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The New York Times' fashion review of the Hunger Games is a bleak one, as apparently they're weren't as into Katniss Everdeen's Frye boots as we were. According to the article, "Fashion plays a grave role" in the film. The critique begins:
Early on, a gold-eyeliner-wearing stylist played by Lenny Kravitz stresses the importance of appearance, telling Katniss that he's not there just to make her look pretty, but "unforgettable." Stanley Tucci, who portrays the blue-haired host of the televised games, looks like a cross between Karl Lagerfeld and Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy.
The Times also asked a few fashion insiders what they thought, and it looks like no one else was impressed, either. Fashion photographer Joshua Jordan said that the clothes "looked cheaply made," and Olivier Van Doorne, the head of the fashion advertising firm SelectNY, thinks they're just "ridiculous." Given that the movie is 100% a fantasy with a plot that is, at its core, kind of ridiculous too, maybe that was to be expected.
Other people who didn't enjoy the outfits: Marc Jacob's ex-boyfriend Lorenzo Martone, celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger, and Paul Wilmot. Alexis Bittar, on the other hand, appreciated the "tacky" costumes for what they were worth. In other news, the film's DIY YouTube appreciation hasn't lost any steam.
· Costumes Fight for Life, Too [NYT]
· Katniss Everdeen Wears Frye Boots, And So Can You [Racked]
· Four Post-Apocalyptic Style Lessons We Learned From The Hunger Games Movie [Racked]