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As we all battened down the Covid hatches this year, we turned to Netflix for entertainment and escapism. It gave us all that and more. As the year draws to an end, we celebrate the style icons of the small screen. From the obvious, to the avant-garde and the improbable, who’s your 2020 pin up? 

Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose in Schitt's Creek

Schitt’s Creek

Hopefully you’ve seen Schitt’s Creek? The show about the unapologetically rich family who lost everything and ended up in a motel, which they refer to as a “vomit soaked dump”, in the less than delightful – but aptly coined – town called Schitt’s Creek. Despite their unfortunate circumstances, the mum, Moira Rose, has unwavering fashion resolve. Her avant-garde, monochromatic, attention-grabbing style is the stuff of fashion legends. Apparently inspired by the theatrically-costumed heiress, Daphne Guinness, Moira dresses up for any and all eventualities – even a short drive to a neighbouring town is considered occasion enough. She wears frilled Alexander McQueen and fiercely directional Balenciaga with the same kind of nonchalance we try and emanate in jeans and a tee. She also has a weird and wonderful collection of wigs, which are displayed like trophies on her bedroom wall. We salute the shamelessness and the commitment – we could all do with being a bit more Moira.

Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in The Crown

The Crown 

Probably a front runner in terms of popularity and style, Emma Corrin’s much-talked about portrayal of Princess Diana has given a Royal seal of approval to several almost-forgotten fashion movements. We’ve already rounded up the courteous cardigans here, and then there’s the slew of other trends that the award-winning series is responsible for reviving, including pie-crust collars, Pilgrim collars, one-shouldered cocktail dresses and giant puff-sleeves. Let’s just hope the hair-dos remain a firm don’t. 

Milly Bobby Brown as Eleven, and Sadie Sink as Max in Stranger Things

Stranger Things

This  American Science Fiction horror-thriller is ’80s nostalgia at its best, and 2020 provided ample time for binge-watching all three seasons. If you were an ‘80s child, Stranger Things will definitely have evoked a suppressed memory or two. If you weren’t, then you get to channel all the looks like a first-timer, without any prejudice. While the Netflix show can definitely claim responsibility for the rebirth of a few trends, it has also turned its characters into teen icons. From Barb’s high-waisted pleat-front jeans, to young Eleven’s progressive style – the tropical shirt, suspenders and scrunchie combo springs to mind – and Nancy Wheeler’s shearling-lined denim jacket, the show is packed with sentimental style hits. 

Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon in The Queen's Gambit Image courtesy of Netflix © 2020

The Queen’s Gambit

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy in 1960’s America. After discovering her gift at her children’s home beginnings, Beth soon starts competing on a global level. As she works her way up the tournament ranks, her fashion game evolves significantly, too. Inspired by Jean Seberg and Audrey Hepburn’s classic sixties style and of course, the figures on the board, Beth sports checked prints, shift dresses, collarless coats and Peter Pan collars – it’s all about the pixie-like sophistication. 

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