Warning: everything below contains spoilers.
If you are a fan of "The Hunger Games" books or movies, you already know that "Mockingjay, Part 2" — the fourth and final installment of the series that hits theaters on Friday — covers some pretty bleak ground. The movie picks up right where "Part 1" left off: inside District 13 where Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is recovering from getting punched in the trachea by Evil Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) on a CGI-diet. But for our purposes, we are less interested in rebel strategies or whether Katniss picks the tall one or the short one than we are in the film's range of costumes. Let's walk through it, shall we?
In District 13, the fashion is as utilitarian as the bunkers are, and there seems to be an infinite supply of cargo pocket-covered jumpsuits for every man, woman and child. There weren't even more festive versions available for Finnick and Annie's wedding. Although, if Annie could get her hands on a delicate veil, why couldn't anyone else besides Effie try to wear something that wouldn't be suitable for funeral? But such is the life inside a warring District. Props to Finnick, however, for his nuptial popped collar.
When it comes to excellence in outwear, three strong supporting characters serve up some enviable options. The first is Commander Paylor (Patina Miller) who emerges as a powerful blanket coat enthusiast. Never has such cozy fabric looked as fierce as it does when Paylor gives her rousing speeches.
Commander Lyme (Gwendoline Christie) makes a super-quick appearance on-screen, made only the more memorable for her shearling patched coat — very off-duty Brienne of Tarth.
And, of course, Cressida (Natalie Dormer) is back to direct all matter of propos with her camera-wielding comrades, Castor (Wes Chatham) and Pollux (Elden Henson). In addition to her fierce half-buzzed head, she does sneak in some color to her wardrobe at one point with a dark magenta jacket.
Even Katniss gets in on the statement coat situation. Needing a disguise to enter President Snow's house among the rest of the Capitol's citizens, she dons a turquoise hooded cape coat that she borrows from Tigress. (Well, it does catch on fire later, so I can't imagine she returned it.) Is a hood an effective disguise for the face of the rebel movement? Probably not, but this is a two-hour movie and there's no time to waste at this point. Plus, the coat easily hides a bow and arrows.
But the real king of fantastic outwear in "Part 2" is, of course, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). He has too many black tie, poison-serving dinners to ever not be wearing a tuxedo, basically, but kudos to the man for mixing it up. A fur shirt and matching blazer? Why the hell not. Pin a rose on there and get him some black gloves and he's ready to pass out on his desk clutching a bloodied napkin.
But Snow's best "Part 2" look by far is his post-war, greenhouse jail, Hugh Hefner-style robe. Who doesn't love a lush jacquard for imprisonment? He is a well-appointed snake in a garden.
Alright, friends. We've delayed talking about the real girl on fire — in our hearts, at least — Effie Trinket. She's been released from the fashion shackles in "Part 1," where we saw her makeup-free and in a jumpsuit. (Elizabeth Banks looks great without eyebrows, by the way.) Trinket closes out the series with three delightfully elaborate looks: a gauzy, romantic cocoon dress for Finnick's wedding, followed by a hot pink, high collar situation she wears to escort Katniss to President Snow's house (see below). Against the snow covered ground and next to Katniss's muted layers, she is a bright electric force — albeit with limited leg mobility due to a pencil skirt silhouette on her dress. Does she have pockets in that thing?
But Effie's last costume of the film is the one that really stands out. To President Snow's execution, Effie wears a gray hourglass shaped dress with fringe covered shoulders and hips. It's unusual to see her in anything but a bright color, but then again, she is dressing for a funeral of sorts.
The fringe has an icy blue tint to it, as better seen in the image below. Let's also take a moment to acknowledge the wooly lapels on Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson).
Moving on to President Coin (Julianne Moore), who has the definitive beauty moment of the film when she cuts her hair into a Power Bob — leaving her dead ends in the past, as well as dead rebels. At Snow's execution, she shows up in a futuristic gray capelet that looks authoritative, feminine and strong. Hillary Clinton, take note?
Katniss hasn't figured largely into this costume analysis, mostly because she spends much of the movie in military henleys and bullet proof uniforms. But it is worth mentioning that the combination of layers she wears to see President Snow in the greenhouse, below, is indicative of her post-war casual wardrobe. She's an adult woman now, and she dresses the part in subtly tailored jackets, tops with a slight peplum and boots — something a real person might wear.
Though we will conclude with her most powerful look from the movie: the formal uniform she wears to execute President Snow. With her sleek braid and eyeliner, she is full of steely eyed determination to do the right thing for Panem, no matter the personal risk. And, of course, she's got the best accessory: her bow and arrows. Goodbye Katniss! May the odds be ever in your favor.
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" hits movie theaters on Friday.