The Women, a remake of a 1939 classic, features an all-female cast and one very influential behind-the-scenes male, costume designer John Dunn. He created the looks for this ensemble, which includes Meg Ryan, whose husband cheats with Eva Mendes's character, and the women in her life, including Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing and Candace Bergen.
"Meg's character lives in Connecticut, but works as a fashion designer, so we gave her an eclectic mix of Burberry, J. Crew and Maine Marine Supply store," says Dunn. "We threw in some preppy vintage dresses to accentuate her creativity." Of her character's look and hair progression in the movie, Ryan says, "It's amazing what a flat iron can do for a woman!"
"Eva as Crystal is the woman no man can ignore or resist," says Dunn. "Her wardrobe relies heavily on La Perla lingerie, Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana and Christian Louboutin stilettos." Mendes says her wardrobe was "Barely there, but she's not a tramp. She's much smarter and more calculated than that."
We all need the strong one who pushes us and says the truth. "Jada's character Alex is our edgy downtown writer who is brash," says Dunn. "She favors tough leather and jeans but love a hot pair of designer boots and feminine accessories-Chrome Hearts meets Chanel."
Always the mother hen (to her own expanding brood and her girlfriends), "Debra's Edie is a boho free spirit living in Manhattan's Upper West Side. She wears Chan Luu and lots and lots of scarves and beaded bracelets-all at the same time," says Dunn.