If you were like me and binge-watched Netflix’s newest hit show, then you will know all about Ms. Emily Cooper. Travel restrictions aside, we were all transported to Paris last weekend – well, at least I was. The mouth-watering croissants, sublime Parisian architecture and timeless glimpses of la Tour Eiffel were not the only eye-catching moments within the iconic show. Director Darren Star knew only too well that you couldn’t bring Paris into the limelight and not invest in the fashion. With Patricia Field on costume duty, it was an investment indeed.
Quick recap: Patricia Field was the person responsible for those looks from Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada. To put it simply, a fashion genius. With every smooth transition of the screen, I couldn’t help but let out a gasp of delight at whatever creation main character Emily Cooper donned next.
‘’I have a tendency of making up these outfits that are not necessarily something you’ve seen before, but still hold some interest. Because that’s what lasts in a wardrobe, it really does’’; says Patricia Field.
Emily’s daily looks are certainly not for the unadventurous. If it’s not clashing prints, it’s breathtakingly bold accessories – no look blends into the background. Paris is no place to hide, but to stand out and be heard; the set of every fashion lover’s dream.
While statement is the common denominator, Field holds no fear to the occasional fashion reference. Emily’s ballet look may have held an air of nostalgia for some and rightly so. Time and time again leading actress Lily Collins has been mentioned for her remarkable resemblance to iconic figure Audrey Hepburn. This is apparent even more so as Field dresses Collins in a Christian Siriano gown, a pair of Agnelle gloves, a rhinestone-studded vintage purse, a pair of Cosmoparis heels and jewels from La Compagnie du Costume, a modern-day doppelgänger to Hepburn’s Givenchy little black dress in Funny Face.
Field creates a vision of Emily that is pure escapist joy. The looks created by Field, trend-adjacent rather than driven, are something before now we may have only dreamed of. The fantasy is not only reserved for the viewer but for the leading lady herself. Emily pays homage to the French dream with her sleek pairing of berets and neck scarves. Oh, and stripes. All the stripes.
In a time of endless lounge wear, why not dream of baby pink houndstooth two pieces and pearl-encrusted Chanel bags? Why not escape to Paris with Ms. Emily Cooper?