The Bling Ring Costume Designer, On Nailing The Distinctive Designer Bling Look

24 May 2013 by

The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson

The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson

Much has been made of Sofia Coppola’s stylistic departure in her latest oeuvre – from understated dreaminess like flicks like The Virgin Suicides and Lost In Translation to a trashy, OTT look that is quite literally modelled on Paris Hilton’s personal style.

Today Fashionista report on an interview with the costume designer of The Bling Ring, which stars Emma Watson, on just how she got that specific, spoilt, Calabasas (the middle class suburb from which the teen thieves hailed) image.

Stacey Battat, who also worked on Coppola’s last film Somewhere told V magazine that it wasn’t too difficult finding inspiration in L.A. ‘I did a lot of market research at Kitson,’ a typical, laid-back Cali shopping mall favoured by celebrities like Paris Hilton.

‘I learned about the label called Wildfox!’ she said, which formed the basis of ‘that scene they go into the store and shop like crazy’.

We already knew that both Chanel and Louis Vuitton agreed to lend stuff for the film, despite the subject material being ever so slightly close to the bone, when it comes to brand image (!) and it seems that Battat’s aim was to choose the most show-stopping, instantly recognizable pieces from that era to represent the show-off, materialistic mentality of the teen gang.  

Hence the amazing black and white striped Vuitton cape-coat that is worn by up and coming actress Katie Chang in all the press and marketing material and poster. Uh huh.  


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