From designer-clad assasins to Monterey-chic and the crown jewels: 2019 has been the year when wardrobe inspiration came not from the catwalks, but our TV screens. Our fashion editors share their most stylish watches of the year.
Princess Anne, The Crown
There were a lot of fashion jewels in The Crown, but perhaps the shiniest of the new series was Princess Anne, played by newcomer actress Erin Doherty. Series three, which launched on Netflix on 17th November, revisited what happened to the British royal family between the dates of 1964 and 1976. In other words, it covered the real Princess Anne’s fashion heyday, a time when she was in her late teens and early 20s and enjoyed experimenting with the era’s checked suiting, chic flares and Pucci-esque prints.
Doherty’s wardrobe, designed by the show’s costume designer Amy Roberts, was in part historically accurate, but also seized the opportunity to imagine what trends the young princess would have enjoyed most at the time. The aqua skirt suit which the Princess Royal wore to the investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969 was replicated perfectly, but Roberts also sourced saturated floral minidresses and jacquard swing coats for her to wear.
“[Anne] was so on-trend in the 1960s and ’70s,” Doherty told The Telegraph of her new fashion muse. “She figured out her style at that age and she has stuck with it ever since. I created a Pinterest board of her outfits. I don’t think she gets enough credit as a style icon.” CL
Floral shift dress, £580,
Dr Jean F. Milburn, Sex Education
This British Netflix dramedy三级成人视频 may be all about teenage hormones, but Gillian Anderson’s turn as the protagonist’s sex therapist mother is the stand-out performance of the show. The second most compelling performance was given by Dr Milburn’s wardrobe. No frump-adjacent mum cliches here; instead, there are jumpsuits - one cream, one denim blue - that nip in at the waist, and maxi dresses worn with waist belts.
Since the good doctor sees clients at home, there is also a lesson in smart/casual style here in the form of a printed silk scarf worn with a slouchy cashmere jumper. And, while her zingy yellow kimono robe is technically loungewear, layered as it is over a silk negligee, it’s also one of those clever wardrobe extenders that bridges the gap - you could easily wear it over jeans or a party dress.
I couldn’t fail to mention Anderson’s hair in the series. White blonde verging on white, cut into a pixie crop worn slightly long at the front and rollered into swooshes that lift up from the crown, this might be the most age-defying hair do we’ve seen all year. CGE
Printed robe kimono jacket, £295,
Mrs Coulter, His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials, the recent BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s trilogy of the same name, is set in a parallel reality, but one that incorporates elements of our own world - hence the setting of a college in Oxford for some episodes. Caroline McCall, the costume designer for the series, has a track record when it comes to lavishly dressed period dramas, having also worked on Downton Abbey三级成人视频. For Mrs Coulter, Ruth Wilson’s velvety villainess, McCall took inspiration from Hollywood femme fatales like Hedy Lamarr and Vivien Leigh, creating waisted day suits and an emerald green satin gown.
The tactility of her costumes, especially in early episodes, is actually due to the plotline, hence a “velvet jacket has a twinkle and sparkle that children might be drawn to,” says McCall. Said crystal-embellished midnight-blue velvet blazer (worn the first time Mrs Coulter meets Lyra Belacqua, our young heroine) might inspire your own Christmas lunch or New Year’s Eve look. Those sleek suits would be perfect for a winter wedding. And the jewel-toned colour palette is exactly what’s needed to cheer the imminent January blues. EC
Green velvet jacket, £225,
Shiv Roy, Succession
How do you become a TV style muse wearing only greige polo necks and tailored trousers? I hear you cry. Answer: When you’re a power-hungry key player in 2019’s most delicious billionaire family psychodrama, the stealthier your look, the louder its messaging.
Enter Shiv Roy, daughter of media tycoon Logan Roy in HBO’s Succession三级成人视频 which finished its second season in the autumn. Instead of taking Shiv down a trophy daughter-ish route of power blow dries and cinched-in dresses, costume designer Michelle Matland anchored her in the family’s muted, whisperingly luxurious approach to clothes. “We want the clothing not to be noticed… but four-ply cashmere reads differently to merino wool, it just does,” Matland told me earlier this year.
Quiet her look may be, but Shiv fast became a posterwoman for modern power dressing as hype built around the second season. ‘Succession’s Shiv Roy Is the Epitome of How I Want to Dress This Fall’ read the headline of an article on the ManRepeller website.
