Warning: Spoilers for “The Other Two” Season Two Episodes One through Four below.
In the long-awaited second season of “The Other Two,” currently airing on HBO Max, returning costume designer Jill Bream helps two generations of the Dubek family enter new stages of fame and fortune. (Well, almost all of them – you’ll get there, Cary!)
Midwestern matriarch Pat (Molly Shannon) channels her irrepressible energy into becoming a popular daytime talk show host, while teenage sensation ChaseDreams (Case Walker) begins to build her empire of mini-Mughals. Behind the scenes, Bream broadened her approach to costume design while also trying her hand at the method: “The point is, Pat and Chase are in worlds where they would have a stylist for them,” she says. . “I have to think like a stylist would for a big record company and also for a woman who is on a daytime talk show.”
Meanwhile, with her little brother (briefly) enrolled in NYU, Clientless Brooke (Heléne Yorke) is determined to make it her mission to find the next ChaseDreams.
“No matter what Brooke does, she’s doing it 120%,” Bream says.
As shiny as a lunar man from MTV VMA, Brooke hammers the sidewalk (and scrolls TikTok in a cafe) wearing a shimmering silver trench coat from RtA, shiny waxed Rag & Bone jeans, Steve Madden stiletto heels with pyramid studs and a Midshipman-Stella McCartney Falabella Bag from Aldo (below). A flash earring by David Bowie as Amazon’s Ziggy Stardust accentuates Brooke’s “punk hair all bent to the left” as she aggressively points out to a potential client’s relative.
In her head, Brooke is like, ‘I a m music, ”Bream says. “So what is the epitome of cool rock star vibe?” How she feels like she needs to be seen to be really good at her job. “
Later, a brief but very welcome appearance by serial entrepreneur / ex-boyfriend himbo Lance (Josh Segarra) reminds Brooke of her temporary stagnation. He deliciously stamps a zipped pink terrycloth polo shirt – embroidered with a ready-to-eat flamingo alligator – by Tombolo and a bespoke “transparent raincoat”, like Brooke fuming.
“He became a street style star,” Bream says. “It’s really nice for Brooke to see him and be like, ‘Whoa. He’s gone and he’s doing his own thing and he’s doing a great job.'”
Brooke’s road to success lies in managing mum Pat, so she sartoriously pivots in this new role with conservative-chic pantsuits – somewhat reluctantly, as she complains, “All those director costumes that I bought are so uncomfortable. “
“Yeah, sure, they’re all ‘suits,’ Bream says. . ”
Brooke’s bold new palette – in this case a hot pink pantsuit from & Other Stories and a blush button-down shirt from Maje (above) – also reflects Pat’s upbeat and vibrant wardrobe.
“All of a sudden she’s like, ‘Well I have to adapt the room too and I have to match my mom’s color aesthetic and a beautiful, tall, bright, happy talk show. , I have to wear a professional pantsuit, ”Bream says. “She transforms in her surroundings, like a chameleon, just above.”
With the misadventures of “Classic Brooke” fashion behind it – and finding redemption from last season’s thirsty attempts to become the subject of a watermarked Getty photo (or masquerading as former “Real Housewife” Tinsley Mortimer) – the powerful new player in the industry is officially on the list. She dresses for a Vogue “First look” party, unveiling a “third sister Hadid,” whose face and body have finally settled down (and to which everyone on the Fashionista Zoom pitch exclaimed, “But there is a third Hadid sister! “).
Bream – whose work includes “Vampires vs. The Bronx” and the lovable “John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch” – says co-creator and screenwriter Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider regularly incorporate comedic costume plots into the script . The three alumni of “Saturday Night Live” then discuss how best to illustrate laughter with style.
