Cate’s leopard print coat! Rihanna in camo! Helena Bonham Carter in… something only Helena Bonham Carter could pull off! And now Kim and Kendall in some v. v. glamorous evening wear! But what does it all mean? These first on-set photos have us positively giddy with anticipation.
Here’s what we know, and some early predictions based on the wardrobe choices.
We already know there’s going to be a Met Gala scene in the flick, complete with cameos from fashion heavyweights like Anna Wintour, Alexander Wang and Zac Posen and judging by the major gowns they were sporting heading to the set in NYC last night, our money’s on the sisters Kardashian-Jenner making an appearance at the on-screen fashion event. (Side note: they were joined by Kylie on route to the film set who was wearing a decidedly more casual black turtleneck and camo jacket ensemble, which makes us wonder if she’s in the same chic scene). The *real* Met Gala’s 2017 theme is Comme des Garcons founder Rei Kawakubo; any guesses on what could the Ocean’s Eight theme be?
The script is rumoured to follow Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean’s (aka George Clooney) sister—the scam gene runs deep in this family. Judging by the photos, the siblings definitely share a tailored and inconspicuous aesthetic. You may recall that Clooney was all gorgeous suits, and Sandra has been spotted in v. tailored, v. chic outfits (think head-to-toe black, menswear-inspired coats and minimalist accessories). The choices are understated but you can tell her black pants cost at least two months’ rent. All signs point to a Boss Bitch.
Sunglasses seem to be key for Cate, Helena and Sandra. Makes sense: eye wear is very on-brand for the thief and con artist types in Hollywood movies. Cate has gone for a modern aviator with gold accents (fashionable), Helena opted for clear tortoise shell (eccentric), and Sandra a soft cat-eye (posh). We’re guessing these choices are meant as subtle nods to their personality traits.
Word has it that the main heist takes place in and around the Met Gala—but what are they going to steal, Anna Wintour’s soul? (JK, she lost that with the Kim and Kanye cover.) This is particularly good news since a fashion heist means endless wardrobe options. Cate has emerged as an early standout in her leopard coat; she’s also been spotted in black leather pants and a CBGB shirt (which screams disguise). Some have theorized that this character is the “money” behind the scam, which would explain her incredible green velvet suit.
Mindy Kaling is reportedly working the chip-on-his/her-shoulder new kid role, played by Matt Damon in the boys’ Oceans films, which feels vaguely serendipitous. (As her fans will recall, Mindy’s professional career took off when the small play she co-wrote about Damon and his Boston bestie got some excellent reviews. It was literally called Matt & Ben.) For now, it looks like her character is playing it straight in a pretty, non-descript dress. It’s sensible and non-threatening, just like Matt himself.
Sarah Paulson’s character looks like she’s in a completely different movie—her outfit isn’t nearly as glam as the others (think: high waist blue jeans and a winter sweater that came straight from Fargo Season 2). But peep that “love” necklace? It’s obviously a goody-two-shoes ploy, possibly a character-within-a-character plotline.
On the other end of the spectrum we find Rihanna—but where else would she be?. Our forever bad gal inspo is working camo pants, a ribbed tank and a peace sign choker. We don’t know who she’s playing, but we spent the better part of our weekend watching this supercut video of Rihanna not knowing someone was taking video instead of a picture, so obviously it doesn’t even matter.
Ocean’s Eight hits theatres in 2018—too long, guys.