‘GIRLBOSS’ COSTUME DESIGNER AUDREY FISHER ON DRESSING THE NASTY GAL STORY

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Britt Robertson as Sophia Amoruso in 'Girlboss'. Photo: NetflixBritt Robertson as Sophia Amoruso in ‘Girlboss’. Photo: Netflix

Streaming now on Netflix, the half-hour series ‘Girlboss’ tells the fictional story of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso’s rise from vintage seller to multi-million dollar success. Britt Robertson takes on the role of Sophia in a colorful tale set in San Francisco from 2006 to 2008. And of course, since the story focuses on fashion, the show had to deliver on the style front. ‘Girlboss’ costume designer Audrey Fisher recently opened up about outfitting the story in an exclusive interview with FGR. From her favorite outfit to working with the real Sophia and the challenge of dressing the mid aughts, discover the full Q&A below.


INTERVIEW: COSTUME DESIGNER AUDREY FISHER ON ‘GIRLBOSS’

How did you get started in costume design? What was your education?
From a very young age, I was always making costumes for myself, my friends, and my family. My path to costume design was intuitive, creative and methodical although not academic. However in college, I was drawn to language, and I studied English Literature and German. I was fascinated by the theater, and interested in a career in dramaturgy and theater studies.

After graduating,  I pursued that dream, landing internships with two prominent avant-garde theaters in New York City, and then began graduate studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to continue my education. And even in my extremely challenging graduate program, I was making costumes in my spare time. It was all connected: I was interested in how costumes can tell stories.

Based on some theatrical hats I was making for an art class, a German director in my Tisch program asked me to design the costumes for her production of ‘Medea’ at an East Village theater. That’s when costumes became both my passion and my profession, with that first small but exciting production in the early 1990s.
 

Britt Robertson wears a 70's inspired vest and red jeans in Girlboss. Photo: NetflixBritt Robertson wears a 70’s inspired vest and red jeans in ‘Girlboss’. Photo: Netflix

Since vintage clothing is a big part of the Nasty Gal story, did you use a lot of vintage pieces?
Of course! Sophia’s story is built on racks and racks of vintage clothes, so it was my mandate as a designer building a closet for the character Sophia to honor that history. Sophia herself favored a sexy and strong 1970s silhouette, and there were references both in her book and in the script to very specific details that I got to recreate in our show, like those favorite red jeans…and that East West leather jacket!

I scoured all my favorite vintage stores, and reached out to vendors I’ve worked with for years to find pieces that would work for our Sophia, portrayed by Britt. I tried to use as much vintage as possible on Britt, but sometimes TV production has special needs, like multiples of certain pieces because of a stunt, or rain, or a photo double…so in that case I would try to use contemporary pieces that were 70s-inspired. Also I built a lot of costumes for Britt…and that is always the most rewarding because I can really design what works for the actor, the scene and the character…triple crown!

Girlboss costume designer Audrey Fisher says Sophia Amoroso's style is all about referencing the 1970's. Photo: Netflix Girlboss costume designer Audrey Fisher says Sophia Amoroso’s style is all about referencing the 1970’s. Photo: Netflix

How much input did Sophia Amoruso have for the show’s costumes?
From the beginning, Sophia Amoruso was very generous with sharing her time, her personal photos and letting me see actual clothes she wore during that time of her life! She gave the production a library of amazing snapshots of her, and her chic friends, hanging out in SF in the mid-2000s, and those photos were a great road map for me. Very inspirational.

But the most powerful tool Sophia gave me was a walk through her own (jaw-dropping) closet! Early on, I went to her elegant home…and then we dove in. I took photos of everything, and made a “Sophia Bible”—an album of all those clothes: some vintage she wore in her personal photos, many pieces she simply cherished, and newer items that helped to illustrate for me the arc of her love of design. Every time I needed inspiration, I scrolled through that Bible, and found the spark I needed to dress Britt for another great scene in the show.

