Reel Style: Wild, Futuristic Looks for “The Hunger Games”

Outrageous, over-the-top looks from the spring runways wouldn't look out of place in the Capitol.

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Set in the post-apocalyptic country of Panem, "The Hunger Games" tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a young girl from the poverty-stricken mining town of District 12 who volunteers to compete in the Capitol's brutal to-the-death competition in place of her sister, Primrose.
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The mode of dress in District 12 is completely distinct from that of the Capitol. Where the former is ruled by simple cotton dresses and lace-up shoes, the latter is full of gaudy wealth and splashy, futuristic ensembles.
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Colorful Effie Trinket, who escorts the competitors to the capitol city, embodies the captiol's lavish, over-the-top sense of style, with pouf sleeves, crazy palettes and tiny chapeaus pinned to her pink curls.
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Meanwhile, the players are obliged to don sporty, streamlined suits with contrasting panels of blue and gray for the competition.
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One of the most memorable looks is Katniss' flame-red dress -- a couture-like confection with layers of organza and a single shoulder.
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Modest, all-cotton dresses like those of District 12 were in abundant supply at Band of Outsiders, where this feminine floral-print number went down the runway.
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Likewise, Suno's springy cotton dresses featured subtle floral prints on simple silhouettes.
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Of course, sporty looks (not unlike those donned by "The Hunger Games" competitors) were also a major theme on the runways. At Alexander Wang, a leather skirt suit with contrasting sleeves had a tough, modern appeal.
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On the other end of the spectrum, Effie Trinket wouldn't be disappointed by the vast number of outrageous, statement-making looks on the spring runways. In particular, a pale pink dress at Marchesa finished with fluttering poufs on the shoulders and hips felt very "Effie."
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Of course, nobody does "outrageous" quite like Betsey Johnson, who showed tutu-dresses finished with corseted bodices for spring.
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Prabal Gurung's unsuaul bright purple dress wouldn't have been out of place in the Capitol with its silky ruffles and sequin embellishments.
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Effie's tendency towards prissy, ladylike ensembles call to mind Louis Vuitton's extremely feminine, feathery spring looks.
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We'd wager Effie Trinket would also have loved some of the exaggerated pastel suiting in Alexander McQueen's luxurious spring collection.
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Gravity-defying panels at the hip and sexy skirt slits gave these Atelier Versace dresses a futuristic look.
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Dior's super-exaggerated spring dresses -- which featured enormous, shelf-like bustles at the waist -- would also fit right in with the Capitol's ritzy ladies.
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