping my hat to Karla Welch) and I’m happy to kick off this week’s “Out of the Box” with something this bold.

As always I am intrigued by the new season of AHS, but I tend to lose interest halfway through a season and the only one I have made it to the end of was Coven. And that isn’t even the best one. So there is a high chance this will happen once again. But the cast is always very good and I am here for all the promotional time with Sarah Paulson. One of my best makeup purchases last year came courtesy of Aya Cash (also at TCA) and once again Cash is the lipstick queen of TCA. Yes I have shamelessly asked her on Instagram what shade it is (as she is sadly no longer on Twitter).

This Christine Alcalay top is also another fabulous take on the floral trend and I cannot wait for You’re the Worst to come back. Even if that season 3 ender was a full on heartbreak.Sterling K. Brown is a man of many talents — and surprise cameos — and at the TCA Awards he sang For Good” from Wicked with former Wicked star and host of the TCA Awards, Kristin Chenoweth. So many swoons. Also a great sparkly mini frock from Chenoweth.

💚💚💚#HandmaidsTale #TCAS

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Not quite the usual hotel corridor pose from Elisabeth Moss, but just as fabulous pre-TCA Awards and another amazing Vampire’s Wife pick from Karla Welch. This color is stunning.Issa Rae was honored at Black Girls Rock – airing on Tuesday, August 22 on BET — and I am digging this whole ’70s vibe. Oh hey, Jay Ellis. Loving the choice of pants/jacket.

The video for Jay-Z’s “Moonlight” — directed by Master of None’s Alan Yang — is now available for non-TIDAL subscribers to watch, so that portion of pop culture FOMO is over and it is just as good (if not better) than the clips suggested it would be. Yara Shahidi once again proving she is a Magical Fashion Unicorn in a very hard to pull off Philosophy peplum floral jumpsuit at the ‘Power of Young Hollywood’ Variety celebration.If you know how I feel about ’70s styling — strongly positive — you will not be surprised to hear that I yelped with joy when I first saw this Zendaya cover for Variety, which leans hard into the whole disco vibe.

As with her recent Vogue profile, I read most of it pretty much nodding along and saying “fuck yeah” out loud. She’s great and I’m so glad she continues to get a large platform to speak out to fans both old and new.

She articulates why her Spider-Man character was so interesting and I hope this continues in the second movie “It was nice to play a character who wasn’t a damsel in distress but actually very smart, quirky, different and outspoken.” And on her fashion line she notes the importance of not having specific plus size sections “I don’t think thicker, curvier women should have to shop on a different section on my page or feel excluded.” Zendaya is the best and a solid choice from Variety for their ‘Power of Young Hollywood’ issue. Donald Glover wasn’t there to pick up the Atlanta TCA Award on Saturday as he is still shooting the new Han Solo movie, but it is clear he is having a very good year. And as this Hollywood Reporter cover notes he is quite the multi-hyphenate. A good use of millennial pink, aviators and the Gucci tiger collar here and inside the issue.

In the piece Glover discusses the success of Atlanta — which I’m gonna do a rewatch of soon —and what it is like starring in an iconic franchise as the younger version of an iconic character (and some of the behind the scenes bumps that have occurred). There’s some great additional quotes from Tina Fey, Dan Harmon and his brother Stephen (who is also a writer on Atlanta) and the whole profile is a fascinating insight into Glover’s process while also remaining enigmatic when it comes to his personal life.The September issue of Nylon used to be their TV special and there is still that element, but I’m not gonna be too mad about the lack of TV star cover when forever fave Kirsten Dunst is here. And she is wearing the same amazing polka dot Alessandra Rich number — minus the black belt — that Beguiled co-star Nicole Kidman wore to the Veuve Clicquot Polo event.

I haven’t bought Nylon in ages, but I will definitely pick up this issue as both the shoot and interview are great. This profile is written by one of my favorite culture writers, Molly Lambert and while this piece is about Woodshock, it also acts as a great career retrospective of an actress who has been around for what feels like forever and has done a number of very different projects. Plus what she looks for now as “A lot of the choices I make are director-driven. I’d rather do a tiny little whatever in a good film.”

The Hollywood Reporter 2017 Drama Actress Roundtable is Here!

