Netflix’s Rebecca: The Perfect Wardrobe Inspiration

After endless months of being stuck indoors shrouded in comfortable layers, we wish to see the world in our chicest attires. Without a mask when possible! A job that pays to travel, and a European backdrop with the James Dean of our dreams. Netflix’s Rebecca is the perfect wardrobe inspiration.

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It’s safe to say that we are still dumbfounded by Lily James portrayal in last year’s release, Rebecca, who played the timid yet appealing Mrs. De Winters as she adorned 2020’s most celebrated trends. Her wardrobe breathed cottage-core aesthetics from lacey details to soft hues and fabrics. No shortage of Peter pan collars and puffed sleeves. The audience was basking in the beauty of the French Riviera like an Old-Hollywood style diva.

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Adapted from the novel of the same name, “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier is a chilling story with a scenic visual representation. A lexicon of period-authentic styles, inspired by the style icon of the eras and beachwear photography, as the costume designer of the movie Julian Day explains in an interview with Fashionista, “Even though it’s period correct, it was the idea that anyone literally could go out now and buy the outfit of each character” which is literally the case as we spotted Harry Styles favored knitted cardigan and pearl detailing on Mrs. De Winters, and retro bowling shirt on Mr. De Winters.

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The story unfolds with a clumsy and awkward Lily in an ill-fitted skirt suit making her way through a lavish interior. In cue to attract the most influential man of the crowd Mr. De Winter; soon enough, Lily’s sartorial choices developed. Her blonde bob hair-do is adorned with variations of berets, raffia, and bucket hats, her wardrobe saw a rich amalgamation of fabrics from tweed to delicate silks and cotton to lightweight knits as she indulged in summer silhouettes.

From cascading blouses to pussy-bow collars and balloon waisted tops with blowing palazzo pants, Julian explains in an interview with WWD “her style develops with the blossoming of the love she has with Maxim, she takes on a romantic silhouette”. Another detail that we connected with was the repetition of outfits. Leads rarely repeat outfits, which made her more into a girl next door further appealing to our likes.

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As her journey shifts from a plain shy girl to a country lady after setting foot in Manderley as Mrs. De Winters wearing a gray collarless wrap-front coat. Soon enough, her closet hints at the transformation too from regular blouses to more twinsets and feminine silhouettes. You see edgy silhouettes washing off the colors from bright and pastel to dark and subdued. One such fit was that of a tweed pantsuit paired with a turtleneck (a reviving and most donned trend) for which Julian got inspired by the silver screen legends of the era like Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Dietrich who historically gave birth to androgynous fashion by wearing pants in the 30s.

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Julian explains her look further to Vogue UK by adding, “I studied a lot of Wallis Simpson’s looks, and also Coco Chanel’s, particularly during the period when she was having an affair with the Duke of Westminster and would wear a lot of men’s oversized tweed jackets”. One of the more riveting looks was the Chanel inspired custom-made golden boucle suit. Rebecca proved to be a fashion-forward watch and the perfect wardrobe inspiration. At times it is necessary to bring a book alive and give the audience a visual treat. This was one of those times!

Rebecca is now available to stream on Netflix

Works Cited

Hoo, Fawnia Soo. “The Old Hollywood-Inspired, Period-Authentic Costumes in ‘Rebecca’ Feel Exceptionally Modern.” Fashionista, Fashionista, 21 Oct. 2020, fashionista.com/2020/10/netflix-rebecca-movie-costumes-outfits.

Maitland, Hayley. “Every Symbolic Detail Woven Into The Costumes Of Netflix’s ‘Rebecca’ Adaptation.” British Vogue, British Vogue, 20 Oct. 2020, http://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/rebecca-netflix-costumes.

Tauer, Kristen. “Costume Designer Julian Day Reimagines the Sartorial Landscape of ‘Rebecca’.” WWD, WWD, 19 Oct. 2020, wwd.com/eye/lifestyle/rebecca-costume-designer-julian-day-netflix-1234638583/.

Emily In Paris: An Ode To Carrie Bradshaw

By Nandini Khetan

In today’s time when the fashion fanatics couldn’t get enough from ogling & drooling over Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe from Sex and the City, creator Darren Star released yet another a la mode version of the century with Emily in Paris on Netflix, paying homage to the most desired character of the ’00s HBO show. With actress Lily J Collins as Emily, an all American woman who moves to Paris for a job opportunity in a French luxury marketing company as a social media strategist, Emily’s wit and charm mesmerizes men while her inept command over the French language creates cultural differences in her workplace and for us the audience her sartorial elegance led us to worship her. The costume designer for this show was Marylin Fitoussi, and even included a costume consultant, the one and only Patricia Field.

For me, ‘Emily in Paris’ in certain ways was an elongated version of Carrie in ‘Sex and the City,’” said the legendary Costume Designer Patricia Field the face behind the iconic looks from Sex and the City, Oscar-nominated Devil Wears Prada now Emily in Paris which is already making a buzz among the fashion fiends as Field gussied-up Emily in French luxury pieces, Chanel & Dior, to fashion-forward retailers Farfetch & Net-A-Porter.

The first episode unfolds as Emily walks into her Paris office wearing an Eiffel Tower printed button-down paired with a snake-skin leather mini skirt and a Paris inscribed Louboutin heels, much of a street-style look at any fashion show rather than at a marketing company. As her co-workers scrunch up their nose in disapproval and her lady boss Sylvie gives her a lesson or two on ‘French-girl’ sophistication, the viewers get a look at her over-the-top style, bright hues (shades of pink & green in particular), well-executed outfits (pairing letter & animal print together, donning one jacket on top of another, layering tons of different fabrics together) with an overly fancy handbag or cross-body and her bold tinted lips won her the likes and of course the Off-white floral puffer jacket which has our hearts.

As she settles in, Emily’s wardrobe hinted the likes of any French fashion girl from Beret to Plaids & overcoat to pearl handbags & hoops to a knotted scarf at the neck (French style!) with each ensemble nodding to the likes of 2020 fashion runways pieces- Bucket hat & bag! Check, Tabi boots! Check, Houndstooth! Check, Co-ords! Check, Blazer-dress! Check, Turtleneck! Check, Socks and Heels! Check, Statement Jackets! Check, Dr. Martens! Check and a lot of Checks! Check, leaving the audience spellbound and fashion influencers to recreate looks. While we are on this topic, let’s not outlook the most iconic Carrie Bradshaw white tulle skirt ‘tutu’ look emulated in the show’s second episode as Emily dons a black tulle skirt and a tube top paired with effortless makeup and hair pinned back loosely- a classic.

For a night in the opera, Emily wears a stunning off-shoulder chevron-sheer black midi gown paired with evening gloves, a vintage jeweled bag, embellished pumps and a delicate neckpiece as a hair accessory. This was a nod to Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal in the movie Funny Face.

Field made sure to bring back the ’00s trends quite literally by adding few elements of that decade from the choker to asymmetrical hem and navy-inspired jacket to metallic tinted ensembles and wide-belts for our benefit.
Emily’s closet is an extreme explosion of colors, prints, fabrics, trends and classics, each look adorned by her is a runway brought-down and oh-so coveted, turning heads on the go (twice!).

Darren Star, Marylin Fitoussi, and Patricia Field pulled in yet another fashion-charged watch, an enthralling of oohs and aahs with each episode and a lot of Chanel and Eiffel Tower in the background. Finally a breath of fresh and exciting air in 2020.