Amy in a dress that is simultaneously bodycon, high-necked, sleeveless and oh yeah BRIGHT BLOODY ORANGE (plus the long wavy hair). Your S7 Veep Style posts are going to be SO LIT and I am here for it 😛
Ah, but the question is…will the Veep Style posts even be necessary any more – you’re all figuring this stuff out without my having to say it.
For reference, this is the dress Anon is referring to:
Couple of things I’ll flag – it’s a high-necked dress, but a boat neck, not a crew neck, which as a general rule is a more flattering shape for women (and even more so for women with any kind of noticeable bust). The colour is VERY bright – and I’m fairly confident we’ve never seen Amy wear orange before.
Red and pink are usually vulnerable colours for her, and orange is obviously in that colour-family…what I wonder is if she’s using it the way Selina uses red, as a way to feel powerful (this is just speculation, there’s no way to know until we see the costume in context). It would follow the pattern of Amy modelling herself a little on Selina, and orange does go well with the blue Dan seems to be wearing in every single behind the scenes shot.
Also, look how blinged-out she is. A heavy, large gold watch (I’m willing to bet that’s from Dan, he’s addicted to large watches), a heavy gold bracelet, and hoop earrings. That’s a big change from how the stud earrings and almost invisible pendants she used to wear.
I wonder about the hair. It could be styled, or it could be that Amy’s hair is like mine, and if she blow-dries it straight, it will inevitably start to curl again (my hair looks a lot like this two days after I’ve washed it, and not on purpose), in which case the apparently more styled look may actually be less work for her.
I can’t immediately see a resemblance to Kathleen Turner, but the only film of hers I’ve seen is Romancing the Stone, so…
I remember a lengthy discussion about how Dan’s actual purpose in coming to this meeting was to ‘run into’ Amy again.
Something to note… this scene also marks the birth of tie-less Dan. Which I mention because he hasn’t been wearing one in oh, any of the behind the scenes pics from season 7 (and he doesn’t wear ties in most of his scenes in 6.10 either).
Miss Amy Brookheimer with her hair curled, jewelry pippin and nice dress??
GO OFF THEN MS. BROOKHEIMER!
That green really is a fabulous colour on Anna Chlumsky. (I will say, as a general rule, white people tend to look good in green – unlike yellow, or orange, say, which most of us palefaces should steer well away from).
I think there’s something mildly fascinating – if you me – in how hairstyles are coded in the show (though of course the show’s coding reflects an equally absurd one in general culture).
When I was a teenager, the style was to have absolutely pin-straight hair – the kind of hair Amy sports all the time in Veep, and which is absurdly difficult to achieve if your hair isn’t naturally straight (I speak from painful experience on this point). But, as time has gone on, and hair straighteners have become ubiquitous, fashion has shifted, and incredibly straight, sleek hair is no longer considered ‘sexy.’ Curls are sexy – but not natural curls (to my unending sadness). No, women are expected to wear the kind of curls that are created only by first blowdrying the hair so it is straight and then curling it. (Of course, this hairstyle is also absurdly difficult to achieve, for just about everyone – which is no doubt why it has become fashionable – it is artifice masquerading as something natural).
Now, Amy and I are roughly the same age, so what my little interlude tells you is that she hasn’t changed her hairstyle in any major way since she was in her teens. Note, Selina didn’t wear her hair that way – she wore it in the de rigeur curled style (which makes me wonder if she had a stylist, or if Gary did it)…right up until she didn’t want to seem ‘sexy’ any more, and cut her hair into a short and straight style. (All the other women in Veep wear their hair with some measure of curl – with Candi Caruso’s relaxed waves in particular being in sharp contrast to Amy. Except for Sue, of course, whose hairstyle is even more straight and tied down than Amy’s – it’s not hard to guess why a black woman in a very white White House would feel an even greater push to project an image that is professional rather than ‘sexy.’)
And what’s more, I am willing to bet that Amy’s change to loose, curled hair is intended to signal some kind of character shift. It’s a (very slightly) more subtle version of the scene where a character removes her glasses and everyone realises “she was beautiful all along!”
