2017 has been blessed with a slew of outstanding television shows. And whether it was the creepy 80’s aesthetic of Stranger Things or the full-blown haute-couture costumes in The Collection, there was ample style inspiration too. As the biggest-ever TV production, The Crown came back for season 2 in all its regal splendour, while Joan Didion’s documentary provided major literary glamour. Culture Trip looks back at the most stylish TV shows this year.
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
Moving and celebratory, the Joan Didion Netflix documentary not only told the story of her momentous work but also brought viewers her androgynous, timeless style. The author, who has previously fronted campaigns for Céline, provided ample inspiration through her oversized suit jackets and the way in which she consistently sported sunglasses – whatever the occasion.
Big Little Lies
Starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz, Big Little Lies was never not going to deliver on style. Valour tracksuits, cream cashmere jumpers and satin, floral gala dresses mixed with Shakespearian-like drama and beautiful Malibu beaches offered a potent concoction to ease the remarkably rendered tension throughout the series.
This feminist Western TV series mixed on-trend retro Americana with some heavy vintage looks (read: 1884). The Netflix drama has all one needs from a classic Western show: sheriffs, epic horse-riding scenes and gory shootouts.
The latest from The Wire creators George Pelecanos and David Simon, The Deuce tells the story of Times Square’s underground scene in the 1970s. Full of fabulous flares, cream two pieces and leather jackets, the show received mixed reviews but more than delivers on retro style.
Celebrating the origins of the women’s wrestling scene, GLOW puts bright lycra and big attitudes at the centre of the ring – with some leg warmers and headbands thrown in for good measure. Seriously fiery style to match a fiery show.
The Handmaid’s Tale
The red cloaks and white bonnets from The Handmaid’s Tale were one of the most iconic pairings of the year, offering a striking emblem for a dystopian age that strongly resonated with many. Red also happens to be the colour of the season, which makes it even more apt.
Master of None, Season 2
It was easy to fall in love with the Italian-inspired season 2 of Master of None, and not only because of Alessandra Mastronardi’s (Francesca) presence. From the chunky knits that Dev and Francesca wear when they’re snowed in to the oversized boyfriend shirts to the polka dot dress and matching shearling coats – there wasn’t a moment when this show didn’t nail the mix of old-school Italian glamour and energetic American style.
The Crown, Season 2
Reportedly the biggest budget ever spent on a TV show, The Crown is set during the first decade of the Queen’s (Claire Foy) reign, focussing on her relationship with Prince Phillip (Matt Smith). Costumes perfectly evoke the monarchy in 1940’s Britain, with exact replicas of dresses and suits. It’s Elizabeth II’s crown, though, which takes the throne. If you like Downtown Abbey, you’ll love this.
Stranger Things, Season 2
80’s style was flawlessly nailed in spooky Netflix hit series, Stranger Things. From Eleven’s (Mille Bobbie Brown) pale pink shirt dress, Joyce’s (Winona Ryder) boyish, cord jacket in tan and Nancy’s (Natalia Dyer) shearling jacket with high-waisted jeans through to Mike’s (Finn Wolfhard) buttoned-up polos, Lucas’s (Caled McLaughlin) camo bandanas and Dustin’s (Gaten Matarazzo) array of trucker hats – the cast were perpetually on sartorial point. All so necessary when battling a monster from the underworld.