I support the Writer's Guild of America strike in my heart, but my mind is in need of fresh episodes of the series I have become so attached to. Not only did I become engrossed in the story lines, I took notice of the role fashion played in defining the characters.


One of my favorite shows that premiered in Fall '07 is Dirty Sexy Money. The focus of the new ABC series, the Darling family, live lavishly and scandalously on Manhattan's Upper East Side. With as many as 10 clothing changes per episode, they are often outfitted with the finest in high-end fashion, particularly jewelry.


In an article in the Daily News, Roberta Haze—costume designer for Dirty Sexy Money—said she has borrowed pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdura to "reflect the show's upper-class aesthetic." The artsy look Haze created for Letitia, the Darling matriarch, is inspired by socialite Nan Kempner and includes vintage Chanel clothing accessorized with ornate jeweled cuffs.


ABC's comedy Cashmere Mafia made it onto my TV-shows-to-schedule-my-life-around list after only two episodes. The wardrobes of the four female executives each seem to tell a different story.


For the pilot episode, acclaimed stylist Patricia Field—who transformed Sex & the City into must-see fashion TV—selected Suspended Earrings in gold from Lana Jewelry for the character of Caitlin, the commitment-phobic marketing executive (see photo). Lucy Liu's character Mia, who beat out her fiancée for the job of publisher at a large media group, is often styled in beautifully bold large hoops and dangling earrings that complete her flawless look.


I can't wait to see what NBC's series Lipstick Jungle, an adaptation of author Candace Bushnell's book of the same name, has in store for its fashion-focused viewers.



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