I see two possibilities. Either it’s way for the show to signal that Amy is happy at last – through a change of look – or Dan has decided to make a doll of her, the same way he did with Jonah during the congressional campaign, and this is the result.
That’s a rather more form-fitting dress than Amy’s worn in quite some time – look how defined her waist is, and how the squared off shoulders combined with the plaid pattern make her look more physically imposing than she actually is.
It’s also the first time we’ve seen her with a v-neckline in a long, long time. Which may be a sign off increased confidence – she’s not covered up to within an inch of her life the way she was with Buddy (and also with Dan).
At the most basic level, Amy’s wrap and shirt dresses, with their long sleeves, high necklines, comparative shapelessness and pussy-bows, all indicated that she did not, under any circumstances, want someone (especially Buddy, and Dan, though to a lesser extent) touching her skin – whether because she was afraid of getting hurt or because the touch was unpleasant, we don’t know.
I think the gray in the check may be a match for Dan’s suit, though I wouldn’t want to swear to it. Either way, while the dark navy colour gives me pause, this is a much more declarative dress than anything we’ve seen so far.
Dan in casual clothes has me REELING. This has happened a couple of times on the show, but what do you think it means for season 7?
Dear anon, have you ever read the Boyfriend Candle post? Because, if you haven’t, I suggest clicking that link immediately – you will be taken on a journey.
Slightly more seriously, the big, strong man who smells nice, can lift heavy things with ease and is gentle with his girlfriend is evidently an extremely seductive fantasy for a lot of people – and in the post I linked to above, it is explicitly linked to wearing casual clothes, and especially plaid. (I, of course, am entirely above such notions).
In other words, I’d be willing to bet the costume designer knew exactly what she was doing when she dressed Reid Scott like that. The plaid shirt (I’m using plaid out of deference to American readers, though it’s obviously a tartan – possibly Black Watch Tartan judging by the colours) is also a lot more… I’m not sure what the word I’m looking for here is…textured? In comparison to his usual suits, all crisp lines, blocky shapes and sharp angles, Dan looks far more like someone you could reach out and touch – it softens him up a bit.
As for what it means, my best guess is that it marks some kind of divergence from Amy – she wears formal office wear even for a walk by a lake, so Dan wears more casual clothes than we usually see him in. (Though he’s still Dan – note the enormous watch). There’s also an odd thing where… I swear Reid Scott looks bigger than he does in suits – maybe because suits are all one colour, and jeans and a shirt invariably aren’t? – which is another way of underlining the difference with tiny little Amy. (I also note that the permastubble is making another appearance).
All told, I don’t think they’re communicating well here, if the costuming is anything to go by. (That or Amy has a lumberjack fantasy and Dan knows about it, and is trying to manipulate her).
amy is wearing so many prints in s7 so far, and you pointed out that the brighter colors seem to be a good thing… but prints tend to hint at certain emotional turmoil… does that seem conflicting, or exactly where you thought she’d be after the pregnant reveal in the finale?
Do bear in mind at this point, my costume readings are far from being infallible, especially when I don’t have the context of what’s going on in the scene to guide me. If I seem oddly tentative in what I’m saying, that will be why.
Regarding the colours, based on the previously established Veep Style patterns, there does seem to be a little bit of a story going on. To whit:
Amy starts off wearing lots of blues, ranging from classic navy blue through to that fabulously bright print dress, as though her mood is gradually shifting. There’s also a shot of her in the classic Tee Shirt of Sexual Frustration, but in pink. And remember, pink and red, for Amy, generally signals vulnerability of some kind (usually but, and this is important, not only, romantic in nature).
Because of all the blues, she matches or complements Dan extremely well when she’s in a scene with him – and remember, based on past experience, blue is more Dan’s colour than Amy’s. She’s also still dressing in the very ‘covered-up’ style she favoured with Buddy (we’re not seeing any of the more body-conscious sheath dresses in bright colours she wore in seasons 3 and 4, when her confidence seems to have been higher), and sporting prints that are, if anything more emphatic than when she was with him.
