TV never looked chicer!

Monday, 23 September 2013 - 11:57am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
After Hrs gives you the low-down on some of the most high-fashion TV shows and characters who spell unmitigated style day in and day out...

Aslew of TV shows currently on air have captured every fashion lover’s imagination for being irresistibly stylish, stunningly fashion forward and visually sumptuous. There is a bunch of guilty-yet-adorable liars who attend college lectures in femme fatale-ish stockings and high street colour blocked bags and motocross jackets.

There is an aristocratic family from 1920’s London who dresses up every evening for the family dinner served by a litany of tuxedo clad butlers under a giant chandelier. There is a dandy American who has eclipsed London’s retail scene with his high fashion store and not to forget his elegant tail coats and three-piece suits.

There is a society queen who rules the Hamptons social scene with her icy demeanour and an envy-inducing closet of Catherine Malandrino bandage dresses and frothy Vera Wang concoctions.

All these characters play out their lives against plush backdrops and turn us into hopeless shopping junkies. How many of us did not want to invest in a three-piece after Harvey Specter rocked them in Suits?

Pretty Little Liars
An American teen drama mystery-thriller television series loosely based on the popular series of novels written by Sara Shepard.
High street fiesta: Besides of course the mystery factor which keeps everyone on the edge of their seats, it is the relatable fashion style of the four friends which makes the show such a treat to watch. Mixing high fashion pieces with street style finds the girls’ closet is the real hero of the show.

There is Aria who wears her Ralph Lauren golf shawl-collar cabled cardigan with a Kensie dress and completes her look with a studded backpack by Rebecca Minkoff and an H&M necklace while her friend Emily has a penchant for vests and Muscle Tees. College life never looked chicer!

Mr Selfridge
The production is based on a book called Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead that includes the history of the iconic department store. She found a lot of photographs of the real Harry Gordon Selfridge which was the take off point for the talented stylist of the show James Keast.

Drool factor: Striped trousers, double breasted waistcoats, wing collar shirts, ties and a couple of different shapes of overcoats to suggest different times all inspired by the Edwardian era which make the show’s lead protagonist Jeremy Piven even more adorable. It seems Mr Selfridge was quite a formal dresser who had a penchant for morning coats and tailcoats in the evening.

The ladies of the show are dressed in luxe fur, statement jewels, fascinators, and dresses.

The Carrie Diaries
The show captures a young Carrie Bradshaw’s early days in 80s Manhattan when she is gradually falling in love with fashion.
Eighties redux: One of the striking looks of the show is from a soiree when Carrie shows up in a Rebecca Tayor sequined dress with pearls.

It’s a surreal treat for all the lovers of high street style and those who wait with baited breath for Topshop and H&M to go on sale. Picture her channeling ’80s glamour in an Alice & Olivia skirt paired with a Topshop lace collar jumper or a J Crew trench coat which she pairs with a pair of Kate Spade New York tights and you’ll know what this is all about.

Revenge
Emily Thorne comes to the Hamptons, renting a home next to the Grayson family to enjoy the summer. However, it is revealed that Emily has been to the Hamptons before, as a little girl. In reality, Emily is Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed for a crime he did not commit and sent to prison for life, and later murdered in the prison.

Snow queen: More than the murky plot, which has way too many twists and turns, one thing which has caught everyone’s attention is Madeleine Stowe’s closet, who essays the dragon lady Victoria Grayson. Her multi-layered character is as intriguing as her choice of couture. From the Vera Wang mermaid gown to the cobalt blue belted dress by Catherine Malandrino that she wears at her husband’s soiree she is truly a vision.

The red halter-neck bow dress which she wears with crimson red lips spells evil as does the sheer lace black dress with opera length leather gloves which she wears at the masquerade ball.

Her day closet is no less enchanting. Her choice of fishtail green trench coat by Burberry is as refreshing as her choice of teal pencil skirts which she wears with oodles of panache in the boardroom.

Suits
A drama series set at the fictional law firm Pearson Hardman in NYC. It follows Ross after he stumbles into a job interview with Specter, who is searching for an associate. Specter hires Ross because despite lacking a law degree, he is undoubtedly the best candidate for the position.

Law firm in made-to-measure: The larger-than-life Gabriel Macht wears oh-my-god-he-nailed-it tailored suits from Tom Ford, handsomely proportioned ties impeccably fastened with a half Windsor knot, and a dandy pocket square. Macht described it as ‘Cary Grant meets Steve McQueen’ in one of his interviews. “Suits are like medieval suits of armor.

(They) tell us who the person is, what kind of background they [come from], what kind of status they have,” says Andreatta, the stylist of the show.  Women are sartorially not behind either.

Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle), Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres), and Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) don Dior, Victoria Beckham, Prada, and Burberry which add to their boardroom sexiness.

Jessica and Donna stand out in Donna Karan with interesting necklines however Rachel opts for separates – mostly slim-fitting sweaters or button-down blouses paired with pencil skirts.

Downton Abbey
It is a British period drama series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. The show is a metaphor for sartorial perfection and according to reports an official Downton Abbey clothing collection will be launched later this year.

Roaring twenties: The show channels the flapper style dresses of the 20s when noble men needed butlers to fix their cufflinks before they headed for supper. Channeling the regalia of Belle Époque the show is a bewitching ensemble of handsome footmen, devoted butlers, and loyal lady’s maids. Watching the show is like leafing through a coffee table book on English aristocracy.

If men dress in tailored cutaway suits, tweeds white stock ties and black tailcoats, ladies accessorised their looks with satin gloves and pearls. One can easily see Lady Mary’s style of dressing inspired by Coco Chanel.


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