Ever since Diane Keaton played Annie Hall back in 1977, women’s fashion has been repeatedly inspired by menswear. On a more contemporary note, Blake Lively has most recently strutted down red carpets and the streets of New York in a slew of utterly fabulous, tailored suits.
The actress has been keeping busy on a whirlwind press tour promoting her latest mystery thriller, A Simple Favor. Starring alongside Anna Kendrick, Lively is set to play the enigmatic and beautiful Emily Nelson, whose onscreen wardrobe includes multiple super-sexy, double-breasted and three-piece suits.
“We wanted to make it look intimidating; she played a very strong character,” the film’s costume designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus told The Hollywood Reporter. The unconventional costume choices were largely inspired by the movie’s very own director, Paul Feig’s, personal style. In one particularly memorable scene, Lively wears a daring white pinstripe suit with nothing below her jacket. For the scene, the actress actually used the director’s walking stick.
“Suits are sexy,” says Kalfus, who thinks it was “pure genius” for Lively to stay in character by wearing crisp suits offscreen for her press tour. “She was branding herself.” Indeed, Lively has looked utterly gorgeous in a string of tailored pieces in white, check and even neon green. A Simple Favor is now in cinema