Hulu’s new original vacation film Happiest season Stars Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis and Schitt’s Creekis the only Dan Levy. It’s a film directed by Clea DuVall with a plot so real it’s obvious that we missed it among our ranks of the historic season favorites – Christmas with the sick, Home alone, The holidays, Love actually, and the list goes on. Stewart plays Abby, who goes home to meet her friend Harper’s family only to find out they don’t know she’s gay – or that Abby is more than just her roommate. Abby immediately panics and calls her best friend John (Levy), and the narrative unfolds from there. It is assignable as if the outfits of the characters were assignable. All are brought to life by costume designer Kathleen Felix-Hager. She affirms that fashion is not the focus just because it is not the focus.
“Outerwear was super important – one because it’s Christmas and it’s freezing and because it helps define the characters.”
“”[Clea DuVall] We had a very specific vision for all of the characters and we worked closely together to create the looks. Each character had a color palette and silhouette that we stuck to. It was very important that the characters feel like real, authentic people and that the costumes stay as classic as possible as Christmas movies live on forever, “Kathleen said. It’s true that this is a vacation movie that will definitely stay relevant. and Kathleen is right that there will never be a time when the winter coats and vacation outfits here feel out of date. In fact, the outerwear – from plaid coats and tuxedos to bombers and hats – is arguably the best part of the movie.
“Outerwear was super important – one because it’s Christmas and it’s freezing and because it helps define the characters,” said Kathleen. Each coat subtly helped distinguish personality traits in the film. We see this most in Harper, who has a lot of confidence when she’s alone with Abby before they get to her parents’ house. But when we see her swap out her nifty camel coat for a flannel thwover she likely pulled out of a nursery drawer, she pulls out of her relationship to be the person her parents assumed she was is.
Kathleen enjoyed working with the entire cast, including Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, and Stepbrothers‘Mary Steenburgen, but she really loved working with Kristen Stewart, whose Christmas dinner party outfit is reminiscent of bespoke pant suits that roll by on the star’s iconic red carpet. “She’s really smart and has great instincts about her character … Kristen and I went shopping together one weekend and had a great time!” She said.
Before us, Kathleen was kind enough to break open the closet and tell us about all of the winter outerwear that you not only appreciate during the movie but admire to shop and wear forever. Because as I said, this is a vacation rom-com that deserves a place in your top 5 now and forever.
Happiest season is available to stream on Hulu on November 25th.