Costume designer Paolo Nieddu’s can easily draw comparison to The Other Woman with his past resume bullet points, like Confessions of a Shopaholic and both of the Sex and the City movies, in two words: “The clothes!!”
In an email interview with On Screen Style, the stylist impressed me with his photographic memory of clothing labels (keep scrolling to the end of his Q&A for evidence) and his enthusiasm for working on fashion-oriented projects like the new my-man’s-a-playa comedy.
Calling it an “honor” to be one of the tastemakers behind the closets of Kate King (Leslie Mann), Carly (Cameron Diaz), and Amber (Kate Upton), Paolo said, “It was really fun to do this film because you knew that that people would respond to the wardrobe.”
And respond to it we did! Below, the costumer explains his process and gives us a look inside Leslie’s wardrobe in the flick.
ON SCREEN STYLE: How did you begin your initial costume process for The Other Woman? Were there any specific sources you used heavily for inspiration?
PAOLO NIEDDU: Since we shopped and styled the costumes as opposed to building pieces, we turned mainly toward fashion magazines and runway shows to see what sort of pieces were going to be around when it’s time to start pulling for fittings.
Leslie’s “bright, cheerful, feminine” style was inspired by a 1950s housewife
How would you describe Kate King’s (Leslie’s) style/look in the movie? In what ways did you try to illustrate her personality through her clothes?
Leslie’s style as Kate was inspired by the sort of 1950’s Donna Reid / Lucille Ball type of housewife. It’s bright, cheerful, feminine and fun. Leslie is a dream to dress she looks great in anything, so it wasn’t difficult in that respect, but her humorous approach definitely came through with certain outfits and she plays with the pieces and incorporates them into the story.
Of the three main characters, which of their closet’s would you say was your favorite? Why?
Lydia’s [Nicki Minaj]! But out of the three, I would say Kate (Leslie) — I’m such a classic movie fan and love that 1950s “always-put-together” type of look.
Together, the three actresses had an average of 38 wardrobe changes in the movie!
Off the top of your head, do you know how many costume changes there were all together between the key cast members? Seems like this number has to be high!
Ha yeah it definitely was a lot — and there were scenes being added constantly, some that didn’t make it into the film. I think Carly had 48 or 50, Kate around 40, and Amber around 25.
Where were your favorite places to shop and/or your go-to brands for each of the three main actresses?
We did a lot of shopping at Bergdorf Goodman, which is one of my favorite to places in New York. We were actually able to shop for all three characters there. Barney’s, Saks, and Neiman Marcus & Bloomingdales were a go too as well.
[KEEP CHECKING BACK TO OSS FOR MORE ON THE OTHER WOMAN! PART TWO FOCUSES ON CAMERON DIAZ’S CLOTHES!]
KATE’S HOT PINK FLORAL-PRINT DRESS & YELLOW CARDIGAN:
Kate Spade Sonja Dress (no longer available) paired with a Kate Spade cardiganGET THE LOOK:Eliza J Floral-Printed DressEllen Tracy Cap Sleeve Dress
KATE’S BLUE AND WHITE POLKA DOT SHIRTDRESS:
Marc by Marc Jacobs Izzy Dot Print Dress (no longer available)GET THE LOOK:Yumi Polka Dot Faux Wrap DressAnne Klein Belted Swing Dress <– great match in a sleeveless style!Soma Blurred Dot Dress
KATE’S YELLOW PEPLUM TOP WITH BOW NECK/SHOULDER:
Sorry guys, Paolo could’t remember where this amazing blouse came from! I thought I narrowed it down when I saw the Zara Bow Shoulder Top and then the Red Valentino Bow Shoulder tunic, but alas neither are a 100% match. I’ll keep trying to track this one down but in the meantime…GET THE LOOK:Raoul Darla Blouse
Bisou Bisou Peplum TopKate Spade Thalia TopKATE’S ORANGE AND WHITE GINGHAM CARDIGAN :
Kate Spade Kati Cardigan (no longer available)GET THE LOOK:Merona Cardigan in Hot Orange Print
KATE’S MATCHING BLUE GINGHAM SLEEVELESS SHIRT AND PANTS :
Prada Sport check print shirt and Prada Sport check print pants (I couldn’t locate an image of the matching separates in blue, but the green version is still available!)GET THE LOOK FOR LESS:Boden Navy Gingham Shirt with the Boden Bistro Gingham Crop Trousers
KATE’S GREEN, FLORAL-PRINT RASH GUARD/SURF SHIRT :
J. Crew Punk Floral Rash Guard (no longer available)GET THE LOOK:Land’s End Swirl Swim TeeNanette Lepore Hula Swim Rash Guard
KATE’S TEAL IKAT-PRINT, TRIBAL-PRINT SLEEVELESS TOP:
Milly Nina Top (no longer available)GET THE LOOK:Kensie Aztec Print Top
KATE’S CERULEAN BLUE/TIFFANY BLUE BUTTON TAB SHEATH DRESS :
Lilly Pulitzer Kirkland Dress (no longer available)GET THE LOOK:Studio Tahari-Levine Co. Sheath Dress
Tahari ASL Teal Dress
KATE’S SLEEVELESS RED COCKTAIL DRESS:
Giambattista Valli Tie Top Dress (no longer available)GET THE LOOK:Vera Wang Cowl Neck Sheath
Kate Spade Katia Dress
KATE’S WHITE, METAL, SEMI-RIMLESS CAT EYE SUNGLASSES:
UPDATE: These are the Oliver People Kiley sunnies (shown above with gold trim)GET THE LOOK:Tiffany Locks Cat Eye Sunglasses
Lucy Petite Cay Eye Sunglasses
Topshop Metal Arm Cat Eye
KATE’S STRAPLESS MULTICOLOR, KALEIDOSCOPE-PRINT DRESS:
Roberto Cavalli Nausicaa Print Dress (no longer available)GET THE LOOK:ASOS Summer Forest Print DressMilly Print Sheath Arden B Tropical Mix Dress
KATE’S PINK AND YELLOW SLEEVELESS CHECK PRINT/GINGHAM SHEATH DRESS:
From Prada (my best guess is this print comes from the designer’s Spring 2008 RTW collection)GET THE LOOK:1.ASOS Skater Dress in Check
2. Boden Tweed Shift in Flamingo Check
3. Tracey Reese Twill Dress4. Noa Noa Printed Dress
KATE’S FLORAL-PRINT DRESS WITH BLACK SHEER/ILLUSION SWISS DOT NECK:
Red Valentino Flower & Polka Dot Dress (no longer available in retail, but I have seen it on eBay!)GET THE LOOK:MUSE Dress
Eliza J Dress
KATE’S BABY BLUE AND FLORAL PRINT/MIXED COMBO DRESS:
Altuzarra Nina Dress (no longer available)GET THE LOOK:Anthropologie Carrington Dress– or –Pair the NY & Co Faux Wrap Top with Cremieux Caden Floral Print Skirt
WANT MORE ON THE OTHER WOMAN? DON’T MISS:
PART 2: CAMERON DIAZ’S LOOKS
PART 3: KATE UPTON’S LOOKS
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