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Steal the Nomads’ look: Victoria and Laurent’s secrets from The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Posted on November 17, 2009

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In Twilight, the Nomad vampires were the resident bad guys on the block, however with The Twilight Saga: New Moon all that changes with the introduction of the fearsome Volturi. Not that Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) and Laurent (Edi Gathegi) are disappearing into the background, oh no siree. The pair has split up and is no longer joined in their rank by James (Cam Gigandet), but their fashion focus is undiminished albeit with a few changes from the last time we saw them.

In Twilight, costume designer Wendy Chuck established the principle that the Nomads scavenged from their victims, stealing clothes as they went along, adding up to eclectic and varied looks. However, for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, new designer Tish Monaghan and new director Chris Weitz worked on creating what Monaghan calls “a more elegant look, less rock and roll.”

This is definitely the case with Laurent who has ditched the vintage leather jacket look and opted for something a little more sophisticated and polished. “For Laurent it was a complete switch,” reveals Monaghan. “I turned to runway fashion models for inspiration and Italian clothing lines. Edi Gathegi still asked to be bare-chested under the suit,” and so he is, maintaining some visual continuity with Twilight; although now with the clean lines of the suit, the subtle and rich purple of the fabric and just a hint of danger with the fingerless leather gloves.

The changes keep on coming as the beauty department worked on Laurent’s dreadlocked wig. Gone was the synthetic machine-made one he sported in Twilight, replaced by one fashioned from real human hair and made by hand by wig maker, Stacey Butterworth. Add to this a groomed goatee beard, a paler complexion (“I like the idea that he looked more like a vampire with pale skin,” admits key make-up stylist, Norma Hill-Patton, “which we didn’t see the last time”) and more vivid contact lenses (also seen on Victoria) and Laurent definitely strikes a more intimidating pose.

For Victoria, who we last saw in a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” T-shirt, dark jeans and white, furry shawl, it’s not such a radical change, just “more stylish… not so earthy,” according to the costumer. The shawl and long, loose locks still dominate her look, though there are subtle changes that eagle-eyed fans will notice. The hair is a more vibrant shade of red in-keeping with the book, rather than the strawberry blonde of Twilight and there is more movement and flow to her costumes, as Monaghan explains.

“For their silhouette, meaning the shape of the garment against the body, I wanted a flow because she’s doing things like running through the woods and diving into water,” says Monaghan, “and I wanted to see bits of fabric trailing behind her, so that her clothes have movement.”

We’ll just have to wait and see how Victoria’s style changes in 2010’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse when the part will be played by Bryce Dallas Howard. Perhaps another new direction for the Nomad vampire.

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