7 Jun

You can tell we are in peak pre-Emmy nomination season because the interviews they keep on coming and the Hollywood Reporter Drama Actress roundtable is always my most anticipated. As I mentioned earlier today, there is just something different that you get from a conversation that is just between women, which is why I’m happy we get a variety of roundtables from different outlets. This year’s outing is no exception.

There are a lot of big hitters here and veterans of this award season process with one newbie to the whole shebang (as there often is) and Chrissy Metz gets the This is Us place, which actually makes more sense than opting for Mandy Moore.

Not one, but two Big Little Lies ladies and while this initially surprised me you can see why they went with both Reese and Nicole. Oprah is no stranger to this process even if her IMDb credits (as she points out) are less than a lot of the others at this table. Mad Men is no more, but Elisabeth Moss is back and she is probably the front runner in her category for The Handmaid’s Tale. Jessica Lange rounds out the group and as the mini-series/TV movie category is the most stacked it is clear why the THR focus is here.Topics covered include process, the current political landscape and how Hollywood lacks in a variety of roles for women. It is something Nicole Kidman covers in her conversation with Ewan McGregor in their Variety Actors on Actors interview and it is a repeated talking point in these actress roundtables; the roles for women – particularly in – film are limited in scope.

The desire to do Big Little Lies and other such projects came from the small amount of decent parts on offer and Witherspoon forgets to give any more clues as to what terrible script she was offered.

“I started a production company five years ago because I was looking at maybe the worst script I’ve ever read in my entire life and it had two parts for women. I called my agents and said, “This is such a terrible script.” They said, “Well, seven women want it so … you’re the only one who’s not vying for the part.” And I thought, “God, if this is what we’ve come to, I have to get busy.” Because you can either complain about a problem or you can be part of the solution.”

Reese, you are bad at blind items but good at acquiring the rights to interesting books.

Nicole Kidman follows this up with the age old balancing debate; the ‘can I have it all?’ without saying ‘can I have it all?’

“We created the show for that reason. The other thing is, being a woman and having children, there are so many things I would want to do, but so much of my life is, how do I balance that? If I had my fantasy life, there are so many roles and places and things I’d want to do. I’m now at a point where I have to go, “What is that going to cost me? And what is that going to cost the people I love? Do I want to leave now to do this?” Men have that, but they don’t have it in the same way that we have it.”

This could be tired old ground, but it also plays into the same conversations their characters were having on Big Little Lies.

I also love what Reese Witherspoon says about prep time in comparison to her male peers:

“I was talking to this very famous actor and I said, “How did you prepare for this role?” He said, “Well, I went into the woods for three weeks and I didn’t talk to anybody.” And this person has a lot of kids and is married. And he’s like, “You did the same thing for Wild, right?” I was like, “Uh, no.” If I went away for three weeks and no one could call me, everybody would’ve had a mental breakdown. I got on a plane and was shooting within 24 hours. I wish I had prep time. I love the preparation. I love watching and reading and digging deep.”

Obviously she’s not talking about Leo here, but considering how much praise he got for what he ‘endured’ while making The Revenant and the conversation surrounding Wild the previous award season was far less fawning. That’s because Reese did not eat raw liver.

The rest of the conversation is also pretty interesting including why Nicole Kidman through a rock through a window after a tough day filming BLL, why it took Elisabeth Moss so long to say yes to Handmaid’s Tale and when they’ve felt nervous performing. I’m looking forward to seeing the whole thing when it becomes available and this roundtable season begins airing on Sundance, June 25.

One other thing to mention briefly as once again the styling is all about the muted tones and I’m putting it out there now as a prediction that the comedy actresses will be in bold colors. Mix it up, guys. Sadly there is no Kirsten Dunst this year to make bridesmaid observations about the choice of attire.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

2 Jun

“Out of the Box” was on a break last week while I was away, which means I missed quite a lot of Cannes coverage – though not Top of the Lake – and so there is a little bit of overspill here.

Emmy campaign season has really kicked off now with more FYC events and The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable series. So it is pretty much my favorite time of year. Plus various other events from the week, delivering sartorial delights.Kirsten Dunst in an outfit I would consider too good for a flight – hoodie all the way – but when you’re flying in for Cannes it makes sense to up the chic levels and this is doing that on a casual level. Leaning into a late ’70s angle (my fave style decade) and I pretty much want this whole ensemble. Also, hey Landry! At the Beguiled premiere there was a sense of gown coordination from Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst without being too matchy matchy. It has also come to my attention that other than the snuggling up daytime photocall posing, I am very much here for these arms raised shots from behind (more below).

