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The Marvelous Mrs Maisel has the Best Costumes



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Yep, you guessed it: this story contains literally loads of spoilers. If you haven’t watched The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, you should probs just hit “x” now. 

Miriam “Midge” Maisel breezed onto our screens like a breath—nay, gale—of fresh air. 

At a time when we needed it the most, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel offered up a delicious tale of female triumph, talent and strength in the face of misfortune. Not only is our heroine (Rachel Brosnahan) a complete badass with a razor-sharp wit; she’s also dressed to kill throughout the entire series. 

The fabulousness of her costumes—which have caught the eye of a good many viewers—is no accident.

The show’s costume designer Donna Zakowska told Mashable about the significance of Midge’s sartorial choices. 

“It is an awakening of a woman’s desire to express herself outside of predictable expectations.”

“Midge’s look for me was an attempt to optimistically capture the spirit of a woman, who in spite of unfortunate events continues to assert her spirit to remain on her feet,” says Zakowska. “Her love of clothes, detail and colour would become tools for expressing her strength and identity.” She says that Midge’s clothes “symbolise her capacity to not ever give in.”  

“As her life unfolds her wardrobe allows her to continue her inner dialogue with life,” she says. “It is an awakening of a woman’s desire to express herself outside of predictable expectations, and remain true to who she wants to be rather then who she is expected to be.”

Zakowska says the inspiration for Midge’s costumes comes from a combination of wanting to create “urban couture minimalism” and “reexamining the strength and complexity of colours particular to the late 50s.”

Here are Midge’s most striking costumes, ranked.

9. The B. Altman beauty counter look

Much to the chagrin of her nearest and dearest, Midge—an erstwhile Upper West Side housewife—does the unthinkable: she gets a job. The dresses crafted for this new era in Midge’s life are, in fact, Zakowska’s favourite. With these looks she sought to find a “silhouette that captured Midge’s image of what a working girl would wear tempered with her irrepressible spirit and identity.” 

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8. The newly-wed ensemble 

During a flashback, we get a glimpse at Midge and her husband Joel’s first night in their apartment as newlyweds. This dusky blue matching skirt and Peter Pan blouse is the essence of elegance. And, a total contrast from the deeper, bolder hues she favours later in her marriage. 



7. Elevator operator dress

When Midge heads over to department store B. Altman for a job interview, she wears this rather fetching get-up which screams: “hire me.” She doesn’t get hired for the elevator operator position, alas. But she does, however, land a role on the beauty counter. 


6. Stand-up dress 



5. The Red Dress 

What do you wear when your ex husband (who cheated on you with his secretary) is coming to dinner? You wear The Red Dress.

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4. The ‘where did you get the coat’ coat

Midge’s fur coat caused a bit of a commotion at temple; particularly with her mother, who demanded to know where she’d got it. We’d like to know too, frankly. 

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3. The party shorts and tights

This is one of Midge’s most iconic looks from the whole series. What do you wear when you’re hitting up the party scene to test jokes you’ve written? A shorts and tights combo, of course! 


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2. The ‘I dressed for the meeting’ dress

Hey, it’s not everyday that you get to make a court appearance. Midge dressed up for her court appearance to make sure she looked like an upstanding citizen. It worked. Kinda. 



1. The dress that needs pearls 

There is not a single outfit in this world that screams “I win” more than this dress. Midge’s mother was right: this dress does need pearls. 


Just look at it. 


Midge Maisel, you are fabulous. 

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‘Outlanders’ Season 5 confirmed by executive producer



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Everyone’s favorite show that isn’t Game of Thrones is coming back for a fifth season.

In lieu of an official announcement from Starz, Outlander executive producer Ronald D. Moore said Sunday that the show will be returning for a fifth season, Entertainment Weekly reported. Moore noted that there are still “usual negotiations and conversations” about the future of the show, but he seemed completely confident in confirming Season 5.

“We are certainly going to do it,” Moore said at the For Your Consideration: Outlander panel. “I have no doubt we are doing a Season 5.”

The pseudo-announcement doesn’t come as a huge surprise considering the show’s success, critical acclaim, and its source material. The series is based on the best-selling novels of the same name by Diana Gabaldon, and each season roughly adapts one book in the series.

Outlanders Season 3 finished in December last year and Season 4, which is still in production, is expected to kick off this fall. Season 5 likely won’t air until 2019 or even 2020.

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Everything we know about Season 2 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’



And you thought it couldn’t get any darker…

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This story contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 1. To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our highlights recap.

There’s just about one guarantee for the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale: No one is safe.

