How the stylish, fairytale NYC of ‘Katy Keene’ came to life

Watch out, Midge Maisel and Blair Waldorf — NYC’s acquired a new Tv fashion queen.

“Katy Keene,” whose eponymous star is played by Lucy Hale from “Pretty Tiny Liars,” is the CW’s new spinoff of its twisted teenager hit, “Riverdale.” The splashy drama, which premiered Thursday, is influenced by a retro “Archie” comedian-ebook sequence of the identical name, and follows a team of twentysomething creatives in New York Town.

“The New York of ‘Katy Keene’ is the New York of the creativeness,” Michael Grassi, who co-created the clearly show with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, tells The Submit. “It form of references the New York that we noticed in our preferred flicks and Tv demonstrates developing up — like ‘A Refrain Line’ or ‘Working Girl’ or ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’”

And costume designer Jenn Rogien suggests that for Katy — an aspiring fashion designer hoping to function her way up at an upscale department store — she appeared “heavily” to the ’50s and ’60s comedian ebook appears for inspiration.

“Those have been most valuable in conditions of silhouette and design and style in experience pretty chic and stylish even while they are garments illustrations from the ’50s,” Rogien, who formerly worked on Netflix’s “Russian Doll,” tells The Submit. “There’s a large amount of pink and red and coronary heart motifs in the authentic Katy drawings. We used that as a leaping off place. It also will make her exciting to enjoy.”

Katy, of study course, has a squad of trendy buddies. Her roommate Jorge, (Jonny Beauchamp) is a Broadway-certain drag queen who goes by Ginger Lopez, Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) is an art-earth influencer and Jill of all trades. And then there’s singer Josie (Ashleigh Murray), who “Riverdale” viewers will acknowledge. The show’s timeline is 5 years in advance of the latest “Riverdale,” so Josie and her buddies are in their early 20s.

The comics served as a cheeky inspiration for the modern-day-working day fashion fairytale, suggests Grassi.

“Pepper Smith, for illustration, her legendary detail in the comics is she generally wears glasses, so our Pepper wears glasses as well,” he suggests.

The comedian version of Ginger also sports activities a blonde streak in her brown bob, so, Grassi suggests, “When Jorge does drag as Ginger, he will also have that legendary strip in his hair as well.”

Josie has a penchant for leopard prints, and Katy is almost always in reds and pinks.
Josie has a penchant for leopard prints, and Katy is just about generally in reds and pinks.Barbara Nitke

The clearly show has loads of easter-eggs for modern-day New Yorkers, far too.

When Jorge performs in drag, he frequents a piano bar referred to as “Molly’s Disaster,” a engage in on the genuine-existence West Village piano bar Marie’s Disaster.

“It’s something we do on ‘Riverdale’ as well, the place we get legendary factors and give them a ‘Riverdale’ spin,” suggests Grassi. “We genuinely seem to the town to present us with tale. Like we do a polar vortex episode of what it’s like to be locked in a little New York apartment with all of your roommates when it’s freezing out and you can not go outside the house.”

So, since the clearly show does not shy absent from depicting a Manhattan winter, obtaining chic coats for the figures was essential for Rogien.

“We absolutely had coat browsing on the record at all situations — pretty specific coats that have been all pink and red. We have been continuously on the lookout for something that would function considering that we have been capturing outside the house in December, January, February in New York.”

Lucy Hale's Katy Keene wardrobe is all about the extra-fab coats.
Katy’s wardrobe is all about the further-fab coats.Barbara Nitke

Rogien suggests they scoured Century 21, The RealReal and Shopbop for parts.

“Finding specific coats — that function for existence and that are great and attention-grabbing to have on — is a problem,” she suggests. “In New York, we live in coats for a big chunk of the calendar year. And so to up that one particular stage more for character and make it something attention-grabbing for the viewers to enjoy as well was a entire dimension to it.”

Rogien teases that her preferred seem is dress Katy wears at the finish of the period, but you are going to have to tune in to see it.

“I’m pretty excited about her period finale dress, but I do not want to give anything absent. Continue to keep a seem out for it.”

“Katy Keene” airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on The CW.