Basically, Cannes is great for dramatic red carpet posing that would look a little ridiculous elsewhere.  And for the festival best besties I give you more coordination without appearing too coordinated and also at the Beguiled premiere.

Gwendoline Christie and Elisabeth Moss looked they were having the most fun together and I look forward to a lot more from this pair as they continue to promote Top of the Lake.In unsurprising news Isabelle Huppert looking cool as fuck in floaty florals and shades, at the Happy End daytime photocall. As you are probably more than aware, Twin Peaks is back and while she has yet to appear in the first four episodes, Laura Dern crushed it at the LA premiere in a slightly bonkers mixed texture/pattern Rodarte frock. As all Dale Cooper fans will know, Kyle MacLachlan can sure wear a suit.A glass of wine and a rooftop party in New York City sounds pretty perfect to me right now as I huddle over my computer in a very warm apartment.

At the People Book Expo 2017 celebration, Gabrielle Union and Janet Mock look fabulous in this setting serving up great daytime event style.

Workin this drab ass hallway during GLOW press like 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻… #awomanswerkisneverdone

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You know I love a hotel corridor pose (see 50% of Elisabeth Moss’ Insta posts) and the Mad Men cast give great hotel corridor pose. Alison Brie continues this trend while promoting her new Netflix show Glow – which I am super excited for – in this very ’70s looking Bella Freud frock.Keri Russell loves a leather pant and after getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Russell changed up her outfit to something slightly more edgy for her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! I’m just thrilled to see The Leftovers cast look this happy as they pose at an Emmy FYC event and I am so not ready for the finale this weekend. There will be weepingSpeaking of Emmys and it is time to sound the Hollywood Reporter roundtable klaxon! Kicking off with a whole lot of handsome dudes in suits; mostly looking at you Riz, Sterling, Ewan and Jeffrey. What I am of course really waiting for is the drama actress outing (sorry guys) as this always delivers.

But there are some interesting conversations to be had here, particularly from Riz Ahmed, Sterling K. Brown and Jeffrey Wright as they discuss the importance of representation and being seen beyond stereotypes. Another pre-Emmy annual highlight from The Hollywood Reporter is the supporting actor class photo which features a mix of performers from comedy and drama. Notable style highlights here include the women in various shades of red – Samira Wiley, Aisha Hinds, Alison Wright, Ali Wong, Aubrey Plaza – patterned dress delights from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rose Byrne, and Insecure’s Jay Ellis being the number one dapper gentleman.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

14 Apr

As I mentioned last week award season is never truly over and this edition of “Out of the Box” backs up this theory with the Olivier Awards and events kicking off Emmy campaign season. The latter is what I am really excited about and even though the Emmys are months away the FYC screenings are starting now. And this means roundtable season is around the corner. We’ve also got magazine covers, editorials, IRL best friends and couples.

Oh and TV Ate My Wardrobe turned the grand old age of four this week! And I am so grateful to everyone for all your support over the years. There’s not so many posts on here now because I have been writing elsewhere, but this will always be the tiny corner I have carved out to talk costuming and red carpet style. So thank you to all the TV Ate My Wardrobe readers.

And while I’m talking work in other places here’s my first piece for Racked and it is a topic that is close to my heart; henley shirt wearing on The CW and the history of this garment.
Yara Shahidi continues her red carpet domination and at the Black-ish FYC screening she not only gave great ladysuit, but also fantastic collar detail in Marnie. Two of my favorite things. This is a cool af choice and a really fun spin on this trend.The sun was shining in London at the Olivier Awards and Chewing Gum’s – a show I still need to catch up on – Michaela Coel looked stunning in a floral print black halter neck. The best thing about this dress; her mother made it for her.Serving up great drama in this glorious weather is Amber Riley in Tony Ward and Riley has all the reasons to smile as she also won for her performance in Dreamgirls.

And you can see why she did from her performance of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” at the Olivier Awards.

A really interesting Burberry frock for Cush Jumbo at the Olivier Awards and Jumbo has been a pattern queen on The Good Fight.