Britt Robertson (Sophia) wears a Gucci sweatshirt in Girlboss. Photo: NetflixBritt Robertson (Sophia) wears a Gucci sweatshirt in ‘Girlboss’. Photo: Netflix

Since the show is only set a decade ago, was it a challenge to pull looks together from the 2006-2008 era of fashion? Did you want to focus on trends of that time?
Yes. More recent fashion silhouettes are not as instantly recognizable to the viewer. For instance, we all have a visual short hand for even 60 year-old fashion from the 1950s—tiny waist, poodle skirt; and even for the more recent 1980s–shoulder pads! But the closer you get to our current time, in general the silhouette hasn’t yet become as recognizable or easily named.

In 50 years, the mid-2000s silhouette might be a huge Halloween favorite! The mid-aughts did have their own strong trends and sartorial flare: trucker hats, ironic tee shirts, fashion cowboy shirts, low-cut, wide waistband boot cut jeans, satin cargo pants, long peasant skirts, little vests, cropped jean jackets…I could go on. I tried to paint a strong mid-aughts look on the background performers, to ground the pieces in that time, and focused on Sophia’s 70s look, Annie’s retro vibe, and more timeless looks on the guys.
 
What advice would you give someone looking to get started in costume design?
 My advice is always the same: Dive in. Follow your passion. Be responsible and kind. Say yes to all opportunities because you never know what relationships will lead to more exciting design jobs. Make yourself indispensable to your team! Come up with the most creative ideas! And be joyful…because striving to design costumes for a living is straight up, official joy. Very Girlboss!

Ready for camera time, Britt Robertson (Sophia) rocks a moto jacket and denim shorts in Girlboss still. Photo: NetflixReady for camera time, Britt Robertson (Sophia) rocks a moto jacket and denim shorts in ‘Girlboss’ still. Photo: Netflix

How was the collaboration like on set?
Girlboss was about me collaborating with Kay Cannon and the writers, being inspired by their incredible scripts, and working closely with the other creative department heads to support this story, while being energized by Sophia’s honest, soulful journey. And my own stellar Team—assistant designer Kristine Haag, Supervisor Sara Castro, Key Costumer Yuki Tachibe, Costume Buyer Mayumi Masaoka, Set Costumers Nick and Lorie, Extra Buyers, and PAs Ross and Zoa—were all dedicated to creating the detailed world that you see on screen!

What was your favorite look from the show, or one that stands out the most?
It’s hard to choose a favorite among so many distinctive looks! Each outfit that I created for the character Sophia had to have a unique, casually chic statement. Even if she was just hanging out at her apartment her costume had to speak volumes about her commitment to personal style.

But the costume that I really love for how it transcends this story and winks at the real Sophia is the denim jumpsuit that we built for Britt. It’s SO Sophia, fit like a glove, and is like a super-chic fashion “work” uniform. I knew I wanted to create a denim jumpsuit for the character especially because the real Sophia always rocks a jumpsuit in her current life with such panache! So that costume was a chic, lucky charm, linking the fictional and the real Sophia.

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PRADA DEBUTS PRE-FALL 2017 ‘ENCOUNTERS’ CAMPAIGN

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Fresh off its ‘Nonconformists’ advertisements, Prada unveils its pre-fall 2017 campaign called ‘Encounters’. The Italian label spotlights rising stars of the modeling world with Selena Forrest, Kris Grikaite and Nina Gulien. Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, the trio pose in a retro-looking home setting in looks from the runway. This campaign marks the third installment of 365, where Prada goes for a seasonless approach to advertising. The images spotlight fuzzy cardigans, leather coats and slouchy tote bags.


PRADA ‘ENCOUNTERS’ PRE-FALL 2017 CAMPAIGN

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TORY BURCH X FITBIT FLEX 2 BRACELETS

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It’s fashion meets technology again with these latest sporty Fitbit Bracelets. Now you can turn your sport tracker into a super-chic accessory. Now which one matches to your sportswear?

