By Bill Desowitz | Thompson on Hollywood January 2, 2014 at 2:48PM
For "Gatsby's" Catherine Martin, who does both production and costume design, "sets and costumes are indivisible: they create a synthesis which allows you to tell the story as effectively as you can. It's like a wave that never seems to be coming until it's almost on top of you and then it's far too big for you to ride."
Martin collaborated with Miuccia Prada and Brooks Brothers in creating the '20s-inspired costumes. Indeed, Prada re-imagined 20 dresses from her collection for two extravagant parties. Most noteworthy was the crystal dress worn by Carey Mulligan's Daisy, which Prada tweaked from her chandelier dress. The vision was all about looking forward and back for an anachronistic hybrid.
In "Philomena," Consolata Boyle took inspiration from the lightheartedness and laughter that propel the story, as Judi Dench and Steve Coogan reveal their inner selves through the meeting of opposites."The real Philomena has a wonderful sense of style and it's important to the overall persona," Boyle suggests. "I wanted to carry that through but for it not to be a distraction or too busy. It was a coherence of color and fabric, and a feeling of comfort.There was simplicity of colors and shape."
With "Inside Llewyn Davis," it was more about comfort than flamboyance for Mary Zophres. Her research revealed that even though the Greenwich Village folk story took place in '61, the counterculture fashion movement had not yet taken hold. Even so, there was a big difference between uptown and downtown dressing. In terms of contrasts, though, Oscar Isaac's eponymous protagonist wears the same beige corduroy jacket throughout while John Goodman's cranky jazz musician dons a maroon suit.
And when it came to wardrobes in "Her," a retro concept informed ideas for organic shapes, textures, palettes, and materials. But, as with everything else, red was prominent for its comforting warmth.
"Style and fashion in clothing generally looks back to look forward," explains designer Casey Storm. "We landed on the concept of a future that became a more personal and unique experience that you could have. There are more options to refine your choices and make it a world you want to live in rather than a fake, uniform world."