Cush Jumbo was also on The Late Show last month and somehow I only saw this delightful interview this week. Jumbo is bang on trend in gingham and after watching this I now want to see her perform Shakespeare with Stephen Colbert.While we’re discussing Stephen Colbert here’s this week’s Hollywood Reporter cover; my first thought is he’s gonna get street feet and also this is a fun shot. The Colbert resurgence is getting a lot of chat right now from wanting more to celebrating a return to form. I fall somewhere in the middle and I’m glad his monologues have become much more biting. However, Seth Meyers is still my first morning catch up of the daily late night shows with Colbert in second. The latter would not have been the case this time last year.

It is an interesting interview that discusses the state of things politically, David Letterman and pizza. It is this lovely story about his parents and New York that I wanted to highlight though:

“My mom and dad grew up here. My mom worked at Tiffany. This is in the 1940s; they were born in 1920. Mom would be 97 this year if she were still alive. To me this city is constantly running into locations where stories of their lives happened. Like, “Mom I’m outside the Chock full o’Nuts where you and Dad would meet after going to mass at St. Pat’s.” Or going into Tiffany and saying, “Can I go back into that back office there? My mom worked in there. I just want to stand there for a minute.” They’d see Lester Lanin or Benny Goodman at the Starlight Room of the [Waldorf] Astoria. And then they’d go to mass and then they’d go home on the 5 a.m. train.”This is a really great cover from Good Housekeeping and a good use of pink that isn’t sickly sweet. Tracee Ellis Ross is making lace and frills work; the Sandro top is a splurge item, but I love that the lipstick is the super affordable Rimmel.

In the piece Ross discusses everything from her mother to style and it is this bit on activism that stood out to me:

“I think that as a black woman, my beingness is a form of activism in and of itself. The fact that I am on a show called Black-ish, that I’m playing a woman who is both a wife and a doctor, a mother and a person, a partner and an individual, and that I am playing a joyful black woman on television who is not just surviving but thriving is by definition a form of activism. If I take that and ripple it out further in an amplified way, I can’t help, from my beingness, to not be a form of activism, because that is who I am.”

The show Borgen is an all time favorite of mine and I’m thrilled to see the three leads making strides especially on other TV shows now that it is over. Pilou Asbæk (or Danish Pacey as he is affectionately called in this neck of the woods) is now on Game of Thrones, which means much more exposure. In this Interview magazine chat he discusses his career from drama school to whether he will be returning to perform in his home country anytime soon. He also talks about his Borgen regrets:

“I signed on for two seasons and then they wanted to do a third one, and I thought it was a stupid idea because my character was already kind of developed—I’d finished him, I’d done him for two years, I didn’t want to do him anymore. So I said no to a third season so I could do theater, but I kind of regret it, because it was a great show. But the play was also good.”

Styling wise he’s working the pajama as an actual top look. The editorial also includes a trench coat and I really hope Asbæk gets to play a spy one day.

Then we died and went to @shopbando heaven! We ♥️you @jengotch!!!!!! ♥️

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Stripes, best best friends and fun novelty specs from my faves.

From power besties to a power couple. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Russell wearing pretty much my platonic ideal of a smart/casual outfit; tuxedo jacket, jeans and the all important striped tee.

They are ridiculously delightful and with a whole lot more laughter than your average episode of The Americans.

And don’t forget to check out my first piece for Racked.

Celebrating Stylists with The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Issue

16 Mar

After months of dressing clients for award season it is now time to shine a light on the stylists who make the sartorial magic happen on red carpet with Hollywood Reporters annual celebration issue. Social media like Instagram has already opened up the world of the celebrity stylist to a much wider audience and these are the accounts I turn to throughout the very busy award season. So I am thrilled to see this level of focus from The Hollywood Reporter and it is one of my favorite issues of the year.

Names like Karla Welch and Ilaria Urbinati have appeared numerous times on here and I was thrilled to see both of these women on the cover of THR alongside the actors they have been dressing. Actors who have featured on many TV Ate My Wardrobe ‘Best of’ lists. What I also find incredible (and this is also thanks to access via Instagram) is how many clients they dress for multiple events across a very short amount of time. Oscar weekend would’ve included the Spirit Awards, the Oscars main show and all the parties that followed with many changing dresses between the two.

