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'Catching Fire': Meet the jeweler who created Peeta's necklace and the Mockingjay pin

Peeta’s necklace plays an important role in Catching Fire and so does Dana Schneider, the jewelry designer who created it.

Though she’d provided pieces for the first installment of the Hunger Games movie franchise and has collaborated with Catching Fire costume designer Trish Summerville on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Ray Donovan, Schneider — whose jewelry designs have also been seen in movies like Elektra, X-Men II, and Man of Steel — still did her Hunger Games homework before pitching herself for Catching Fire. “I had read all of the books. When I met with [Trish] I knew which specific pieces had to be in the film,” Schneider told EW.

“I knew Peeta’s necklace was going to be pretty prominent, and it’s hard to make a locket that looks masculine. I got this idea about how the case would flip off and reveal this folding inside. I knew the special effects people could put in CGI images on the locket, so I tried to focus on the silhouette and how it functioned,” Schneider explained. “The first thing I made was a little taped-together cardboard locket that I showed Trish. She liked how it functioned, so then [I began] making it in metal. It was an organic, evolving process.” The jewelry designer spent three weeks crafting a metal prototype to show Summerville and director Francis Lawrence. Once she’d gotten the thumbs up, Schneider created three functioning lockets for Josh Hutcherson, and three replicas for the actor’s body and stunt doubles. “The prop department also made a ‘soft stunt piece’ without hard edges for the heavier stunts,” she explained.

Schneider said she used the same strategy to create the iconic Mockingjay pin for the first Hunger Games movie, a design she tweaked for Catching Fire. “I was able to refine how I made the arrow and the piece itself. It was nice to have the opportunity to streamline it a little bit more for this one.” How does she keep track of the precious pins, which would make great mementos or fetch top dollar on the collectibles market? READ FULL STORY

Matthew McConaughey has a clothing line? See his spring collection

Actor, father… clothing designer? Who knew Matthew McConaughey has his own line of mens wear?

The Dallas Buyers Club star quietly launched his JKL Brand label — the name is a play on the actor’s motto, “Just keep livin'” — earlier this year.

The adventure-inspired line, which is available at Dillards, currently includes message tees with “fun and witty truisms straight from Matthew’s mouth” ($17.50), pullover sweaters ($59.50-$99.50), and slim-fit jeans ($62.65-$89.50).

McConaughey ventured into the fashion business as a way to further his philanthropic endeavors. A portion of every sale benefits the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation, the non-profit the actor created to provide after-school fitness and wellness programs in inner-city high schools. “The Just Keep Livin’ Foundation provides a place where kids can go after school and be part of a fun, supportive, positive unit. It’s the team for the kids who maybe didn’t ‘make the team,'” McConaughey said in a statement sent to EW. “With each purchase of any JKL Brand item, a portion of that buy directly funds a resource necessary to give the young men and women in our foundation what [they] need. It’s inspiring, because we see how it helps.”

Although McConaughey stars alongside Scarlett Johansson in ads for Dolce & Gabbana’s The One fragrance line, earlier this year he told Women’s Wear Daily why he’ll never be the face of his own clothing label. “I want to be behind this, not in front of it,” explained the actor, who is actively involved in the design process. “I’m the author, not the face or the definition.”

Get a sneak peek at the JKL Brand spring 2014 collection after the jump…

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'Catching Fire': The 10 worst 'Hunger Games' products on the market

While impatiently awaiting the premiere of Trish Summerville’s Capitol Couture collection — oh yeah, and Catching Fire — there is no shortage of Hunger Games merchandise to peruse.

From girl on fire dresses to Mellark Bakery aprons, retailers alike peddling a cornucopia of official and unofficial clothing, jewelry, accessories, and more.

But there’s plenty of crappy stuff that even shopping addict Effie Trinket wouldn’t buy.

Click through our gallery to see 10 of the worst Hunger Games-inspired products on the market.  READ FULL STORY

'Bonnie and Clyde': Costume details and the stylish clothing line

It wasn’t just the story of the his-and-hers killing spree that brought attention to the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The look of both characters — Bonnie (Faye Dunaway) in her beret, tight sweater and pencil skirt and Clyde (Warren Beatty) in his chalk-stripe suit — earned costume designer Theadora Van Runkle an Oscar nomination and inspired a ’30s throwback fashion trend.

Next month, Bonnie and Clyde get the Lifetime treatment in a two-night miniseries starring Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger. Legendary wardrobe designer Marilyn Vance (The Untouchables, Pretty Woman, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink) created more than 100 costumes for the title pair in the small screen retelling, and now online boutique Rue La La has unveiled a collection of clothes, shoes, and accessories inspired by the stylish Depression-era outlaws.

Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Bonne and Clyde wardrobe closet guided by Vance herself and get a first look at some of the pieces in Rue La La’s Bonnie and Clyde clothing line after the jump.

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Couture or Cray-Cray: Jennifer Lawrence's see-through dress -- POLL

Jennifer Lawrence moonlights as the face of Miss Dior handbags, which is why she’s often seen wearing the French label on the red carpet.

