September 22, 2013 by thejalebichronicles
Sartorial Spells: Weaving magic for the fashion conscious
Hollywood stylist Eric Daman said that it was ‘frightening’ to style the 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw in ‘The Carrie Diaries’ after the next-to-impossible benchmark set by Ms. Bradshaw in Sex and the City. Can you blame him? The Carrie Diaries may as well be a show for teens, but the fashion quotient is awe-inspiring.
Styling, today has become an integral part of characterization. A character’s wardrobe speaks volume about them. It is difficult to imagine the ‘oomph’ Margery Tyrell in conservative kitschy gowns, or Kate Beckett in bright, tropical shades. Hitting the right notes with a character’s fashion sensibility adds volume to the role they are trying to carry out.
While certain sitcoms have made headlines for their endearing plots and constant twists, others are known for spreading fashion awareness! Be it the chic overcoats, or the vintage chignon, here are seven trends that sparked off on the small screen…
The Metrosexual man
If Don Draper wrote the Style Gospel for men, Richard Castle and Harvey Specter propagated it– Sleek is in, sloppy is out. Immaculately tailored suits, structured Fedoras and appropriate pocket-squares shoes have intimated the modern man No more can they get away with tattered jeans and cartooned tees; classy is key.
Clash of the Prints
Picture this: Carrie Bradshaw frolicking as usual, fascinated by what was one of the most beautifully captured shots of the Eiffel Tower.
Unfortunately for Paris, the only beauty that struck me was the Sonia Rykiel Parisian knit wear donned by Carrie; the perfect American girl in Paris, she made the merge between vertical and horizontal stripes look like child’s play.
Liquid leggings are all the rage this season! Personally, I think it was the effortlessly chic Hanna Marin in red disco leggings with a white tie-front blouse which made the outfit an instant trend. Nobody could’ve pulled this outfit off any better.
Style Tip: Every girl must invest in a pair of these edgy tights- Play with neutrals, experiment with layering, but remember that the tights will be the statement piece of your ensemble.
Shoes: “I have a substance abuse problem,” she said, “expensive shoes.”
Among the many style statements initiated by Carrie Bradshaw, her obsession with Manolo Blahniks is one that can’t be forgotten anytime soon. Not to forget Naomi Clark and her enviable shoe closet. Ms. Clark knows exactly how to channel her inner diva!
Here is a piece of style trivia. Did you know that Jennifer Anniston’s hairstylist was hung-over when she came up with the iconic ‘Rachel’ cut? The bob, which was soon adopted by women all over the world become one of the most fashionable hairstyles till date.
Hair has played a very vital role in the shaping of a sitcom character. Miranda Hobbes in ‘Sex and the City’ is one style transformation that cannot fail even the most untrained eye. Here, style was used to highlight character transformation; Miranda went from banal power suits to more feminine blouses towards the end of the sitcom. However, what made this transformation even more prominent was the change in hairstyles- from the sharp bob to the softer waves.
Gossip Girl taught me two lessons:
1. There is no such thing as ‘just friends’ at the Upper East Side.
2. Blair Waldorf can make the Constance uniform look like Couture
An ardent fan, I cannot help but state Blair Waldorf is a style statement in herself. Be it the jeweled headbands or the Burberry Overcoats, Miss Waldorf epitomizes finesse and sophistication.
The ideal 21st alpha-woman, Jessica Pearson has a wardrobe to die for. Structured ensembles in monochrome shades, paired with statement pieces summarizes Jessica Pearson’s to-die-for style.
– Shalina Abhale
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Best of luck, and may creativity be with you!
– TJC Team