Daisy Jones and the Six

Daisy Jones and the Six

2023 - United States

The costume, hair and makeup are impeccable, bringing to life rock royalty glamour

Daisy Jones and the Six review by Jennifer Ariesta

High on energy and visually distinctive, Daisy Jones and the Six followed the dazzling rise of a 1970s rock band, partially inspired by the legendary Fleetwood Mac, all the way to its spectacular breakup. 

Adapted from Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel of the same name, Daisy Jones came on the heels of the author’s previous breakout hit, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which similarly utilized flashback narrative to tell a story about the dangerously addictive world of stardom. An instant hit the moment it hit shelves; Daisy Jones is now primed to conquer another stage: the streaming world.

Daisy Jones and the Six

The Amazon Prime series revolves around the eponymous folk-rock band. Framed through a series of interview footage of its members taking place years after the band broke up, the series jumps back and forth between the past and present. The juxtaposition between the heydays of the band - all carefree and passionate - with the present day, where they look back with bitter resignation, makes for a suspenseful watch: what happened in between?  

Daisy Jones and the Six

At the centre of Daisy Jones and the Six is frontman and frontwoman Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin) and Daisy Jones (Riley Keough), creative soulmates who get entangled in a fiery love affair, despite the former already married to the band’s own photographer slash caretaker Camila (Camila Morrone). This would not be the only messy thing the band gets embroiled in: every infamous thing you’ve ever heard about the 1970’s rock scene is on full display. 

Daisy Jones and the Six

From the get go, it was clear the story is heavily inspired by the history of influential pop rock band Fleetwood Mac, including the drug addictions, chaotic love affairs and infighting that led to the band’s dissolution. Once a good band, Fleetwood Mac was catapulted to stratospheric status once Stevie Nicks became their vocalist. Likewise, the fictional show had their Stevie in Daisy Jones, who joined the band late in the game. The show’s many tempestuous relationships also got its start from the real band’s infamous history, as well as the drug habits that ironically fuelled their rise to success. 

Elvis’ singer-actress granddaughter Keough played the enigmatic Daisy, bringing both fierceness and vulnerability in equal measure. Claflin as Billy is the perfect foil and the anchor that held the band together, for better or worse. The rest of the cast also deserved kudos for their portrayals of small-town dreamers simultaneously elevated and crushed by fame. 

Daisy Jones and the Six

From the wardrobe to the visual, the series portrayed it all in this grungy, acid-washed aesthetic.  The costume, hair and makeup are impeccable, bringing to life rock royalty glamour. For once, we got a show where there wasn’t a single embarrassingly awkward wig to be found. The clothes felt lived in, never coming across like glorified costumes. They were also tailor made to fit each character’s individuality: Daisy’s adventurous so she often wore experimental cuts and bold colours, Camila is the most feminine of the bunch so she wore lots of flowy fabrics with her luscious dark hair down all the time, Karen is more uptight so she’s always so put together. 

An intoxicating mix of glitz, glam and tragedy, Daisy Jones is a relentlessly compelling drama with a confident fashion that will be sure to get you jamming for more.

Published on May 17th, 2023. Written by Jennifer Ariesta for Television Heaven.

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