As you will see from those stylists and actors featured from the list is how many of them have appeared multiple times on these pages over the last year; The Hollywood Reporter picked well. Karla Welch appears alongside Sarah Paulson and Ruth Negga in a shot that makes me think they’re going to solve some crimes in the most stylish way possible. Welch was named number 1 by THR and Negga’s gold dripped Golden Globes Louis Vuitton dress and the stunning green Prada Emmys gown Paulson wore and won her Emmy in are enough to get my vote.

But wait there are so many more amazing red carpet looks from both women and Welch’s other clients such as Busy Philipps, Lorde and America Ferrera.

On that green Prada, Sarah Paulson jokes that “I would like to be buried in it, walk to Gelson’s in it, go to the movies in it.” If there is amazing menswear featured on “Out of the Box” or any ‘Best of’ list then nine times out of ten Ilaria Urbinati will be the woman behind the look. Urbinati is why Rami Malek is always on my anticipated list and she’s also probably the reason he score the Dior Homme contract. Color, pattern and materials such as velvet (see Donald Glover at the Golden Globes) are all up for grabs and Urbinati really knows how to make the guys standout from the usual tux fare.

Looking great in Gucci with Tom Hiddleston (who is always styled impeccably) and I am so glad that Urbinati has made menswear something to get excited about on the red carpet. Regular readers will all know how I feel about Michelle Williams (‘strongly positive’ if there was a box to tick) and I love this shot with Kate Young; that jacket on Young is giving me full heart eyes. Young is also great at the brand campaigns for her clients as THR notes with Louis Vuitton for Williams, Dior for Natalie Portman (and she also delivered on stylish maternity wear) and Selena Gomez scoring Coach. A great stylist can do many things including getting a client a bigger paycheck. Serving up all the drama with Celine Dion and Zendaya as they pose with their stylist Law Roach on a private jet. Everyone looks fabulous and Zendaya is someone who has appeared on these pages a lot. Looking forward to the Spiderman promo tour.Now for a look which has already graced these pages; Naomie Harris with Nola Singer in the patchwork Chanel getting ready to go to the Spirit Awards. One of the great things about Harris is she’s never boring on the red carpet and even when it doesn’t hit the mark there is always a playful element.Viola Davis has been crushing it in color all award season from three-tone blue Jenny Packham at the BAFTAs to her stunning red Armani at the Oscars switching to a fabulous Brandon Maxwell ladysuit for the Vanity Fair party.

The woman behind these sartorial picks is Elizabeth Stewart and the reason for the yellow sequin Michael Kors at the Golden Globes was “to find a dress that represented lightness and strength in dark times. I loved that Viola looked sunny on the carpet.”Rounding things out with the number one and another fabulous shot of Karla Welch with Sarah Paulson and Ruth Negga. Three excellent ways to wear bold lipstick and Dior’s “We Should All Be Feminists” tees.*

*This is a magazine spread of course and I am all here for this A+ message, but I will still raise an eyebrow at how much this T-shirt costs. 

 

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

16 Feb

February is very much like September in that this is the time of year when there is A LOT of stuff going on and it can be hard to keep on top of everything. Over the last week there have been multiple big award shows (and some smaller one), New York Fashion Week and the new magazine cover cycle is kicking into action.

So we have a little bit of all that. Enjoy!ruth-neggaRuth Negga scores another cover and her hot streak continues. I will definitely be picking up Another Magazine this weekend (they give 10 reasons to get this issue and it turns out I only need one) and as my friend Whitney pointed out on Twitter there is a whole Elizabeth Taylor in BUtterfield 8 vibe to Negga’s cover styling.marhershala-aliAlso soaking up the award season success is Mahershala Ali and he is giving great sweater posing on the cover of this week’s Hollywood Reporter. There’s also a whole lot of suit wearing to go with this in-depth and thoughtful interview that is definitely worth a read.michelle-williamsThe amount of conversations I had about this dress which pretty much started “Is that a face?!” were numerous and Michelle Williams wore a very fun custom Louis Vuitton mini sparkle frock to the BAFTAs at the weekend. It also had me questioning exactly what my eyes were seeing and I like that she mixed it up here. Plus there are no potentially dangerous neck adornments on this one.

