returns for its sophomore season tonight at 10/9c on Lifetime, and we can’t wait for another round of behind-the-scenes backstabbing and insanity on the set of Everlasting. The drama’s take on the reality dating world and the people who make it happen is ridiculously addictive — just like the Bachelor and Bachelorette shows its based on — and this season, the show is upping the ante in the costume department by bringing on costume designer Cynthia Summers, the pro behind the stylish ladies from Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.
PeopleStyle caught up with Summers to get the lowdown on the looks we’ll be seeing this season, and how they play into the drama (and believe us, the clothes play into the drama). Scroll down for the don’t-miss deets.
The new bachelor’s look is inspired by Cam Newton.
B.J. Britt joins the cast as the new sexy (and often shirtless) bachelor, Darius Hill. While last year’s suitor, Adam Cromwell (Freddie Stroma) took on the posh Brit look, Darius’ character is going in a different direction. “We based him off of [Carolina Panthers quarterback] Cam Newton,” says Summers. “He has such an incredible fashion sense. It’s so wonderful to see a big man embrace fashion and color and print and put it all together. His fashion sense is impeccable. So we picked up on that vibe and brought it over to B.J. He’s really embraced it.”
Rachel wants to be like Quinn.
When Rachel (Shiri Appleby) returns to the show, she is in a higher position and her look reflects that, says Summers. “She comes back wanting to be dressed for success, if you will,” says the costume designer. “She’s come back and she’s upped her game because she wants to command the room. She’s such a volatile creature that the crew just doesn’t know what to do with her. They follow her cause she gets the job done but she’s just a train wreck all the time. So she came back emulating a little bit what Quinn looked like in the first season, wearing a blazer and leather pants by Helmut Lang. She looks distinctly different from the first season.”
Rachel’s clothes indicate how close she is to a nervous breakdown.
And she’s always close, as we know. “To begin with she’s fine, but not towards the end, which I guess is a spoiler,” says Summers. “Her character is just on the verge of a nervous breakdown all the time so her wardrobe is very indicative of what is happening inside of her head. As you watch the season you will be able to tell, especially after one of the hometown dates. There’s a little bit of a roller coaster ride that she’s emotionally on for the season, so that will be really fun.”
Quinn runs the world in Victoria Beckham.
Quinn (Constance Zimmer) negotiated for a bigger role at the end of season one, and in this season she gets it — “so she thinks,” says Summers. Therefore, she’s in a lot more dresses. “I love to put her in Victoria Beckham because it’s tight and fabulous-looking, which is perfect for a character like her,” Summer says, noting that the black dress (above) is by the designer. “It’s like when she gets to work she’s a force to be reckoned with. She doesn’t have a minute that think of the way she looks because she doesn’t really care in that sense. She just wants to put it on, look fabulous, go to work and forget about that because she’s got way more important things to think about when she gets there.”
You never see Quinn and Rachel in color on purpose.
“For Quinn and Rachel, there is no color in their world and there is no color in their outfits,” says Summers. “There’s one time where you see Quinn in a little bit of color but that was a story point.”
She had to put together 98 gowns for all the contestants.
Summers drew most of her inspiration for the contestants from the Bachelor franchises, yet she only watched a few episodes to get the gist of the look. “I made a big giant map of basically all of the girls and the dresses from the beginning to the end of the season, which was huge,” she says. “At the end of the day, I had to get 98 gowns just for elimination scenes.” And she has rules for their looks: “Nobody can be in the same color for elimination ceremonies, so it was a challenge.”
UnREAL airs at 10/9c on Mondays on Lifetime.
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—Sharon Clott Kanter