'The Bachelorette' Stylist Shares How the Fashion Came Together for This Unprecedented Season
Cary Fetman, the show's stylist, on planning a closet for two leads and a trip to one place.
On Tuesday night we'll finally know who gets Tayshia Adams' final rose in the most unprecedented, if not dramatic (well, Chris Harrison, we're giving you this) season of "The Bachelorette" to date.
It was an eventful trip for many reasons. Obviously, it was filmed in the midst of a global pandemic that had to postpone filming first, then bubble production, and producers got really creative with keeping a variety of dates (including hometowns!) On the grounds of the to plan La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs. Then there was the much speculated title bachelorette change five episodes in the season after the original lead role Clare Crawley got engaged to candidate Dale Moss.
All of this naturally presented the cloakroom department under the direction of Cary Fetman with very special challenges.
On "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette", Fetman (who has been on the show since 2008) and his team are tasked with equipping both the leads and Harrison throughout the season. Before Covid-19 delayed filming in the spring, it was planned that Crawley and the men would vie for their hearts (as is usually the case with the franchise), especially on cold targets. For obvious reasons, this was no longer feasible when production resumed later in the year. Instead, "The Bachelorette" would take place in one place - a sprawling resort in California. Fetman had to put aside pretty much everything he had planned up to that point.
"I had to start from scratch," he says fashionista on the phone.
Clare Crawley on the first night as "The Bachelorette" with Randi Rahm.
Although Fetman and his team had already designed the wardrobe for the season - and even outfitted it with Crawley - there was nothing of the original setting that would work with the new setting (and the fact that it would be hotter than ) 100 degrees every day of shooting in La Quinta).
"Fortunately, Clare and I worked together and have been friends with her for over five years," he explains. "I know that Clare is much more of a girl in jeans and a tank top and that trying to get Clare into fancy clothes or colors and the like would be more of a struggle. If only Clare could wear the same shorts and tank Every day she would love it, but when I tried to explain to her at least ten times, "You are the main character. The fans get bored when that's all you're wearing. "Not quite the same with Tayshia."
Crawley wears an ALC top and Marissa Webb shorts at a group appointment.
The one-location setup was helpful as Fetman could send it to the same person on location (or in LA) in the event of a problem with a garment or need for tailoring during filming. In every other season he and his team should have found people on location at every location. Also, "We could have the clothes in one part [of the hotel] and not pack them every week and try to split suitcases like we normally do," he says. "The downside of that was that all of the clothes were always in one room, so it could be overwhelming at times when you see everything you have ... and [you can't] just focus on who we are That night what kind of date is that. "
However, some aspects of the show's fashion remained constant - how Crawley and Adams both wore sequin dresses by Randi Rahm to meet their husbands. (IYKYK.)
"Everyone thinks I'm making these girls sequin, but the truth is, I'm so over sequins at this point," admits Fetman. "Every season they come in and say, 'No, I won't.' I had so many dresses without sequins especially at Tayshia, but it has to be something when a girl puts on a Randi Rahm dress - I don't know because I've never tried one on, but it has to be something because they all go there. "
Tayshia Adams, ready to meet the participants on * her * first night as "The Bachelorette" - with Randi Rahm, of course.
Before starting to build a lead's wardrobe, Fetman will attempt to talk to them on the phone and ask them questions about their style preferences, the pieces they love, and the way they would like to look on the show. "I definitely need your input before I even start because I need to know where your head is," he says. "These are not actors, they are not playing a character - they are looking for love and they are going through all these emotional ups and downs. The only thing I will not allow myself is ever to tell them that they do." have to wear something or assume to tell them what to wear. "
From these conversations it emerged that Crawley wanted to stay close to her personal, off-camera style, which is more casual. Adams, meanwhile, became interested in the ability to wear things she couldn't normally wear. "She lives on the beach and says, 'My everyday clothes are jeans and a tank top or something that is fun. I want the full' Bachelorette 'treatment. I want you to make me feel as fun as possible '"he recalls. "I have to give it to her, she did it."
Adams, who sees most of her "Bachelorette" exes on "Men Tell All", wears a velvety Alexandre Vauthier mini dress with Alexandre Birman heels.
When the producers told him Adams would replace Crawley, Fetman recalls hiding in his hotel room for days, ordering clothes wherever he could find supplies. But because he'd done it before this season, "I could at least remember where I saw something [when I was shopping for Crawley]," he says.
The timing of this move had an unexpected benefit: it coincided with the summer sales. This opened up a lot of opportunity in terms of the brands that Fetman had access to.
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"It seemed like the more expensive designers were the ones who had already shipped [goods] that the stores were now getting discounts on," he says. "I was crazy about shoes. I was crazy about accessories. I just had fun shopping for them."
During her episodes, Adams wore dresses from franchise lead actor Randi Rahm as well as pieces from contemporary labels like Galvan, Iro and Jonathan Simkhai and luxury brands like Balmain and Alexandre Vauthier. If you were looking on Twitter the night the show aired, much of the comment would be about how good her style was.
Fetman says he didn't necessarily shop any other way - "it's still Net-a-Porter, Saks, Neimans, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, all the regulars I do" - but that he was able to get a lot of designer items, normally I would can't afford a discount. For example, the Balmain knitted mini dress Adams wore to brunch with former "Bachelorette" JoJo Fletcher (below) that he achieved for sale. "I would never have put on a Balmain for an afternoon dress," he notes.
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Then of course there's the fact that Adams ... well, looks good about everything.
"She can wear something that was camel and blend into her skin, or it could turn a hot color - both of which would look equally good on her," explains Fetman. "Things I would normally stay away from because I thought that might wash someone out ... not with Tayshia. It was amazing how pretty the neutrals were as pretty as the brights."
Some of Fetman's personal favorites from this season: the black Randi Rahm dress for fall 2020 with gold details that Adams wore to a rose ceremony, the tulle top by Cushnie, and the tuxedo pants set she kept for Zac Clark's hometown, the white leather mohawk dress the stylist admits was a bold choice for summer in Palm Springs.
"You could only tell when she felt beautiful. This is a rush for any stylist," he says.
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Fetman is just coming off production for the final season of "The Bachelor" with franchise newcomer Matt James, which premieres on January 4th. ("He's a blast," the stylist says of the new star.) But there is some insight. He's working on "The Bachelorette" - and every previous "Bachelor" franchise show he's done.
"The beauty of this show - and that's why after all these years I haven't got bored. I've always said it was because we've traveled to so many fabulous places ... I still love it, because it's a brand new thing to learn every season, "he explains. "Every time it's a new person with a new style, a new kind of body, a new kind of good and bad, which makes it easy, which makes it difficult ... I think I'll keep learning too."
"And fashion is changing so much," he continues. "When Chris was doing the show about the old seasons, I looked back at some of the things I had put people into and I was horrified at how it went. But then I remembered: men back then wore double-pleated pants with suits in the fashion has evolved, so has the show, what I do, and the people who come on the show ... especially the guys who are more comfortable taking risks with fashion, in the beginning the guys wouldn't do anything but a blue button-down shirt ... Those days are completely over now, there is no longer the feeling, "Hey, I can't do this the way I want to." This part was really fun.
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