“The Bold Type” debuted in 2017 and has since become one of the most exciting fashion magazines in the world. Is that a realistic description of what working in media is like in this day and age? Not a jot. But that is exactly what makes it such an interesting watch – right down to the clothes. The show follows three of Scarlet’s best friends and colleagues, based on Cosmopolitan magazine (former Cosmo editor-in-chief Joanna Coles was involved in the show’s development). Kat, Jane, and Sutton each developed their own styles over the seasons, and for the fifth and final season, costume designer The Mandi Line has been tapped to bring them all home.
Line admits, “There’s just so much reality in ‘The Bold Type’. “For clothes, you have to have a bit of aspiration.”
Line is in the Freeform family through “Pretty Little Liars,” which she worked on for nearly 100 episodes, when she was contacted about “The Bold Type” in 2017. She couldn’t accept commitments. about the schedule given, but fast- move on to the most recent season of the show and that’s a whole different story. The world was closed due to the pandemic and no jobs were found – until the show premiered. Line was tasked with shooting in Montreal in winter conditions while trying to source any stores she could find that were operating and open during the shutdown.
She said: “It was like the biggest challenge for me, but it turned out to be the best because it was really like ‘taking the best of the four seasons and making it even better. .
Here, Line talks about her process to do television fashion magazine.
WWD: Let’s start with Kat: what’s your approach?
Mandi Series: Her sexual choices are versatile, and as an odd woman herself, why not bring it into her wardrobe? I love that this year she wears masculine watches. She wears masculine necklaces, but she has some silhouettes that are still feminine and strong. First with Kat, I really wanted to bring versatility into her wardrobe. But second, she’s a strong, powerful, mean black woman: how do I show that through her clothes? I went to see my friend, Charlese Antoinette, she is costume designer of “Judas and the Black Messiah.” She has a company called the Black Designer Database and I want to take the money that we have on the show and give it back to the black community. That’s what Kat would do. You’ll find her clothing throughout the season is 80% by Black, independent designers. “
WWD: What about Sutton, who is rising as a stylist at the magazine?
ML: Watching Sutton, I was like, “Oh, she’s cute. She is so beautiful. She is so sweet. But what does a stylist look like? ” So I consulted on Karla Welsh, by Samantha McMillan. These women don’t stand out. If Sutton really was a stylist and she was the best you’ve ever been, stylists would wear neat cuts. These days, stylists are underrated, but if you look at the brands and if you look at the price tag and if you look at how they do it… Karla Welch wears a white t-shirt, a black blazer, jeans, loafers and the best accessories. and she’s the biggest stylist in the business.
WWD: And Jane, who is finding her voice as boss and columnist?
ML: Jane is the hardest because her journey is so sweet, discreet, and sexual – in the office, you never really know what you’re going to get. So I’d say, “OK girl, this is what the supposed takeover of Scarlet would look like.” What does a modern office executive look like? She loves this Isabel Marant belted blazer, leather pants, and leather boots. She really brings modernity to the office and it’s no longer the reserved and sweet Janie. She was like, “You know what? I’ve solved my sexual problems. I’ve been in and out of relationships. I’m trying to figure out what I want and this is what a man looks like. owner.” Jane’s, to the bitter end, we found out.
WWD: In what ways would you like to document what working at a fashion magazine is like in your twenties, fashion wise?
ML: I figured, “So if they have this wardrobe and they can’t afford these clothes, how are they going to get these clothes?” They have fashionable wardrobes and they will go in and they will ask, borrow, steal.
WWD: How have you approached wardrobe shopping during the pandemic??
ML: The main thing is that 100% of the stores are closed. So I can’t go into a store. That is not an option. So brands are everywhere. It really depends on who gets there fastest. That’s what happened, because we’re in another country, and in television, it’s not like the movies. You don’t have months to prepare. The scenario is given, you have two days to prepare the clothes. Two. Then you have to put the costumes together, then you have to fit them, then you have to change them, and then they’ll be shot in camera for seven days. I mean, it’s not real.
WWD: What brands have you worked with?
ML: “UNTTLD, FWRD, Elyse Walker FWRD, Revolve. Holt Renfrew let us work online. Obsessed with. And then there’s the Net-a-porter, Aritzia. God, we tried to do some Etsy, but it was a tough change. And I love vintage just as much…
Jane wears shoes by Giovanni Rossi, Saint Laurent and Gucci. I mean, her shoes are for death. Kat does a lot of Nili Lotan. A lot of All Saints because I wanted to have that masculine side. She wears a Michael Kors men’s watch that I love. Sutton, we’ve repeated a lot on her jeans because of Alexander McQueen’s wide leg jeans. And I know it’s really expensive, but I did a lot with Victoria Beckham for her. And lots of Madewells.
WWD: What are the fashion highlights of this season?
ML: “I always say, ‘Oh, it’s bad getting older’. But for them, there is no apology this season. They will wear it, they will own it. They do not report to anyone. I mean, maybe Jacqueline, but Jacqueline is down in fashion. But I really think they’re at a point in their lives where their choices in men, their choices in women, their choices in clothing, there are no apologies and no looking back. “
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