These eight films and TV shows, coming out this year, are sure to set high marks for style.
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“Water for Elephants” (April 22, 20th Century Fox)
Based on Sara Gruen’s 2006 best-selling novel, this Great Depression-era film, set in a traveling circus, is rich in Thirties style. Jacqueline West’s costumes evoke theatricality and romance. And did we mention the leads are Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon?
“Skins” (Jan. 17, MTV)
MTV’s scripted series, adapted from the U.K. original, takes on a stable of quirky, often naughty teens navigating the waters between adolescence and adulthood while looking like an American Apparel ad. Costume designer Edward K. Gibbon used a mix of high street and British heritage brands to give the unknown cast “a slightly messy and f–ked up look as opposed to mainstream glamour, to buck the trend of homogenized fashion.”
“Red Riding Hood” (March 11, Warner Bros.)
“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwick puts an edgy adult spin on the children’s tale, casting Amanda Seyfried as the crimson cape-wearing heroine caught between two lovers (Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons). The big bad wolf is actually a werewolf who hunts the villagers, including Gary Oldman, Virginia Madsen and Julie Christie, with each full moon. Bring on the red accessories.
“The Help” (Aug. 12, Touchstone Pictures)
The film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel takes viewers back to the Sixties-era South, where bouffant hairdos and pointy bras reigned. Emma Stone, who plays heroine Skeeter Phelan alongside the formidable Cicely Tyson, Sissy Spacek and Viola Davis, works Sharen Davis’ costumes to the hilt. Could it be “Mad Men” below the Mason-Dixon Line?
“Camelot” (April 1, Starz)
“The Borgias” (spring, Showtime)
Rich, powerful and dysfunctional families make for compelling television. Especially when they’re as well dressed as the royals in King Arthur’s court and the Renaissance popes in the Borgia clan. With pedigreed costume designers Joan Bergin and Gabriella Pescucci, scandal and sin never looked so good.
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“Priest” (May 13, Sony Screen Gems) “Cowboys & Aliens” (July 29, Universal)
Western is a big theme on the big screen this year, albeit with a twist. “Priest” marries it with apocalyptic vampires, while “Cowboys & Aliens” gives it an otherworldly spin. Look for Maggie Q and Olivia Wilde to reboot the classic look with modern swagger.