Katniss wants you to look inside the box
The Hunger Games heroine inspires boxy designs this summer...

Jan 20, 2014 09:53
by Cailtin Reid


Fantasy blockbusters now extend their influence from what we see to what we wear. 2013 brought the highly anticipated, fashion filled Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games series. Jennifer Lawrence may be a style star, but her character, Katniss Everdeen is too. The high street has emulated Katniss’ style with strong, box shapes, snubbing the summer staple of floaty, feminine dressing.

Is fashion really a part of Catching Fire? It sure is. Costume designer Trish Summerville incorporated high fashion into the film to reflect the mood and futuristic feel of the Capitol. Even high profile design house Alexander McQueen was asked to design the stunning monarch butterfly dress worn by Elizabeth Banks’ character, Effie Trinket. The parallels between modern fashion and this film are easy to draw. It's no wonder Katniss’ boxy, strong shaped costumes worn in the first half of the film are reflected in everyday fashions. But how can you rock Katniss’ robust look?

Firstly, think square. Highlight your shoulders without Dynasty-esque shoulder pads by trying a muscle T in soft, luxurious fabrics. If black is a little too strong, try a floral print. If you prefer dresses, think 60s shift dress with a little less waist, and a few more square edges.

If the idea of a waistless garment is far too scary, try a strong, structured skirt or shorts. The geometric aspect is maintained by choosing strong fabrics that retain their shapes such as silk-polyester blends.

For weird weather days, throw on a box-inspired vest to stay cosy and replicate Katniss’ fearless fashion sense.

Fashion and film have been intertwined since before the talkies. The costume design tells the story, just as much as the dialogue. Catching Fire cleverly integrates high fashion design, and designers, into the film to allow the franchise’s grasp to extend from the cinema to the high street.

Do you like the Katniss look?

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