Spiral into style

This weekend I’ll be in mourning when the final two episodes of BBC4’s Spiral (Series 5) are aired on Saturday night. It will be so long and farewell to my latest style girl-crush in the form of Josephine Karlsson, the uber ambitious, often ruthless, but always feminine defence lawyer.

Costumiers like to assert that our clothes make a statement about character and go to painful lengths to ensure that the character is conveyed visually. If our clothes make a statement about our character what do Josephine’s sharp suits, feminine blouses, always in skirts, sheer hosiery and stilettos say about her?

Josephine's style always polished whatever the situation
Josephine’s style always polished whatever the situation

As she represents the seediest criminals the contrast with her polished, Parisian look, is stark. Equally, by contrast police inspector Laure Berthaud another authority figure, leads her team in the fight against Josephine’s clients in t-shirts, jeans and boots. Does this tell us something about the police and the law? Although by contrast, Gillian Anderson’s Stella (a police officer) in BBC2’s The Fall is equally as beautifully attired as Josephine, in her endless and envious supply of silk blouses as she plays cat and mouse with a serial killer.

By contrast police inspector is one of the boys with her androgynous style
By contrast police inspector is one of the boys with her androgynous style

For now, I’ll enjoy the last two episodes as Josephine remains impeccably dressed, and Laure remains relentless in her pursuit of the killers: both women to admire.

 

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