Dear Costume Department: ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’

Editor’s note: Welcome to the final installment of Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature that our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind have been bringing to you since last November. Be sure to check out their site to score limited-edition goods by emerging designers, and find an archive of previous installments of the series here.

In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Keira Knightley does a deep dive into quirky girl-next-door territory, landing (it seems) somewhere right between Natalie Portman in Garden State and Zooey Deschanel in (500) Days of Summer. Of course, it’s imperative to have a solid end-of-the-world romance look, and here’s what the British-accented ingénue wears to no doubt help Steve Carrell redeem himself as an asteroid comes careening toward Earth. … Read More

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Dear Costume Department: ‘Rock of Ages’

Editor’s note: Welcome to Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature brought to you by our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind, a curated shopping site of limited-edition goods by emerging designers. With each installment, they’ll bring you a head-to-toe look inspired by a buzzed-about pop culture personality — complete with info on where to grab the pieces for your own closet. Enjoy!

So many Broadway-to-megaplex journeys only end in disappointment — remember Rosario Dawson and Taye Diggs in Rent? — but we’re so excited at the prospect of seeing Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, and Bryan Cranston in musical form that we’re willing to give Rock of Ages a chance. Plus, the opportunity to finally forgive Tom Cruise a handful of his sins is pretty welcome, too. It’s almost like he’s getting to travel back in time, channeling the good old days when he was still the world’s biggest movie star by playing the world’s biggest rock star. Here’s what we hope he’s wearing as ’80s icon Stacee Jaxx. … Read More

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Dear Costume Department: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Editor’s note: Welcome to Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature brought to you by our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind, a curated shopping site of limited-edition goods by emerging designers. With each installment, they’ll bring you a head-to-toe look inspired by a buzzed-about pop culture personality — complete with info on where to grab the pieces for your own closet. Enjoy!

Let’s be honest: Half of any Wes Anderson movie — even an animated one — comes down to the costuming, and his latest cult-classic-in-the-making fits the corduroy-suited auteur’s retro-plus-quirk mold. Here’s the gist of what Suzy will be wearing in the flick, which is already getting mad love from the critics at Cannes and is coming your way just in time for the long holiday weekend. Invest now, and you’re halfway to a killer couple’s costume for Halloween 2012! … Read More

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Dear Costume Department: ‘The Dictator’

If you didn’t watch the red carpet coverage of the Oscars this year — and didn’t, for the first time, feel a little bit sorry for Ryan Seacrest — then yes, we suppose it’s possible that you haven’t gotten wind of Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest undertaking, The Dictator. But odds are that you’ve seen this spectacle coming; let’s just say that the film’s protagonist, Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, is a man who makes the late Muammar Gaddafi’s sartorial choices look positively understated. With that in mind, here’s what we hope the leader of the Republic of Wadiya is wearing, on top of the state-issued white waistcoat and aggressive gold epaulettes. … Read More

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Dear Costume Department: 'Men in Black 3'

Editor’s note: Welcome to Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature brought to you by our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind, a curated shopping site of limited-edition goods by emerging designers. With each installment, they’ll bring you a head-to-toe look inspired by a buzzed-about pop culture personality — complete with info on where to grab the pieces for your own closet. Enjoy!

The last time you really thought about Men in Black, you also had Nelly and the series premiere of The Bachelor on the brain. But in May, after a decade-long, er, sabbatical, the alien ass-kickers are back — this time with a plot that involves time travel to Don Draper’s world and Josh Brolin playing a 28-year-old K (that’s Tommy Lee Jones’s character, in case you’ve somehow forgotten). Here’s what an up-and-coming secret agent should wear to really sell that threequel. … Read More

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Dear Costume Department: ‘Girls’

Editor’s note: Welcome to Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature brought to you by our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind, a curated shopping site of limited-edition goods by emerging designers. With each installment, they’ll bring you a head-to-toe look inspired by a buzzed-about pop culture personality — complete with info on where to grab the pieces for your own closet. Enjoy!

