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Emily in Paris Gets a Chic Fashion Upgrade in Season Two.

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Costume designer Patricia Field and designer Marylin Fitoussi discuss this season’s most memorable ensembles and the show’s main design principle: “We’re doing a romantic comedy. Therefore, we don’t have to worry about the reality.”

This story includes details of the plot from Emily in Paris season two.

There’s been plenty of talk regarding Emily in Paris’s budding marketing genius, Emily Cooper (Lily Collins)–who arrived in Paris, the City of Light with little experience in the French cultural or social norms and then paraded through the city wearing wildly vibrant and diverse designer outfits that a junior executive in her 20s would not be able to afford without trust funds. However, this wardrobe criticism isn’t much of a concern for that Netflix series’ costume director Marylin Fitoussi and costume designer Patricia Field.

Fitoussi, who’s French and is aware that an ex-pat, Emily, isn’t dressed as she would dress like a Parisian. “The French ….like plain things,” she said in a Zoom interview in a Zoom chat with Vanity Fair. “For them, if you are dressed in color and with the pattern, you are not chic at all.” Field knows this from experience and wears both and has been described as”a “parrot” and a “clown” in the street in Paris. On the other hand, FieldField does not seem to care, telling her email, “From the reaction that I have received from viewers, there is a huge interest and acceptance of the wardrobe.”

At the first show, Fitoussi adopted a more pragmatic approach to Emily and the company’s clothing. However, when she put Emily’s former nanny, Mindy (Ashley Park), dressed wearing “comfy clothes with a pair of sneakers” in the last season, she noticed that Showrunner Darren Star and Field exchange appearances. Star had a question about the shoes; The actress explained they’re worn so that Mindy could pursue her suspects. “They told me, “No No, no, no!’ we’re making a romantic comedy. Therefore, we don’t have to worry about reality. That’s why it became rule number one.”

Collins recently spoke to Glamour that Emily’s style has evolved, and FieldField agrees that Emily, the Chicago native is more refined this season; however, while she is wearing fewer layers in season two, the hats, gloves, and a seemingly endless quantity of bags that are high-end remain. “The formula is a combination of ringarde, Midwestern, Parisian, and Emily-optimistic,” FieldField clarifies about the French word that the show’s title translates to “basic”–a label that couturier Pierre Cadault (Jean-Christophe Bouvet) put on Emily in the last season. (Her Savoir work colleagues were more violent in their criticism of her as a place–“the”hick.”)

While at the same time, Camille (Camille Razat)–Emily’s French lover and unintended romantic rival to her kitchen neighbor, Gabriel (Lucas Bravo)–and Emily’s elegant manager, Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) are effortlessly stylish in their muted and monochromatic silhouettes. It’s evident, especially in the season 2 premiere. Emily is seen entering the office with a pink, green, and turquoise knitted Versace sweater, an edgy green Mugler vintage skirt, and an emerald green Elie Saab oversize mini coat. Camille wears an easy black and white Balmain coat and black Patou pants to attend a meeting regarding the Camille Champere campaign.

Through the entire series, Collins and Park–whose Mindy is now Emily’s flatmate as the infamous zipper heiress is attempting to get a singing career going to dress in extravagant clothes. In her birthday celebration in the courtyard in episode 3, Emily is a perfect soignee in a vintage Birger Christensen’s black mini-bow (later adding an edgy top kimono). Mindy wears a stunning dress in an Oscar de la Renta sleeveless long dress.

“I don’t buy things because it’s a brand [or] a logo, or it’s expensive,” Fitoussi clarifies. “I’m simply creating an image of a character. Therefore, if the items I find help me build character, I’ll buy them. Pat isn’t concerned about it because she’s used to working with more money. In France, we don’t have as high budgets.”

In this season, both customers were keen to highlight designers who are a little unnoticed. For FieldField, it was that she gave a shout-out to Greek colleagues that she felt “had not been internationally exposed and over-publicized.” Emily wears Mary Katrantzou (color-print dress) and Vassilis Zoulias (black, white, black, and yellow jacket) as she shoplifts with Petra, the French-speaking friend in episode four. (Emily’s black-and-white-checked bucket hat with a dangling monkey gem is from Field’sField’s closet.) In Gabriel’s Chez Lavaux restaurant’s opening in episode 6, Emily is in a Fuchsia dress also from Zoulias. Also, she has an outfit by Rianna and Nina (also one of the designers behind the birthday Kimono).

Although Fitoussi doesn’t believe that there’s a “need to promote brands [beyond] a certain [price] range,” she wanted to highlight less-known French brands. When Camille confronts birthday girl Emily about her relationship with Gabriel and Emily, she’s wearing three pieces Coperni grey-printed suit. The cream dress with chain embroidery and jacket (the one made of an original French Judo-style uniform) the one Sylvie wears during her Valentine’s Day Bateaux-Mouches cruise in episode five; Mindy’s off-the-shoulder gray cape and green dress that she wears when she is busking on the bridge with her brand new bandmates in the same episode and the orange dress that is clingy Mindy is wearing when band member Etienne asks about”the “zipper princess of China” in episode seven. They are all couture ensembles made from discarded clothing from the non-profit fashion recycling project Renaissance.

The FieldField was seen flexing her fashion muscles to wear the half-male, gender-neutral costume Mindy mysteriously has in her possession for what she believes to be her debut as a drag-club singer in episode 1. However, it’s a role as the dame pipi, the bathroom attendant. The veteran customer contacted The Blonds NY to whip up the customized outfit, and they personal fit Park inside Field’s Gallery before the Paris departure.

Fitoussi also created some designs for the show. Last season, she designed the fashion show’s finale’s Cadault “trash” dresses. In the nighttime Valentine’s day boat shoot this season, Emily is dissatisfied with English bank executive Alfie’s (Lucien Laviscount) “anti-French” attitude–she was certain that Collins was wearing an Anouki heart-print dress that has removable sleeves. Field felt, however, that the sleeves were required to allow for the coat. Fitoussi created and made a pink and red decorated oversized topper in just two days.

This year’s final show at Versailles The asymmetrical, almost extravagant red tulle plunge-V-neck gown Emily attends Gregory Elliott Dupree’s (Jeremy O. Harris) fashion show for shapewear is part of the Giambattista Valli and H&M collaboration for 2019.

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