The exclusive collaboration between Tory Burch and Fitbit has turned out to be fabulous again. These bracelets come in different timeless colors and shiny options are included as well. There are two styles to pick; the first one is the double wrap, which is made from leather. When carried on your wrist, it shows a nice cross-effect but all eyes are on the hardware. The design of the hardware is the signature logo of the house.

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And then you can also choose the metal-hinged bracelets. This is a beautiful and elegant bracelet, which will certainly attract attention during the gym. You know, it’s advised not to wear jewelries during the training, but these are beyond that.

These bracelets are purposely made in lightweight, so you won’t feel wearing them during the gym. They’re versatile and have a touch of effortless tomboy style. It’s also adjustable to fit various wrist sizes.

This is the second time that Tory Burch and Fitbit collaborated, if you’ve missed the chance last time, then this is the moment to take revenge. The Fitbit tracket is sold separately.

The Tory Burch Double Wrap Bracelet is measured 15’ x 0.5’ inches (H x W) and is priced at $175 USD, 165 GBP via Tory Burch e-store.

The Tory Burch Hinged Bracelet is measured 2.4’ x 0.6’ inches (H x W) and is priced at $195 USD, 185 GBP via Tory Burch e-store.

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Fendi Spring/Summer 2017 Bag Collection

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Introducing the Fendi Spring/Summer 2017 Bag Collection. The brand’s new collection presents a feminine and romantic vibe, which was also seen during the runway show. The Baguette and Kan I bags comes in dainty floral and bow designs. Some of the standouts from this season are the Micro Peekaboo Bag with intricate beadings, and the Wonder Monster Kan I that features Monster eyes with floral appliqués and stud trim. The 3Jours and 2Jours tote bags comes in denim material with leather and has colorful geometric studs. The collection presents a mix of colors like Gold, Pink, White, Red and Blue.

Peekaboo

Style

Price

Fendi Bicolor Peekaboo Medium Bag $4,100.00 (USD)
Fendi Bicolor Peekaboo Mini Bag $3,150.00 (USD)
Fendi Micro Circle Embroidered Silk Peekaboo Mini Bag $7,250.00 (USD)
Fendi Selleria Peekaboo Mini Bag $4,500.00 (USD)
Fendi Whipstitch Peekaboo Mini Bag $3,500.00 (USD)

Kan I

Style

Price

Fendi Wonder Monster Kan I Bag $5,950.00 (USD)
Fendi Floral Kan I Bag $5,000.00 (USD)
Fendi Pequin Watercolor Canvas Kan I Bag $5,200.00 (USD)

Baguette

Style

Price

Fendi Crocheted Baguette Waves Bag $2,100.00 (USD)
Fendi Striped Double Micro Baguette Bag $2,600.00 (USD)
Fendi Bow Double Micro Baguette Bag $1,850.00 (USD)
Fendi Studded Double Micro Baguette Bag $2,200.00 (USD)
Fendi Embellished Straw Double Micro Baguette Bag $1,850.00 (USD)

Dotcom and By The Way

Style

Price

Fendi Studded Dotcom Bag $3,900.00 (USD)
Fendi Denim Dotcom Mini Bag $2,450.00 (USD)
Fendi Floral Embroidered By The Way Mini Bag $2,050.00 (USD)
Fendi Snakeskin By The Way Bag $3,050.00 (USD)
Fendi Scalloped By The Way Small Bag $2,450.00 (USD)

