We’ve been talking about Netflix’s upcoming series Emily in Paris for months, and aside from the fact that it stars Lily Collins and is produced by Darren Star (Beverly Hills, 90210, Sex and The City), we’re psyched for all the fashion that’s in store. ICYMI, the costume designer is Patricia Fields, who was also responsible for The Devil Wears Prada. And so, when we had the chance to speak with Lily and Darren themselves, you bet we talked about the clothes in the show!
When asked what her most memorable wardrobe piece was, Lily mentions a white couture gown designed by Stephane Rolland, which appears in the latter half of the 10-part series. “In the scene where there's an art auction, I'm wearing a white outfit that looks almost like a blossoming orchid or a blossoming lily,” she says.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Stephane Rolland, he is a Paris-born couturier who heads his eponymous brand. He interned for Cristobal Balenciaga in the year 1986 and eventually became the artistic manager of its menswear department. He established his own company in 1991, but it wasn’t until 2004 that he was able to launch his own couture house on Avenue George V. His work is best known for its dynamism, volume, and dramatic movement.
To Lily’s surprise, Stephane got in touch with her and wanted to gift her with the dress she wore on the show. “When I got home from Paris, he actually sent me the dress. So I have the dress with the shoes in a beautiful box. And I didn't even ask for that. I was like, ‘Of course, I'd love that!’ But like, that's the last thing I thought I was going to receive [from the show]. I got to keep a couple pairs of shoes and a purse. I was really touched that [Stephane] sent that to me as a memento,” Lily shares.
While the show, of course, isn’t about the clothes but on Emily’s challenges in her new home, Lily affirms that fashion still plays a huge part. “Clothing is an extension of your personality in real life. So for costumes as well as fashion in general, it's an extension of the character's personality, and no one does that better than Pat Fields, you know,” Lily says. And just what kind of fashion can we expect from Emily given her go-getter spirit?
“Emily is bright and bold and a little bit obvious and loud in her personality, and in her work and [also] in her fashion. And to see that represented in color, texture, pattern, shapes—all of that is aesthetically appealing with the backdrop of Paris.”
It wasn’t just Emily who was having fun on screen, though. FYI, Lily is not only the show’s lead character but is also one of the producers—a new role she was able to learn so much from.
“I felt very lucky that Darren and the rest of the producers and everyone involved really incorporated me in the conversations and decisions and choices that I would never have been able to make a voice as I would hope to before because I didn't have that role yet. And so for me, it was really special to have a say in costumes, locations, and schedule and all of that stuff, [but] I still have a lot to learn,” she shares.
That wasn’t the only behind-the-scenes action Lily experienced! On a lighter note, she also had her fair share of little mishaps—just like the ones Emily experienced in the show!
“I didn't have heating for a couple of weeks. I didn't have hot water for two weeks. My elevator stopped working. You know, there was construction all around me. It was just interesting because there are a lot of things. I would get the floors wrong in my apartment building, I stepped on dog poo…” she candidly shares. “I felt like Emily and I became very close through our experiences.”
With so many interesting stories behind the camera, we’re sure that Emily in Paris will be one hell of a show!
Emily in Paris debuts on October 2 only on Netflix.
Watch the trailer below: