Find Out Why The Good Wife's Alicia Florrick Dressed In Neutrals in Season 5, Episode 8 From Costume Designer, Daniel Lawson
The Good Wife's Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) is one month into launching her law firm after leaving Lockhart Gardner (or after last night, The LG) and she is maintaining her bold exterior throughout the tumultuous transition. "I don't think she's quite confident yet," costume designer Daniel Lawson told InStyle.com today. That's why he's keeping her in neutrals until she really gets on her feet, like a gray floral Rena Lange jacket with black Gucci pants, or the black gold zip-front L'Agence jacket with an Alexander McQueen pencil skirt that he dressed her in for last night's episode. "I really think the neutral tones this season are working well for us," Lawson added. "As we move along, we might see a lot more color starting to peek in, but not quite yet." Flip through the gallery to find out what else she wore—including her roomy, versatile black bag.
Season 5, Episode 22: Style Paris Jacket, Armani Skirt and Boss Blouse
Season 5, Episode 21: Boss Hugo Boss Dress
Season 5, Episode 21: Andrew Gn Jacket and Dress
Season 5, Episode 21: Akris Jacket
Season 5, Episode 21: Reed Krakoff Sweater
Season 5, Episode 21: Style Paris Suit
Season 5, Episode 21: Armani Jacket
Season 5, Episode 20: Narciso Rodriguez Jacket
Season 5, Episode 20: Cinzia Rocca Coat
Season 5, Episode 19: Red Valentino Jacket
Season 5, Episode 19: Vince Sweater
Season 5, Episode 19: Akris Jacket and Michael Kors Blouse
Season 5, Episode 19: Elie Tahari Coat
Season 5, Episode 19: Akris Jacket
Season 5, Episode 19: Number 35 Dress
Season 5, Episode 18: Armani Jacket
Season 5, Episode 18: Burberry Blouse
Season 5, Episode 18: Akris Jacket
Season 5, Episode 17: Lafayette 148 Jacket
Season 5, Episode 17: Max Mara Coat
Season 5, Episode 17: Nina Ricci Suit
Season 5, Episode 17: Number35 Dress
Season 5, Episode 15: Calvin Klein jacket
Season 5, Episode 15: Elie Tahari coat
Season 5, Episode 15: Alexander McQueen pantsuit
Season 5, Episode 15: Karolina Zmarlak Jacket and Skirt
Season 5, Episode 14: Akris Jacket and Cartier Watch
Season 5, Episode 14: L.K. Bennett Jacket
Season 5, Episode 14: Style Paris Suit
Season 5, Episode 14: Max Mara Dress
Season 5, Episode 13: Burberry
Season 5, Episode 13: Nina Ricci Jacket
Season 5, Episode 13: Akris Jacket
Season 5, Episode 13: Style Paris Suit, George Simonton Coat and Furla bag
Season 5, Episode 10: Basler Jacket and Armani Skirt
"We continued her color story in the gray world with this abstract stripe jacket," explained Lawson. "It was a really pretty jacket and hugged her body well."
Season 5, Episode 10: Michael Kors Jacket
"This stand-up exaggerated collar was definitely a departure from her usual silhouette," said Lawson. "You still got a sense of her body but this shape made her seem really strong."
Season 5, Episode 10: Alexander McQueen Pantsuit and Armani Blouse
"She wore this to her holiday party, which fit because I wanted her to represent her law firm and wear a holiday-ish color," explained Lawson. "I thought it was risky to do a pantsuit, but I went with it because it was so unexpected. I'm glad we did—Julianna thought it was perfect, chic and elegant."
SEASON 5, EPISODE 9: ESCADA JACKET, ETRO BLOUSE, AND GUCCI TROUSERS
"This was the opening look, and it worked perfectly," said costume designer Dan Lawson. "The Etro blouse underneath had gold and silver beading. It could have been worn by itself, but putting it with the blazer gave her a wonderful layer of sparkle around her neck."
SEASON 5, EPISODE 9: GUCCI BLAZER AND ESCADA SKIRT
"I loved how this double-breasted jacket was a feminized version of a man's double breasted suit," explained Lawson. "And the color was great!"
SEASON 5, EPISODE 9: ESCADA BLAZER AND ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SKIRT
"Black and white is so trendy right now, so I love to drop in those on-trend moments when I can to keep it current," Lawson said of this Escada blazer, which featured a gold zipper in the front.
Season 5, Episode 8: Rena Lange Jacket, Brooks Brothers Necklace and Gucci Trousers
"I was really drawn to the dimensional pattern of this jacket," said Lawson. "I thought it flattered so well, especially with less pattern on the top to draw attention to her face. It worked so well on television!" As for the heavy chain, it's not something Alicia is used to. "I thought it looked nice," Lawson said. "I wanted gold jewelry to stand out, rather than silver to echo the grays of the jacket."
Season 5, Episode 8: L'Agence Suit with Alexander McQueen Pencil Skirt
"This was so clean and sleek," Lawson said. "I loved the gold zipper. That kind of zipper acts as jewelry. You really don't need anything else."
Season 5, Episode 7: Escada Jacket
"I was so excited to find this piece," costume designer Daniel Lawson said of this Escada blue jacket that featured a white layer under the lapel. "I paired it with a silk Rivamonti cowl neck blouse that had tiny beads along the edge. Every once in a while, it caught the light. It was beautiful."