What this is missing is a strong red lip and maybe Michelle Williams needs to head to Riverdale to borrow some of Betty’s Seduce Scarlet.emily-bluntThe bodice really makes Emily Blunt’s Alexander McQueen gown at the BAFTAs and it definitely feels like the kind of dress that deserves a dramatic dance scene. The dragonfly ring is also pretty damn great on the whole accessory front and would be the perfect partner to a Diane Lockhart brooch.viola-davisViola Davis’ winning streak for Fences continued at the BAFTAs and she looked stunning in three blue tone Jenny Packham.issa-raeAt the NAACP Image Awards Issa Rae shook off everything winter in floral Stella Nolasco. I might still be wrapped in knitwear, but as I write this the sun is shining and the effect of this dress means I’m already feeling warmer.yara-shahidiMint green and iridescent frills and pleats for Yara Shahidi wearing a Blumarine gown that makes me wish she was in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled.riz-ahmedRiz Ahmed gave a brilliant performance on the season 6 premiere of Girls as a super chill surfer bro and at the Elle Style Awards he switches out the shorts and tee for yet another fantastic suit.

Showing he can go classic or mix it up; super stylist Ilaria Urbinati has such a good eye for suits that go there and this stars and flowers Valentino is another big hitter.amanda-peetAt the Michael Kors show Amanda Peet gives great day wear in a shiny belted shirt dress. My only concern is how cold her feet must be in the New York weather. A spare pair of boots is required.

The same goes for Keri Russell in her peep toe gold Louboutins (which I love) and this outfit manages to mix super comfy with a knitted super t-neck Celine sweater and bold floral Dries Van Noten pants. Expect more Keri Russell appearances on here over the next few weeks as we get nearer to the season 5 premiere of The Americans.

img_0615The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has seen an uptick in ratings recently and he is crushing the political chat right now; it is really lovely to see Colbert mixing the bite of his former show with the traditional late night format and we really need it right now.

This week has also included some top notch guests with Christine Baranski lighting things up in a very dazzling number:

And then Tatiana Maslany also got in on this sparkly act:

Last week we also found out when the last season of Orphan Black will return; mark your calendar for Saturday, June 10.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week – Best of 2016 Part 1

21 Dec

Taking a TV costuming break for this installment of our Best of 2016 series for a midweek “Out of the Box” special focusing on the best magazine covers of the year.

Each of the covers below has appeared on “Out of the Box” and while publications like Teen VogueBust and Variety have featured on multiple occasions we have picked only one cover per magazine. The twelve chosen don’t quite work on a one per actual month, but it is a good snapshot of what was on offer throughout 2016 and this is the order they were published in.

In fact three of them were from the same “Out of the Box” column in October; this was a very good week for magazines and made the disappointing September issues a distant memory.

A study by Fashionista shows that diversity of cover stars is much improved in 2016 and this is evident from the entries below, although there is always room for improvement especially from certain publications who still lean heavily towards a certain look (oh hey Harper’s Bazaar).

Composition and color that standout were important in how each one was picked and styling was also an influence; I would be more than happy to have any of these issues on my coffee table (and quite a few of them have).Amandla Stenberg Teen VogueTeen Vogue has had a very influential year and they kickstarted 2016 with this stunning Amandla Stenberg cover; this one appeared on the first “Out of the Box” of the year and the direct look to camera is full of self-assured confidence.

Almost 12 months later and I am still mesmerized.bust-jessica-williamsBetween the bold lip color, the super expressive smile, the backdrop and the lip hair clip this Bust cover featuring Jessica Williams is enough to make anyone feel happy.Kirsten DunstPairing a bright yellow with black and white is instant cover catnip and Kirsten Dunst is giving me a look as if to say she knows this. I’m not normally a fan of the wet look hair trend, but here it works with the casual denim jacket number.

My one magazine purchasing regret this year is I didn’t find an outlet that sold this issue of The Gentlewoman.oscar-isaacWhen this cover of Rolling Stone was unleashed on to Twitter it very much distracted from the work I was in the middle of because, well you can see.

