Fashion Fit for the Career Woman
Lipstick Jungle goes for a sophisticated look
By: Joy Sewing
Before Sex and the City, few shoppers knew Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks were luxury shoes.
Amy Hale was one of them.
Now, she says Jimmy Choo is as familiar as the popular and reasonably priced Nine West shoe brand.
“I probably would have never picked up a Jimmy Choo before the show,” said Hale, a systems analyst at HP and a die- hard Sex and the City fan.
Like many viewers, Hale watched the show for its outrageous fashions as much as for its story line. So with Lipstick Jungle, the new series by Sex and the City creator and best-selling author Candace Bushnell, Hale is eager to see how much fashion will play a part of the show.
Lipstick Jungle, which debuts tonight on NBC, chronicles the lives of three high-powered New York women. Brooke Shields plays movie executive, wife and mother Wendy Healy; Kim Raver is Nico Reilly, an unhappily married fashion magazine executive; and Lindsay Price is the free-spirited and single fashion designer Victory Ford.
While the clothes on Sex and the City were playful and ripe for parties, Lipstick Jungle‘s fashions are chic and sophisticated — suited for working women.
“The fashion is definitely a part of the show,” said Bushnell on a conference call with Shields. “We tried to keep the clothes real and elegant. They are about cut and shape and are the type of fashions that women who have careers wear.”
Shields concurred. “It’s undeniably a high-fashion show, but it’s nothing that’s prohibitive,” she said. “You don’t think, ‘Oh my God, I could never wear that.’ You see the characters before you see the fashion, but if you look closer you’ll see a Louboutin shoe or a Chanel jacket.”
Costume designer Dan Lawson teamed with fashion consultant Amanda Ross to create a wardrobe of designer pieces reflecting the show’s strong female characters. In one episode, Price — as Victory Ford looking like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s — wears a dramatic winter-white Nina Ricci coat with an asymmetrical collar. She also sports fashions by designers such as Peter Som, Cynthia Rowley and Fendi.
Shield’s character is more business classic; she wears Ralph Lauren, Naeem Kahn and Barbara Tfank. Raver as Nico is sexy and sophisticated; she wears looks from designers such as Michael Kors, Fendi and Alberta Ferretti.
“Where the women on Sex and the City were trying to get there, the women on Lipstick Jungle are already there,” Lawson said. “This is about 40-something chic. They aren’t young girls. They are vibrant, strong and sexy women with a wardrobe to reflect their position in life.”