The cast and executive producers of Hulu’s hit show made that abundantly clear during the panel at PaleyFest on Sunday, March 18. They revealed some tantalizing details about where the characters are going when we return to Gilead on April 25.

“Anyone could die,” said executive producer Warren Littlefield. But, like the show’s world, it isn’t just all darkness. Showrunner Bruce Miller also revealed that at least one person will escape Gilead’s clutches, and well, we’re certainly pulling for June over Serena.

The end of Season 1 left off on an ambiguous note (to say the least), with many of characters left to hang in a freefall of uncertainty. So where will they be in Season 2?


Thankfully, Alexis Bledel will return as Emily, despite the horrors she faced. EW revealed that Season 2 Emily even gets her own flashback scenes to pre-Gilead life with her wife, played by guest star Clea Duvall.

But in the here and now, Emily finds herself stuck in the most desolate of places.

Only hinted at in both the book and Season 1, the colonies are like Gilead’s concentration camps: a radioactive wasteland where the “unwomen” are sent to work until they die. Bledel mentioned it as a place where one’s physical health immediately deteriorates. Miller said the colonies are, “an extrapolation of the way [Gilead] thinks about women — as disposable.”



Perhaps the most tragic yet oddly uplifting character of all, the handmaids’ refusal to stone her does not save Janine from punishment. She’s sent to the Colonies for endangering her child, but actress Madeline Brewer said it isn’t all bad. “She’s just grateful that’s she’s alive, after so many brushes with death.”

Aunt Lydia

For Aunt Lydia, Offred’s pregnancy is the victory she’s been working toward. But as we’ve seen, even a happy and determined Aunt Lydia is a terrifying Aunt Lydia. In Season 2, Miller said we’ll see her “sense of duty to make sure Offred’s baby is healthy and comes into a loving household — even if it kills her and most of the people around her.”


While Moira’s escape to Canada might be the best ending a handmaid can hope for, Samira Wiley said there’s no escaping the trauma left behind. In Little America (Toronto’s safe haven for Gilead refugees) her and Luke deepen their relationship through a common love for June.

Wiley also hinted that we’d see Moira’s life not only before Gilead, but outside of June. In Season 1, she mentions the love of her life, Odette — who was reclassified as an “unwoman.” Will Moira get  another reunion? Or is Odette with Janine and Emily now in the Colonies?  


O-T Fagbenle echoed Wiley’s sentiments, saying that they both have PTSD to deal with. But also, Season 2 explores the parts of Luke and June’s relationship that were less than rosey. Don’t forget: He left his first wife to marry her. So we’ll see the more “contentious” parts of their coupling.


Actor Max Minghella gave some assurance to audiences that the shift we see in his character after learning about June’s baby is genuine. “His primal feelings for her have not shifted for her,” he said. “Nick’s constantly making decisions that negate his self-preservation [for her.]”

We’ve never seen handmaid’s dressed in black before

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The Waterfords

“Serena’s pissed,” said Yvonne Strahovski. And, boy, we know how dangerous that can get.

When it comes to Commander Waterford, “They’ve come to an incredibly uneasy peace,” said Miller. “[The loss of June] hollowed out their marriage… but I don’t know if you’d see that from the outside. They seem like a united front [against June.]”


The poor Martha left to deal with the repercussions in the Waterford household after June’s departure, “is in the most perilous state she’s ever been in,” said actress Amanda Brugel.


For obvious reasons, Season 2 will focus on the theme of motherhood. But we’ll get a full scope of this through Offred/June’s character. In flashback scenes, we’ll see one of the most interesting relationships from the book’s that has yet to be explored in the show: June’s own mother. 

Relating it back to the conversations about #MeToo — and the shift between second and third wave feminism — producer Warren Littlefield suggested that June’s relationship to her mom will exemplify that.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ heads to Wakanda: Chadwick Boseman is set for April 7



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Wakanda’s very own Black Panther is headed to Studio 8H. 

On April 7, Chadwick Boseman will take on the hosting duties for Saturday Night Live with none other than the “Bodak Yellow” queen Cardi B as a musical guest. The announcement was made during an episode guest hosted by Bill Hader this weekend. 

While Boseman and Cardi haven’t appeared on the show before, both have been parodied by cast member Chris Redd and former guest host Tiffany Haddish, respectively. 

“Who finna not go to the club to watch Bardi on tv?!,” Cardi wrote on Instagram following announcement. By the looks of it, pretty much everyone: the news elicited enthusiastic reactions from folks online who can’t wait to see what SNL cooks up for Wakanda (and Bronx) royalty.