How Loot Created Maya Rudolph’s Eccentric Billionaire Style – Vulture | WHs Answers

“New money is more fun money” was costume designer Kirston Leigh Mann’s mantra on the Apple TV+ comedy series prey. Mann and Maya Rudolph’s seventh collaboration in a decade (including The good place, Foreverand Amy Poehler’s 2019 directorial debut wine countryy) also marks her most extravagant: Rudolph plays newly minted billionaire Molly Novak (née Wells), whose divorce settlement from a tech CEO (Adam Scott) has just made her the third richest woman in the world.

Molly’s wardrobe feels like the actress’ real style – prey even uses actual red carpet photos of Rudolph to illustrate Molly’s celebrity – as much as possible. “The budget allowed us to dress Molly really appropriately,” says Mann, stocking her closet with fringed kaftans, designer dresses, and feather-trimmed pajamas for lounging around the mansion. And since Molly is a Californian girl, she can be quirkier with her fashion choices than, say, one Above-wealthy family in a New York-focused show. “Maya isn’t afraid of fashion,” Mann says, and it shows in the costumes’ bold jewel tones, exaggerated floral patterns, and extravagant silhouettes. Mann envisioned Molly as an important customer in the fashion world. “When Gucci comes out with something new, they tell their special people and they send it to them right away,” says Mann. “Molly is one of those very elite people.”

Molly’s 45th birthday outfit had to be as extravagant as the celebration itself. After all, it’s the day she goes from “Jennifer Aniston to Lopez” on the “Scale of Timeless Jennifers,” according to Assistant Nicholas (the equally fabulously dressed Joel Kim Booster). It’s also the moment Molly discovers her 20-year-old husband is cheating on his much younger lover, Hailey (Dylan Gelula).

Mann spotted the shimmering blue and green tie-dye Halston maxi in a California store window and knew it was perfect for the moment Molly embarked on her journey of self-discovery. Not only because the bright colors looked amazing on Rudolph, but also because the cool hues pop in Molly’s Megamansion. “It’s so bare and cold,” Mann says of the $141 million Bel Air Palace where he stood prey is filmed. “Maya’s warming it up.” Mann especially loved how the lamé dress swayed as Molly angrily stormed off, eventually escaping in a neon green sports car that complemented her neck tone. “I wish I could get credit for the car,” she says. “But some style choices are just happy coincidences.”

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Molly wears silk pajamas around her cool grounds, a nod to Mann’s style at home. “If I walk through my own door, I’ll put on my pajamas right away, even if I’m going out at night,” she says. “It’s like Mister Rogers, who always had to put his sweater on when he came in from outside. It’s a chance to make a change.” It’s also an opportunity for Molly to make it clear that her nightwear, from brands like Olivia Von Halle and Bernadette, is as opulent as anything else in her wardrobe.

Mann’s favorite set is a mint green crepe de chine pajama set from Sleeper with detachable ostrich feather cuffs. The luxury loungewear label’s ‘party pajamas’ cost $320 and are meant to be worn for more than just sleeping, making them an inspired activewear choice for a stylish billionaire roaming the house after divorce – or for anyone who wants to enhance their stay. wardrobe at home. “Having been in a bit of a sweatpants-at-home zone, I feel like it’s fun to be fun with fashion again,” says Mann. “We can all throw away our gray sweatpants and take a page from Molly’s book.”

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In the final moments of the premiere, Molly wears the fringed Mrs. Ross kaftan dress by Dubai-based womenswear brand Taller Marmo. The sky-blue look, named in honor of music legend Diana Ross, is almost as outlandish as giving Goop-esque gift bags at a ribbon cutting for a women’s shelter — and that was the point. “Molly looks great in it, but it’s the wrong look,” says Mann. “The sleeves are kind of wing-like because she feels kind of angelic in that moment, but it’s not about her at all and she has to come to that conclusion.”

The dress’s high neckline with satin tie detailing and cascading hemline with sweeping fringes contributed to Mann’s decision to use the bold look for Molly’s first of many aha moments this season. “In a way, her work clothes are part of her disconnection from the real people she’s trying to help,” she says. “Molly hasn’t gotten around to dressing the role of someone who understands this town. She’s still a little too fabulous.”

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Mann regards the overwhelmingly floral look Molly wears in the second episode as evidence of Rudolph’s “free and unimaginative” style. The designer initially thought Milanese brand La DoubleJ’s multi-piece matchy-matchy outfit was a little too extravagant, even for a billionaire. But Rudolph was willing to try it all: the stretch bell bottoms, the oversized shirt dress and matching headband and handbag. “You could say, ‘Oh, you don’t have to wear the pants with that,’ and she’s like, ‘Let’s try it!'” says Mann. “Maya never tries to hide.”

It would certainly be difficult to hide in the brand’s head-to-toe Selva Bianco pattern, a mix of cheerful florals named after the Italian white wine. It’s also Mann’s favorite look of the season. “It brought so much joy to all of us on set,” she says of the $1,785 outfit Molly wears on her private jet flight to Miami. “DoubleJ is a fun brand for a casual billionaire.” The label also made the purple palm leaf caftan that Rudolph wears in the prey‘s opening photo: “It’s such a vibe.”

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In episode six, Molly receives a prestigious award for her humanitarian work, which she proudly accepts in a 1920’s-inspired raspberry pleated cape dress. With its ruffled stand-up collar and slim silhouette, it looks like haute couture from one of the finest fashion houses. It’s actually the work of Theia Couture, a line of minimalist eveningwear by Irish designer Don O’Neill, whose fans include Rudolph’s BFF Amy Poehler, Taylor Swift and Khloé Kardashian. “We all laughed because we spent a lot of money in some places and saved a lot in others,” says Mann, noting that she had to buy so many costumes to do it prey that at some point she stopped counting. (“Let’s just say it was a lot.”) This fabulous dress cost less than $1,000 and ended up being one of her biggest savings.

Throughout the ten-episode series, Mann used big-name designers for the more important moments. “I knew I wanted to use things that were very expensive or super fabulous for a bigger scene,” she says, naming Alexander McQueen, Prada and the vampire’s wife, among others preybecomes bigger. For this reason, Mann almost didn’t bring the Theia dress to her fitting with Rudolph, fearing it wasn’t big enough for such a standout moment. “It was one of the big surprises when Maya put it on and I was like, ‘ Oh my god, that’s the dress!” man says. “Maya is not label conscious. She only cares about looks and is so willing to help young and aspiring designers.”

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In episode nine, Molly is hit with a cream cake (for reasons we won’t reveal here) while wearing a blue puff-sleeved Alexander McQueen dress. The thought of tarnishing the fabulous zipped faille mini was almost too much for Mann. “Believe me, I wanted to cry,” she says at the thought of ruining even one version of the $2,250 dress. To be sure, Mann tracked down ten versions of the dress, not an easy task during the pandemic. “It wasn’t like you could just go to Bloomingdale’s and buy ten dresses,” she says. Her team had to trawl Net-a-Porter and other consignment websites to find multiples of the same size for Rudolph and her stunt double. But thanks to Alan Yang, prey‘s co-creators and directors of this particular episode, they didn’t need nearly as many McQueens. “There are some directors where you would throw ten cakes and stain ten dresses, but Alan made it so we didn’t have to throw that many,” she says, estimating they got the shot in two or three takes . “He’s so fashionable himself that he’s set his eyes on our clothes. But we were prepared to be literally slammed.”

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