I have never been one of those people who binged watched a television series…until now. Whether it is because the never ending lock down is not leaving us much else to do, or whether it is because the garden furniture is now too wet to sit on, yesterday I watched nine episodes of Normal People, the television series based on the acclaimed novel by Sally Rooney. I have three episodes to go and am totally hooked on the beautiful adaptation of the modern love story between Marianne and Connell, who are wonderfully played by Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal. It is touching, it is heartbreaking, and it feels very real as a look at that first love that never really leaves you.
I love everything about Normal People, the story, the fabulous acting and the stunning soundtrack. I am also more than a little in love with Connell, who is certainly brightening these dark days. But I am mostly lusting after the truly gorgeous wardrobe and style of Marianne. She is part Audrey Hepburn, part Anne Hathaway, with a little bit of Audrey Tatou thrown into the mix. She is a waif, a gamine, slight and flat chested, and wears clothes so beautifully. Her style is simple and yet chic, sort of thrown together in that effortless way that is usually attributed to the French. She wears everything with such attitude and style that you can’t help but admire it.
Absolute faves so far have to be her Italian wardrobe. The simple black sundress she wore for a trip on her bike with Connell was totally Roman Holiday Audrey, simple, yet devastatingly elegant. Her printed sundress was a 60’s throw back worn by the likes of Anouk Aimee, with tiny floral prints and checks.
And then we have her party outfit from the night she gets back together with Connell. A foppish velvet blazer worn over a knockout blue dress is just a sensational look and she totally owns it.
If you haven’t watched episodes 1 and 2 of Normal People, you can now watch them on iplayer or catch up on BBC1.