Last summer, we had the pleasure of contracting out one of our tailors to work with Lucky magazine on their feature on actress Emily VanCamp. VanCamp, if you’re not familiar with her, is the star of of Revenge, ABC’s soapy hit about corruption, murder, and yes—revenge—amongst the mega-wealthy living in the Hamptons. Harkening back to classic American primetime soaps of the 80’s such as Dallas and Dynasty, America once again ogles the decadence, opulence, and dark disasters of the ruling class.
VanCamp’s show is a decadent guilty pleasure for viewers. This guilty pleasure is due, in no small part, to sumptuous scenes replete with tableaus of the elegant eveningwear. The show’s characters are seen attending galas, throwing yacht parties, and drinking champagne on the beach in a very classic collection of high-end threads. Much of the styling for day scenes is classic conservative Hamptons-WASP ensembles, and thus gets a little boring; some of the best (daring) day dresses are are worn by Madeleine Stowe’s character, Grayson matriarch and villainess, Victoria.
We looked at the Fall 2013 runways with Revenge in mind, and found the best matches for seasonal Hamptons-friendly attire.
- Well-tailored, classic silhouettes at Lanvin Fall 2013 runway.
- Dramatic, aristocratic lines at Gucci’s Spring 2013 runway.
- Punchy reworkings of the prep tradition at JCrew Fall 2013 runway.
But if you were to ask me whose runway for fall 2013 best matches the style and energy of Revenge’s most decadent evening wear scenes, I’d say Oscar de La Renta. His fall 2013 collection is full of sumptuous textures and jewel tones, classicly tailored. Shapes include traditional, very feminine dresses that look inspired by a chic 1950’s cocktail party, in bright colors and patterns, some with exquisite beading and embroidery work. There are some surprises in this elegant mix, such as black chiffon hooded capes! (Perfect for artists, perhaps, who are still haunting the Hamptons.)
For menswear, Brooks Brothers’ Black Fleece by Thom Browne offers classic and preppy mixed with some more adventurous, avant-garde all-tartan suiting.
The women’s 2013 collection for Black Fleece is decidedly Hamptons-appropriate, too, especially the pleated taffeta skirts and printed shift dresses.
See you at the yacht club, lovelies!
The designer for Revenge discusses her vision of choosing costumes for the characters in a video from ABC.