Suits might be taking a little mid-season breather in the US, but Tuesday night finally marks the start of season 4 down under for Australian viewers. Here is a sneak peek of all the amazing fashion!
If you’ve been following my posts about stylish female characters on television, you’ll know I have a thing for the female wardrobes on Suits. Obsession is more like it, probably because my real life situation couldn’t be further removed from the lives of Rachel Zane, Jessica Pearson and Donna Paulsen right now. (Or, um, ever. I’m pretty sure I never have been, nor will I ever be, working in a billion-dollar NYC law firm.)
Aussie viewers don’t worry, there are no storyline spoilers below, I’ve just researched the fashion captions where possible and made some style notes. US viewers will have no doubt noticed that from the looks of things, in addition to some hilarious, shocking and thought-provoking storylines, the fashion has gone to yet another level.
Let’s preview (or recap, depending on where you live) all the great Suits new season outfits so far!
In addition to the love affair with trench coats and nude heels, Suits has a ridiculously amazing selection of pencil skirts on display. For the more traditional workplace black, the gals often turn to Alexander McQueen, McQ and Dolce & Gabbana, with the odd beige or grey thrown in for good measure. Of course when they need something truly special, it is Burberry all the way – an unbelievable mint Burberry Prorsum jacquard pencil skirt that Jessica wears with a curved white blazer, and this elegant blue lace Burberry Prorsum pencil skirt Rachel wears in episode 1 (above).
Jessica’s Season 4 hair clearly needs a gallery of its own. I am loving the length at the moment with the bouncy flicks, half-up half-down styles, polished makeup to match, and are those highlights? Fi-erce.
Someone whose look is taking a subtle, yet quietly striking new direction is Katrina Bennett. As the resident blonde, Katrina’s work wardrobe is safer and more conservative than Rachel’s (possibly a throwback to her assistant district attorney days) but still manages to be sharp and sophisticated for the office. This season she seems to be veering away from her usual sharp lines with some soft touches that still mean business. Katrina definitely favours a knee-length hem, often on a tailored dress, and this season she turns to Stella McCartney, Tamara Mellon, Gucci, Emilio Pucci and Maison Martin Margiela for Pearson Specter inspiration.
Donna continues to delight with exciting sartorial choices. I have spied a Victoria Beckham triangle graphic panel dress, an edgier white Jason Wu dress and a beautiful butterfly Lanvin dress this season, and I like the touch of sports luxe she often adds to her outfits with cut-outs and stretch-crepe materials.
Suits costume designer Jolie Andreatta has absolutely nailed Jessica’s wardrobe this season. It’s elegant, dramatic, feminine and strong, all at once. Just look at the Oscar de la Renta cap sleeve blouse (left), the Lanvin wrap coat (centre) and the Roksanda Ilincic pale pink power dress (right). As Andreatta tells The Tig (the lifestyle website run by Suits‘ very own Rachel Zane, actress Meghan Markle), “everyone knows Jessica is my masterpiece”. And it shows. Well done Jolie. (Image via wornontv.net)
Jessica has also seriously started trotting out some fabulous tailored jackets, such as this embellished L’Wren Scott black blazer above from episode 4, and a black MM6 Maison Martin Margiela in later episodes.
It’s good to see Rachel sticking to her style guns and that means plenty of button-down shirts in the workplace, usually tucked into a pencil skirt. Somehow she always manages to look both super sexy but always professional. I believe her favourites come from Banana Republic, Burberry Brit, Theory and this season there is an amazing pale blue shirt from Michael Kors with white collar and white cuffs that I seriously love.
It’s official: Jessica continues to have the most lustworthy handbag collection in NYC. Moving on from her trademark Pradas, we catch a glimpse of everything from new season Louis Vuitton (above) to the coveted Saint Laurent Chyc Macho Tote in beige (Rachel has the burgundy, top of page).
I am loving the apartment sets on this show almost as much as the fashion, and this season we get a glimpse inside Donna’s apartment! (I cannot WAIT for the day they show us where Jessica lives.)
The girls sure know how to do a neutral heel, it’s true. Usually it’s a sexy nude offering from Gianvito Rossi (or father label Sergio Rossi) and for neutral with a twist, check out Rachel’s black-capped beige heels from Saint Laurent (worn with the white button-down shirt in one of the above pics). When they are looking for a more traditional black, Jimmy Choo usually steps in.
I’ve never seen the trench adored anywhere as much as on this show, and it’s fabulous. This white cashmere Northcombe coat by Burberry London that Rachel wears (above) is absolutely beautiful, and almost on par with Jessica’s claret burgundy Burberry satin trench from Season 3.
Also, Mike is wearing 3-piece suits now. (I know, HUGE news.)
And finally… is it just me or has Harvey been working out?
I’m going to leave you with a few words from Rachel herself (well, the actress who plays her, Meghan Markle) whose lifestyle website The Tig is filled with interviews and style tips from the set. Markle says that Rachel has “a closet that rivals Olivia Palermo’s (or Lauren Santo Domingo depending on who you fawn over)”. I particularly loved seeing Rachel’s makeup secrets, because I’m a huge fan of Rachel’s natural style (although I do admit sometimes she goes a little too heavy on the smoky eye). There is even a prescriptive step-by-step lesson on how to achieve Rachel’s polished and classic locks, including products used to achieve the look.
Best of all is the costume design analysis with the show’s costume designer Jolie Andreatta. The whole site is well worth a read, so go take a look!
* All images courtesy Suits/USA Network. Jessica Pearson screencaps via wornontv.net.
SUITS Season 4 airs on Australian television on Tuesday September 23 at 10.40pm on Channel 7.