So all told, I think your guess that there’s some emotional turmoil going on
and the prints are a sign is probably on the money.
But come episode two, a change has occurred.
Firstly, Amy and Dan don’t match – at all. Their colours are clashing if anything. I find the dress Amy’s wearing in the ‘stone-skimming’ scene particularly interesting – it’s got both red and pink in it, as well as blue, and covers her up almost completely, as though the entire dress is summing up all the romantic yearning for Dan that Amy has been trying to hide for such a long time… in a shot where he isn’t looking at her (and if he’s trying to skim stones the whole time, presumably he doesn’t…turn around or something).
Also, look how formally she’s dressed compared to everyone else. Even Selina is wearing jeans, but there Amy is, in her formal, covered-up shirt and wrap dresses. Dan and Kent and Ben are wearing comfortable relaxed shirts and jeans (complementing each other rather well, it should be said – and that dark blue is a good colour on Kevin Dunn), in natural blues and greens that tie them in with the landscape, but Amy looks like she could be attending a political meeting in DC.
The only person wearing a colour that matches Amy is Selina, who is adorned in a similar shade of pink. So, things may not be going well with Dan (if the costume analysis tells us anything, which… take all of this with a large pinch of salt), but perhaps she and Selina are developing a less fractious relationship. Which would definitely be a good thing.
As for whether this matches what I expected…kind of?
I suspect for Amy there’s a strange kind of doubleness going on. She is happier, most likely, because she’s finally been able to exert some control over her life – she’s the one who’s chosen to have a baby, she’s the one changing her future – whereas before she was at the mercy of Dan’s or Selina’s or Buddy’s whims. Lack of control over one’s life can be enormously stressful, so if Amy feels like she’s regained that a little, I don’t think it’s surprisingly that she’s started to dress in a more ‘Look at Me’ fashion, instead of trying to hide all the time.
But at the same time, deciding to have the baby means she has to deal with a lot of changes, really quite quickly, and that she has to deal with Dan and the fact that terrible though he may be, he still gives her so many FEELINGS. Not only that, but depending on how he handles the situation, that hard-won sense of control may be under threat – I have faith that Dan could make himself extremely hard to ignore, perhaps even insufferably so, if he wanted to.
She may want to have him in her life, but the fact that as the father of her baby he can assert the right to at least some interest in her decisions, means that his mere presence undermines her ability to control the situation. Dan wasn’t wrong when he called her a control-freak.
I don’t claim to know how things are likely to play out between them, but if my costume reading is at all right, I think it’s safe to say that Amy is desperately trying to cover up some pretty intense emotions – hence the seemingly mixed messages of what I call her ‘bad-relationship’ style and all the vibrant colours.
TLDR: Amy both longs for Dan and fears what will happen – what he might do – if she lets him get too close – which has been their status quo for…how long now?
It seems like they’re coming back fairly shortly after the end of season 6, so Amy can’t be much more than 3/3.5 months along, I don’t think – which is around the time when most women start showing. And Amy is so small that I would expect her to start showing fairly early on in the process – I have a close friend who I can generally tell is pregnant at two months, because she’s so tiny.
So it would make sense if they were starting to pad Anna Chlumsky just a little bit.
But at the same time… maybe Anna Chlumsky just had a really big plate of pasta or something right before the photos were taken (and good for her if so, I wholeheartedly support the eating of pasta because it is delicious, and we should all enjoy it when we can). More noteworthy to me is that Amy is wearing a lot of very loose fitting shirt dresses in all the behind the scenes pics, which makes me wonder if she’s trying to hide an incipient bump. She may want to delay Selina – or other people, such as her family – finding out for as long as possible. (Amusingly, if you look at Amy’s costumes for the end of season 2 – when I believe Anna Chlumsky was in the early stages of her first pregnancy – there are a LOT of shirt dresses, usually with full skirts, so obviously it’s a tactic that works).
I’m a little aware that this is the kind of speculation that could be hurtful if the actors saw it – and since we know they browse fanfiction (which still horrifies me on a deep level) it doesn’t seem beyond the bounds of possibility.