BY KIARA GAJO
Six episodes in and Euphoria has done it again.
It is no surprise that the wardrobe and beauty team for the show was nominated for three Emmy awards, consistently navigating the trends of teens and young adults with every episode. Head costume designer, Heidi Bivens, has been a master at channeling the character's narratives and the complexities of their development through each of their own unique styles. It’s evident that their costumes play a part in how the character’s are evolving and dealing with their difficult situations. Maddy’s looks are a lot darker toned and edgier this season versus her floral and cherry dresses in season one. Jules also shifts from her Sailor Moon and glitter aesthetic to more neutral colors and smokey eyeshadows, showing her struggle with embodying her femininity as we discovered in her special episode, “Fuck Anyone Who's Not A Sea Blob.” And Kat seems to have ditched the BDSM style harnesses and the fanfiction cam girl looks to something more mature: a cool girl.
All of the characters have been enduring massive transitions, in their lives and in their closets. Here are some of my favorite looks from season 2:
Maddy’s AKNA Damien Black Mini Dress
Top of the list goes to Maddy the Baddie, making her grand re-entrance back to our screens with this first episode New Years Eve look. This ANKA dress is a black, knit material and hugs her figure so well, referencing a more mature, newly single, Maddy for this season. She pairs it with the AKNA Damien Black Knit Gloves and Amina Muaddi Heels. Fans loved this look so much that web searches for “black cut-out dress” increased to nearly 900% after the Season 2 premiere.
Jules’ Polite Worldwide Utopia Hand Painted Shirt
Vibrant yet more controlled than last season, Jules’ Polite Worldwide long sleeve tee is a hand painted view of mountains at sunset. “Utopia” is painted across the middle and the word “polite” is also hand sewn into the collar. Polite Worldwide is a Los Angeles brand dedicated to upcycling, vegan materials and sustainability, making it an obvious highlight in episode 4.
Lexi’s Plaid Miu Miu Dress
Miuccia Prada's sister line, Miu Miu, is the perfect stylistic choice for Lexi’s character archetype: the “quirky” girl who always feels that she will be in her sister’s shadow. She pairs the dress with some Ginny Mary Janes by By Far, representing her focus on her new passion project as the director and writer of her new play.
Fez’s D&G Graphic Polo
No one does Polo better than Fez. Probably my favorite look of S2 Ep2 was this one, a lively Dolce & Gabbana Men's Maiolica Tile-Print Polo Shirt. Always looking like he came straight out of a ‘90s catalog, the renaissance painting with the clean collar, chain, and baggy pants goes insanely hard, matching his streetwear style and tumultuous lifestyle.
Rue’s Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier
My favorite look by Rue so far this season. Her classic red hoodie, from her father, was replaced in the season’s premiere with vintage Jean Paul Gaultier from FW’94. Despite all of the emotional challenges Rue faces in both seasons, it was refreshing to see her taking bolder risks with her style for the New Years episode, signifying the desperate need for a fresh start.
Cassie’s Pink Tulle Mini Dress
Cassie’s puff sleeve dress from Na-kd was a perfect representation to the persona she tries so hard to display. This girl-next-door look is ultra-feminine and innocent. It dances around her in a convincingly angelic way as she self sabotages at the Maddy’s party and matches sweetly with her mini front hair braids.
Kat’s OG One Love Midi Skirt
This cozy look is such a big step in the right direction for Kat. The OG One Love Skirt by OMighty pairs exceptionally with the THE CRAMPS T-Shirt by Dead by Mono, the Urlo Baroque Pearl Necklace by Jiwinaia, and the gorgeous Green Mohair Cardigan by Danielle Guizio. She’s evolving and her wardrobe is evolving, hopefully she can evolve out of her unhappiness in the upcoming episodes.