‘Emily in Paris’ appeared on Netflix the previous fall, after which it gained huge popularity. The show is about this young American marketing whiz played by Lily Collins, stumbling through life in a new city — was ridiculed for depicting a fantasy rendition of French culture. Parisians criticized the show’s inaccuracies and clichés, from people lighting up a smoke in the office to the number of berets on screen. Marilyn Fitoussi who is the show’s costume designer asserted that “It’s the series that French people love to hate.” Nonetheless, the show delivered a pleasant withdrawal for those stuck at home. The show felt like a cozy bath for exhausted souls; a bizarre, emotional, candy-colored romp through a gorgeous city away from the pandemic. The clothes played a huge role in the show. Fitoussi had initially strived for authenticity with specific outfits.
For Mindy (Ashley Park), an heiress moonlighting as a nanny and Emily’s initial genuine friend in Paris, her instinct was to clothe her in relaxed clothes and sneakers. But that altered after a discussion with the show’s clothing adviser, Patricia Field, recognized for her unimaginable costuming on “Sex and the City.”They told me something every designer would love to hear ‘Marylin, we don’t care about reality,’” told Fitoussi, who arrived on a Zoom call donning a black turban, a gold collared shirt under a printed yellow jacket, and a collection of huge sculptural rings. “That is my mojo in life.” For Season 2, which is arriving on Netflix on Wednesday, Fitoussi and Field were expected to nudge the show’s fashions even further. Emily (Lily Collins) is going through a sticky love triangle but unraveling her life in Paris, and her character has become more sophisticated if no less eye-catching. Even Emily’s high-handed boss, Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu), is nudging the boundaries of French workwear, appearing in metallic suits and remarkable fringe. As these dresses show, addition is always more in Emily’s Paris.