You may have been too preoccupied with the Golden Globes to notice, but "Girls" is back! And so is the show's wardrobe, in all of its just-awkward-enough-to-feel-realistic glory. Costume designer Jenn Rogien already gave us an overview of how each character's style has developed since season three to reflect her personal growth (or lack thereof), but it wasn't until Sunday night that we got to see how that manifested itself.
It mostly involved a lot of weird hair accessories. Read on for our fashion recap, and don't worry: We don't have to talk about that opening scene because almost no clothes were involved (though Allison Williams was apparently wearing some stuff under there).
Hannah Looks Pretty Cute
It's rare that we have a positive reaction to something Hannah wears, and while we certainly won't be nominating her for Vanity Fair's Best Dressed list anytime soon, she actually looked kind of cute at the start of the season premiere. Her bow barrette was a little cutesy but we didn't mind since it looked polished. It was also the first of many hair accessories that would come to dominate this episode.
Adam Got an Amazing Leather Jacket
It's hard to tell weather Adam is angry or indifferent about Hannah moving to Iowa, but whatever angst he's experiencing was amplified by the leather jacket he chose to wear while showing up late to dinner with Hannah and her parents. However, we were struck less by the motorcycle jacket's rebellious symbolism than the fact that it's kind of beautiful and looks damn expensive. Commercials for anti-depressants must pay really well.
Shoshanna Replaces Crazy Hairdo With Crazy Hair Accessory
If Shoshanna has developed one style signature, it's over-the-top hairdos, which often involve confusing braids, donut-like buns and bump-its. However, now that her hair is shorter, such styles aren't really feasible. So far, it seems they've been replaced with over-the-top hair accessories. Case in point: This extremely large barrette that effectively dominates her head. Although, weirdly, we don't hate it?
What Is Natasha Lyonne Wearing?
The wonderful Natasha Lyonne made a cameo as the daughter of the elderly woman Jessa had been taking care of (in more ways than one if you remember the weirdly dark season finale). And her outfit... confused us. There are normcore touches, like the baseball cap and the socks with Birkenstocks, but paired with the buttoned-to-the-neck white shirtdress and oversized black blazer, she just kind of looks like an insane person. But maybe that's what they were going for? We're stumped.
Jessa Wears Spikes on Her Head
Moving on to Jessa's take on the episode's requisite odd hair accessory, the show's free spirit wore a barrette with spikes on it, perhaps meant to represent her prickly attitude towards Hannah. Overall, and as usual, she looks great, though there was a bit more pink bra revealed at Marni's jazz brunch than we would have liked.
It would also be wrong to ignore the shirting in the above photo. With Hannah, again, we don't mind how she looks. The shirt is a bit busy, but it's tailored much better than the things we're used to seeing her in. Shoshanna's blouse, with its cutouts down the arms, is more offensive, and just makes her look like she's a little all over the place aesthetically.
Marni Tries Really, Really Hard to Look Musician-y
Rogien described Marni's new look thusly: "It’s a very Marni put-together vibe, but in a way that you’re kind of like, well Marni really committed all the way again and it may not have been the right direction but she’s really going for it." For a performance with Desi at a "jazz brunch," she chose a striped maxi dress, bomber jacket with (fake?) leather sleeves aaaaand hair feathers, all of which look like they could have been purchased at American Eagle. Try again, Marn.
Clementine as a Cooler Version of Marni
Clementine innately has the effortlessly cool, hip vibe that it seems Marni is trying desperately and unsuccessfully to achieve. From her hair to her asymmetrical nude dress to her perfectly-layered necklaces, she looks almost intimidatingly cool and gives off an overall positive, I'm-not-threatened-by-you air, even though she's totally being cheated on. Womp.
Marni's Mom Is Hilarious
We're not sure if Marni's mom, played by Rita Wilson, is going through some sort of mid-life crisis, but we don't remember her trying so enthusiastically to be young/live vicariously through her daughter. Regardless, it's funny. We particularly enjoyed her brass knuckle-inspired cell phone case.
Ray Looks Like Crap
Ray has never been the style icon of the group, but he usually looks good enough that his clothes go more or less go unnoticed. This time, he looked noticeably horrible. Presumably, this is meant to set the stage for the Shoshanna-induced makeover that was teased in the season four trailer.