that stars wear on hit TV shows, become iconic.
Lucy Ricardo’s polka-dot dress with the
white collar and trimmed short sleeves reached that level. More recently,
Carrie Bradshaw, that eternal fashionista, made Manolo Blahnik shoes
Still, it’s usually tough to remember
precisely what actors wore — unless it’s something exciting. The latest version
of the TV fashion icon is a natty pink trench coat that Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick)
wears on TNT’s The Closer, ending its fifth season on Monday, Aug. 24.
“It has changed a bit over the years,”
Sedgwick says of Brenda’s look. “At heart she is definitely a Southern girl and
likes to dress like a woman. You very rarely see her in pants. She is somebody
who loves her cashmere sweaters that she has hundreds of, and some are really
old. If you take care of cashmere, it can last from your teen years into your
“She is very much the flowy skirt woman,
who doesn’t apologize for being a woman and being a woman in a powerful
position,” Sedgwick continues. “I love the addition of the fitted ’40s Irene
tops and skirts. And it keeps her in the realm of still a fish out of water. However
long she is in L.A., she will not be of L.A.”
As popular as that pink trench is, Sedgwick
wouldn’t have picked it for herself.
“Greg always make choices based on reality,
but also on the reality of the character,” she says of costumer Greg LaVoi.
“Brenda would not be seen in a khaki trench, unless it was from the ’40s and
went down to her ankles. He likes to spin things and make them not ordinary.”
LaVoi recalls spotting the Ralph Lauren
trench in the Neiman Marcus catalog. Mostly, though, he shops for Brenda on
eBay, favoring the severely tailored suits from former MGM costume designer
“Brenda started out as a fish out of water
with mismatched prints and ill-fitting jackets,” LaVoi says. “She has become a
fish on the runway, a vintage-wearing, feminine woman in a man’s world.”
LaVoi sews much of Brenda’s clothing,
buying vintage fabric at L.A.’s International Silk & Woolens. Brenda wears
a lot of cashmere from Pure Collection. Dresses are vintage I. Magnin and Mode
Her shoes are from Barney’s Co-op. She has
“There was a pair of Chanel that made the
story line two seasons ago,” LaVoi says. “She’s walking through mud with new
shoes, and the Chanels took on a life of their own.”
Not to knock anything Chanel, but the shoes
didn’t reach the iconic status of the pink trench.