Let Selena Gomez In Only Murders In The Building Be Your Autumn Style Inspiration


There is no shortage of New York City style inspiration in the pop culture canon. There’s Carrie Bradshaw in her John Galliano newspaper dress and Manolo Blahniks. Audrey Hepburn in her little black dress and pearls in Breakfast at Tiffany’s . Ali MacGraw’s oh-so-seventies trench coats in Love Story. I’d like to humbly suggest one more: Selena Gomez in Only Murders in the Building.

We first meet Gomez’s character, Mabel, as she walks down the street on the Upper West Side. She’s wearing a yellow sweater layered under a faux fur mustard coat, round sunglasses, plaid trousers, and a pair of lace up boots. On her head? A yellow beanie and a pair of cherry-red Beats headphones. (A key accessory, every New York woman knows, for tuning out everything from construction noise to cat-callers.)  

As the show progresses, Mabel starts a true crime podcast about her neighbour’s murder along with fellow residents Steve Martin and Martin Short. All the while, she wears a remarkable array of autumnal pieces. There she is, chasing down a suspect in a green faux fur by Proenza Schouler, or visiting an art gallery in a sheer Dries Van Noten coat. Around her apartment building, the Arconia, she wears an array of chic knits ranging from the classic black turtleneck to argyle.

Then there’s the boots: flat, black, and usually ankle, from Giuseppe Zanotti or Re/Done. (In season one, a footwear highlight was muted yellow Chelseas from Stella McCartney.)

Dana Covarrubias, costume designer for Only Murders in the Building, describes Mabel’s style as Nancy Drew meets Cher from Clueless, with a little dash of Corey Mason from Empire Records. “It’s a combination of cosy and kick-ass,” she says. “I always try to style outfits with things that might be considered stereotypically feminine or masculine and mixing them – bringing harder elements and some softer elements.”

Another major influence on Mabel’s style? The realities of New York City.

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