Some have their sleeveless shifts, others have their tottering heels, but Shiv’s talisman of choice was high-waisted, wide-legged tailored trousers, inspired by Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich - the look exuded authority and polish often at times when Shiv was trying desperately to keep a grasp on delicate family political manoeuvring but also happened to tap into the current vogue for simplicity and sharp tailoring.
The Shiv finishing touch? A bob as sharp as her elbows in the battle to oust her brothers and gain eventual control of family affairs. Funnily enough, Ivanka Trump got a similar cut not long after the second season began. BH
Belted high-waist trousers, £29.99,
Villanelle, Killing Eve
When a television character creates a much-copied Halloween costume, you know you’re on to a big thing. TV’s most stylish assassin, Killing Eve’s Villanelle, returned for a second series in June, swapping her signature bubblegum tulle Molly Goddard dress for a whole new wardrobe of unmissable designer outfits.
“In the script it said that she spends all her money on designer clothes,” actress Jodie Comer told The Telegraph三级成人视频 when the show began. “But I didn’t expect that they would be real versions, as normally on a TV show there isn’t the wardrobe budget.”
三级成人视频But budget there was; Chloe horse-print suits and Christian Lacroix jewellery became realities for Villanelle in series two. Costume designer Charlotte Mitchell put fashion’s favourite hitwoman in quirky outfits that tied with the themes of her kills; a vintage cable-knit jumper, school tie, and brown Raey trousers on a visit to Oxford, or a black chiffon Alexander McQueen gown when she’s running through eerie woods.
Fashion editors wrote love letters to her ‘assassin aesthetic’; hers was the wardrobe everyone wanted to talk about. But the stand out, in a visual echo of that dress in series one, was another stand-out pink moment: this time, a Rosie Assoulin blouse worn with a 1970s ball skirt from William Vintage. CL
Satin pussybow blouse, £85,
Midge Maisel, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
There is a moment, about halfway through the new, third series of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel三级成人视频 when Midge (the title character of the Amazon Prime Video series, played by Rachel Brosnahan) realises that the centrepiece of her Miami hotel lobby is a staircase to nowhere. A staircase, more to the point, that exists just so that women may descend it, showcasing their cocktail dresses to an adoring audience below. How ridiculous, her ever-practical manager Susie Myerson says. “Oh wait… you want to walk down it, don’t you?”
Of course she does. Because Maisel三级成人视频, now in its third technicolour season and just nominated for best TV comedy at the Golden Globes, is a show exuberant and unapologetic in its embrace of fashion. The comedy is sharp, the dialogue a mile a minute, and the costumes just dazzling.
The show follows privileged Upper West Side housewife Miriam “Midge” Maisel who reinvents herself as a stand-up comedian in the vein of Joan Rivers. This season, she’s on tour, which means inspiration for everything from winter sun holidays - see Midge by the pool in statement swimwear - to black tie events; her on-stage wardrobe is an ode to the LBD. EC
Patterned silky scarf, £6.99,
Nurse Valerie Dyer, Call the Midwife
Cast your mind back to the beginning of 2019 and the midwives of Poplar were a balm. The show has always had impeccable style credentials - those burgundy cardigans being an understated, timeless foil for Trixie’s of-the-moment glamour - but things really ramped up in series eight which picked up the thread in 1964, the year when the Swinging Sixties hit the masses.
And by the masses, I mean midwife Valerie. ‘A bit Mod, a bit Twiggy’ is how costume designer Claire Lynch described the vibe to me when we discussed how Poplar-native Val embraced all that fashion would have been throwing at girl like her.
Finally freed from the constraints of clothes made more for mothers than daughters, Val was at the forefront of the youthquake in her Biba gingham sundress, which was a bit like the 1964 version of Zara’s spotted dress in that it was so wildly popular it meant the mail order brand could scale the heights of cool and open its first shop in Kensington. And the minute that Mary Quant made British girls go mad for minis, Val had her knees out on the show - one navy and white pinafore worn with a coordinating beret and red polo neck was especially on point.
Perhaps it’s pure coincidence but mini skirt sales have risen this year (they were one of M&S’s bestselling categories during the autumn/winter season). Call it the Val effect? BH
Checked A-line skirt, £19.50,
Renata Klein, Big Little Lies
All of the characters in HBO’s Big Little Lies are stylish in their own way, but Renata Klein, played by Laura Dern, was the one with the highest-impact wardrobe in series two, which aired in June. Klein needed everyone to know she was rich, even as her husband Gordon had squandered their fortune and her ocean-front mansion in Monterey was repossessed. For costume designer Alix Friedberg it was a chance to explore new ideas about power-dressing and the Californian look.
