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Hunger Games: Catching Fire Burns White-Hot with Katniss and Her Wedding Gown

5 Sep

   costumesOriginally published for my “Fashion in Film Beat” at Yahoo! Movies

Staci Layne Wilson

The sequel to “The Hunger Games” – which grossed nearly $700 million worldwide – promises to be on every best-dressed list in Tinsel Town!

In the hotly anticipated fantasy action thriller, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” begins as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) returns home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Along with fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), she must prepare the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change their land of Panem forever.

Along with a whole new set of cinematic challenges and a new director (Francis Lawrence, best-known for Constantine and I Am Legend), “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” features a whole different look from costume designer Trish Summerville, who’s worked with the likes of Christina Aguilera and whose film credits include “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

When I caught up with both Lawrences – Francis and Jennifer – at a recent red carpet event, I just had to ask about Katniss’ wedding gown… which is breathtaking, to say the least.

Staci Wilson: Are there even more outrageous fantasy costumes in the new movie?

Francis Lawrence: Yeah, there’s a lot. We brought on a fantastic costume designer, Trish Summerville, who I’d worked with before in music videos. She came from a fashion and styling background so we brought her on and she did loads and loads of great stuff. I mean, there’s some really amazing dresses that Effie wears, and Trish even got some Alexander McQueen museum pieces for Katniss to wear in the chariots, and for the interviews, [not to mention] the wedding dress and the Mocking Jay dress. So, to answer your question: there’s loads of fun costumes in this!

Q: How much input do you have in something like that, with the costumes?

Francis Lawrence: A lot. But it all sort of starts with me wanting to bring Trish on, so you know, I know the kind of level of taste and sophistication that she brings, and so that’s making a big decision right there. And then in the early conversations with her, talking about certain kinds of things that we both like that we thought that we could use. Someone as talented as she is, I kind of let her run with it and then just make little changes, specifically if it has to do with story.

Q: Or practicality.

Francis Lawrence: Yeah. Well, sometimes practicality. That gets tricky. The wedding dress was pretty impractical. Jen was falling a lot in it.

Jennifer Lawrence: Yeah, the wedding dress was incredible, it’s stunning and unbelievable, I’m not good with big dresses, and stairs. I didn’t know that until afterwards, I wish I would have known! [laughs]

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I recently discovered that NET-A-PORTER, one of the biggest luxury fashion and beauty retailers on the Web, is featuring an exclusive capsule collection inspired by the movie. Created by costume designer Trish Summerville herself, “Capitol Couture” features laser-cut leather, streamlined silhouettes and dramatic eveningwear.

The luxury clothing line “Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville” consists of 16 ready-to-wear garments, as well as jewelry and leather goods inspired by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. The collection will be available exclusively on NET-A-PORTER this fall to coincide with the film’s francis_trishworldwide release on November 22, 2013.

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Skinny Guys in Skinny Ties!

27 Oct

Last night, I covered The Walking Dead red carpet. Now, as most of my friends, readers, and random stalkers know… my red carpet reports are usually about the ladies and their high heels.

But last night’s event was hosted by AMC channel, and the influence of its hit show Mad Men was so pervasive, I absolutely could not ignore the men. In spite of the icy temps, the fellas were looking hot-hot-hot!

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My favorite suit of the night belonged to Steven Yuen. The skinny tie, narrow lapels and crisp, clean look were just so perfect.

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AMC News Host Jacob Soboroff was also rocking the retro-cool vibe with his jacket and tie, plus those sexy black rimmed glasses (glad those are back in style).

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Linds Edwards was hands-down the best rocker/hipster of the night. I wasn’t able to get as many good photos of everyone as I would have liked, but I had lots of interviewees in front of me and also the carpet was tight — I could not zoom out very well. On the left, Linds had a bandana wrapped around his wrist, plus several assorted bangles with pendants shaped like guns, skulls, knives, etc. I really liked it the whole deal. He had skinny jeans with the cuffs folded over.

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Definitely stripped down compared to the stars, but I thought even AMC’s Roving Photographer looked smashing.

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Andrew Lincoln, the main attraction of The Walking Dead (aside from Frank Darabont — his photos are at horror.com), also looked great but I never did get a decent snap of him. In fact, I feel kind of guilty posting such an unflattering angle of him, but it’s all I’ve got. He totally blew me away with his memory — the first thing he said to me when he stepped up to my mic was, “Oh, hi. We talked at Comic-Con!” That was three months ago. How could he possibly have remembered that? I’m impressed.

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OK, the women were there too. This is Gale Ann Hurd, a producer on the show. I liked elements of her look (patterned tights, boots, leopard, leather, studs) — but not all together. She was really funny and smart (as usual) though, so it was a pleasure (as always!)

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Shoes, shoes. Publicists’ shoes!

