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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. 

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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. 

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6. Stand-up dress 

 

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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. 

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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. 

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Just look at it. 

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Midge Maisel, you are fabulous. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/12/12/the-marvelous-mrs-maisel-costumes/

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The clues we all missed about the big reveal in ‘Westworld’ Episode 9

Charmaine Blake

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The hats in “Westworld” were always about much more than aesthetic

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“With a show like Westworld, it’s hard to get any reveal past avid Reddit theorists and media obsessives (hi, hello — that is us.) Yet somehow, showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan managed to pull it off on Sunday’s “Vanishing Point.”

A running mystery (among the many millions) this season revolved around the Delos Corporation’s ability to accurately copy guest cognition. The answer turned out to be so obvious in hindsight, we can’t stop kicking…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/20/westworld-hat-reveal-season-2/

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The Handmaid’s Tale Revealed the Truth Behind Gilead!

Charmaine Blake

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Science: 1. Gilead: 0.

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“To watch The Handmaids Tale as a conscious member of a free society is to be keyed in to every injustice the Republic of Gilead commits against women.

Ostensibly, each of the institutionalized violations of womens rights the ban on reading, the forced marriages, the entire concept of Handmaids, and countless others stem from Gileads core purpose, which is to ensure the future of the human race in the face of a worldwide fertility crisis.

Government-approved rape and wife assignments are Gilead’s answer to a world where the wickedness of women caused millions of them to fall barren. But in Episode 9 of Season 2, the lie behind that logic is finally exposed: the worlds fertility crisis was an issue of inert sperm, not eggs. Women were never the problem.

To which I would like to say both holy shit and duh.

The holy shit part stands for my internal scream during this episode when Serena Joys itinerary for the Canada visit was outlined with pictures instead of words, out of sensitivity for Gileads anti-reading policy. This despite my refusal to accept Serena Joy as a victim in her own system.

That scream was for how entirely unfair the system of Gilead is. That unfairness only compounds with the fertility reveal. Every lynching victim…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/14/handmaids-tale-fertility-reveal/

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The British reality dating show that you need to start watching immediately

Charmaine Blake

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“At precisely 9 p.m. every night for the next three months, just as the sun is setting over the United Kingdom, Twitter comes alive.

There’s nothing in the water and we certainly can’t blame it on the weather. It’s all because of Love Island, a British reality dating show that currently has the nation transfixed. Brits are gripped by the action unfolding on their television screens, and they begin flooding Twitter with their feelings using the #LoveIsland hashtag.

So, what the hell is Love Island? Well, in a nutshell, it’s Britain’s answer to the U.S.’s Bachelor In Paradise. The only difference is that the show airs every single night for three drama-packed months.

The new season of Love Island — which began one week ago — kicked off with the arrival of 11 strangers comprising six men and five women. The women arrive first and exchange hugs with their fellow contestants. Then, as the men arrive one-by-one, the ladies step forward when they see someone they like the look of.

Much like Bachelor in Paradise, the power alternates between the male and female contestants each week. Now, if that sentence….”

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