The archetypal preppy jerk has returned to take his place of privilege in the pop culture pantheon. Netflix has a new show out called “The Politician” which features twin brothers and a Southern California setting whose style is inspired by Slim Aarons, Wes Anderson, JFK, and ’80s Ralph Lauren ads. The brothers are played by real-life acting twins Trey and Trevor Eason.
To capture the Ivy League preppy style sported by [lead character] Payton’s narcissistic Ken doll-like twin brothers, [costume designer Claire] Parkinson looked at Ralph Lauren campaigns from the 1980s. The intention was for their outfits to evoke wealth and power, but also to add to their overly groomed appearance, she explains. So the Hobart twins hurl abuse at their younger brother and plot patricide in tight-fitting polo shirts with collegiate sweatshirts hanging around their shoulders. The juxtaposition of their American dream look with their vile dispositions is intoxicating.
The article includes the following interesting line about how sartorial choices are no longer driven by culture or class, but merely “financial background”:
“Each character’s financial background story helped us decipher what their style would be and where their priorities were.”
Then again, this is Southern California we’re talking about. — CC