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Lies. Confessions. A Bra, Pink Panties and Pumps. Brenda. And the return of the Pink Trench Coat!
Lies -- both Brenda and the Widow Wycoff have told and are telling them and looking very similar in melon colored cashmere sweaters. It was a conscious decision to dress Brenda and Mrs. Wycoff in nearly matching sweaters, just so that each of them could see themselves in each other. Think it worked? Nah!!! Brenda's sweater was from the Pure Collection of course and the widow Wycoff's from Neiman Marcus signature cashmere. Brenda's little ruffled skirt in chocolate brown was an American Living for JC Penney and Kate's cream and black tweed sheath was Valentino Red from Saks.
Confessions -- the widow Kate Wycoff, played to born-again perfection by the divine Kate Burton, and I go way back! We worked together nearly 17 years ago on a very stylish film, Love Matters, that starred Kate, Griffon Dunne, Annette O'Toole, Tony Goldwyn and Gina Gershon. I got to design a Madame X style black silk velvet gown that was drop dead gorgeous, the only bummer in the whole thing was we shot the pivotal dress reveal at about 3 a.m. out in Alta Dena ... kind of takes the "WOW" out of the whole thing when you introduce an entirely new made-to-order costume at that time of day/night. But as I've said before, this is what I adore about this business, working with people that you spent time with and made magic with so many years ago. Like Kate I have worked again years later with Mr. Dunne and Miss O'Toole and when The Closer is all said and done, I look forward to another professional association with the brilliant Miss Sedgwick.
A Bra, Pink Panties and Pumps -- I shopped the Pastor's lingerie at not the secrets of Victoria but the intimates section of my favorite go-to department store: JC Penney. The role had not been cast yet, but I thought, I need the dainties for the show-and-tell, and I knew that the Pastor Wycoff would be a man ... perhaps larger than me, so I chose a 38 DD brassier and a pair of Extra Large full coverage panties ... I held them up to me and looked in the 3 way mirror and looked at myself and in the background was a shop girl, looking at me looking at myself ... "May I help you?" she asked. "No!" I replied, "These should do just fine!"and I let her think and wonder and tell all her associates and chuckled under my breath as I proudly walked out of the store.
Now the pumps were another story. To fit a man's size 11 foot I needed at least a women's size 13 ... yeah right you say, well, the only store that carried that size was Maya on Hollywood Boulevard. I have bought character shoes from Maya for years, but it had been a long time since I'd been in the store. We had to buy 5 pair! Thankfully Maya made these shoes in house and we were able to get one pair to break the heel on, another pair for Brenda to try on the dead body of Pastor Wycoff. One pair was ruined at the cobblers when they broke the heel and didn't do the sole like I wanted and then when Kyra was placing the "slipper" on Cinderfella's tootsie , it wouldn't slide on easily, because the Pastor had spent 3 hours in the make-up chair with his feet hanging down and what happens then...swelling! SO I frantically called Maya and pleaded for a size 14!!!! The shoes made it to set just as the director yelled "Cut! Print!"
Brenda's Day 2 change brought out an old faithful skirt, that she wore when she discovered the dead prostitute in the bungalow she would ultimately purchase and where she first met the true love of her life ... Kitty! Then she wore it again the day that Kitty died and then again in this episode. On top I chose a pretty shell pink Irene jacket with a incredible collar that lays way back on the neck and shoulders. The widow Wycoff wore a mourning suit in black with a matching sheath dress from Valentino Red again from Saks, the jacket had a great big oversized bow edged in black patent leather that was just too big for Kate Burton so I had Maria take the bow apart and downsize it. Brenda had an up-do to mimic Kate Wycoff's severe hairstyle designed by my bestie Stacey K. Black ... I love when our two departments work in such serendipitous design detail!
The return of the Pink Trench Coat. Who would have thought that that Ralph Lauren pink trench coat would have begat a life of it's own. Really it hasn't, it's just so unusual to see a pink trench coat on a TV detective or a real detective for that matter. Colombo had his tan trench, and Johnson has her pink. Much to James Duff's admonitions of several seasons ago that the pink coat better not upstage the show, well it really hasn't, it's just got a fan base, its own website, soon to have it's own spinoff and is refusing to come out of its trailer to go to the cleaners ... so -- NO -- I have not created a monster.
This episode, "Forgive Us Our Trespasses," was powerful in the depiction of a fragmented faith filled family, both our family of Major Crimes and the Wycoff family. We are finally seeing the unravelling of Brenda and her actions that come from a place of faith ... faith that her choices are right and the realization that she has no earthly idea what she may have done. I don't think her Ding Dongs and Merlot can help much in the upcoming months ... faith, that's all we have. And a pair of pink panties!