Season 5, Episode 7: No. 35 Suit
"This navy blue suede jacket had leather panels and it made her look slim and sleek," explained Lawson. His tip for buying a suede skirt: Get a size down. "Suede stretches after the first wearing because of your body heat."
Season 5, Episode 7: Ferragamo Pantsuit and Vince Blouse
"Julianna Margulies said that this was one of her favorite looks ever," Lawson admitted. "She loved how the flannel pants were cropped so you could see some of the foot. And I loved the gold zippers accentuating the flannel jacket. It was really clever. It made it so strong yet feminine."
Season 5, Episode 6: Armani Suit
"This was the first time we see everyone in her home working, and I wanted her to look like she was part of the chaos," costume designer Daniel Lawson explained of why he chose this suit, which featured a double breasted jacket that turned into a single breasted look.
Season 5, Episode 6: L.K. Bennett Suit
"I thought the black edging up the front and around the neck centered us on her and around the face," Lawson said of this black and white tweed jacket and pencil skirt combination by L.K. Bennett. "It looked sharp and it really gave focus and definition for her."
Season 5, Episode 6: Moschino Jacket
Do you recognize this blast from the past? It's a Moschino jacket Alicia Florrick wore last season. "This red suit made her seem like she could take control of anything and was very organized," he said of this look. Lawson paired the jacket with a pair of Gucci pants.
Season 5, Episode 6: Tom Ford Suit
"I loved the strong shoulders on this jacket and skirt," explained Lawson. "And I really loved the color. It was like a brown olive, almost like dried grass. It was neutral without being completely neutral."
Season 5, Episode 5: Number 35 Suit
"We altered the suit quite a bit to fit the curves of her body and I love the black elbow patches that made it different," Lawson says of why he chose this. But more importantly, it spoke to her changing storyline: "I wanted it to go with the white gray because she thought she was under the radar, but then she got caught. It was an unassuming outfit to tell her story and her surprise at being found out."
Season 5, Episode 4: Akris Jacket
There was black leather on the cuffs, the breast pocket and under the collar of this Akris jacket. "I thought it was really clever," Lawson said of the detail. "Above the breast pocket, it looked like a stylized pocket square." Lawson paired the jacket with a pair of black wool Gucci pants.
Season 5, Episode 4: Armani
"I'm going neutral with her all season, and I found this lavender color to be a color without being a color," says Lawson. "It was still a neutral."
Season 5, Episode 4: Escada Suit
The metallic sheen on this navy suit, created with a mix of black and metallic silver thread, made this loo pop on camera. "I love the metallic sheet because it's still a neutral and it gives it a little life," tells Lawson. "I think in real life, women appreciate that kind of pop in their office looks."
Season 5, Episode 4: Armani
Both the black wool suit and the sleeveless gray blouse are by Armani. "The blouse looked like it had an ascot to it, which really drew attention to her face," Lawson says of why he picked the pieces. "It's like she's an English barrister!"
Season 5, Episode 3: The Row
“Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s stuff for The Row is really beautiful,” said Lawson. “There seems to be a great emphasis on quality and construction.” And it was noticeable in this look. “I picked this because I wanted her not to be just the politician’s wife. I wanted her to be appropriate and sexy. The square neckline on her is perfect.”
Season 5, Episode 3: Escada
“This was all about having a neutral tone with a little something added, and this look fit the bill,” Lawson said. “The gold zipper really made the whole thing pop.”
Season 5, Episode 3: Armani Suit
“I liked this knit suit because of all of its detail. It was a way to have a pattern without having pattern. And, since it’s knit, it hugged her body like nobody’s business.”
Season 5, Episode 3: Rena Lange
“This was a beautiful shape on her,” remarked Lawson. “I loved that we put the belt in the back, as opposed to the front. It was like a little surprise!”
Season 5, Episode 2: Number 35 Suit
"I wanted to do a red tone, even though we’re trying to stay neutral, because when she walked into the new space I wanted her to stand out and own it. This was such a chic suit and the ruffle at the end of the sleeve was nicely feminine but maintained a strong silhouette."
Season 5, Episode 2: Christian Dior Suit
“This had a nod to a peplum that she wore so very heavily last season,” says Lawson of this design, which he scored at Bergdorf Goodman. “The blue is excellent.”
Season 5, Episode 2: Escada
“We’ve been enjoying the zipped front jacket this season, not only because it is a great silhouette, but also because it’s easy on and off,” explains Lawson of this two-tone Escada design. “We never saw her wear a look like this before. My favorite part was the fringe trim—it was feminine and pretty and still a little unique.”
Season 5, Episode 1: Karen Millen Jacket
“It seemed different than what she has worn before,” Lawson explains of his choice, “but still in the neutral world that we are going into this season.”
Season 5, Episode 1: Christian Dior Jacket
“There are huge changes coming up in the show, and therefore, the wardrobe is going to reflect that,” says costume designer Daniel Lawson. “The thought of starting her own firm is empowering, and it forces her to push herself to be less self-conscious about her look and be powerful. Not try to be—just be." Case in point: This jacket. "It is very streamlined, and it’s a great color for her.”