When the first series of Offspring aired, I knew I would be bitten by the bug of having to sit in front of the television, each week, following Nina Proudman’s journey to finding Mr. Right. Season one had us (ok, me) drooling over Dr. Chris Havel (Don Hany) and hoping to hell that she would finally get it on with him! Which then brought us to Season 2, and enter Patrick (Matthew Le Nevez)…need I say more? Especially when it came time for her to decide who she really wanted to be with. What attracted me to Nina’s character really was how loopy and funny she was. The little insights that we got to see in her mind – sort of like Ally Mcbeal huh?
I also fell in love with her eclectic style and even wrote a post when Season 1 first started, giving you an idea of how you could emulate her style. This time I managed to do a really short interview with Zed Dragojlovich the costume buyer for Season 3′s Offspring.
Q: Nina Proudman’s sense of style has become such a phenomenon, so much so that so many Aussie women out there would love to emulate her style. Why do you think this is so?
Zed: I think Aussie women warm to the character because she’s such a real character. She has complexities and contradictions and is essentially a woman that all Australian women can relate to in some way or another. It’s because of that human element and ability to relate to people that makes Aussie women want to emulate her style.
The show is also very geographically specific, so Nina has a very strong Melbourne style. You really get a sense of her life through the show which helps people warm to her look. It’s a really strong thing when you see Nina walking down Brunswick St wearing a jacket, scarf and boots as Australian women can easily see themselves doing the same thing.
Her look is unconstructed so it’s not too difficult or intimidating to emulate, and all the items that Nina wears can generally be purchased locally, making her look accessible to Aussie women.
Q: How was the styling developed for Nina’s character?
Zed: Asher has a strong sense of style herself which is always a great help. The geography of the show also helped develop Nina’s style, for example if the show was set in Sydney Nina would wear different colours and fabrics etc.
Nina’s look is definitely a team effort. The writers obviously influence her style by creating Nina’s personality, and with Asher being so in-touch with her character she’s always likely to find stuff at a local shop or on the internet and she definitely has a big say in what is Nina and what isn’t. We’ll put something on Asher and she’ll say ‘no that’s definitely not Nina’ or ‘yes that’s completely Nina’.
The character of Nina is very complex and has all these layers and I think that comes out in her sense of style. She’s definitely not fashion trend driven.
Q: Can you describe what Nina’s style is?
Zed: If I had to narrow it down, I’d say Nina’s style is deconstructed. She wears a lot of beautiful, flowing fabrics, and a directive that we give to the team is to never iron anything. You’ll notice on the show that Nina always looks very natural, and leaving the clothes as they are definitely helps create that look.
Nina also wears a lot of fine, flowing layers, with nothing ever looking too bulky. We also like to use the fit and flair a lot with Nina’s character, so for example she’ll be wearing a tight tank top but then have a flowing skirt, or she’ll be wearing a pair of slim jeans with a flowing top.
We do our best to make sure that Nina’s style looks effortless and fairly casual, we stay away from making her look as though she’s been overly constructed.
Q: Do you think it suits anyone?
Zed: I think most of Nina’s style can be translated regardless of age and size. I mean, everyone can wear a scarf, everyone can wear a pair of boots and so on. Her look certainly isn’t specific; it’s always about the combination of a casual tank top, a scarf, a durable pair of jeans or a skirt that has movement and some boots.
If you gave me three different people I could make it work for all of them, so I definitely think it suits anyone!
Q: What do you think are the key pieces that signify Nina’s style?
Zed: Definitely her casual, colourful tank tops, scarfs, a durable pair of jeans or a skirt that has movement, a street boot or every day boot, a leather jacket, slouch bag and a flowing maxi skirt.
Also, another key thing that signifies Nina’s style is that there’s always a colour that pops, whether it be a colourful tank top or a scarf, there’s always something that stands out.
As a bonus for those huge fans of Offspring, I’ve got a pack of the Offspring Series to giveaway to one lucky winner. In the pack are:
- Season 1 DVD
- Season 2 DVD
- Season 3 DVD
- CD of the Season 3 Soundtrack featuring Gossling, San Cisco, Canyons, Elizabeth Rose, Clare Bowditch & Eddie Perfect.
To be in the running to win this pack, simple tell me in 25 words or less which Offspring season was your favourite and why. Competition closes 10th September 2012
Terms & Conditions:
• Open to Australian Residents Only
• ONE entry per person per household
• Entries that do not answer the question will be disqualified
• Judge’s (mine) decision is final
• If the winner(s) do not respond when contacted within a week, a new winner will be picked so please check your emails and spam folders
• While we will endeavour to deliver your prize(s) with care, once it leaves the premises, it will be beyond our control and we will not re-send a new prize(s) if damaged or lost during transit
This giveaway is now closed. The winner is :
Amanda N who shared why she loved season 3 in detail – thanks because now I know what to look forward to as I sit back, relax and watch Season 3 (yep, I missed out!)
Hi everyone thanks to Courtney who pointed out MY mistake, I have to pick a new winner. And it is Courtney. I now know that Nina will be expecting a baby! How exciting! Thanks for pointing it out to me – totally my fault for being over-excited in picking out the winner.