American Horror Story, Scream Queens, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, and Empire are drawing millions of viewers every week, but it’s confession time: we’re mostly just watching for the wardrobes. Some of the plots are a little hyperbolic (see: Empire), while others are just downright silly (see: American Horror Story), but we’re addicted nonetheless. The major stars and their major wardrobes are responsible for our repeat viewing. Read on to find out why.
American Horror Story: Hotel
We can’t say we watch this one for the plot. The American Horror Story series makes attempts at being scary, but its illogical universe where ghost serial killers and vampires all live together in a “haunted” hotel loses the plot from the first episode. However, what keeps us going back is Lady Gaga – who plays the cold-blooded Countess – and her seriously jaw-dropping ensembles. No character on television makes a grander entrance than the Countess, who sweeps into rooms in floor-length gowns with full trains, voluminous crinoline Victoriana dresses, or silky geisha robes, all set to a throbbing 1980s soundtrack. She’s reason enough to watch the show, or at least to check out highlight clips after it airs.
Scream Queens is another show filled with painful plot holes, but that’s what happens when it shares the same writer as American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy. Again, we’re not watching it for the storyline — but the clothes? They are pure high-fashion entertainment. The best part of the show is seeing what the Chanels are wearing, or any time the camera pays a visit to Chanel #1’s (played by Emma Roberts) theatrical walk-in closet complete with a fully installed second level. Check out Savoir Flair’s in-depth guide to shopping looks from the show here.
Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce
The girlfriends in Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce have never met a body-conscious look they didn’t like, but if you’ve got it, flaunt it. This show is a blend of Sex and the City style sisterhood and relatable and humorous family drama, à la Parenthood. Lisa Edelstein plays the main character, a self-help “mommy” book writer by the name of Abby McCarthy, who enlists her friends to help her navigate a painful divorce. While Edelstein shines in the role and all of her “girlfriends” know how to work their spectacular wardrobes, it’s Iranian-American actor Necar Zadegan who wins the award for best style every episode. Need more evidence? Check out that photo above.
The most quotable woman on television is far and away Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P. Henson), head of Lyon Dynasties on Fox’s groundbreaking show Empire. Not only is she bold when it comes to business, but she also has the most outrageous wardrobe on television. She loves body-conscious looks, major bling, full leather pant suits, feathers, and every other kind of embellishment under the sun. On anyone else, these outfits might look ridiculous, but there isn’t a thing Cookie Lyon can’t pull off. She’s so much fun to watch on-screen that it’s addictive, and her outfits always keep us guessing. You never know what she’ll wear next. Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Altuzarra – the woman knows her labels. Fox knows you’re curious about her wardrobe, which is why the network has launched Cookie’s Closet, which breaks down every look after the show airs.