(Photos courtesy of HBO)
Prompted by last week's news that actress Jemima Kirke
, who plays British super-vixen-cum-nanny on Lena Dunham
's hit HBO show Girls
, is pregnant with her second child, we decided to pay much-deserved homage to Kirke's character's inimitable fashion sense.
For those unfamiliar with the show, to put it incredibly reductively (but come on, totally true), Jessa is the "Samantha" of the series—free-spirited, tough as nails, emotionally semi-available, and purveyor of such sound bytes as "I'm attracted to everyone when I first meet them" and "I'll be your crack spirit guide," which alone would make her the cool one. Add to that a wonderfully eclectic sense of style and a name that messes with the expected (It's like 'Jessica' and 'Tessa' had a minimalist baby!) and she's got the title in the bag.
Jessa's look is one part Annie Hall, two parts British eccentricity (i.e.; the ability to wear the sort of feathery stuff Daphne Guinness lives in) and a splash of Frida Kahlo—we're talking updos and necklaces, not unibrows, obvs.
Her sartorial Rosetta Stone is undoubtedly her cache of globetrotting accessories: every outfit has an element of cultural magpie about it, a smattering of turquoise necklaces and oversized rings here, a pewter colored fedora there, ankle boots with a lace-up scheme befitting a bar wench there, a wildflower head wreath for that last-minute surprise wedding to the guy from Bridesmaids
(below), like you do.(Photo courtesy of HBO)
But perhaps the most appealing aspect of her wardrobe is its simultaneously vintage and timeless appeal, which gives her an ability to dabble in trends that never go out of fashion (menswear as womenswear, the unsinkable boho movement) and trends that never really were: kimonos as Central Park strolling gear. It's inspiring, and enough to make us want to stick chopsticks in our chignon, throw our grandma's leather belt around our floral cotton robe and hit the town. Almost. (Photo Courtesy of HBO)