We here at Frock Flicks (okay, Kendra and Trystan) are so excited for the final season of Downton Abbey that we’re doing weekly costume recaps AND podcasts! Tune in each week for an episode-by-episode recap of our thoughts on both the plot and (especially) the costumes (designed by Anna Robbins) — because really, while we all are invested in the lives of the fictional Crawley family, don’t we actually keep coming back to see what they’re wearing? You can find the podcast at the bottom of this post, or on iTunes!
Episode two starts with … breakfast!
The engaged Mrs. Hughes / Mr. Carson, having spent last episode using Mrs. Patmore as a go-between about whether or not there will be sex on the wedding night, finally start chatting about the wedding venue (we are terribly amused/saddened by these women who are vocationally called “Mrs.” but are actually 40- or 50-year-old virgins!).
Meanwhile in the library, it’s like the Bloomsbury Group moved in.
Lady Mary pretends to understand Anna’s problems while swanning around in a fan-freaking-tastic fluttery silk dressing gown.
And then Mary takes the kids to visit the pigs. And Farmer Drewe. You remember, the guy who originally took in Lady Edith’s out-of-wedlock baby. See where this is going? Thanks, Mary.
Some other stuff happens. You know, the estate-running, blah blah blah. We’re just here for the clothes.
Back in London, Edith is hanging with Rosamund again. Her cream and grey ensemble is fine, but THAT HAT TRIM. OMG.
Not only does she have a good hat, but Edith’s little bow/necktie and tailored cape evoke menswear without being too suit-y. Plus the outfit is just matchy enough with the yellow touches. But let’s not ignore Rosamund’s always elegant bohemian style. The women are a distinct contrast; Rosamund is headstrong and blatant about her solo lifestyle, while Edith is restrained, pushing the envelope but in small, purposeful ways. Her wardrobe shows how Edith is trying to be her own woman, but isn’t quite there yet.
Usually, Cora looks lovely and appropriate for her age and station, neither too mumsy nor too fashion-forward and everything fits just so. Except tonight.
Back in London, Rosamund continues to warn Edith of the (emotional) perils of a single life. Clearly she needs to listen to more Beyonce. Rosamund recedes into the background in her shades-of-brown outfit that matches the couch. Edith, on the other hand, is the focus in her patterned cranberry evening dress.
Oh the Bateses … let’s not talk about anything out in the open. Let’s keep secrets from each other so it hurts more.
At breakfast, Cora rocks the bronze with subtle flowers, while Mary gets on board with the whole Moroccan theme.
Moar pigs at the Pig Fair(TM):
Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Two, Podcast Recap
Listen to our podcast recap of the episode here or on iTunes!
*Errata note for podcast listeners! Kendra talks about one of Hugh Bonneville’s earlier roles as a Marcel-waved villain — the title is Daniel Deronda, not North & South! Duh!
How’s the final season of Downton Abbey going for you?