Fashion plays such a huge role in The Hunger Games book series and movie, it might as well be another character. Luckily for you, you won’t have to build a time machine or be cryogenically frozen for centuries to enjoy the over-the-top, plain, outrageous and utilitarian looks sported by the good people of Panem. Why? Because those outfits are already here!
Whether from labels like Christian Dior, Zac Posen or Gucci or in the wig wardrobes of stylists for fashionistas like Nicki Minaj, Kelly Osbourne and Lady Gaga, we found outfits that would look completely natural either feasting on bowl after bowl of lamb stew in the Capitol or shopping at the Hob. We wouldn’t mind if people actually started wearing this looks, either. After all, we don’t want to look like a bunch of Greasy Saes, now do we? Haha, just kidding! That woman is a saint, dog meat soup or not.
And while you’re drooling over the fashion, be sure to enter our FAB Life of Panem Hunger Games superfan giveaway before the deadline on Monday, March 26! If you don’t, you’ll probably regret it, like how we regret that we were born in a time when it’s still unacceptable for men to wear blue eye shadow and lip gloss as a day look!
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As a Hunger Games fan since 2008, I have to admit that I was considerably nervous at the screening last night. I mean, all the interviews and teaser clips and trailers and images seemed to indicate that Gary Ross was getting things right, but I was still holding my breath. I’ve been burned before. So, yeah, the tension headache I had on my ride home was caused as much by that suspense as by anything Seneca Crane cooked up for the 74th annual games. But I’m here to tell you that my fears were unfounded. I mean, it wasn’t a flawless movie, of course, but it was exactly the right movie. If you want to be surprised by ALL the ways in which it is right, stop reading now. But if you want to alleviate your own tension headache, read on. This will not be too spoilery for anyone who’s read the books.
1. There is no overbearing orchestration. The trailers make it seem like all the dramatic scenes are accompanied by eerie oboes and such, but thankfully, no. There is some music, of course. But at several moments, particularly at the beginning, there is nothing but dialogue and the natural sounds of District 12. Thank you, Gary Ross, for trusting that your actors can act and your screenwriter can write and your audience can understand when to be sad or happy or scared.
2. There are moments of stark realism that will take your breath away. I’m not talking about tributes spearing each other. I’m talking about a grim morning in the Seam. Effie’s overly powdered face at the reaping. The screeching of her microphone. The hollow sound of President Snow’s voice as the Hunger Games propaganda movie is projected to the silent audience. And oh, god, the three-finger salute to Katniss.
3. Jennifer Lawrence. Katniss is not all fierce arrow-slinging badass. Mostly, she is a girl. Even though she’s had to grow up fast and take care of her family, she looks vulnerable and/or unsure of herself at all the right times.
While they were plenty of well-dressed women at The Hunger Games premiere last night, the men weren’t far behind. Who doesn’t love a dude in a sharp suit? There were plenty of examples of why that makes us go gaga last night, with Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Wes Bentley leading the pack. Cody Simpson and Alexander Ludwig opted for more relaxed versions, deciding to forgo ties. Deciding to go the more cazh route was Donald Sutherland, who wore a rakish scarf instead. We’ve decided we want to hang with him now because he looks like he has a blast everywhere he goes. Woody Harrelson looked dressed for a luau while palling around with an appropriately clad Stanley Tucci, but we expected that. What we didn’t expect, but were thrilled to see, was Peter Facinelli who looked ridik-hot in jeans, hoodie and leather jacket combination. Want to see what we’re talking about? Head on to our gallery below.
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Let’s see, snow-white hair? Check. Creepy reptile eyes (at least on-screen)? Yup. Mouth constantly filled with weeping sores? We sincerely hope not, because he seems like a nice guy in real life. Either way, Donald Sutherland’s President Snow in The Hunger Games finally puts a (terrifying) face to the series’ main villain, orchestrator of the Hunger Games themselves and nemesis to Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss. “President Snow has been the autocratic ruler of Panem and its contained districts for some 25 years at the outset of the story. With a snake-like appearance, he is cruel and ruthless in his intimidation and control tactics,” says the Lionsgate press release about the Hunger Games casting pick. As anyone scared by his bad guys in Outbreak or Disclosure can attest, Sutherland can go full evil with the best of them.
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