Oscar Isaac hugging a dog in his coat is very much in my wheelhouse.A #LadySuitWatch2016 entry and Elle is very good (with certain beauty shot caveats) at these multi-cover celebrations; this one looking to women in comedy with the Ghostbusters cast getting their own covers.Nylon WinonaThis has been the year of the Winona Ryder comeback with several publications featuring Ryder front and center. Nylon goes old school with a ‘zine like shot and Winona Forever indeed (she definitely has a portrait in her attic). Gina Rodriguez Latina magThe haircut of the year is showcased on Latina Magazine with Gina Rodriguez’s Annihilation half buzz cut; this is another case of staring directly at the reader, which is both disarming and enticing. The accompanying editorial is just as stunning. Thankful for wigs on Jane the Virgin so she could do this during its hiatus.variety-laverne-coxA super ethereal image of Laverne Cox for Variety and this is how to do striking pastels beyond the Hollywood Reporter’s stagnant drama actress roundtable sartorial choices (see also the seriousness of putting everyone in black/white or blush tones). So dreamy.

michelle-obamaIt is no surprise that Michelle Obama has appeared on a vast array of magazines this year and The New York Times gives the most original with an incredible beauty shot rather than sharing the focus with a fabulous outfit at the same time. emma-stoneNovember issues were so full of hope and this Emma Stone Vogue entry is bittersweet now. I still love it though and the whole composition coupled with the pixie cut, stripes and color palette is so good that the crop top is something I can get on board with.thr-ruth-neggaRuth Negga has had a very good 2016 and the “Out of the Box” column this Hollywood Reporter cover was part of also featured Negga’s Vogue editorial and she is also the first face of Vogue’s 2017 issues.

This is a great shot with Negga commanding the focus and the Saint Laurent floral pussy bow dress is something I covet in both this and blouse form (as seen on Keri Russell).

michelle-williamsEnding the year with something sparkly and my forever fave Michelle Williams wearing Michael Kors for Porter. The photo shoot inside is just as fabulous and something in the interview caused me to go full klaxon on Twitter. Someone make this happen.

Stay tuned for more “Out of the Box” 2016 highlights next week and for the regular column on Friday.

Best of the Hollywood Reporter “Women in Entertainment” Celebration

8 Dec

The Hollywood Reporter celebrated their annual “Women in Entertainment” issue with a breakfast event and this means a whole range of daytime styles from ladysuits to patterned dress delights. This year Tina Fey, Ryan Murphy and Megyn Kelly were all honored with Jon Hamm delivering on the funny in his opening speech for Fey.

You can watch the entire thing and it is well worth it.

Plus here are the best looks from the event and there is so much pattern pretty.

simone-bilesKicking off with a ladysuit in a fantastic color and multi-Olympic gold winning medalist Simone Biles crushes it in Marienbad.the-farmigasMore ladysuit goodness from Vera Farmiga and polka dot pussy bow is probably my favorite kind of pussy bow blouse. Joined by younger sister Tassia (for Ryan Murphy celebrating reasons) and she also looks fantastic in one of the many patterned numbers I am now coveting hard.michelle-monaghanGetting all the amazing collar points is Michelle Monaghan in this superb Michael Kors Spring 17 ensemble. Daytime event perfection.eva-longoriaMore florals and another winner with Eva Longoria wearing a dress from her own Limited collection; it is totally affordable and very cute. Plus bonus pockets!niecy-nashFrom roses to leopard print and Niecy Nash is full super sexy whoa in this all powerful Meow and Barks Boutique dress.maria-menounosDipping into that seventies inspiration is Maria Menounos in a fabulous Valentino mini frock. issa-raeWhile I’m not crazy for shoulder cutouts, I do love the print and color of this Ellery dress on Issa Rae.emma-stoneAnd while I’m going crazy for yellow dresses (as I tend to) Emma Stone is smart to remind people of the great La La Land poster during award season and she does so in Giambattista Valli style.constance-zimmerConstance Zimmer mixes casual with glam in a Pat Benatar tee from Janey Lopaty Vintage and super sparkly Milly skirt.aja-naomi-kingIt is not all print and ladysuits; Aja Naomi King looks bold in blue and this Alice + Olivia dress is a great breakfast choice. I’d like to see some hot pink pumps, but I can deal with this neutral tone for an event this early in the day.genevieve-angelsonNow it might look like Genevieve Angelson put on this Chloe ensemble back to front, but I love it so much and she is definitely pulling it off. Plus I really hope another network/streaming platform saves Good Girls Revolt because the story on that show is far from over.tina-feyTo the woman of the hour and really if you haven’t watched the video at the start of this piece then I will urge you to scroll up and do so. Also she looks great in patterned Dolce & Gabbana with a very day appropriate blazer thrown over for good measure.tina-and-jonAnd I’ve got to end on this one for reasons. Oh to have Jon Hamm look at you like that.

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