As “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” heads to Netflix on Friday, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) step back into their familiar roles — and customary shoes, too. Costume designer Brenda Maben explores the fashions on set.
How would you describe the show’s fashion?
“With Lorelai, it was a little more upscale than what we did in the original, but still with that sense of fun. We used Calvin Klein, Manolo Blahnik, J.Crew and Vince sneakers. With Rory, she’s a little more sophisticated. I used Tory Burch, Betsey Johnson and Vince Camuto.”
How did you channel the style from the original series and evolve the fashion?
“It just worked in a realistic sense. As anyone in real life would do it, if you are making a little more money, you might have a tendency to buy better brands, and your style would change. I merged old with the new, so it would be a natural progression for the characters.”
How did you approach filming four different seasons?
“It was great when the clothes were in season. When you’re in the dead of summer, but you’re filming in the dead of winter, it was like, ‘O.K., so where are we going to get those clothes from? I used a different color chromatic for Rory. We stepped into a slightly darker monochromatic tone, and the seasons determined what I was doing.”
What brands did you use for the men?
“Scott Patterson [who plays Luke Danes] wore Ecco boots and Cole Haan. Logan [played by Matt Czuchry] wore Ben Sherman, and Dean [Jared Padalecki] wore Hugo Boss.”
Any favorite fashion moments?
“I [can’t give too much away], but I can tell you that the fall episode gave me great pleasure to do. I had an enjoyable time dressing Emily Gilmore [Kelly Bishop] because of the things that happen with her character.”