by Greg LaVoi, Costume Designer
If anyone knows about the “look” of The Closer, it’s the show’s costume designer, Greg LaVoi. We asked Greg to think back throughout the show’s six seasons and put together a list of his Five Favorite Looks. Check out what he came up with and don’t forget to check out his Fashion File blog each week.
What southern gal doesn't love a cashmere twin set? I modeled Brenda's love of cashmere sweaters after my 1960's era childhood baby sitter, Cheryl. She had a cupboard full of cashmere twin sets in every color found in the deluxe crayon box.
When Brenda first slipped into a vintage Irene suit she put the femininity away and became a real ball buster to compete with all of the men at the LAPD. The Irene suit was a perfect fit, literally for BLJ as they were quirky, unattainable to anyone else and totally Brenda!
Any girl’s wedding day is memorable, but Brenda's -- bought on-eBay for $12.99 -- was the find of the season. And of course it was supposed to be Willie Ray's gown. The dress was actually a 1959 original from Saks Fifth Ave. and Jon Tenney suggested I try to locate the actual owner of the gown. I did and she came to The Closer set to meet Kyra and brought a picture of herself in the same gown!
Pink Trench Coat
I found the Ralph Lauren coat in a Neiman Marcus catalog over our hiatus and knew Brenda had to have it! James Duff saw it and said it was "too pink" and he didn’t want the coat to take on a life of it's own. Well, both of his worries came true!
They were just quirky and fun and I always looked for them in catalogs. I thought it funny that a tough cop like Brenda would resort to kitty pajamas at home!