“Emily in Paris”: the Genius of Patricia Field
Lily Collins in Emily in Paris (2020) wearing an haute couture creation by Stephanie Rolland Haute Couture, which the designer gifted to Lily after the shoot.
At age 6 costume designer Patricia Field knew her future was entwined with fashion, touting her favorite cowgirl outfit that included “a miniskirt, boots, a hat and a gun in a holster.” Many will look at her subsequent costumes in shows like creator/writer/producer <<Darren Star’s new Netflix series Emily In Paris, and recognize the themes of miniskirts and boots that are de rigueur amongst the fashion-forward today. While always creating unique, ahead-of-the-curve clothes for her characters, Patricia Field admits that her personal flair can be seen on the screen. “There are definite elements of my own style that are reflected in my approach to characters. The one element that remains and is always universal is the mix of unexpected pieces that I employ and, in the end, look interesting and original.”The native New Yorker’s work has resonated with a generation and influenced our current perception of panache, yet she feels no pressure to reach a projected bar. “It’s dangerous to believe your press.” The line is dropped drolly, explaining her ability to lead the zeitgeist. “My basic style is to mix classics in a way that we haven’t seen. It’s my nature. I just do it without any conscious motivation.”
Emily, (Lily Collins is also a producer on the show) is an ambitious 20-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company – and she is tasked with revamping their social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances. While doing so she wears concoctions from some of the most influential designers of the day including Asos, Dior, Givenchy, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kate Spade, Rag & Bones Louboutin, Stuart Weizmann, and Vivienne Westwood to name just a few. Fashion fans are going to love this show.Fashion is seen as a young person’s flitting quest for new; but style is forever, and in Emily in Paris, Field creates a blueprint for the mature maven with a libido. ( Picture shows: COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020 )
Picture shows: COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020