Emily Cooper is seen dressed in a short-sleeved box jacket by Elie Saab in the first episode of Emily in Paris Season 2
The moment Lily Collins appeared on screen as Emily Cooper, everybody knew that Emily in Paris was going to be an easy binge with its sentimental storyline and captivating wardrobe. Causing a buzz with a showcase of unique outfit ensembles curated by Patricia Fields and Marylin Fitoussi, the second season of the Netflix show was no stranger to international fashion designers and haute couture favorites. Emily’s sartorial wardrobe has evolved this season into a colorful palette composed of runway-ready pieces from Valentino, to fashion staples by none other than Elie Saab.
In the first episode of season two, titled “Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi?”, the protagonist champions a boxy green short-sleeved jacket from Elie Saab’s Spring 2021 read- to wear collection. Paired with a Versace multicolored ribbed knit polo and a vintage Thierry Mugler checkered skirt, Cooper’s outfit gave us a taste of the season’s style orchestra.
Lilly Collins plays Emily Cooper in Emily in Paris
Besides Elie Saab, other well-known designers like Oscar de la Renta, Roger Vivier, Mary Katrantzou, La Perla, Vassilis Zoulias and Rianna + Nina have also got their fair share of screen time in the latest season of the feel-good show. In case you haven’t binge-watched it already, S2 of Emily in Paris brings back characters like Mindy and Camille, who play the role of Emily’s two best friends, summing up a trio of fashion icons serving us some major 2022 wardrobe inspo.
Not only did their outfits catch the eye of fans, they also were noted by online retailers, who were quick to partner with Netflix to feature looks and pieces from the show curated by luxury brands for a fun online shopping experience. Most importantly, one of the themes embraced by the wardrobe choices this season is sustainability, with couture looks offered by the Renaissance Project, run by a Paris-non profit organization that recycles cast-off outfits.
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Emily Cooper is seen dressed in a short-sleeved box jacket by Elie Saab in the first episode of Emily in Paris Season 2
Although 2020 has not been the year that many hoped for, it has certainly been a time that we won’t forget. The pandemic disrupted many things, the realm of fashion among them. However, while fashion shows were canceled and red carpet events postponed, this year saw the world get creative. As we say goodbye to 2020, Vogue Arabia looks back on 10 of the biggest fashion moments of the past 12 months.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s final catwalk show
Bella Hadid for Jean Paul Gaultier’s final catwalk show. Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com
At the beginning of this year, Jean Paul Gaultier announced that his SS20 couture show would be his final catwalk spectacular. The show, which took place on January 22, saw the French designer out in style, with the ultimate runway cast, featuring models Karlie Kloss, Bella Hadid, Irina Shayk, Yasmin Le Bon, and the standout appearance of former supermodel Farida Khelfa.
Zendaya goes vintage for the Green Carpet Fashion Awards
Actor Zendaya wears a vintage Versace made in the year she was born, to the Green Carpet Fashion Awards. Photo: Supplied
When Zendaya picked up the Visionary Award at the virtual Green Carpet Fashion Awards on October 10, her outfit was quick to make headlines. The actor wore a vintage slinky brown Gianni Versace dress from the year she was born, in 1996. “She was actually born in 1996, so I thought that it’d be fun [for her] to wear something from that year. It’s taking her back – if Zendaya had been of age then, maybe she would have been a Versace model,” said celebrity image architect Law Roach on Zendaya’s outfit.
Meghan Markle’s final appearance as a member of the royal family
Meghan Markle wore an emerald green Emilia Wickstead dress for her final appearance as a senior member of the British royal family at the Commonwealth Service in March. Photo: Getty
Some of the biggest news this year was Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s announcement that they would be stepping down as senior members of the royal family. The couple officially marked the end of their royal lives at the Commonwealth Service in London, in March; and Markle showcased one of the most-talked-about fashion moments of the year, wearing an emerald green Emilia Wickstead dress.
Farida Khelfa and Jean-Paul Goude Reunite for Vogue Arabia
Farida Khelfa x Jean-Paul Goude for Vogue Arabia October 2020
The October issue of Vogue Arabia saw the iconic artist Jean-Paul Goude and his forever-muse, Algerian-French filmmaker Farida Khelfa, reunite after 30 years. The pair came together for the cover shoot, creating two unforgettable images and echoing their unique creative relationship and trust in each other. “The images that Jean-Paul creates, they stay forever. They are not something that disappears,” Khelfa shared.
