This comic-based series not only depicts an intertemporal love and hate story, but it also leaves us with incredible looks that tell a lot about their characters.
It is one of the revelation series of the summer, "Why do women kill" (Why Women Kill, CBS All Acess) has come to Spain (and to many parts of the world thanks to its appearance on the HBO content platform). This American dramatic comedy by Marc Cherry (who is the creator of "Desperate Housewives") shows the intense marital life of three couples living in the same mansion in different periods of time – los 60, los 80 and today.
If you want to know more details about the series, the plot or its characters do not miss this article about her in Out of Series. But here we have come to talk about moda, And let's do it! (Por supuesto, its spoiler)
Why is fashion so important in 'Why do women kill'?
Although not a fashion series (and therefore cannot become part of this list with all the fashion series in the world) yes we see in it a great importance of styling in their characters. Through them they define their personality and their history. I've decided to highlight two reasons why the looks of «Why do women kill?" are important.
Looks to define the time, society and women's capacities.
Play with the same physical space – a mansion – over the years it can be done in a much simpler way and easy if we frame it in years with styles as iconic and recognizable as those 60, los 80 or today. That is why the looks quickly make us establish the era of each story and with it its social and historical environment..
Además, the series is not only framed trother than the outfits of its protagonists, but also from the people around them como, por ejemplo, the neighbor of the 50 which is more modern (both in clothing and ideology) or the friend of the 80 who lives glued. Confronting characters with their surroundings also places them in a more recognizable position with the viewer..
Además, These looks also give us a taste of the capabilities of women at all times.. Becoming beautiful objects to have at home, to beautiful objects in a public way to people in themselves with judgment and independence. This is not something they decide for themselves, but it is the role that society has given them in each of the times. Showing it in their outfits it is even easier to understand the role of women in each age and the tools of this to face their loving and vital situation.
Looks to define the character's personality.
This is not something unique to 'Why Women Kill', since all audiovisual creation creates and defines the personality of its characters through its way of dressing – which after all is usually the fastest and most visual way of showing us to the world – pero en esta ocasión, conjugated with the printing press of each era, the outfits of the three protagonists is essential to define their charisma.
Over the years 60 we see how Beth Ann Stanton (interpretada por Ginnifer Goodwin) continues to keep the aesthetic patterns of past decades anchored in "The traditional" as a conservative element. In fact, a reference is even made in the series when a character indicates from it that "Surely she will not have changed dresses in ten years". Also through her looks we see how perfectionist and detailed the character is.
When we get to 80, the protagonist is Simone Grove (played by Lucy Liu), demonstrates the aesthetic power that has made the series not go unnoticed by fashionistas. His eighties looks not only brighten the screen but perfectly define the desire to excel the character (fundamental characteristic in its dramatic development) and look good facing the gallery. The profusion of patterns, brocados, volumes and accessories makes us see how Los Angeles' upper class in the 80 I was not afraid of anything – at least, stylistically speaking.
Por su parte, nowadays (2019, when the series was released) Taylor Harding (interpreted by Kirby Howell-Baptiste) demonstrates how women's wardrobe has evolved into something more functional. It is not strange to see her with much more comfortable fabrics and styles that free it. Además, to demonstrate the "power" of the character they use elements such as leather jackets or natural afro hair that demonstrate how at the moment the looks more than being done facing the gallery are made to feel more one.
The use of color and its force to transmit sensations are present in each of the protagonists and throughout the entire series where we see color – or the absence of it – as a momentary element identifier.
"Costume design is essential because we are creating a character, and then that character is creating a character for herself within the series. Everyone is putting fashion first »Janie Bryant. Costume Designer for Why Women Kill.
You can learn more about the costume designer in this interview in Marie Claire UK and also what it has been like to work on each character and with each actress in this InStyle article. Por cierto, if you watch the series and you like any of their clothes, en Spotern you can find "match" either the same garment or similar garments to be able to wear them now.