THE OTHER WOMAN
Dressed For Success: Style and Wardrobe
For Yorn, the idea of securing legendary costume designer Patricia Field
("Sex and the City"), a longtime purveyor of cool downtown Manhattan style,
became something of an obsession. "Patricia has had a long and amazing career
and is always looking for new challenges," Yorn explains. "We're glad she saw
THE OTHER WOMAN as fulfilling that goal."
Field's involvement in the film was also very important to Cassavetes, who
comments, "I begged Pat ninety-eight thousand times to do the film. She is a
real artist. Pat has specific kinds of ideas and they're mutating and changing
all the time."
Nicki Minaj, a noted fashion icon in her own right, was also thrilled to
learn Field would be joining the team: "When I heard that Patricia Field was a
part of this movie, I was very excited because I knew everybody would be eating
their hearts out when they saw all the clothes we wear in this movie, and I knew
it was going to be fresh and fun."
Field notes that her process is "to find the parallel lines between the actor
and the character. I need to get to know the actors so just sit and talk with
them. They need to get to know me, as well. So that is a very big step in the
process. My job is getting the actors comfortable in their clothes, visually and
Field made the costuming a team effort. She shares costume design credit with
longtime collaborator and protege Paolo Nieddu. Field and Nieddu began the work
of illustrating the personalities of the characters through their clothes.
Each of the women in the film has a very specific style, which the costume
designers worked with the actors to map out. "Carly is a contemporary,
attractive, successful woman," Field explains. "Her style is sophisticated,
which could mean a designer look or it could be a chic, unique, original
When we first meet Carly, during a hotel tryst with Mark, she is wearing a
skintight Antonio Berardi black dress. Some of her other signature looks are a
pair of dresses by designer Martin Grant (lipstick red, and white and navy with
a gold belt), a white Tom Ford sheath and a Rick Owens black leather skirt with
blazer. High heels and designer purses and jewelry complete her outfits, giving
Carly a sexy, killer vibe, even in the office.
Leslie Mann's Kate, Field notes, "is a time-warped throwback from the '50s
because she's this married woman living in the suburbs, not working, living the
la-di-dah-la-la life. And then the energy of Leslie was a little goofy, which is
part of her comedy. I had to make Kate from another time zone because she
doesn't have a clue."
Nieddu adds, "Kate is a sort of 1950s Suzy Homemaker/Stepford Wife. She's
looking after her man, cleaning his clothes, running his errands, and taking
care of his dog while he's out. So her look was definitely preppy. Then, Kate
becomes disheveled after learning of the affair. She becomes upset and there are
times where that needs to reflect in her clothing and her appearance, where she
is less put-together in certain situations."
Kate's ensembles incorporate a Prada two-piece print pantsuit, and dresses
and separates from Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, Lily Pulitzer, J. Crew, Red
Valentino and Pucci - all the accouterments befitting a privileged "country
mouse." Unlike Carly, she's more often in flats than stilettos and her most
prominent accessory is a Great Dane called Thunder, who is bigger than she is.
The second other woman, Amber, is the youngest of the trio. "She's the cool
girl," says Nieddu. "Amber's style is a young style. Her most memorable wardrobe
moment is when Carly and Kate spot Amber on a sunny Hamptons beach, jogging in a
perfect white bikini made by Malia Mills. Amber is your jeans-and-t-shirt,
all-American girl-next-door. She's kind of a tomboy at times. Amber shouldn't be
over-styled or overdone. She's not out on the prowl."
Styling Nicki Minaj was another highlight for the designers. "It was really
fun to get the chance to dress Nicki for this role," says Nieddu. "She's the
secretary, and the sexy secretary is an image everybody can imagine, so we went
with almost a cartoon sexy secretary, with exaggerated colors and prints and
lots of different accessories. Every day is a new Lydia. So you never know what
you're going to get with her."
Lydia's looks include high fashion, sexy, and body-conscious pieces that
would fill the closet of a girl with a sugar daddy footing the bill. Some of her
designer looks are by Gucci, Roland Mouret, Versace, Herve Leger, Proenza
Schoeler, and McQueen - all paired with the most extreme, expensive designer
shoes that only a diva could stand wearing to the office.
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