Netflix’s new original series Orange is the New Black is making headway as a gritty comedy-drama set in a women’s prison. Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same title, the series tells the story of Piper (starring Taylor Schilling), whose past as an accomplice to her international drug-runner girlfriend Alex (Laura Prepon) catches up to her cozy life with fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs). It results in her arrest and a year-long sentence to prison where she meets an eccentric bunch of inmates. Created by Jenji Kohan, the same woman behind Weeds, each episode is punctuated with flashbacks of a character’s past. The show is incredibly compelling—and the costumes even more so. Costume designer Jenn Rogien, also the mastermind behind the boho Brooklyn look as the costume designer for HBO’s Girls, reveals to us the challenges that come with styling prison jumpsuits, combing the city for ’90s clothes and testing makeshift ‘prison’ accessories (like a shower slipper out of maxi pads). “I do appreciate and love watching pretty clothes on TV, but I gravitate toward the grittier stories that show how complicated and how messy we can be as humans,” she tells InStyle.com. Scroll down for her complete interview. More
Girls Fashion: 4 Girls, 4 Outfits, The Looks Costume Designer Jenn Rogien Thinks Were the Most Memorable of All SeasonMar 18, 2013 @ 1:09 pm
The Girls season 2 finale aired last night! And while each Girl—save the missing Jessa (Jemima Kirke)—had a pivotal, emotional moment to wrap up the last ten episodes (Marnie [Allison Williams] and Charlie, awww), there were also, as always, standout style moments, too. That’s why we caught up with costume designer Jenn Rogien for the last time this season to ask her what her favorite looks were, and she gave us her top outfit for each. “Every time I think I get to the most fun look, or the weirdest or the most uncomfortable, another look comes along that’s all of those things all over again,” Rogien told InStyle.com this morning (think Hannah’s [Lena Dunham] mesh tank top). Click through for Jenn’s favorite looks.
All season long, we’ve been talking to Girls costume designer, Jenn Rogien, on the boldest looks from each episode, from Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) parrot-print “shorteralls” to Marnie’s (Allison Williams) hostess suspenders. And to celebrate the season finale, we rounded up all of her comments in one place so you can review before you watch. Click through for Jenn’s behind-the-scenes take on Girls‘ fashion. Then tune in to the Girls second season finale tomorrow at 9/8c on HBO, and come back Monday morning for the designer’s favorite look this season!
A lot happened on Girls this week! Hannah (Lena Dunham) quit her job at Grumpy’s and tried her hand at a big-girl relationship with a doctor named Joshua (guest star Patrick Wilson). And, in the fashion department, she wore her second pair of “shorteralls” this season, this time a Topshop romper with parrot print. “Hannah sort of ends up in an unexpected spot, but she starts at work, so we wanted it to be something that could travel,” explained costume designer Jenn Rogien (inset), who is nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award for Girls. “It continues the ‘shorteralls’ theme that Hannah’s been on, so it made sense that she would wear something like that to work—and that she would think that that particular piece was fun.” And that’s not all! Click through the gallery to get more inside scoop from Rogien about Girls fashion.
Girls just keeps getting better! Finally back for season two, it had been a while since we left Hannah (Lena Dunham) contemplating life on the shores of Coney Island, and we’ve missed her every day since—not to mention our weekly dose of city-girl style, courtesy of the Girls quartet. That’s why we caught up with costume designer Jenn Rogien, the stylish brain behind each girl’s signature look, for the inside scoop on season 2′s best and most adventurous ensembles so far, including Marnie’s (Allison Williams) shorts-and-suspenders hostess getup. “We wanted the look to be a challenge for Marnie, to push her boundaries so she could be a little more provocative,” Rogien revealed to InStyle.com. Huge change from her Ann Taylor suits! Click through to get the inside scoop on the most memorable looks from season 2—so far.