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Mabel’s wardrobe choices have a lot to do with ‘armor’ and ‘mystery’

Mabel Mora’s Striking Wardrobe on Hulu Only murders in the building makes more sense than some viewers realize.

The carefully curated closet was designed to build on her character’s journey through self-discovery like an onion peeling back the layers of time. Designers were tasked with ensuring that Mabel’s style reflected the gritty, but also nuanced elegance of New York City. Plus, creator Dana Covarrubias had to convince viewers they weren’t watching actress Selena Gomez. But rather a young woman lost, but also daring in search of truth.

Mabel’s wardrobe in “Only Murders in the Building” was armor

Mabel often wore stylish overcoats and layered sweaters. Sure, the weather outside was terrible (not to mention the weather inside the Arconia), but there was a reason behind all the layers. Essentially, Mabel’s layered look is all about protection.

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“His whole concept was basically that his costumes were kind of armor,” Covarrubias told Elle. “So she uses these very bright colors in the same way as an animal with a very colorful coat: ‘Careful. Danger. Leave me alone. Step back. ‘” Mabel often wore bright colors, offset by the dark layers and pieces, “the character could be both intriguing and safely anonymous,” according to Elle.

Mabel was also considered a cool girl. “We want people to see it and immediately think, This girl is cool”” Covarrubias told E! New. “That cool comes from his inner power and his confidence. and she’s one of those women who can walk into any thrift store and be like, ‘I’m going to pick this and this, I’m going to take this and put this on’ – and it’s going to be amazing.”

The “Only Murders in the Building” costumes were designed with mystery in mind

Because the Only murders in the building the characters were solving a murder mystery, Covarrubias wanted the choice of clothing to reflect the script. “I really wanted the costumes to be involved in the mystery itself,” Covarrubias said. “So for each of the characters, we decided, okay, this is how that character uses their costume. [The costume] creates its own mystery.

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As a result, Mabel often wears a lot of trench coats and oversized jackets. Mabel wore an all-black trench coat in episode 7, but also a different trench coat, the PVC trench coat, in episode 4.

“This [trench] was really perfect,” remarked Covarrubias. “Because of the PVC and the shine, it has this very current, Y2K, early 2000s vibe. But then, at the same time, the silhouette of the trench coat is very classic. It brings that [sense of the] world of the detective at the same time as it introduces the world of fashion.

Mabel’s fashion also balances comfort with drama

Mabel is constantly on the move, especially in Only murders in the building Season 2. Whether it’s running from the killer or meeting up with her crime-fighting friends, Charles Haden-Savage (Steve Martin) and Oliver Putman (Martin Short), Mabel leans on comfort, but her clothes always do. sensation.

For example, Covarrubias pointed out how Mabel’s orange turtleneck paired with orange Chelsea boots was the perfect match for her black faux fur cape and black flared pants. “You always want her to be sleek and cool and young and bring that hip world to New York,” Covarrubias said.

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Covarrubias noted that Mabel loves a good sweater and there’s a reason. “Her character is a knitter,” Covarrubias said. “So we wanted to find some really wonderful chunky, loose knits that looked like they might have done them.”

Only murders in the building Seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on Hulu.

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