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Here’s me with Mike from ELS (the lighting people). We remember to take a pic together every couple of years (that last one was at the Hellboy 2 premiere, even though we see each other all the time!).

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Myself and the zombies… at first, I tried to blend in. But who am I kidding? I can’t hold a snarl for more than a few seconds.

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I hardly ever wear fur, but I do have a couple of pieces. This one is a Chris Ann original. I figured for something called “Walking Dead” it was appropriate. The last time / item was my fur-lined suede leather jacket at The Wolfman premiere (it was freaking freezing that night, too. Yesterday, I was so cold I thought my mic had turned into an popsicle).

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Legends of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hool are Fashion Forward

29 Sep

Legends of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hool are Fashion Forward

Writer/director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) isn’t exactly known for his hilarious, whacky sense of humor so I don’t know what else I was expecting, but his new animated 3D family-flick Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hool is awfully stuffy.

The epic spectacle is based upon a series of fantasy adventure novels about Soren, a young barn owl who’s birdnapped and forced into a life of military servitude. Not that the story lends itself to comedy, but a little feather-light levity (ala Charlotte’s Web, The Lion King, or Toy Story 3) would have been welcome. Grave and heavy from start to finish, Legends of the Guardians doesn’t really take flight until the glorious battle scene at the end.

Fortunately, the animation is absolutely breathtaking and the 3D immersion is organic to the narrative — the flights, fights, and even the quiet moments are stunning. Also, they’re ultra-realistic. At the red carpet premiere, Warner Bros. brought out Twilight, a European Barn Owl, and I have to say seeing him just before the screening really added to my enjoyment of the animators’ attention to detail. There’s not a pinfeather out of place.

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Hm, coincidence or calculation? The premiere was just across the street from HOOTERS.

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The voice cast of Legends of the Guardians is also excellent across the board. The main character Soren is played by Jim Sturgess, and the young actor hold his own with the likes of Dame Helen Mirren, Geoffrey Rush, and the ever-eminent Sam Neill (who got a real kick out me mentioning his work in Possession, when I interviewed him on the red carpet! Check out the video, below). Overall, the movie is solid but it just didn’t work for me. (I’m holding out for Sucker Punch!)

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Since my mind is always taking flights of fashion fancy, I wore my owl ring to the premiere.

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But someone on the red carpet was even more owl-obsessed than me: check out her cool purse!

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Here are some more owl-inspired fashions I found online.

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Exclusive interview with the Costume Designer of Let Me In

17 Jul

Melissa Bruning – Let Her In

By:stacilayne
Updated: 07-16-2010

by Staci Layne Wilson

 
 
Horror is my mainstay but fashion is my passion, so when I found out that cool clothier Melissa Bruning — who did a stellar job on Love Ranch, now in theaters — dressed the vamps in the upcoming remake of Let The Right One In, I just had to snag an interview…
 
 
 
Staci Layne Wilson / Horror.com: Is the Let Me In film also based in the early 80s, like the Scandinavian version and the book?
 
Melissa Bruning: We decided to set the film in 1983, knowing that it bridged a decade. Most clothing styles don’t change until at least three years in, so it allows me to give the kids an early 80s look and the adults could still be clinging to their 70s garb. For me, growing up in Omaha, Nebraska and attending junior high at this time, I had a clear idea of the design I wanted to present in the film. I even used my junior high yearbook as a guide. New Mexico and Nebraska were not that different as far as fashion was concerned. It took a long time for what was happening on the coasts to penetrate and eventually show up as a watered-down version at Sears. It is also extremely, ridiculously cold in New Mexico. No one seems to realize this unless you’ve lived it. Most nights we were shooting it was consistently 20 degrees outside and at an elevation that made breathing difficult. In Red River, my wardrobe supervisor came down with altitude sickness and wanted to die. So, lots of sweaters (usually done with a bit of Nordic influence) and heavy coats were necessary to keep the actors teeth from chattering.
 
 
For Abby (played by Chloe Moretz), we did change the design from the little pink sweater she wore in the original. Matt and I were very inspired by a photograph by Mary Ellen Mark of a homeless girl and boy in the early 80s.
 
 
 
The thin, battered jacket would never be enough for a child in that kind of climate, but a first glance, adults wouldn’t pay too much attention. The dark color hides sins (lots of blood) and at times she wears a hooded sweatshirt. It relates back to her past… a scene I can’t talk about. It also gives her a sense of androgyny. We made a choice to do something different and I feel it works better for the story we are telling. There is one moment in the film of her little, cloaked, white face that reminds me of Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, my intention.
 
SLW: How much inspiration for costuming comes from things which have gone before (in this case, a bestselling book and a much-loved cult film… there *will* be fan expectation), and how much from the script or/and what the director wants?