Natalie Portman’s Dior cape at the Oscars
Natalie Portman in Dior at the 2020 Oscars. Photo: Getty
Natalie Portman delivered one of the most powerful feminist statements in Hollywood this year, with the black Dior gown she wore to the Academy Awards in February. The actor topped the gown with a long black coat, where the inside edge was embroidered with the names of several female directors who did not receive nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, including Lorene Scafaria, director of the film Hustlers, and Greta Gerwig, who directed Little Women.
Emily in Paris
Lily Collins’ envious curly locks in Emily in Paris. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix
Since its launch in October, the Netflix series Emily In Paris has been the subject of much discussion throughout the world. Both loved and hated by viewers and critics alike, there was no denying that the show featured some exceptional fashion looks on actor Lily Collins. The show has also been named as part of the most influential style moments of the year, with online platform Lyst citing a 342% increase in searches in Kangol bucket hat after Collins’ character was featured wearing one.
Kim Kardashian West and Paris Hilton bring velour tracksuits back
Kim Kardashian West and Paris Hilton bring back velour tracksuits. Photo: Courtesy of Skim
Kim Kardashian West offered the ultimate early 2000s throwback this year, bringing back velour tracksuits for her Skims label. Kardashian West brought in close friend, and fellow velour-lover Paris Hilton to show off looks from her Skims collection that launched in October. “Velour is one of my favorite collection launches to date! It’s the perfect blend of 2000s nostalgia and present-day loungewear,” Kardashian West said at the time of the collection’s release.
Gigi Hadid’s maternity shoot
Gigi Hadid’s maternity shoot. Photo: Instagram/@gigihadid
One of the more exciting pieces of news this year was the announcement that Palestinian-American model Gigi Hadid was having a baby with her partner, British-Pakistani singer Zayn Malik. Although Hadid kept relatively quiet through her pregnancy and the subsequent arrival of her daughter, she released a series of images from a maternity shoot that took place in July. The stunning photos saw Hadid cradling her bump, with the model noting she was “growing an angel.”
Kamala Harris named as first-female Vice President of the United States
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris wore a white pantsuit at victory speech with President-elect Joe Biden, in November. Photo: Instagram/ @kamalaharris
In one of the most historic moments of the year, the world watched the US elect its first female Vice President, Kamala Harris, the running-mate of President-elect Joe Biden. Harris provided a statement fashion moment, signalling the re-birth of the power suit as she wore a white pantsuit, at a victory speech with Biden in November.
Emma Corrin makes her debut in The Crown as Diana, Princess of Wales
British actor Emma Corrin made her debut in The Crown as Diana, Princess of Wales. Photo: Courtesy of The Crown
British actor Emma Corrin made her debut in the fourth season of the Netflix series The Crown, in November, and her striking resemblance to the late Diana, Princess of Wales certainly didn’t go unnoticed by the world. Throughout the season, viewers saw Corrin wear replicas of many of Princess Diana’s famous outfits, including the royal blue suit worn by the Princess of Wales for her engagement photos, as well as her iconic wedding dress, originally designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.
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The online platform Lyst, has released its annual Year In Fashion Report, highlighting some of the most influential fashion moments of 2020. Although it has been a year different from most, and more stressful than most, there have still been plenty of incredible fashion moments that have generated excitement across the globe.
Lyst compiles its annual fashion report after analyzing the searches of more than 100 million shoppers over the past year. The report is broken down into categories including The Moments That Mattered and Power Dressers. These sections then reveal the moments and individuals that garnered the biggest buzz in terms of searches, sales, news coverage, and social media mentions.
It’s no big surprise that this year’s list of influential fashion moments included regal style from Meghan Markle and Princess Beatrice, as well as Hollywood glamour from Jennifer Aniston and Beyoncé. The list also saw the re-birth of the power suit thanks to female politicians US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and American representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Harris’ white pant suit was particularly popular.
Current Vogue US cover star Harry Styles became the first man to top this year’s Power Dressers list thanks to his suave, standout style. While the Kate Middleton effect still seems to reign supreme as the Duchess of Cambridge was the only royal to feature on the same list.
Meghan Markle did however make it onto The Moments That Mattered thanks to her emerald green Emilia Wickstead dress which she wore during her final appearance as a senior member of the royal family at the Commonwealth Service in March. Searches for the London-based label soared by 286%.
