The 'Succession' Series Finale's Best Fashion Moments
Bracelets, trendy sweats, tastefully sized handbags — this episode had it all.
Let’s agree that that was the perfect ending to a nearly perfect show. I could have done without the scene of Kendall drinking (and needlessly!) his mayonnaise-cocoa-skim milk smoothie. But Roman dumping it over his head while he was wearing a perfect white linen shirt that looked like it cost as much as the down payment on a used car was emblematic of the subtle commentary on the ultra-wealthy that this show has gifted us with over four wonderful seasons. Of course it doesn’t matter if he ruins his Tom Ford linen or whatever it was — expensive linen shirts may as well be like toilet paper to these people: use once and discard.
Among all the theories that had been floating around out there about how this show would end, one seems particularly unsung: Gerri’s prescient line, when she was in L.A. with the Roys getting upset with Roman for firing the head of a studio, that “the money will wash you away.” She was right! The money did wash them away. And why wasn’t it enough that so much of that money would wash right into their bank accounts? Because the only thing more insidious than that much money is ego and insecurity, which go hand-in-hand.
Tom was ridiculed throughout the series for his striving. In season four, Shiv derided him for being parochial and wearing white sneakers, but the Roy kids took jabs at his clothes throughout the series. But he was striving in a studied way, not an embarrassing way like the woman who came into the party with the large Burberry bag and asked Logan for a selfie. And that careful striving was what won him what all the Roy kids wanted — because he was, above all else, a company man. The cost-cutting middle managers like Tom always win in corporate America, don’t they? No one thinks they have to worry about them, and then all of a sudden they have more power than the kinds of people who prided themselves on vision or, in Kendall’s case, being the eldest boy.
Here were some of the best fashion moments from the series finale.
Roman’s T-Shirt and Bracelets
I loved Roman’s T-shirt. I would wear Roman’s T-shirt. In fact, I have a poor person’s version of it from J. Crew in shades of blue and white. This outfit was one of the most striking of the season because it’s the most relaxed we’ve seen Roman in a long time, a departure from all that slim-cut business casual. And who knew that when he let his hair down at his mom’s seaside estate he would go for a T-shirt with accent sleeves, peach-colored shorts, and two bracelets? It suggested that The Real Roman Roy is not the guy who makes his hair crispy every day after buttoning himself into the most perfectly fitted business clothes a personal shopper could find. It suggested there may be a human being beneath all that hair gel who doesn’t want to deal with the bullshit of trying to run that company anymore, who can maybe enjoy drinking a beer while overlooking the sea.
Kendall’s White Cat Hat
Kendall spent the whole season in a black, logo-less baseball hat — only to pull out an eccentric (for him) white hat with a cat embroidered onto it before the world says farewell to his character. Paired with the linen shirt, there’s some white knight symbolism to the look. Maybe, like Roman, Kendall has a fun accessory-loving person inside him.
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