Whether its Killing Eves stylish assassin or the chums in Friends, its Tv , not models, that is inspiring our wardrobes and with good reason
It feels safe to say that at this moment, more people around the world are lusting after the style of a serial executioner than ever before. That’s globalisation for you, but that’s also the traction that our favourite Tv attributes have on our wardrobes.
Anyone who has been watching the second series of Killing Eve cannot fail to have noticed the bold, stylish and often bizarre kits worn by Jodie Comer’s Russian assassin character, Villanelle. Many of the items she wears, from her velvet jumpsuits to satin coatings to silk dressing gowns, are selling out despite the designer price tags. And there’s a run down. The internet is awash with the recommendations on how to replicate her “to die for” looks in a way that’s kinder to purses, while websites such as Etsy are coming up with lookalike clothes.
This is nothing brand-new. Debra McGuire expended 20 times designing the popular attires on Pal . She was inspired by an earlier age, with Mary Tyler Moore, Lucille Ball and Hitchcock films. Devotees of My So-Called Life have sulked and yearned in plaid shirts; The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air viewers have stuffed their wardrobes with tracksuits and Air Jordan; Twin Peaks aficionados will have knotted cherry-red straws in Audrey Horne’s daywear, while Gossip Girl fans might have hatched schemes in Blair Waldorf headbands. In the last few decades, there has been Scandi-noir knitwear, the power-suits of The Good Wife and maximalism a la Cookie Lyon in the hip-hop drama Empire .
What is relatively new, however, is being able to shop from our sofas which is blurring the line between watching TV and consuming. Hands can steal from remotes to mobiles- and buying a bikini just spotted in the Love Island villa is little more effort than turning the volume up.
And, just as it has become easier to contact our favourite authors to tell them how that one line constructed everything slot into home, so too can people tweet costume designers immediately.” I get asked about the Fleabag jumpsuit and red floral dress a lot ,” says Ray Holman, the costume designer behind Fleabag and Doctor Who . em>
McGuire- perhaps in part down to the Netflix effect as Friends is the world’s most streamed reveal– gets about 10 emails a week from people wanting to know where they can find the guys’ T-shirts or Rachel’s yellow dress. She answers when she knows how:” I simply get such a kick out of it .”