Elsewhere, continuing to create excitement, in spite of its controversy, the Netflix hit series Emily in Paris was named as part of Lyst’s Screen Style moments of the year. Vogue Arabia’s November cover star Lily Collins stars as the series’ lead Emily Cooper and was responsible for a 342% increase in searches in Kangol bucket hat after her character was featured wearing one.
Looking back on fashion in 2020, Vogue Arabia has compiled a list of the best influential moments from Lyst’s Year In Fashion.
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As the pandemic means our outfits are also finding themselves confined, fashion is blooming in a new direction: TV series.
Audrey Hepburn wearing Givenchy in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
A leopard print fascinator, its matching fur collar, and crimson gloves effortlessly spinning a vintage steering wheel: it is with sartorial details spread like a spider’s web that the intricate persona of the Netflix series Hollywood is introduced. Set after the second world war in California’s movie scene, the multilayered affair meticulously explores tensions between generations and genders. Throughout the series, costume designers Sarah Evelyn and Lou Eyrich add density to each role with their intricate clothing choices – all of which are also, of course, drop dead chic.
Laura Harrier and Michelle Krusiec in Hollywood
The retro drama is one of many new programs where fashion is a central if not vital ingredient. The recent. Netflix hit Emily in Paris, starring cover star Lily Collins, follows an aspiring Parisienne cavorting through the French capital in layers of color-block Chanel and Kenzo, finished with Louboutins.
Lily Collins in Emily in Paris
The production’s star stylist, Patricia Field – the master behind the Sex and the City wardrobes – has imagined not so much a realistic Parisian look but, rather, what a thoroughly American woman might deem an appropriate outfit for the City of Lights.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City
“The goal was to convey Emily in her Parisian experience and how she adapted to the fashion in Paris as she was able to absorb French culture,” shares Field, who describes her method as “coordinating classics in a new way.” Think plenty of berets, houndstooth, thick golden buttons for an Eighties touch, and heavy prints. Nicknamed a fashionista by some, a ringarde (passé or old-fashioned) by others, Emily has been making waves, and placing fashion at the core of the filmic discussion.
Lily Collins in Emily in Paris
Clothes build on visual language to reflect the complexity of each character. The idea of fashion as vernacular follows a tradition underscored by legendary contemporary costume designer Edith Head, who won eight Academy Awards for best costume design throughout her career.
Sophia Loren in designer Edith Head’s mirrored fitting room wearing a costume for Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
From her early days in 1920s Hollywood to working on Sunset Boulevard (1950), Funny Face (1957), and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), she envisaged clothing as a narrative force of its own.
Kay Thompson in Funny Face
Each outfit was layered with hushed meaning, filled with symbols, echoing the storyline and giving density to on-screen personas. In Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller Vertigo, Head opted for a heavily contrasted palette for the lead, Kim Novak, as a metaphor for dark and light.
Kim Novak in Vertigo
History shows that costume design has existed since ancient Greeks, when playwright Aeschylus created the costumes for actors to wear when performing his tragedies. The practice continued to expand throughout the Renaissance in Shakespearean plays, although actors were mostly instructed to provide their own clothes to wear on stage.
A 16th century painting of the Italian acting Troupe Commedia Dell’arte
In the 16th century, the Italian traveling troupe Commedia dell’Arte started to fill trunks with clothes for stock characters. Harlequins, servers, and street children were immediately recognizable for the visual language expressed. As the theater industry continued to mature, so did the desire for accuracy in costume design to reflect cultures and epochs. While historical precision was one side of the costumer’s coin, the other was vision, as clothes brought a mood to a scene void of factual time and place. César-nominated costume designer Catherine Baba is one creative who maintains this way of thinking, explaining that she aims “to convey the director’s global vision first. Then, I propose a vision of each of the characters through deciphering their personal story, psychologically as well as physically, introducing aesthetics true to the narrative with details to enhance the emotional and visual persona.” She illuminates, “The visual aesthetic is ultra-important, but it means nothing if it does not lift the character and story to its ultimate and highest form.”
Sarah Paulson in Ratched
Contemporary series are reaching a comparable level of stylistic complexity. Another example of clothing-as-spectacle is the film noir-inspired Netflix series Ratched, which traces the origins of the Nurse Ratched character from the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. In the show, Sarah Paulson plays the titular nurse in a psychiatric ward dressed in impeccable 1950s garb, with monochrome vintage chic running through the series like a (muted) golden thread. Her ensembles sit somewhere between a power suit and a uniform, suggesting responsibility and strength. In contrast, the over-the-top cliched outfits in Emily in Paris reflect the protagonist’s failure to fit in, and the gap between her fantasy of the city and the reality she discovers. In building the character, Field shares that she first follows the script, then the character description, before delving into the wardrobe choice; always keeping in mind character, body type, and an actor’s personality.
