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Style Watch January 29, 2013

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 10:25pm

Must know the jacket Julianna was wearing at the beginning of Jan. 27th episode "The Seven Day Rule." LOVE.

That beautiful cashmere cream jacket with faint animal spots is by Akris. Glad you love it--I do too!!

Loved the contrast between Clark and Will in the hearing--why did you pick those colors for ties on them?

I wanted them to contrast with one another. Throughout Clarke's stay with us, he wore solid, non-patterned ties. I wanted to continue that in this most recent episode. By contrast, Will has always worn patterned ties, particularly stripes. I feel like Clarke's look is a bit of a uniform--he just puts it on in the morning without thinking too much about his look. I think Will does think about his look in the morning. I think he is stylish but appropriate for the law firm.

Can you tell me more about Alicia's clothes from this episode--can I be her for a day?

Alicia had a great wardrobe arc in this episode. I started her off with a cream (winter white?) with animal spots cashmere jacket by Akris. I wanted her to look stylish and chic, unassuming and professional to counter the offer to become a partner. Then I went with the "Oh I'm feeling so great!" red cotton jersey dress by Donna Karan. I wanted her to really show her exuberance in her dress. Then I wanted to play her sense of back-pedaling with the two-tone Burberry black and salt and pepper tweed suit. I little more sober feeling; a little more "back down to earth". Then I wanted her to be the completely correct but strong candidate's wife in the ballroom. I have had this Victoria Beckham dress in her closet just waiting for the right moment to use it. I thought using it now to contrast her with Maddie's black Armani evening jacket was just the thing to do. I finished up Alicia's episode with a gray knit Lida Baday zip front suit. I wanted her acceptance of the partnership to seem lackluster and perhaps forced, like she got what she thought she wanted but certainly not the way she thought she was going to get it. I wanted this last outfit to be neither celebratory nor dour. Just as her emotions are in check as she goes into the firm celebration, so too was her suit in check--entirely pretty, stylish and appropriate, but without emotion.

As Peter gets more into the campaign are you tweaking his look at bit more?

I am definitely taking his look more conservative; more everyman as most politicians do when they are on the stump. His uniform, if you will, is a dark suit, white shirt and nice, political tie. We want our man to win the election!!

Do you work closely with the Set Decorators to make sure wardrobe and the set don't clash?

There is definitely an open and ongoing dialogue between the production designer, the art director, the set decorator and the wardrobe department. We try to keep each other abreast of what colors and shapes are being used by both departments. I also rely heavily on the locations department to find out what locations are being used in each episode. Just because the script says we are shooting in a restaurant doesn't mean that is where we are going to shoot. The location can be changed to the street, a bar or even a store. We also rely on locations, who make the rental deals with the person or company who owns the location at which we are going to shoot, to help facilitate the use of uniforms or wardrobe that are sometimes supplied by the particular location. For example, we borrow a uniform from a hotel if we were going to mix real hotel employees with actors playing hotel employees. The reverse has also occurred where we will provide wardrobe to people from locations who need to blend in with our made up wardrobe. It's all so very collaborative!

Do you also help the actors dress for the Award shows?

I don't usually help the actors dress for the award shows. Many of the actors have their own stylists as well as publicists who help the actors with that end of the business. I certainly lend a hand when asked to help--attend a fitting or pull some clothes from their closets for an appearance-- but, again, they have help outside the show. Designing an hour-long drama series is fairly all-consuming and I am not sure that the department would be able to carve out the time to dress them for all of their appearances and award shows.