How the stylish, fairytale NYC of ‘Katy Keene’ came to life

Lynn Imbier

Enjoy out, Midge Maisel and Blair Waldorf — NYC’s acquired a new Tv set vogue queen.

“Katy Keene,” whose eponymous star is performed by Lucy Hale from “Pretty Very little Liars,” is the CW’s new spinoff of its twisted teenager strike, “Riverdale.” The splashy drama, which premiered Thursday, is motivated by a retro “Archie” comic-e-book collection of the exact same title, and follows a group of twentysomething creatives in New York Town.

“The New York of ‘Katy Keene’ is the New York of the imagination,” Michael Grassi, who co-made the demonstrate with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, tells The Write-up. “It kind of references the New York that we observed in our favourite movies and Tv set exhibits increasing up — like ‘A Refrain Line’ or ‘Working Girl’ or ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’”

And costume designer Jenn Rogien suggests that for Katy — an aspiring vogue designer seeking to perform her way up at an upscale office store — she appeared “heavily” to the ’50s and ’60s comic e-book looks for inspiration.

“Those had been most handy in terms of silhouette and type in experience pretty stylish and stylish even though they are clothing illustrations from the ’50s,” Rogien, who formerly labored on Netflix’s “Russian Doll,” tells The Write-up. “There’s a ton of pink and red and coronary heart motifs in the primary Katy drawings. We utilized that as a jumping off position. It also makes her fun to check out.”

Katy, of system, has a squad of trendy friends. Her roommate Jorge, (Jonny Beauchamp) is a Broadway-certain drag queen who goes by Ginger Lopez, Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) is an art-planet influencer and Jill of all trades. And then there is singer Josie (Ashleigh Murray), who “Riverdale” viewers will recognize. The show’s timeline is five decades ahead of the recent “Riverdale,” so Josie and her friends are in their early 20s.

The comics served as a cheeky inspiration for the modern day-working day vogue fairytale, suggests Grassi.

“Pepper Smith, for instance, her iconic point in the comics is she always wears glasses, so our Pepper wears glasses as effectively,” he suggests.

The comic model of Ginger also sports a blonde streak in her brown bob, so, Grassi suggests, “When Jorge does drag as Ginger, he will also have that iconic strip in his hair as effectively.”

Josie has a penchant for leopard prints, and Katy is almost always in reds and pinks.
Josie has a penchant for leopard prints, and Katy is virtually always in reds and pinks.Barbara Nitke

The demonstrate has loads of easter-eggs for modern day New Yorkers, way too.

When Jorge performs in drag, he frequents a piano bar termed “Molly’s Crisis,” a engage in on the genuine-everyday living West Village piano bar Marie’s Crisis.

“It’s a thing we do on ‘Riverdale’ as effectively, exactly where we choose iconic items and give them a ‘Riverdale’ spin,” suggests Grassi. “We genuinely search to the metropolis to give us with story. Like we do a polar vortex episode of what it’s like to be locked in a little New York condominium with all of your roommates when it’s freezing out and you can’t go outdoors.”

So, since the demonstrate doesn’t shy away from depicting a Manhattan winter, obtaining stylish coats for the figures was essential for Rogien.

“We unquestionably experienced coat procuring on the listing at all times — pretty special coats that had been all pink and red. We had been continually on the lookout for a thing that would perform since we had been taking pictures outdoors in December, January, February in New York.”

Lucy Hale's Katy Keene wardrobe is all about the extra-fab coats.
Katy’s wardrobe is all about the more-fab coats.Barbara Nitke

Rogien suggests they scoured Century 21, The RealReal and Shopbop for items.

“Finding special coats — that perform for everyday living and that are fantastic and fascinating to don — is a challenge,” she suggests. “In New York, we stay in coats for a significant chunk of the 12 months. And so to up that just one phase further more for character and make it a thing fascinating for the audience to check out as effectively was a whole dimension to it.”

Rogien teases that her favourite search is dress Katy wears at the conclude of the season, but you are going to have to tune in to see it.

“I’m really fired up about her season finale dress, but I do not want to give something away. Continue to keep a search out for it.”

“Katy Keene” airs Thursday at eight p.m. on The CW.

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