“The importance of her armour, the way she is perceived by others, becomes even more evident in her costumes,” Friedberg told The Telegraph三级成人视频. “Renata finds comfort in her possessions. She is desperately obsessed with fashion and the status that having the best of the best gives her.”
三级成人视频On screen, the desperation translated into some incredibly expensive fashion moments; a £1,000 Alexander McQueen jumper to go for coffee with a friend, a bespoke gold foil dress for her daughter Amabella’s birthday party, and a fuchsia metallic Roland Mouret dress, worth over £4,000, for a photoshoot at her house.
Her wardrobe prompted memes as she screamed at her daughter’s terrified headteacher “I will be rich again! I will rise up!” while wearing an aggressively-tailored £3,000 crocodile print Balmain jacket. The stakes were high, but the fashion was always higher. CL
Embellished leather belt, £315,
Lexi, Modern Love
As a longtime reader of the New York Times’ Modern Love essay series then convert to the podcast, I had high hopes for Amazon Prime’s eight part series (released in October), especially when I read the cast list (Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Andrew Scott). These essays are based on real life love stories of all kinds, some tackling bereavement, bi-polar disorder and depression, so clothes might have been expected to blend into the background.
Episode one, in which protagonist Maggie (Cristin Milioti) has 70 outfit changes orchestrated by costume designer Lucy Corrigan, establishes that that is not so. 70 outfits - and she still wasn’t the best dressed. That distinction goes to Anne Hathaway’s Lexi who dons a Max Mara pink coat with shearling collar, a Fendi ochre pleated silk skirt, a Ramy Brook bronze sequined top, Gucci embroidered ankle boots and a Chloe It bag, the Faye: and that’s just one outfit.
There’s also a Mary Tyler Moore-esque fantasy sequence, in which Hathaway delivers pitch perfect late ‘60s / early ‘70s style in a Gucci striped minidress, Pierre Cardin green coat and platform boots - a mixture of current-season homages and authentic vintage pieces. CGE
Sequin blouse, £205,
Alex Levy, The Morning Show
‘I’m not afraid of getting lost anywhere, ever,’ says Alex Levy, played by Jennifer Aniston, in a scene from The Morning Show. She’s wearing a beautifully minimal black cocktail dress with just diamond earrings as extra adornment. This is Apple TV+’s perfectly right-for-now first stab at rivalling Netflix, Amazon Prime et al with a storyline centreing on the fallout from a male TV presenter’s #MeToo allegation fall from grace.
I三级成人视频nstead of taking the well-trodden newsreader path of primary-coloured body-con dresses, Levy’s TV anchor look has echoes of Diane Sawyer - it’s no surprise she consulted the news veteran when preparing for her role. Glossy hair, great earrings and sharp black tailoring are all Sawyer hallmarks which are reimagined for Levy’s look.
三级成人视频Jostling to remain relevant as a younger, possibly sparkier colleague (Bradley Jackson, played by Reese Witherspoon) joins her show, Levy channels some power fashion moves in order to exert and underscore her status. Most notably, she strides through the studio to confront bosses in a postbox red Michael Kors coat. "I've let you bozos handle this long enough," she says at one point. "We're doing things my way" - the coat leaves them in no doubt.
You might consider Levy’s the dream grown-up wardrobe… Joseph cashmere sweaters, Dior tailored jackets and Equipment silk blouses. Newsreaders, take note. BH
Wool blend coat, £329,
The appeal of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BBC One smash hit was its relatability - how many women could relate to Claire’s ‘directional’ haircut which was supposed to make her look cool but instead made her look like a pencil - and its honesty. The clothes were equally honest; the red floral dress that Fleabag三级成人视频 - Waller-Bridge’s titular character is never named - wears to her father’s wedding in the final episode of season two wasn’t custom made for the show, or bought from the catwalk collection of a designer label - it was from sustainable label Reformation, where similar dresses are priced around the £150 mark. Global fashion search engine list saw a 38 per cent spike in searches for red dresses after the episode aired in April.
John Lewis & Partners saw sales of black jumpsuits increase by two thirds thanks to what the brand coined ‘The Fleabag Effect’: Waller-Bridge wore a wide-leg sleeveless version in the first episode of the series. And once again, this wasn’t an unattainable purchase, but a £38 Silk Fred design bought at Topshop. Proof, if more was needed, that Fleabag is just like us. CGE
Jacquard jumpsuit, £145,
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