With her front-row appearances at Chanel Couture (and a slightly morbid Sweet Sixteen party of your Instagram dreams), Lily-Rose Depp is inarguably one of the most glamorous teenagers in the world. But thanks to writer-director Kevin Smith, we'll soon be seeing the French-American teen in a whole new light — most of it Canadian.
Along with prom-mate and Smith's daughter Harley Quinn, Depp stars in "Yoga Hosers," the second installment in Smith's "True North" trilogy, following 2014's "Tusk." (Confession: Like many people, I never watched "Tusk," but — based on a synopsis found on the Internet — it sounds like a terrifying mash-up of "Misery" meets "The Lobster" meets "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.") Depp's and Harley Quinn Smith's characters, Colleen Colette and Colleen McKenzie, respectively, carry their cameos over from "Tusk" to broaden their roles as 15-year-old yoga enthusiasts and part-time convenience store clerks (yes, really) in a small Manitoba town. The Colleens confront two big bads: going to a senior party thrown by the aptly-named heartthrob puckheads, Hunter Calloway (Austin Butler) and Gordon Greenleaf (Tyler Posey of "Teen Wolf") and combat an army of mini Nazi invaders in the form of bratwurst, aka Bratzis. Not sure which would be more terrifying for a teenage girl.
While sunny Los Angeles was where the wardrobe sourcing and filming took place, a brisker and less cosmopolitan version of Canada plays a central role in "Yoga Hosers" — if you couldn't already tell by the less than accurate accents in the trailers. Beadle, a Toronto native, looked to her memories of hockey moms and her "small town Canada experience," plus teen culture and style overall. She injected heightened elements of the references into the wardrobe mix, including "hockey-inspired slouchy stuff" for Butler's bro-on-ice, Hunter.
"It's just archetypical," says costume designer Carol Beadle, over a Skype call from Canada, about how the characters were represented through costume. "It's not really how Canadians dress all the time or anything." Although, she's "pretty sure" she came up with the idea to outfit the Bratzis in the universally recognized Royal Canadian Mounted Police uniforms.
Depp's father Johnny reprised his role of Guy LePointe and dusted off his costume from the "Tusk" wardrobe closet; but if Beadle had her way, she would have dressed the character like dreamboat Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's father, Pierre, "the swinging Prime Minister of Canada in the '70s," and frequent patron of Studio 54. "Johnny Depp [dressed] like Pierre Trudeau would be amazing," Beadle says. "This handsome prime minister that was way too groovy to be a prime minister."
For the Colleens, Beadle looked to the iconic "'90s grunge girls" for inspiration, which in a way has a deeper meaning, since Kevin Smith was pretty much the poster child for '90s slacker classics, like "Clerks," "Mallrats" and "Chasing Amy." To dress the lead characters, Beadle, Depp and Harley Quinn Smith went shopping at every celebrity's favorite mall, The Grove in LA. "Sixteen year old girls had a lot to say about how they should look and how they want to look," Beadle says. The retail therapy trips helped the costume designer work with the actresses to develop their roles as teenage Manitobans.
"The character has to look a particular way because that's your character, even if you don't like it," Beadle explains. "Someone who's Canadian and lives in Winnipeg might not dress the same as someone who lives in Beverly Hills. I think Lily-Rose got it 100 percent. [She was] 100 percent invested in that." The trio picked pieces from teen-frequented high-street stores, like Topshop, Urban Outfitters, H&M and Nordstrom. Oh, and Barneys Co-op. "Just 'cause," she laughs.
According to Beadle, the term "hoser" is a nickname for "Canadians who live in the rural areas." (It's also a hockey-related pejorative, per Urban Dictionary.) And it turns out a Canadian hoser and a '90s slacker have a lot in common — sartorially at least. "In Canada, that was just everyone's wardrobe from the '70s on," says Beadle about the quintessential flannel slacker-grunge uniform of the '90s. "I think [Kevin Smith] just hangs on to that chill, pothead, flannel wearing [look]. That's his thing. I think he just is taking 'Clerks' and went in a different direction."
"Yoga Hosers" could be seen as an update on Smith's vision of youth culture 20 years later — like "Clerks" with a feminist twist. However, the costumes — statement baby T-shirts, athletic-wear and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"-esque spaghetti strap dresses, circa late '90s — don't intentionally communicate a girl-power sentiment. Or maybe the girl-power aesthetic just comes naturally to Beadle since her impressive portfolio includes costume designing and styling videos for some of the most badass women in the business, including Katy Perry's "E.T," Cher's "Woman's World," Sheryl Crow's "Anything But Down" and Christina Aguilera's "Fighter." (Never mind, Kanye West's "Love Lockdown" and David Bowie's "Dead Man Walking.")
"To me, I always see things like 'girls in bands,'" she says. "So that kind of wardrobe just comes really easily to me without it feeling like [I'm] trying to send a message. I see that the message is there. But to me, that's a message that's been driven home already.
Although, there is one wardrobe statement that's pretty on-the-nose for the two leads in a movie called "Yoga Hosers" and featuring the line, "oh, it's Lulu and Lemon."
"They're wearing Lululemon," confirms Beadle about the athleisure Depp and Smith wear in the movie.
'Yoga Hosers' premieres on September 2.