WARNING: This article contains spoilers for 'Big Little Lies' season one.
Some say "The clothes maketh the man". If we were to update the saying, we might say: "The clothes hold the clues"—especially when it comes to TV.
This is certainly the case for the Monterrey Five in season two of the blockbuster series Big Little Lies, which returned to our screens on June 10, 2019, in a blaze of TV glory, this time with the inimitable Meryl Streep in tow.
And while the premiere gave us a reunion with the five after season one's dramatic ending, along with Streep's brilliant debut as Celeste's mother-in-law and the scream that sparked a thousand memes, a closer inspection at the show's costumes reveals a much more nuanced glimpse into the character's mental states this season.
Here, we take a look at all the best costumes from season two of Big Little Lies so far and decode surprising details hidden within.
Jane, Celeste and Madeleine: Episode one
While the trio generally appears to resemble their last season selves, there's one important difference that stands out: Jane (Shailene Woodley) sporting a striking new fringe and retro-style sunglasses. Now that she is less pained by her past with Perry, the look may signify a move towards a bolder, more confident Jane.
Mary Louise's Hermès Scarf: Episode one
Meryl Streep's debut as Celeste's mother-in-law Mary Louise is one for the ages, as is her penchant for an Hermès scarf. A subtle yet significant accessory, the colourful scarf set against her rotation of grey ensembles appears to symbolise Mary Louise's high regard for tradition and doing things the 'proper way'—with a twist, making her one to watch as the season progresses.
Renata's Roland Mouret Gown: Episode one
Arguably the best look to come out of episode one, the burgundy Roland Mouret dress Renata (Laura Dern) wore in a photo shoot for her magazine cover cost a staggering $6,576 AUD. The black La Perla bra and thigh-high Christian Louboutin boots totalled around $3,800, bringing the entire look's approximate value to $10,376 AUD.
According to the show's costume designer Alix Friedberg, the 'superwoman' look riffs off of Renata's power dressing from season one with one key difference.
"In season two, we amplified that a bit as the walls are caving in on her," she told Fashionista.
Bonnie's grunge garb: Episode one
One of the most affected after Perry's death, Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) has made a distinct departure from her signature colourful bohemian clothes. Favouring dark colours, silhouettes that shrouded her frame and sunglasses to hide her eyes, which may suggest that she struggling with their secret.
Celeste wearing Perry's shirt: Episode one
Season one's Celeste (Nicole Kidman) favoured luxurious long-sleeves and cashmere turtlenecks in an effort to cover up the signs of abuse at her husband Perry's hands. In the second season, however, Celeste can be seen wearing one of Perry's shirts. On one hand, this could be a sign that she is still mourning her husband, on the other, a symbol of her exhaustion and difficulty with remaining 'put together'.