Before I start, I’d just like to say that I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, so the idea of the stories being Americanized was initially abhorrent to me. However, I am going to admit that I am now also obsessed with this new take on the classic detective series, and have watched the premier season of Elementary at least three times.
Today, though, I am here to praise the sartorial magnificence that is Joan Watson. Played by Lucy Liu, Joan is obviously the female equivalent of Sherlock’s original companion, Dr. John Watson. Plainly put, if John was the archetypal late Victorian gentleman, Joan is the quintessential modern New York cool-girl.
The show’s costume designer, Rebecca Hofherr, said that she knew it would be a challenge turning this classic character into a woman, but that is why she took the job, and I couldn’t be any more impressed with the results. Watson’s wardrobe is like the beautiful love child of Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant, but totally easy and affordable. “Watson wears clothes from a lot of stores that we all shop in, like Zara, J. Crew and H&M. Sometimes we’ll use a couple of pieces from department stores like Barneys and Bloomingdale’s,” says Hofherr.
There is even an army of bloggers constantly hunting down the outfits Watson wears in each episode. Check out Joan Watson’s Fashion Show if you’re after anything she’s worn, and watch the series on Channel 10, Mondays at 8:30pm AEST. In the meantime, chuck these on your wishlist –
- Joan Watson: Consulting Detective and Role Model to Girls Everywhere (writerisms.wordpress.com)
- TV series: [Elementary] Joan Watson (karenandbeech.wordpress.com)