When they became summer sensations after season 1 of Orange Is the New Black was released on Netflix in July 2013, the ladies of the New York federal prison were applauded for their top-notch acting, not their style (granted they only had orange and tan prison jumpsuits to work with). But in a new high-fashion spread from Elle, 11 of the show's cast members — including lead Taylor Schilling who plays jailed WASP Piper Chapman — were decked out in the latest designer duds while posing on the show's drab set.
The contrast of the dingy prison set and the ladies' chic style is jarring and makes for an interesting shoot. Fans of Piper and her ex-girlfriend Alex will love the image of Schilling and actress Laura Prepon holding hands while Prepon wears a Dolce & Gabbana dress and Schilling rocks a metallic Rochas dress.
One shot features four inmates — Samira Wiley (Poussey Washington), Kate Mulgrew (Red), Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz), and Yael Stone (Lorna Morello) — posing together in the cafeteria. The sight of Poussey, the tough girl former track runner, in a black Jil Sander cutout dress showing off side boob offers one of the shoot's biggest contrasts.
Other favorite stars Laverne Cox (Sophia Burset), Uzo Aduba (Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren), and Taryn Manning (Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett) are spotted posing in the community bathroom like three girls getting ready for prom.
And the outspoken Natasha Lyonne (Nicky Nichols) and Danielle Brooks (Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson) look fierce, striking poses in the food-stocked kitchen.
An official premiere date for season 2 of the hit drama has not been set, but fans remain excited to binge-watch the groundbreaking show after last season's climactic finale, which left one character's life and another's future in the balance.
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