With her sundress and blue hair, Joy is Tinkerbell updated for the Katy Perry age. Her pixie crop is very Lily Collins; her enormo-eyes are Lily-Rose Depp. There’s a starburst design on her dress, and a star shape to her signature arms-flung-wide stance, but the effect is retro, rather than futuristic – the aesthetic of the film was drawn from Broadway musicals, after all. Joy’s look is the most childlike and simplistic, and too unsophisticated to be truly fashionable.
The Mean Girl of the emotions. (She is disgusted by everyone else, rather than disgusting.) The dress layered over leggings, accented with a silk scarf, is very Audrey Hepburn (who is currently having a moment, thanks to her National Portrait Gallery exhibition). The scarf is a particularly fine touch, a tied neckerchief being A Thing for next season, thanks to Gucci and House of Holland catwalks. Also, she’s the colour of kale juice. Which is fashionable and, arguably, disgusting.
The pent-up, boxed-in shape is brilliantly expressive. Again, the look is 50s – Anger dresses a bit like Michael J Fox’s nerdy dad in Back to the Future – but, with his barrel chest, short-sleeved shirt, thick belt and balled fists, he’s most like Michael Douglas in Falling Down. Characterful, yes; chic, no.
Fear was modelled on a raw nerve, apparently, hence the wisp-like shape. (One of the few criticisms so far voiced about the film is that, unlike their forefathers, the consistently tubby Seven Dwarves, the less desirable emotions in Inside Out, such as sadness and anger, get the non-model body shapes.) The houndstooth is very on-trend – see Miu Miu and Maxmara for next season – and the bow tie calls to mind Matt Smith as the nervy, restless Doctor Who. Flattering iconography.
Sadness is shaped like a teardrop. Even her hair looks wet, with none of the tufty sparkiness of Joy or the perky, flicked bob of Disgust. However, Sadness is, in fact, the most fashionable of the emotions in the film. Not only are the glasses a dead ringer for Gucci’s recent Resort catwalk collection in New York, but that comfort-blanket turtleneck sweater is also the spit of the oversized, hunker-down pale knitwear in next season’s Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney collections. So many reasons to be cheerful.