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THE TOP NETFLIX SHOWS FOR STYLE INSPIRATION
There’s no denying we’ve all been spending a lot more time watching Netflix recently. Netflix’s profits have actually doubled in the first quarter of the year, in comparison to 2019, and the number of subscribers continues to dramatically rise as lockdown continues. Lockdown has meant we’ve had to stay at home, spending more time sitting on the sofa and throwing ourselves into the abyss of trending series and documentaries. There is a huge amount on offer, which at times can be slightly overwhelming, but we’ve made it easier by pulling together a list of some of the most ‘stylish’ choices out there. Some are directly fashion-focused, whereas others have inadvertently become recognised for certain style choices, and not necessarily for the right reasons! Whether it’s a documentary, fictional, or non-fictional series that you are looking to binge-watch, there will be something here for all you fashion addicts.
Gaining around 2.4 million viewers in its first weekend and around 7.8 million in the second weekend, Tiger King has been one of the most hyped series on Netflix in 2020. If you haven’t watched this controversial documentary series, where have you been? Seriously, how have you missed it? Perfectly timed for lockdown, this is undoubtedly a must-watch. No matter how hard you try to ignore it, once you dip your toes in this unique crime docuseries, you will be instantly lured into binge-watching it all in one go. The main characters, including the infamous Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, are just as bizarre as the storyline, with each episode becoming increasingly disturbing and disastrous as you make your way through them. What’s also rather shocking is Joe’s fashion sense. He has become a Netflix ‘fashion icon’ due to his outrageous sequin, print, and daringly-low unbuttoned shirts. And of course, the bleached-blonde mullet. It’s been announced that Nicholas Cage is going to play Joe Exotic, aka the Tiger King, when the opportunity comes round to making a film, and we can’t wait to see him sporting Joe’s unique style. If you’re an animal lover, it’s not easy to watch, but if you crave a twisted-tale, this is perfect for weekend-watching.
Surprisingly, there remains a select few of you who still haven’t delved into the fictitious fantasy world of Stranger Things. If you a need series to absorb a few hours of your day, let a group of kids, and a few terrifying creatures, whisk you away to the 1980s. The series started back in 2016 but continues today with 3 seasons under its belt, with Season 4 confirmed for the future. If you are an 80s child yourself, you will experience a huge amount of nostalgia from the video games, big hairstyles, baggy shirts, ringer t-shirts, dad jeans, Ray-Bans, and double denim. If you've been growing your hair out recently, you can certainly take some inspiration from Steve Harrington. Set in the town of Hawkins, the storyline revolves around a mysterious girl, called Eleven, with superpowers who befriends a group of kids to help her defeat the paranormal Demogorgans. This is, however, no children’s show, and be prepared to cling on to the edge of your sofa during some terrifying scenes.
The Last Dance
Even if you aren’t a basketball fan, this is one of the best sports documentaries out there. A film crew was allowed access to go behind the scenes of the Chicago Bulls during the NBA season, back in the 90s, which has exposed a whole new angle on the success of Michael Jordan. Thanks to numerous interviews with Michael, his managers, coaches, and colleagues, we are thrown into the rollercoaster world of a sporting superstar. What’s so striking is the passion and determination of this athlete, which lead him to become one of the most successful basketball players ever, but it also produced some intriguing rivalries and friction between other players. It is the first time this footage has been aired and you will find yourself completely glued to the screen. For those of you who aren’t sports fans, you will still enjoy Michael’s classic sense of style. He was, by many, considered one of the worst dressed athletes of all time. The power shoulders on his suits were about as wide as the jackets were long, and there are some epic ties and berets to match. Personally, I think Michael Jordan had some amazing outfits, but perhaps it was the extreme confidence that let him pull it off - well, just about. Keep an eye out for some classic outfits from Dennis Rodman as well.
Next In Fashion
If you’re in need of a quick fashion fix, then Alexa Chung and Tan France have you covered. 18 designers come together, over 10 episodes to compete for a $250,000 prize, with the chance of selling their collection on Net-A-Porter. Each episode consists of a new task: denim, activewear, underwear, and working with print are just some of the categories they have to work with. It’s your classic chaotic reality show with plenty of tantrums and tears from the contestants, and a handful of fashion tips and quips from the presenters. There’s no need for a huge amount of brainpower when it comes to watching this series, but it’s generally entertaining and some of the work produced is certainly admirable. This is one of those shows that you can easily make your way through in just a few days; either leave it on in the background whilst your cleaning your flat or grab a cup of tea and soak it all in. Unfortunately, the series didn’t attract enough of an audience, so don’t expect another season anytime soon. You never know though, it might inspire you to get creative and bust out that sewing machine.
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer
You might love or hate Jeremy Scott’s designs - they certainly fit into the ‘marmite’ category of fashion - but this behind-the-scenes documentary takes you into the mad world of a high-end designer. This was actually released back in 2015, a couple of years after Jeremy took his place as Creative Director of Italian fashion house, Moschino. It remains a controversial move as it is often argued, and even discussed by editors in the documentary, as to whether his clothes are wearable and accessible enough. During the documentary, Jeremy takes you back to where his story began, growing up on a Missouri farm. He clearly comes from humble beginnings, but always aspired to be a successful fashion designer and made the move to New York at a young age. He was surprisingly rejected from FIT (Fashion Institute Technology) and so studied at Pratt Institute which then led him to move to Paris to create his own collection and make his way in the fashion industry. Fast forward a few years and we find ourselves watching him in the Moschino studio for a fly-on-the-wall experience of how his shows come together and also a look into his relationship with various celebrities such as Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. With his loud (some might say garish...) pop-culture prints and internationally recognised logos, this might be more suited to the ‘millennials’ out there. This documentary only really scratches the surface of his world, but if you have an interest in design and aspire for a position at the top of the fashion pyramid, this might be an eye-opener for you.
In the current situation, most of us are less likely to be getting dressed up to the nines for a formal occasion. Fingers crossed those days are drawing nearer and nearer, but for now we can get a serious fashion hit from Ryan Murphy’s miniseries, Hollywood. There have been a few questions from critics about the accuracy of the storyline. This is in fact a fictional series, however the characters are based on real life people/actors reaching for the stars back in the 1940s. Ryan Murphy has created an ‘alternative’ Los Angeles where the viewpoint of racism and sexism, during the golden years of Hollywood, is quite different to what actually took place. So, whilst factually it might not appeal to some, it is visually extremely appealing. The costume designer Sarah Evelyn, has hit the nail on the head with the glamorous 1940s attire. This seven-part series is the perfect guide on how to dress well; the dazzling white and oversized single-breasted suits, wide spread shirt collars, sleeveless knitted vests, fedora hats, and printed ties, are just a few pieces that define this era. Whilst we’re all sat in our pyjamas or loungewear, that we’ve had on constant rotation during lockdown, Hollywood provides that little bit of escapism to a world of glitz and glamour that we can all dream about being a part of.