The stylish Gossip Girl crew
Today, as the world still reels from lockdown, with fashion sales tumbling and life on the street – selfies et al – becoming a distant memory, these shows are playing an increasingly important role: watched at home, inching through the unnerving amount of free time behind closed doors, they fill the empty space with visual amuse-bouches. “Series have become an inspirational platform; they enter our personal lives. Unlike movies, they speak directly to you; they take up the space fashion editorials once did, and display an extended amount of characters offering different options, styles, lifestyles, and take up the space of magazines,” says Alice Litscher, a professor at Paris’s Institut Français de la Mode.
Leighton Meester in Gossip Girl
Like the previous decades’ Sex and the City or Gossip Girl, the fantasy personas offer lifestyle alternatives that have simultaneously become an inspiration, an aspiration, a coach, and a best friend. For those living life in pandemic-enforced isolation, this bedside sartorial cure is (almost) what the doctor ordered.
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Originally published in the November 2020 Issue of Vogue Arabia
Lily Collins photographed by Thomas Whiteside for Vogue Arabia November 2020
With her enviable natural eyebrows and breathtaking red-carpet looks, Lily Collins always makes it to the best-dressed lists with ease. However, if the star had to choose her favorite fashion moments, she would go all the way back to when she was two years old. While on the set of her first-ever Vogue cover shoot, for Vogue Arabia’s November 2020 issue, the Emily in Paris actor sat down to talk about her most loved ensembles.
Read on, and watch the video below to find out what she had to say.
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1. It’s a Match
Lily Collins aged 2, wearing a matching red polka dot set. Photo: Instagram/ @lilyjcollins
“I was always about wearing loud, bright, and slightly obvious clothing,” says Collins. It seems even at two years of age, the actor was quite the fashionista, having already perfect the co-ord outfit. “I loved matching,” she says. “So my little red and white polka dot outfit with a matching headband was always one of my favorites.”
2. Obama’s Inauguration
Lily Collins aged 19, working as a reporter for Nickelodeon at Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration in 2009. Photo: Supplied
“I was reporting live from Obama’s inauguration,” explained the actor-producer. “I was about 19-years-old and it was freezing,” she added, noting that she was working as a reporter for Nickelodeon for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration in January 2009. “I remember having so many layers on under that outfit and like three pairs of socks, but it was such a huge honor to be there and I remember feeling really proud. It was my first time voting and something I’ll never forget.”
3. Cannes Film Festival
Lily Collins aged 28 at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, for the Netflix film Okja. Photo: Getty
Collins’ first and only trip to Cannes is one to remember. She attended the 2017 film festival for the Netflix film Okja, alongside castmates Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal. “It was such a magical experience, I always wanted to be able to walk those steps and go up that red carpet with my cast,” says Collins, who wore a Ralph & Russo gown for her Cannes debut. “That fashion moment for me, that white dress with the train, that was one for the memory books.”
4. Elegant in Elie Saab
Lily Collins wearing a gown by Lebanese couturier Elie Saab at the Rome Film Festival in 2014. Photo: Getty
While promoting the romantic comedy film Love, Rosie, Collins looked breathtaking in a gown by Lebanese couturier Elie Saab at the Rome Film Festival in 2014. “It was a dress I’ll never forget because the wind picked up so intensely as we got out of the car and thank goodness it was a dress that could handle the wind,” stated the star. “In fact, I think the wind made it even more beautiful, so almost every photo had the dress had it kind of billowing in the wind and all the ombre colors really looked beautiful,” she added.
5. Enchanting Emily
Lily Collins as Emily for the Netflix series Emily in Paris. Photo: Instagram/ @emilyinparis
Playing Emily Cooper in the divisive Netflix hit, Emily in Paris, Collins got to wear many stylish outfits. However, she identified this bold green number as her personal favorite. “Emily’s character is bright, bold, and a little bit obvious and we tried to incorporate that into Emily’s clothing because it was the extension of her personality,” she explained. “This bright outfit was worn to one of the episodes where I go to an influencer’s luncheon. I just always smiled when I saw Emily’s outfits and this one was one of the ones I smiled at the most,” she added.
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