‘Bad Moms’ Costume Designer Dishes On Mila Kunis’ On-Set Style

Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell go wild in style in the summer buddy comedy “Bad Moms.” The movie, which arrives in theaters Friday, centers on three overworked mothers embracing their naughty side. Spy caught up with costume designer Julia Caston for a fashion preview.

How did you style Mila Kunis’ character, Amy?
“A lot of women will identify with Amy because she’s a hardworking mom, and she’s also trying to balance her job and be the perfect wife. You’ll see Mila is great with the comedy [of her shoes]. She’s trying to get everywhere as fast as she can, and she’s hindered by her shoes.”

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Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn in “Bad Moms.”
CREDIT: STX Entertainment.

Was there one character you had the most fun with?
“Carla, played by Kathryn Hahn, is sort of the woman we all want to be. She’s funny, sexy and doesn’t care what other people think. She wears a lot of BCBG, Guess and Bebe. Not to play favorites, but sitting with Kathryn and coming up with Carla was like being a kid in the candy store. We had a lot of fun. We created this person who is so colorful and wears the too-tight jeans and shows her cleavage.”

What was your favorite shoe moment in the movie?
“When Amy gets dressed to go out in her little black dress, we used a YSL open-toe sandal. You’ll also notice she’s wearing panty hose. I just thought, ‘Why not?’ She’s a mom and hasn’t gone out in a long time. It’s funny because she’s very sexy, and you get to her feet and say, ‘What?’ “

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Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell in “Bad Moms.”
CREDIT: STX Entertainment.

How did you dress Kristen Bell’s character Kiki?
“Kiki’s clothes are a little bit more matronly. In her fittings we decided her primarily color would be ‘mint,’ so we used a lot of that. We used Skechers for her. We knew that they anchored her character because it helped show she spends so much of her time and money on her kids. Everything is given out and takes nothing for herself.”

How did you dress the moms from the PTA?
“Gwendolyn, played by Christina Applegate, is our ice queen. Her clothes are expensive, and she’s tailored perfectly. The shoes we chose higher end labels like Valentino, Armani, Stuart Weitzman and YSL and Gucci.

“Jada [Pinkett Smith] plays Stacey, who is the meanest of the mean girls, and we decided to make her as cute and feminine as we could. Her shoes have bows on them, [they] are kitten heels, and she’s very colorful. On a nicer person, you’d say she’s so sweet with lace and bows and color, but she is a total viper.

“Vicky, played by Annie Mumolo, is our mom that should be on the good girls side but has fallen in with the bad girls. They’re so mean to her all the time, and we just always tried to make her look a little off. We did a lot of color blocking. We wanted her to look like she’s trying to fit in, but she’s a bit of a square peg.”

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Annie Mumolo and Jada Pinkett Smith in “Bad Moms.”
CREDIT: STX Entertainment.
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