Based on the best-selling novel by Liane Moriarty, the hit mini-series Big Little Lies is like a much darker, grittier version of Desperate Housewives and laced with black humor.
It tells the tale of ‘the mothers of Monterey’, played by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.
Against a backdrop of gleaming kitchens, picturesque Californian views and beautiful children, the perfect housewives’ lives unravel.
With some brutal scenes displaying domestic violence and allusions to murder, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the themes don’t naturally lend themselves to comedy.
Yet Big Little Lies manages to hit just the right note, with a tone that wedges itself somewhere between the utter farce of reality on the one hand, and complete despair on the other.
The actors themselves have admitted how difficult some of the filming was for them.
After the last episode was shot, in which Kidman’s character is seen lying on the floor after being battered, she revealed how she struggled to get up and later broke a window because of the pent-up anger and frustration the scene had left with her.
Explaining her reaction, she said “I just felt completely humiliated and devastated. And angry inside. I went home and I threw a rock through a glass door.”
Now you can’t imagine Teri Hatcher ever saying that Desperate Housewives, can you?
With all the hype around the show, and recent speculation about its future, it’s a great time to take a step back and reflect.
One thing we loved about it was the stylish shots and perfectly-done appearances of the leading ladies.
So if you’re missing the show and praying for its second season reincarnation, here are some of our fave looks from a few of its stars.
Reese plays Madeline Martha Mackenzie in BLL, and as the name might suggest, the character’s style is very prim and proper.
In real life she’s anything but, preferring girly, comfortable fashion. In fact, she’s recently released her own line, Draper James, which blends modern trends with traditional southern style.
Get her cupcake-cute look with a pair of these from Storm London:
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Kidman plays Celeste Wright in the show, a woman caught in the cycle of a devastating abusive relationship, and she’s been highly praised for her nuanced portrayal.
Off the small screen, she’s been spotted at all the award ceremonies looking picture perfect. We love the peacock number she wore to the Annual Screen Actors’ Guild Awards.
#NicoleKidman attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards @sagawards in a pair of Signed Fred Leighton onyx and diamond arrow earrings. The #earrings are designed from an #ArtDeco jobot re-imagined as pendant earrings. @juliavonboehm #hairstyle by @kyleeheathhair #makeup by @jeaninelobell #dress #gucci @gucci #sagawards #nails by @debbiedoesnail #redcarpet
If you’re up for some displaying of your own, opt for these bright, turquoise-tinted shades:
Kravitz plays Bonnie Carlson and absolutely nails it.
In real life she’s definitely one of our fave style icons. Why not take some festival inspo from her hippy shoot for Allure, ornate hair butterflies and all?
Or cover-up in a hoodie and some cool round shades:
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Like this? Read about Katy Perry’s style here
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