Confined to our favourite couch at home, this year was not only about work from home but the after hours spent binge watching a list of movies and series. In the sea of thrillers, sci-fi, action and rom-com, cinephiles were especially amazed by some top-notch stylish looks seen on screen.
We look back at 2020’s most talked-about OTT releases that hit the right chord with style and fashion enthusiasts.
Shortly after releasing in November, the fourth season of The Crown was peaked in popularity, partly thanks to the perfectly assembled outfits that the royal family wore in every episode. This season also introduced us to Princess Diana, played by Emma Corrin. Two of the star outfits that became the nucleus of attention were Diana’s white wedding dress and the shimmery blue gown she dolled up in, for a dance with Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) at the Australian Tour in 1983.
Set in the 1960s, Queen’s Gambit on Netflix is a mini-series about chess prodigy Beth Harmon, played by Anna Taylor-Joy. Besides stirring up interest in chess all over again, the series has also served some fascinating fashion looks, including checkered prints, pencil skirts, A-line dresses and pinafores. Costume designer Gabriele Binder told Vogue, “At the end, Beth wears the white coat with the white pants and cap. The idea, of course, is to convey that she is now the queen on the chessboard and the chessboard itself is the world.”
One knows that glamour naturally follows where Hollywood is involved. This series limited to seven episodes captures the post-World War II showbiz of the West. The outfits seen on screen exude a sense of aristocracy combined with the vintage-modernity – think tulle gowns, Polka-dot blouse, faux-fur capes and coats and body-fit dresses.
This Canadian sitcom not only won primetime trophies at the Emmy’s and MTV Movie Awards for its capturing, comic storytelling, but also gained a record-breaking fan following for the many fashion statements in it. The sixth season of Schitt’s Creek which aired this year was power packed with the protagonists’ stylish avatars, including constantly changing wigs on Moira Rose (played by Catherina O’Hara) and her outlandish but designer garbs that stole the spotlight like no other.
A reality show that revolved around the uber-luxury real estate of Los Angeles, Selling Sunset starred seven women who worked for the Oppenheim Group as its real estate agents. Amidst all the drama, workplace rivalries, parties and luxury home tours, viewers were also enchanted by some really scintillating looks that the ladies modelled in each episode.
Emily in Paris
Emily in Paris was the internet’s favourite this whole year, and perhaps next year too, when the second season arrives on Netflix. Although the discussions around the portrayal of French culture soared high, but the real attention-stealer were the outfits that Emily (Lily Collins) dolled up in throughout the first season. Parisian beret caps, neck scarves, plaids and checks, long coats and couture gowns – Patricia Field, the costume designer of the hit TV series Sex and the City was behind Emily’s enviable wardrobe.
A Suitable Boy
A Suitable Boy is a Netflix short series adapted from Vikram Seth’s novel of the same name, which is set in the post-Independence India. The storytelling rather realistic and rapturing, also involves an artistic cinematography that conjoins fluently with the various costumes worn in the series. What catches the eye the most are protagonist Lata’s (Tanya Maniktala) collection of saris in soft colours that spell grace and elegance.
Four More Shots Please!
The second season of Four More Shots Please! was an instant hit when it aired on Amazon Prime this year. Casual, sporty, bold and and stunning; the four leading ladies in the series Damini (Sayani Gupta), Anjana (Kirti Kulhari), Umang (VJ Bani) and Siddhi (Maanvi Gagroo) have all got drama and punch in their designer fashion looks that the viewers just couldn’t get enough of.
Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Karan Johar’s latest project, Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives on Netflix was all the talk in the town (and B-Town). Starring Neelam Kothari Soni, Bhavana Panday, Maheep Kapoor and Seema Khan, the show is everything luxury and glamour. All the garbs sported by the four women oozed designer finesse that really is desirable and fashion-goals of the year!