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  • BY THE WAY MINI FLORAL STUDDED LEATHER BOSTON BAG

    $2200.00

  • KAN I WONDER MONSTER METALLIC LEATHER SHOULDER BAG

    $5950.00

  • FENDI - STRUCTURED SCARF BAG - WOMEN - LEATHER - ONE SIZE, GREEN, LEATHER

    $2900.00

  • FENDI - SMALL BOSTON BAG - WOMEN - CALF LEATHER - ONE SIZE, BLACK, CALF LEATHER

    $2050.00

  • FENDI - BY THE WAY CLUTCH BAG - WOMEN - LEATHER - ONE SIZE, RED, LEATHER

    $700.00

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3Jours / 2Jours / Demi Jour

Style

Price

Fendi Denim 3Jours Mini Bag $2,450.00 (USD)
Fendi Denim Petite 2Jours Bag $2,300.00 (USD)
Fendi Calfskin/Snakeskin Demi Jour Bag $2,300.00 (USD)

Other Bags

Style

Price

Fendi Studded Mini Crossbody Pouch Bag $1,050.00 (USD)
Fendi Python Whipstitch Flat Clutch Bag $1,450.00 (USD)
Fendi Whipstitch Selleria Lei Bag $3,550.00 (USD)


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ANNE VYALITSYNA MODELS THE SEASON’S MUST-HAVE SUNGLASSES FROM SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

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Gucci 57MM Crystal-Trim Oversized Square Sunglasses

Gucci 57MM Crystal-Trim Oversized Square Sunglasses $1,380

As the warm weather season starts, looking for a killer pair of sunglasses is an absolute must. Luckily, Saks Fifth Avenue offers up a chic selection with its spring 2017 catalog. Model Anne Vyalitsyna stars in a fashion story called, ‘Under Cover’. The Russian beauty poses in sleek styles from the industry’s top brands. From crystal embellished frames to cat eye silhouettes and mirrored styles, these shades make quite the statement.

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE ‘UNDER COVER’ SPRING 2017 CATALOG

Prada 54MM Metal-Trim Cat Eye SunglassesPrada 54MM Metal-Trim Cat Eye Sunglasses $520Tom Ford Eyewear Savannah 55MM Cropped Cat Eye SunglassesTom Ford Eyewear Savannah 55MM Cropped Cat Eye Sunglasses $445Miu Miu 51MM Crystal-Embellished Square SunglassesMiu Miu 51MM Crystal-Embellished Square Sunglasses $530Chloe Butterfly Shaped Sunglasses $396Chloe Butterfly Shaped Sunglasses $396Valentino Glamgloss Mirrored Flat-Top SunglassesValentino Glamgloss Mirrored Flat-Top Sunglasses $410

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Watch Out for the Gucci Embroidered Watches

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It’s a good face to look at any time of the day.

Le Marché Des Merveilles, 38mm Snake

Gucci’s lovely prints, the snake, bee, and even the bengal tiger, has found its way in embroidered form in watch face plates. These embroidered Gucci Watches are called Le Marché Des Merveilles. Though I do not speak French, it seems to be Google Translated into The Wonder Market. If you have corrections, please feel free to let me know in the comments section.

Le Marché Des Merveilles, 38mm Bengal Tiger

There are many variations aside from the print. You can interchange the straps with thicker leather straps (at least in the women’s section), or use the Red/Green or Red/Blue Gucci web nylon straps for a more sporty look. You can also opt to choose a silver or gold stainless steel watch face.

Le Marché Des Merveilles, 38mm Bee

These time pieces are wonderfully swiss crafted and are quartz movement time tracking fashion devices. In case the embroidery is not Gucci enough, there are monogrammed double G crowns on the side.

Le Marché Des Merveilles, 38mm Side

The backplate is engraved with a bee, although Gucci’s signature doesn’t seem to stick to any particular form. For now it’s the bee, but I can’t quite make sense why the bee is the etched figure in all of the watches in this line. Maybe next time it’d be a snake, or a tiger. While I can’t commit to mark a bee as Gucci, it doesn’t entirely matter because this back plate doesn’t get any exposure unless you’re not wearing it.

Le Marché Des Merveilles, 38mm Bee Engraved

Are you as smitten by these the way the first printed bags came out? Or is the paradoxical expected shock from Gucci starting to get old? Feel free to express yourself in the comments section.

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