April doesn’t typically deliver highly-anticipated new TV shows, but no one can shut up about Lena Dunham’s HBO series — and the premiere is still two weeks out! Frank Bruni is all abuzz on the sexual dynamics, Emily Nussbaum is obsessed with, well, everything, and even Flavorwire got in on the action at the show’s SXSW panel with executive producer Judd Apatow. Today we’re here to address what our soon-to-be girl Hannah should be wearing if she wants to look like an authentic post-B.A. Brooklynite. Click through to see what we’ve come up with, and let us know if you’ll be tuning in to the series premiere in the comments! … Read More

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Dear Costume Department: 'Mirror Mirror'

Editor’s note: Welcome to Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature brought to you by our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind, a curated shopping site of limited-edition goods by emerging designers. With each installment, they’ll bring you a head-to-toe look inspired by a buzzed-about pop culture personality — complete with info on where to grab the pieces for your own closet. Enjoy!

Who knows why exactly, but 2012 is the year of the Snow White film. (Remember when the same thing happened with Truman Capote?) Snow White and the Huntsman, the dark, broody take starring Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Viggo Mortensen hits in June, but Brett Ratner and Ryan Kavanaugh are beating them to the punch with a hyper-glossy, much more family-friendly looking version called Mirror Mirror that opens March 30th. The hooks: a quippy queen (Julia Roberts) and some up-and-comer magic — Lily Collins of The Blind Side takes the lead with Armie Hammer (a.k.a. those Winklevii) as the princely love interest. Here’s what we hope the story’s namesake is wearing as she befriends those little men. … Read More

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Dear Costume Department: ‘Mad Men’

Editor’s note: Welcome to Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature brought to you by our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind, a curated shopping site of limited-edition goods by emerging designers. With each installment, they’ll bring you a head-to-toe look inspired by a buzzed-about pop culture personality — complete with info on where to grab the pieces for your own closet. Enjoy!

We’ve almost forgotten what life was like with Mad Men, these days seeking our period-drama fix in Downton Abbey and turning to Gloria Delgado-Pritchett instead of Joanie for our primetime sexpot fix. But thank god, after a year and a half off, AMC’s hit is coming back, and that means we have a shot at understanding who this Megan Calvet — the woman who might just put an end to Don Draper’s nights of journaling with a handle or two of whiskey — really is. Here’s what we hope she’s wearing while she gets down to business. … Read More

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Dear Costume Department: ‘The Hunger Games’

Editor’s note: Welcome to Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature brought to you by our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind, a curated shopping site of limited-edition goods by emerging designers. With each installment, they’ll bring you a head-to-toe look inspired by a buzzed-about pop culture personality — complete with info on where to grab the pieces for your own closet. Enjoy!

As we gear up for the theatrical release of what’s aiming to be the YA fix for our post-Harry Potter era, we ask ourselves: What’s the Capital going to look like? Will I be able to get opening-night tickets? Is Lenny Kravitz really in this thing? And what is Katniss going to wear? It’s that last question that we attempt to answer here. … Read More

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Dear Costume Department: ‘Wanderlust’

Editor’s note: Welcome to Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature brought to you by our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind, a curated shopping site of limited-edition goods by emerging designers. With each installment, they’ll bring you a head-to-toe look inspired by a buzzed-about pop culture personality — complete with info on where to grab the pieces for your own closet. Enjoy!

It’s hard not to get excited about a new Paul Rudd movie — even when the dude is playing opposite of Jennifer Aniston. In his latest — directed by David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer! Role Models!) and produced by Judd Apatow (every man-child comedy ever!) — Rudd’s character George trades life as a Manhattan power player for some time at a hippy-dippy commune that they thought was a B&B. Fingers crossed, laughs ensue. Here are our suggestions for what he should put on when he opts to wear clothes at all. … Read More

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