Costume designer Paolo Nieddu’s can easily draw comparison to The Other Woman with his past resume bullet points, like Confessions of a Shopaholic and both of the Sex and the City movies, in two words: “The clothes!!”
Calling it an “honor” to be one of the tastemakers behind the closets of Kate King (Leslie Mann), Carly (Cameron Diaz), and Amber (Kate Upton), Paolo said, “It was really fun to do this film because you knew that that people would respond to the wardrobe.”
And respond to it we did! Below, the costumer explains his process and gives us a look inside Leslie’s wardrobe in the flick.
ON SCREEN STYLE: How did you begin your initial costume process for The Other Woman? Were there any specific sources you used heavily for inspiration?
PAOLO NIEDDU: Since we shopped and styled the costumes as opposed to building pieces, we turned mainly toward fashion magazines and runway shows to see what sort of pieces were going to be around when it’s time to start pulling for fittings.
How would you describe Kate King’s (Leslie’s) style/look in the movie? In what ways did you try to illustrate her personality through her clothes?
Leslie’s style as Kate was inspired by the sort of 1950′s Donna Reid / Lucille Ball type of housewife. It’s bright, cheerful, feminine and fun. Leslie is a dream to dress she looks great in anything, so it wasn’t difficult in that respect, but her humorous approach definitely came through with certain outfits and she plays with the pieces and incorporates them into the story.
Of the three main characters, which of their closet’s would you say was your favorite? Why?
Lydia’s [Nicki Minaj]! But out of the three, I would say Kate (Leslie) — I’m such a classic movie fan and love that 1950s “always-put-together” type of look.
Off the top of your head, do you know how many costume changes there were all together between the key cast members? Seems like this number has to be high!
Ha yeah it definitely was a lot — and there were scenes being added constantly, some that didn’t make it into the film. I think Carly had 48 or 50, Kate around 40, and Amber around 25.
Where were your favorite places to shop and/or your go-to brands for each of the three main actresses?
We did a lot of shopping at Bergdorf Goodman, which is one of my favorite to places in New York. We were actually able to shop for all three characters there. Barney’s, Saks, and Neiman Marcus & Bloomingdales were a go too as well.
[KEEP CHECKING BACK TO OSS FOR MORE ON THE OTHER WOMAN! PART TWO FOCUSES ON CAMERON DIAZ'S CLOTHES!]
Kate Spade Sonja Dress (no longer available) paired with a Kate Spade cardigan
Marc by Marc Jacobs Izzy Dot Print Dress (no longer available)
Sorry guys, Paolo could’t remember where this amazing blouse came from! I thought I narrowed it down when I saw the Zara Bow Shoulder Top and then the Red Valentino Bow Shoulder tunic, but alas neither are a 100% match. I’ll keep trying to track this one down but in the meantime…
Bisou Bisou Peplum Top
Kate Spade Kati Cardigan (no longer available)
Prada Sport check print shirt and Prada Sport check print pants (I couldn’t locate an image of the matching separates in blue, but the green version is still available!)
J. Crew Punk Floral Rash Guard (no longer available)
Milly Nina Top (no longer available)
Lilly Pulitzer Kirkland Dress (no longer available)
Tahari ASL Teal Dress
Giambattista Valli Tie Top Dress (no longer available)
Kate Spade Katia Dress
UPDATE: These are the Oliver People Kiley sunnies (shown above with gold trim)
Lucy Petite Cay Eye Sunglasses
Topshop Metal Arm Cat Eye
Roberto Cavalli Nausicaa Print Dress (no longer available)
From Prada (my best guess is this print comes from the designer’s Spring 2008 RTW collection)
2. Boden Tweed Shift in Flamingo Check
3. Tracey Reese Twill Dress
Red Valentino Flower & Polka Dot Dress (no longer available in retail, but I have seen it on eBay!)
Altuzarra Nina Dress (no longer available)