Welcome to the first Look of the Week, celebrating the best in TV and film sartorial excellence, past and present across sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and other genre classics! This week we are kicking off with a teen character who knows how to bring her style A-game to every occasion—especially funerals.
Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) and the town of Riverdale have seen a lot of death, starting with her twin brother Jason (Trevor Stines). For his memorial, Cheryl’s pointed choice of dress caused many jaws to drop (and was even considered bad taste by some), switching out traditional black mourning attire for the white frock she wore when she was found a soaking mess by Sweetwater River after her brother’s disappearance. In a moment of despair in the Season 1 finale, Cheryl dug this dress out of her closet when she tried to join her brother in death. Thankfully, she was saved by Archie (K.J. Apa) and his ice-punching fists.
The Grim Reaper has paid several trips to this town in Season 2, but Cheryl adheres to the funeral dress code in “Prisoners,” and she’s bringing some friends. In last week’s Carrie: The Musical extravaganza, “A Night to Remember,” blood was spilled before they even had the chance to get to the iconic prom scene. Cheryl was meant to play the titular role, until her mother stepped in and the part was recast. Understudy Midge (Emilija Baranac) ended up with the worse end of the deal, literally dying up on stage, another victim of whatever version of the Black Hood this is. Now that Cheryl is vowing vengeance, Riverdale costume designer Rebekka Sorensen-Kjelstrup made sure she has the outfit to match.
After the disappointment of having her stage moment stolen from her, Cheryl gets her star turn at Midge’s service singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” dressed in a funeral-themed River Vixen uniform, with all the non-speaking Vixens flanking her. I guess it makes sense that this cheer squad has splashed the cash on a version of their uniform to cater to this town’s high body count. It will probably get a few more wears before the season is over. They even have black pom-poms, though I would advise against busting out the motivational chants at a time like this. Cheryl’s black leather driving gloves are commanding without resorting to inappropriate spirit fingers.
Cheryl adds several sartorial signature pieces: a cape, a vintage spider brooch, and attention-drawing lip color. Instead of her usual crimson tone, Cheryl opts for a purple shade. Black does not have the monopoly on mourning colors. Bonus points to this character’s fashion evolution as she slowly begins to distance herself from the scarlet trappings of her dysfunctional family.
This is her armor, and Cheryl is ready to go into battle looking stylish as hell and ready to take on the corrupt parental figures and murders that have ruled this town for too long. The River Vixens are now adding vigilante group to the special skills section on their résumé.