During the awards season run up to her Oscar win for Best Actress earlier this year, Lawrence narrowly avoided a wardrobe malfunction — a clothes call? — when the layers of her Dior gown went all askew at the 2013 SAG Awards. (A rep for the fashion house claimed it was all just an illusion.)

The actress chose to wear Christian Dior again for last night’s Hollywood premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Los Angeles, and the frock caused quite a ruckus. Though the grey knitted evening gown — from Dior’s fall 2013 couture collection — was completely sheer, Lawrence, unlike the runway model, wore a black bodysuit underneath to avoid full frontal exposure. She accessorized the peek-a-boo dress with Brian Atwood platform sandals, a Roger Vivier clutch, jewelry from Anita Ko, and her new cropped pixie hairstyle.

Do you think Lawrence’s look is fashionably cool or just plain cray-cray? Cast your vote after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Wes Anderson and Prada pair up for a short film starring Jason Schwartzman

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Wes Anderson took a stylish detour into car-racing films with his latest short.

The Moonrise Kingdom director collaborated with Prada in the roughly eight-minute short film “Casello Cavalcanti.” It stars a frequent Anderson protagonist Jason Schwartzman as a bumbling race car driver, lagging behind in the race, spouting obscenities. It debuted at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday. READ FULL STORY

Catching Fire: 'The Hunger Games' gets a wardrobe makeover

Costume designer Trish Summerville really kicked up the Capitol’s fashion quotient for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

“The first and second movies are so vastly different. The fashion of the Capitol changes,” explains Summerville who was brought in by director Francis Lawrence to amp up the style for the second film in the franchise. “These are people who have money. They’re mass consumers of luxury and fashion.” Fashion may be an ugly business in Panem, but the Catching Fire characters’ ensembles — a mix of ready-to-wear pieces borrowed from designers like Alexander McQueen and original creations by Summerville — are nothing short of sartorial splendor. Fans of Summerville’s work will even be able to buy a piece of Catching Fire inspired fashion when Net-a-Porter.com launches the Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville collection on November 21.

For Summerville, taking the reins from Judianna Makovsky, who designed the costumes for the first Hunger Games movie, also meant taking on the responsibility to stay true to both the vision outlined by author Suzanne Collins and meeting the expectations of fans. “I wanted to be respectful to all these people who had spent all their time creating this world and environment. There were certain liberties we had to take that kept the same idea but [were more] functional for an actor compared to what you would have in just [your] imagination,” the designer says. “One thing we changed was the Games costumes. In the book, they’re sheer blue jumpsuits and it doesn’t really describe what they have underneath. When I was reading through fan sites to see what fans want to see those costumes had never come up [so I knew we had more freedom]. Suzanne created this world so I wanted to see what she was fine with…. She was great about it.”

Click through the gallery for a sneak peek at the updated looks of Katniss, Effie, and more Catching Fire characters.

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Amy Adams' sexy, scene-stealing 'American Hustle' swimsuit

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The costumes Amy Adams wears in American Hustle (in theaters Dec.13) leave little to the imagination. You can blame (or thank) the ’70s for that.

In director David O. Russell’s sprawling period drama, Adams plays the part of conniving con woman Sydney Prosser. “She’s a woman from a small town who moves to New York to reinvent herself and she becomes the most sophisticated, confident dresser in Manhattan over the course of the film,” costume director Michael Wilkinson told EW. “She had like 50 [wardrobe] changes over this gradual shift.”

Adams’ character required her to be a bit of a chameleon, alternating between conservative ensembles and hyper-sexualized looks. “She’s playing a small time hustler who gets more sophisticated with her hustle,” explains Wilkinson. “It involves accents and costume changes and lots of flirtation and using her amazing physical appeal to get the situation where she wants it,” he adds.

But that swimsuit is another story.

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'Hunger Games' costumes to hit the auction block

Later this month, net-a-porter.com will launch Capitol Couture, a collection of clothing designed by Catching Fire costume designer Trish Summerville, but if you’re a  super-fan, you’ll want to place your bid on actual costumes worn by the actors in the first installment of the Hunger Games movie franchise. 

Among the over 200 wardrobe pieces from the first film —  designed by Judianna Makovsky — are Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) Swarovski crystal embellished Girl on Fire gown (starting bid $10,000), custom-made distressed brown leather jacket (starting bid $5,000), and light blue reaping dress (starting bid $2,000). Other notable items include Effie Trinket’s (Elizabeth Banks) fuchsia reaping suit (starting bid $2,000), Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) training uniform ($600), The Tributes’ unisex ensembles (starting bid $200-$1,000), and the black and white uniforms seen on the Peacekeepers (starting bid $600). Costumes worn by Liam Hemsworth (Gale) and Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) will also hit the block.

Hosted by Blacksparrow Auction, the sale will take place on Saturday, November 16th at 11 am/PST in Sun Valley, CA. (Interested parties can also bid by phone or online.) A portion of the profits will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Click on to see some of the Hunger Games costumes included in the auction.

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'Blue Is the Warmest Color' stars in provocative fashion ad, Blake Lively's new gig, and more

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Miu Miu reveals its sapphic spring campaign, Blake Lively gets a new job, Lady Gaga’s outfit causes car trouble, and more.

Read on for all of today’s style and design headlines. READ FULL STORY

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