Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville NET-A-PORTER.COM

NET-A-PORTER.COM and Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, announce an exclusive fashion partnership for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the highly anticipated second film of the global blockbuster “The Hunger Games” franchise.

The luxury clothing line “Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville” consists of 19 ready-to-wear pieces as well as jewellery and leather goods inspired by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and designed by Trish Summerville, the film’s Costume Designer.

Holli Rogers, Fashion Director, NET-A-PORTER.COM, stated, “When we were approached by Lionsgate to offer the collection by Trish Summerville to our customers exclusively, we jumped at the chance. Our customers take their style cues from myriad sources, from the latest runway shows and street trends to TV and film. We’re delighted to provide our customers with the chance to purchase limited-edition pieces designed by one of the most original costume designers in the industry today.”

The collection will be available exclusively on NET-A-PORTER.COM this fall from November 25, 2013.


Interview with Trish Summerville, Designer.

How did this collaboration come about?
Lionsgate was keen to do something related to ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and develop Capitol Couture, as it felt that the costumes were particularly strong this time round. NET-A-PORTER is the perfect fit because anything you want [from the site] can be yours, at any time, wherever you are in the world. For me, it was the opportunity to design a collection that fans of the film could relate to, and that NET-A-PORTER’s customers could also relate to.

Can you describe the creative process?
It was a very involved and intensive process. First we identified the pieces that would translate well into the world of ready to wear, appeal to a broad customer base, and work well on various body types. We began with sketches then looked at fabrics and patterns before getting samples created. Next up came the logistics – ensuring everything was produced within the time frame and budget in order for everything to be styled and photographed for NET-A-PORTER.

What have you found most challenging in this process?
The time frame is always the biggest challenge in my line of work. Even on a film there is only a limited amount of time for preparation, plus the brief amount of time you have with the actors for fittings. For this project, we didn’t have the seasonal time frame like a ready-to-wear designer would. I was literally working round the clock.

What are some of your must-have pieces from the collection?
That is such a hard questions for me to answer; I love all the pieces and there is also such variety within the collection that it is hard to choose just a few things.  We have deliberately designed a broad collection with something for everyone – laid-back jersey tees, great-fit leather pants and sexy cocktail dresses. Not to mention the jewelry and accessories that you can style with everything.

How would you recommend styling them?
Although my background is in styling and costume, there is nothing better than seeing how people take something and style it themselves. I love it when an actor will take something home and integrate it into their wardrobe. I can’t wait to see how people style Capitol Couture – whether they will incorporate loads of accessories or keep the look really simple and pared back. Either way, it will look great.

Any plans to expand the line further?
I hope so. I would love to continue to work with NET-A-PORTER. I’ve always been interested in design, jewelry and footwear – I love to wear heels, so I want to design heels comfortable enough to wear during my long work days.

What character from the film did you most enjoy creating a wardrobe for?
Katniss’ [wardrobe] has been a great evolution, from her District style to the party scene at the Capitol. Her stylist, Cinna, really cares for her – he wants her to gain sponsors and appeal to the Capitol crowd, but also instil hope in her District, so he balances the two carefully, ensuring she remains true to where she has come from. Cinna creates a dress for Katniss with an embroidery of flames – making her into the Girl on Fire – to make her memorable to the audience, but he also includes a Mockingjay pin, which has special meaning to her District.

How did you get into styling?
I graduated with a degree in fashion and stumbled into styling while working on music videos. From there I did commercials and tours with musicians, before moving into television and eventually film, which I’ve worked predominantly in for the last few years.

Who are your style icons?
I love Iris Apfel’s style: she sets her own trends and carves her own path in fashion. I love the way she incorporates colorful accessories into her look to make it unique. I am also inspired by the personal fashion and styles of David Bowie, Debbie Harry and Faye Dunaway – they’ll push and embrace a look, but always maintain their signature style.

What looks/trends are you coveting this season?
I really like the mix of textiles, bold textural prints and strong architectural shapes that are combined with soft, sensual, delicate fabrics. I love the mix of hard and soft, masculine and feminine, androgynous fashion.

What’s next?
I’m currently working on a David Fincher movie, ‘Gone Girl’ and juggling various creative side projects. For me, it is important to have a mix; I want to continue to do it all because I find that variety drives my creativity. I recently did a music video and it was great to return that. I have also really enjoyed styling editorials.  It’s hard work, but I feel so blessed and I love what I do. I get to meet the most amazing, inspiring people, and see various characters and creations come to life.