“In this situation, Brooke finally goes to a party, where she guest. She thinks she’s a star in her own right, so she wants to look strong, “Bream says.” She wants to be seen and she’s going to find something very trendy, like a metallic dress. [by Rachel Comey]. ”
Schutz heels, a thrifty fringe bag with a circular handle, and an Asos slanted-shoulder coat complete Brooke’s red carpet look (above). But, ironically, due to her demanding work responsibilities, she barely gets into the party: “There was the idea that when she runs across the screen, you want to make sure you can see her. shiny leopard-print coat, ”Bream. says
In a flashback, Pat, visiting her struggling adult children, brings a skeptical Brooke to a recording of Rachael Ray, who like a joke on the show never stops talking to her regular fans. Bream turned to celebrity chef IRL, along with other awesome day hosts like Reba McIntyre, for costume inspiration to illustrate Pat’s success. “His clothes are Dear“says Bream, who bought The RealReal for an explosion of bright colors and wacky prints by Etro, Pucci and Akris.” It might be a bit of Bonnie Hunt, but she has to be three clicks down the scale of excitability terms of clothing. “
To connect Pat to her staunch devotees, Bream investigated a segment of Instagram influencers beyond Williamsburg and Silver Lake. “I went Deep to middle-aged women from the suburbs, who had a lot of followers, ”she says. Bream discovered a wealth of specialty brands, including “Valerie Saint Gil, Doncaster, Artful Home and, always, Chico’s”.
“Pat is so warm and crazy and excitable, so I wanted the wardrobe to match her, as well as the ensemble,” says Bream. “All her turquoises and plums and fuchsias with her crazy necklaces. Because, of course, she had her collection of necklaces once.”
As for Chase, it’s not just his career that is developing – Walker, 18, appears to have grown about two feet between seasons. “Fortunately, a lot of what he wears is oversized,” Bream says. “So in a way, I reserved myself for his growth spurt, because instead of things being just really big, they were just one. a little fat.”
As part of his career expansion efforts, Chase guest edits an issue of Vogue – tracks – and is actually enjoying the party from the inside out, unlike her sister manager. He’s also dressed to represent his new responsibilities, in an aqua blue brocade suit (below), with a matching Peter Pan collar shirt from Asos.
“I loved the fabric and the color, but the fit wasn’t quite right, so we bought two full suits,” says Bream. “We used the extra fabric to re-cut the jacket and add a matching tuxedo belt.”
Chase’s custom costume also references Bream’s inspirations gleaned from a number of Hollywood stars in multi-hyphenated style. “Because he’s expanding his empire, I was like, ‘He’s not just a pop star anymore – he’s not just in hoodies and leather jacket and the colorful blast I had on him last year, “” Bream said. She then wondered, “‘What would someone like Harry Styles or Timothée Chalamet or Tyler, the designer wear?’ Because they are, of course, actors or singers, but they do so many other things. “
Cary is becoming a full-fledged celebrity … but in more specialized digital spaces. He also always struggles to book acting gigs, so he regularly buys (and returns) printed button-down shirts where his friend Curtis (Brandon Scott Jones) works.
“My favorite joke,” Bream says. “They’re all Scotch & Soda, where we shot [the scenes]. ”
In a moment of enterprising inspiration (and for hire), Cary joins Cameo and takes his game up a notch with a dark green button-down shirt and white crew-neck t-shirt. “’Okay, what do I have around my house that doesn’t have a big logo and you’re going to see my face and that’s really all you’re going to see?’” Bream explains. , explaining his discussions with Kelly and Schneider about the look. “But he didn’t think too much about it.”
Cary’s low-key preppy outfits also give him an unlimited opportunity to get sartoriously drawn into his latest career and attempts to fame on Instagay, like a rustic aesthetic from upstate Brooklyn-on-the-Hudson. “He’s also pressured into trying to be the type of guy he think he should be. His costumes reflect that a lot, ”Bream says, as I remember this unicorn jumpsuit continuing the influence of the first season.
With her costume design, Bream pulls off a hat trick of moving the story forward, being extremely NYC-style chic, and keeping people laughing all the time (as I did throughout this interview.)
“New York City is a flat plane and very fashionable and this show is on that plane, but it’s like three steps above,” Bream explains. “The tone of the show is so much funnier than the real world and, well, the clothes really have to match that idea.”
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