25 Mar Two Shows Streaming On Netflix & Hulu That Have us Style Stalking!
We’re all at home.
Needless to say I think we are all watching a little more streaming than usual. Recently, I binge watched two shows in the depths of my anxieties and found so much comfort in the fashion and the inspiration high I received from watching it. Here are my two recent fashion-favorites streaming on Netfilx and Hulu right now.
1. AJ AND THE QUEEN
Marking RuPaul’s first starring role in a scripted show, AJ and the QUEEN thrusts the watcher into a fabulous world of drag culture, overcoming adversity and the discovery of love in unexpected places (aka a stow away 10-year old who desperately misses her drug addicted mother and has no one to call her own).
On top of the wonderful storyline and the welcomed hidden lessons on tolerance peppered throughout, comedy is yet another draw to AJ and the QUEEN. One of the biggest things we all need right now is laughter; my man and I could not stop laughing at the brilliantly written storylines and the incredible deliveries from the actors involved.
With a show that stars the iconic RuPaul, it’s no wonder the fashion alone is a star brighter than any other. In the story, RuPaul plays drag performer named Ruby Red, a larger than life, gorgeous performer whose red ensembles and wigs are enough to get you to change your favorite color to the scarlet tone of her famous namesake. Created by ZALDY, all of Ruby’s nighttime drag ensembles are loaded with glitz, glimmer and incredible structure.
A standout scene includes a crystal encrusted ensemble during Ruby’s eight week performance tour across America. With a slightly different shade of red and a never ending cascade of chandelier-esque embellishment, RuPaul once again brings a look to life and leaves you completely breathless in its dramatism. To this moment, I get goosebumps thinking about this seen and am completely heart broken when the “Big Lift” synchronized to Sia’s Chandelier never gets to see the light of streaming. In the midst of some very jealous queens attempting to sabotage Ruby’s performance, her suspension cables are tainted and the big moment sends Ruby hurling to the floor, crippling the moment and leaving her to feel yet again, abused and defeated.
But fear not, because not since Carrie Bradshaw’s courageous “fashion roadkill” moment in Sex and the City, has a made-for-screen style hero made us so proud. Ruby stays on the ground, leaving everyone in the audience to wonder if she’s ok, then picks the perfect moment in the music to rise up and keep performing. This turns what could have been a devastatingly embarrassing moment into a triumph, metaphorically symbolizing Ruby’s own transforming strength during the show’s storyline and winning over audience watching from their seats. If you don’t wind up watching the whole series, at the very least, watch this clip! It’s truly memorable. (Volume way up please.)
Along with the nighttime costume design, Robert (as Ruby is referred to during the day) also dawns some eye catching wardrobe as well. Designed by Dead to Me costume design veteran Trayce Gigi Field, Robert’s daytime ensembles include fabulously fit tailored shirts and pants along with more fun pieces like this qipao inspired look and my favorite, the Magic Fire graffiti trench coat.
AJ and the QUEEN is streaming now on Netflix.
2. HIGH FIDELITY
Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is the owner of a failing record store in Chicago, where he sells music the old-fashioned way — on vinyl.
For someone my age, this is the High Fidelity that we have all known and loved. A cult classic released in 2000, this movie has become a permanent contributor to many a break up, comfort moments. Needless to say, when I saw that Hulu was going to do a remake of this untouchable movie, I was more than a bit skeptical about the quality and preservation of integrity this would yield. But to my pleasant surprise this remake finds a rhythm of its own and stands out as one of the few remakes that doesn’t take anything away from the original. If it wasn’t for the occasional memorable one liners from the original script making its way throughout the show, I can honestly say that I would find myself forgetting this was not an original.
As someone with a music degree I have always held this art form close to my heart. Gaining my fashion degree some years later married the two creative outlets in a way that I never knew would constantly come up within my work. To a huge degree, Hulu’s High Fidelity offers up a nostalgic feeling of my high school fashion years, with an elevated music snobbery that I have long since left behind (but secretly hold to this day). Up until the recent COVID-19 pandemic, this show, admittedly, was on repeat in the background at Style Lush Studios and with every fast walk-by, there was a prideful nod to the music as well as the fashion. Oh yes, we were taking notes.
The star of the moment of course, is the devastatingly gorgeous Zoë Kravitz. Here are three ways costume designer Sarah Laux and star Zoë Kravitz had us reevaluating some sometimes misunderstood pieces.
- THE HAWAIIAN SHIRT
Long gone are the days of a Hawaiian shirt conjuring up images of not so healthy tourists with mismatched footwear. Sarah Laux and Zoë Kravitz manage to make this the “it” second hand find of the moment. From the great color pallets to the oversized billowy fits, this shirt choice has got me (as well as many others, I’m sure) awaiting the day we can all go out and sweep through the second hand stores again.
- GRAPHIC TEES
These ubiquitous staples will never go out of style, but it has been a while since a style hero dawned the greatest collection of generously loved music t-shirts in such a trendsetter way. Taking note from the original Rob in some cases, this new record store owner as some home run choices of her own. Paired with dunaway fit pants, tennis skirts, chunky boots (we’ll get to this in a moment) and a slew of other noteworthy partners, this trend is no doubt seeing a resurgence on the forefront. Up the sophistication by pairing these with blazers, heels, and a great pair of well fit pants.
- BLACK LEATHER COAT & BOOTS
In this show, Rob consistently showcases a realistic wardrobe by reprising stand out pieces again and again in her work outfits. Case in point, Rob’s vintage leather coat. This thing sees its fair share on the small screen and makes for a very stylish staple that becomes a very covetable layering piece.
Along with her leather companion, Rob also leans towards a more chunky footwear statement. Not since the 90’s have I seen such great parings with chunky leather footwear. Dawning mid calve lengths and rock ‘n’ roll vibes, these looks are worthy of her record store owner title.
Keep us in the loop with your style stalking online and tell us what you’ve been watching. Stay safe, healthy and stay tuned for more fashion news, right here on Style Lush TV.