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The Serpent: 70s fashion buys inspired by Jenna Coleman’s wardrobe

With the 70s set to be fashion’s biggest trend this year, look to Jenna Coleman for style notes

While fashion has long flirted with the 70s, often turning to the era for inspiration, it’s the latest BBC crime drama, The Serpent, that’s currently showing the glamorous and bohemian fashions off at their best. So much so,  Jenna Coleman’s wardrobe as killer’s accomplice Marie-Andrée Leclerc is a masterclass in Seventies style. With online searches increasing daily for flares, trousers-suits and hair scarves, we take a look at the inspiration behind Monique’s wardrobe, and the key SS21 pieces to buy now.

At first look, The Serpent is simply the latest binge-worthy BBC crime drama series, tracing the real-life tale of Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim), the conman and murderer who lured young western travellers to their death along the hippie trails in Thailand with help from his girlfriend, Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman.) But while the story is gripping, it’s the duo’s 70s fashion looks that are proving to be the most hypnotic. On the heels of the SS21 shows, where Seventies style reigned supreme, The Serpent’s looks offer a perfect mood board for influencing our own wardrobes this season. 

The Green Suit
The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
Pinko

fitted blazer
£192

The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
Pinko

trousers
£133

The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
Polo Ralph Lauren

floral-print shirt
£163

With echoes of Bianca Jagger and Catherine Deneuve, plus a touch of Jane Birkin and Françoise Hardy, Coleman’s wardrobe as Leclerc is a glamorous mix of jewel-toned tailored suits, oversized sunglasses and floaty geometric blouses and kaftans. For the show’s costume designer Rachel Walsh, the challenge was to use Leclerc’s style to tell the story of her journey from innocent young woman to accomplice. Even as her life with Sobhraj begins to crumble behind closed doors, to the outside world, she must present as her confident, model-esque alter ego, Marie-Andrée. Her lust worthy 70s wardrobe is part of her con, as she disguises her insecurity behind tight-fitting jumpsuits and low-cut maxi dresses — a nod to the decade’s wave of sexual liberation.

The Checked Shirt
The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
Isabel Marant Étoile

checked shirt
£385

The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
Stella McCartney

belted flared jeans
£395

The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
Dior

Stellaire 1 Square Sunglasses
£368

The 1970s were a period of several sartorial shifts — while it was the era that now-renowned designers Yves Saint Laurent, Halston and Diane von Furstenburg made their name, it was also the period that ushered in mass-market, trend-driven fashion. Women of the 70s had plenty of styles to choose from, ranging from the hippie style of Jane Fonda to the opulently glamorous looks of Diana Ross. For Leclerc, Walsh built a capsule wardrobe that mixes the decade’s sharp tailoring with its more bohemian styles, sourcing vintage blouses, dresses and jeans that she reworked to turn into bespoke pieces — Leclerc’s printed Hermès scarves and bug-eye Cartier sunglasses were replicas of originals, too. 

The Kaftan Dress
The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
Camilla

Love and Peace kaftan dress
£740

The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
La DoubleJ

Onde kaftan dress
£575

The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
Gucci

geometric-print Kaftan dress
£2,400

Plenty of references to the 70s bohemian looks and masculine tailoring can be found in current collections, with Chloe, Miu Miu and Victoria Beckham all showing nods to the decade’s trends in their SS21 shows. Many of The Serpent’s outfits look like they could have been plucked off the Gucci Resort 2021 runway, a show which designer Alessandro Michelle confirmed was inspired by the decade’s period of liberation, with flared trousers, tailored jackets and vibrant geometric prints.

70s Swimwear
The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
Missoni Mare

stripe halterneck swimsuit
£410

The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
Kiini

Liv crochet bikini
£260

The Serpent: 70s Fashion Inspired by Jenna Coleman
Brigitte

Aline halterneck swimsuit
£116

Printed Headscarves
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Paul Smith Swirl Silk Scarf
Paul Smith

Swirl Silk Scarf
£155

Emilio Pucci geometric print silk scarf 175 FAR
Emilio Pucci

geometric print silk scarf
£175

HERMES brides de gala shadow twilly Scarf
Hermès

Brides de Gala twilly Scarf
£150

Square Sunglasses
Viu The Glamorous
Viu

The Glamorous Sunglasses
£205

KALEOS
Kaleos

Bennet 4 Sunglasses
£205

Brisa squared gold sunglasses
Gigi Studios

Brisa Sunglasses
£180

Printed Tops
RIXO LAVINIA MICRO FLORAL TOP
Rixo

Lavinia Floaty Sleeved Top
£185

Emilio Pucci x Browns 50 geometric print turtleneck top 335 FAR
Emilio Pucci

x Browns geometric-print top
£335

La Doublej geometric print turtleneck top 165 FAR
La DoubleJ

geometric print turtleneck top
£165

Flared Trousers
Gucci logo patch flared denim jeans 620 FAR
Gucci

logo-patch flared denim jeans
£620

La Doublej x Mantero wide leg trousers FAR
La DoubleJ

x Mantero wide leg trousers
£440

See by Chloé cropped wide leg jeans 284 FAR
See by Chloé

high-rise wide-leg cropped trousers
£284

Platform Sandals
Miu Miu python effect platform sandals 605 FAR
Miu Miu

python-effect platform sandals
£605

Prada 115mm platform sandals 740 FAR
Prada

Stacked platform sandals
£740

Saint Laurent Bianca 85mm platform sandals 660 FAR
Saint Laurent

Bianca 85mm platform sandals
£660

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