Sorry Katniss, but The New York Times hates your dress.
The venerable news source ran a dramatically-titled story in the Sunday Styles about the costumes in The Hunger Games and managed to round up quite the array of experts to weigh in. Alas, none of them were particularly impressed.
The costumes “looked cheaply made,” said Joshua Jordan, a fashion photographer who has done campaigns for Anna Sui and Neiman Marcus. “You wanted it to bring you to an evil Thierry Mugler place, and it didn’t. It has nothing on the fashion business.”
Ah, yes, that elusive “evil Thierry Mugler place”. We’re pretty sure it’s just a few miles past Gareth Pugh Gardens if you take a left on Rick Owens Road. But we guess The Hunger Games’ wardrobe department was too proud to ask for directions.
The article also cites the numerous comparisons to Blade Runner that the film has garnered, but finds that “judging by reactions from the fashion set, ‘The Hunger Games’ won’t have the same stylistic influence.” Indeed, celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger calls the clothing ”‘clownish,’ like things you would see at a ‘costume party in Venice.”It’s not a ‘Blade Runner’ moment,’ Ms. Hershberger said.”
Ugh, you’re so right Sally. Those Venetian costume balls are the worst.
But that’s not all!
Marc Jacobs‘s ex-bf Lorenzo Martone tosses in his two cents: “All this effort, and this is what the future looks like?” We can only imagine he was wearing his costume from Heidi Klum’s 2010 Halloween party during the interview in the spirit of Good Friday.
Rounding out the panel of critics is public relations superstar Paul Wilmot, who sums up the general opinion of the fashion set with pith, eloquence, and cogency: