Friends in NYC: How plausible were the Greenwich Village apartments depicted in the hit 90s series? – 6Sqft

\Friends\ in NYC: How plausible were the Greenwich Village apartments depicted in the hit \90s series? - 6Sqft
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There was a lot of pressure to make the characters clothes very casual. I wasnt into it. I thought we needed aspirational clothing to make people want to know more about their lives. It wasnt realistic that Monica had that amazing apartment – you wouldnt see young people then living like that. So it was already aspirational in terms of lifestyle; I just took it one step further. For instance I dressed Joey in an Armani jacket. He was meant to be an unemployed actor, there is no way he could have afforded it, but the vintage jackets I found didnt have the right drape.

Friends had a bunch of running jokes, including one about Chandlers job, which no one seemed to remember what it was. Friends premiered on NBC in 1994 and came to an end in 2004 after ten seasons. The series became one of the most popular TV shows of all time, earned multiple Emmy nominations, and has been listed among the greatest series ever made. And, of course, the characters have survived the passing of the years and continue to be quite relatable.

When Balenciaga recreated the Joey Tribbiani layered coats look for their AW18 collection, I wasnt surprised – it was so fun and clever. For Balenciaga to do it made sense – it was about the whimsy and the audacity, and it looked perfect for 2019. I was designing on the show Speechless when the collection came out and there was a similar scene where Minnie Driver had to put on all these coats. I showed her the Balenciaga picture and was like, Can you believe this?

Friends followed a group of young adults (Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, and Ross) living in New York City and trying to balance their personal, professional, and social lives. Although they were a close-knit group, with some of them ending up together, they didnt know each other as well as they should have – or at least they didnt know Chandler that well, as they often forgot (or didnt know at all) what his job was.

My designs were all character-driven. I identified palettes. Monica was black, grey, white, burgundy; Rachel was blues and greens. I divided the boys into textures – Ross was tweedy, Chandler had a lot of vintage and racing stripe shirts, Joey had leather jackets, then later sweaters and chenille. Phoebe was in patterns. They each had different visual identities.


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