Kaley Cuoco’s flight attendant + other real-life TV shows fuel fashion – Footwear News
With 2021 just beginning, it’s safe to say consumers are still glued to their TVs. HBO and HBO Max now total 41.5 million domestic subscribers, up 20% from the previous year, and Netflix has reported its fourth quarter 2020 results, announcing that the company has passed 200 million. paid subscribers.
Television on various platforms has served as a safe haven amid Covid-19, anxiety-provoking policies, job losses and other crises. Not only has television been a way to disconnect, it has also been an ambitious tool as it continues to shape and influence fashion lovers stuck at home. With no red carpet in sight or street style stars constantly photographed on the move, viewers turned to their favorite characters for inspiration in their style.
âBefore, everyone was talking about ‘Sex and the City’ because it was really like a fashion show. There weren’t many other shows like this back then, âsaid Cat Thomas, costume designer ofâ The Flight Attendant â. âNow there is so much good television being made and it is developing in leaps and bounds in all kinds of disciplines. But I think the clothes can be more subtle and people talk about it more.
âThe Flight Attendant,â produced by and starring Kaley Cuoco, can best be described as the HBO cat-mouse drama Max. Its main actor (Cuoco), however, is also a young woman living in New York City and traveling around the world as an alcoholic flight attendant. With that comes a modern wardrobe that inevitably influences its audience that craves to dress and go out in heels.
âCuoco’s character Cassie had that kind of tomboy style. It could be really practical, but it could also be really fun and whimsical at the same time, so that was our starting point, âThomas said. âIt was really important to me that people could connect with Cassie in a real way, in that she could be a real person with flaws, but also get up and put on her favorite pieces and have a sense of self [in her style.]”
Throughout the series, which was nominated for the SAGs and the Golden Globe Awards, Cuoco (she also landed names to star) can be seen in New York City wearing captivating coats by Marni and Stella McCartney, along with jeans. Perfectly fitted and practical, yet stylish Levi boots, whether it’s Tamara Mellon or Dr Martens. She was next seen in Rome walking the cobblestone streets in a mixed print ensemble that would give any Instagram influencer a run for their money.
Since the days of Carrie Bradshaw, modern costume design has certainly evolved. Just look at Zendaya as Bennett Street in HBO’s âEuphoriaâ. She is a recovering drug addict, there is no Manolo in sight, yet the show has become a The pop culture phenomenon and its costumes are at the center of its success. (Zendaya’s new Netflix project “Malcom & Marie” is also generating major fashion buzz, courtesy of Law Roach’s styling and a suit consisting of an evening gown and heels.)
âThe world of ‘Euphoria’ is rooted in reality with a lot of issues that teenagers face, but fashion and style, from makeup to costumes, we’ve really been allowed to step off the page and create our own reality. who is the show business, “explained costume designer Heidi Bivens.” My challenge was to strike a balance between pushing the style to be ambitious and visually exciting while [maintaining] storytelling and character development, but also so that it’s not distracting in a way that takes you out of the story.
It worked. After the show premiered in 2019, he became a touchstone for Gen Z style while also influencing red carpet and Fashion Week trends seen in his quirky makeup, for example. During this time, each character had their own unique style. Sailor Moon-like Jules from Hunter Schafer wears platform Buffalo boots with fishnets and bold miniskirts and baby t-shirts, and Barbie character Ferreira Kat (who was inspired by Thora Birch’s character in âGhost Worldâ in 2001) can be seen in harnesses, latex and mesh.
âI really look to Hunter for more collaboration because there is more to his personal style intersection. Jules is very experimental like Hunter, while Zendaya is experimental with her red carpet style, but Rue is lucky to be able to dress in the morning, âBivens added.
These looks featured a specific identity in their own way that audiences were able to connect. Additionally, the show has proven to be a prime example of how modern fashion can be democratized in the way it is marketed on television.
âWe have a bar that has been set and now I want to be able to even surpass it,â said Bivens, who is currently working on season 2. âThe potential is so great for what we could do now. producers of the idea of ââdoing a shoppable show and marketing looks or collaborating with designers on pieces directly inspired by the show that consumers could buy.
âBetty,â another HBO series sets the new standard in TV fashion. The show follows a group of female skaters around New York City. Empowerment is the theme and it’s showcased through their effortlessly cool styles that break gender norms. (It debuted in 2020 and has since picked up for Season 2.)
âThere is Honeybear, for example. She has so much style. Like, she walks into a room with nipple covers on and you’re not offended. It’s just Honeybear. And it’s so cool as a woman and you can do it. And it can change the way we think about how women should act, âcostume designer Camille Garmendia said of the impact of runway fashion. “They are there to inspire the girls to be themselves, because they are so much themselves.”
Their closets are stocked with skate sneakers from Adidas, Nike, Reebok and Converse, paired with mix and match designs on button-down t-shirts, sports bras and baggy pants from Opening Ceremony and Supreme. Garmendia also took the opportunity to showcase a range of promising designers as well as local brands including Iggy NYC, Vanna Youngstein, Boys of Summer, CNY.NYC, Noah Clothing, Emersin and Peels.
âWhen we look at clothes, we don’t look at them gendered. They wear what they want to wear. Even the boys wear girls’ stuff. Girls wear boyish things. That’s what makes them comfortable, âGarmendia said.
It’s a sentiment that rings true today as the fashion industry turns to gender-neutral clothing.