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Fawnia Soo Hoo


Fawnia Soo Hoo is a Freelance Contributor at The Hollywood Reporter, where she covers costume design for film and television, the business of red carpet style and celebrity fashion and beauty. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Soo Hoo has also contributed to Vanity Fair, Elle, Refinery29, Nylon, Vogue Business and Fashionista.

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Jimmy Fallon on a Decade of ’12 Days of Christmas Sweaters’: “They’re Beautiful Fashion-y Art Pieces Now”

‘Tis the season of giving and The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon loves a surprise — especially when it comes to the show’s long-running “12 Days of Christmas Sweaters” giveaway, which began during his Late Night years. “Whenever [Fallon] walks by, he turns the other way — we’re like, ‘Hide that sweater!’” says longtime The […]

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Costume Designer Breaks Down Hidden Messages in Heirloom Patterns and ’20s-Era Suits

For Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, costume designer Jacqueline West immersed herself in researching early-1920s denizens of Osage County, Oklahoma. She visited museums commemorating plundering oil tycoons and watched rare black-and-white home movies commissioned by Osage families, wealthy from retaining mineral rights to their oil-rich reservation. Osage costume consultant Julie O’Keefe ensured the […]

No Red Carpets? No Problem! Party Dress Line Retrofête Is a Hit With Hollywood Stars

During her Renaissance World Tour stops in L.A., Beyoncé caused a run on sparkly fashion with a silver dress code directive. It’s a favored metallic the megastar also rocked back in March when she offered a peek into hubby Jay-Z’s ultra-exclusive post-Oscars Gold Party. In the GIF she posted, she’s wearing a customized mirrored mini […]

‘The Crown,’ ‘Perry Mason’ Costume Designers on the Suits That Make the Men

Welcome to Chippendales Hulu Chippendales founder Steve Banerjee (Kumail Nanjiani) pays a pivotal visit to a custom suit maker. “He’s at this point in his life where he’s getting everything made: shirts, suits, ties,” says costume designer Peggy Schnitzer. She marks a milestone in the Indian immigrant’s journey toward his American dream through his “uniform,” […]

How ‘Daisy Jones & the Six,’ ‘George & Tammy’ and ‘Welcome to Chippendales’ Costume Designers Created Looks That Pop Onstage

Daisy Jones & The Six Prime Video The stadium spotlights may be focused on the steamy chemistry between co-lead singers Daisy Jones (Riley Keough) and founder of The Six, Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin). But right behind them, Warren Rojas (Sebastian Chacon) steals the show with his nimble drumstick acrobatics, positive energy and laid-back yet electrifying […]

The Many Moods of TV’s Zoomer Fashions

Ms. Marvel (Marvel/Disney+) A superhero origin story serves as an allegory for a poignantly thrilling coming-of-age tale for Pakistani American teen Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani). “We wanted to represent her in multifaceted ways,” says costume designer Arjun Bhasin. “She’s an artist, a misfit, a [Marvel] superfan, a young woman, a South Asian.” Kamala’s initial purple […]

Janelle James and Costume Designer Susan Michalek Break Down Principal Coleman’s Wardrobe Arc on ‘Abbott Elementary’

Abbott Elementary principal Ava Coleman (Janelle James) confidently dresses for many jobs she takes seriously: running her podcast networks; shilling suspect eye masks; and live-streaming as a prolific Depop influencer from her office during school hours. Ava’s caftans, sleek dresses and faux-leather staples highlight all her endeavors — except overseeing the struggling Philadelphia public school […]

Century 21, the Luxury Secret Weapon of TV Costume Designers, Returns

Legendary costume designer Patricia Field helped conjure the indelible fashion fantasy of New York City through the Sex and the City franchise, Ugly Betty and Adventures of a Shopaholic, to name a few. Along with her stalwart team, the Pat in the City: My Life of Fashion, Style, and Breaking All the Rules author depended […]

When Sustainability Is Inspirational: Star Stylists Reveal Favorite Red Carpet Looks That Wowed

As part of a spotlight series on sustainability and celebrity dressing timed to the opening of the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, THR highlights the best green-friendly looks ever seen on the Cannes red carpet and reports on the most innovative new eco-conscious fabrics. THR also spoke with top stylists to talk about the […]

The Five Most Iconic Sustainable Style Moments on Cannes’ Red Carpet

Sustainability on the red carpet at Cannes has been encouraged for many years, with Cate Blanchett telling THR on opening night in 2018, “From couture to T-shirts, landfills are filled with garments that have been unnecessarily discarded. Particularly in today’s climate, it seems willful and ridiculous that such beautiful garments are not cherished and reworn […]

Confused Over Which Fabrics Are the Most Sustainable? Stylists and Eco-Experts Reveal the Best Choices to Make on the Red Carpet

Climate advocate and writer Sophia Li believes the fashion world is on the cusp of an “innovation boom.” Li — who attended the 2023 Green Carpet Fashion Awards in March wearing an architectural corset by sister-run vegan label Felder Felder made from a leather-like material created from mango waste from Fruitleather Rotterdam — sees lab-created […]

Zoe Saldaña’s Sustainable Fashion Advances With the 2023 Oscars

For Zoe Saldaña, the 2023 Oscars presented an opportunity to join the sustainability discussion and incorporate practices into her life — starting with the pinnacle red carpet. As an ambassador for Suzy Amis Cameron’s RCGD Global, the Academy’s official sustainability partner, and an awards presenter, the Avatar: The Way of Water star accessorized a Fall […]