Sherlock and Watson are fictional characters that are living in this realistic New York world. I want to give them that realistic feel but also have an ode to the original storyline of Sherlock and Watson, have a little fanciful ode to the fact that it’s a crime show.
For Sherlock I have incorporated British designers that also exist in New York City. I think that an ode to his past coming from London is a great way to differentiate him from a typical American New Yorker, and also an ode to the character and the books.
Watson from season one to season two switched careers, so I think her style definitely evolved a bit from that move in her life. I generally try just for continuity purposes to not do any major style changes unless the story denotes it, or I would save them from season to season.
Kitty, she was a great person and we had lots of fun dressing her because she was a bit more alternative, especially for a female character on television. She wore a lot of leather jackets, she was tough, she had boots and she was a very attractive girl but not your typical heroine on network television.
When I first found out that Moriarty was going to be a woman, the most important thing that I wanted her to portray was that she was strong and powerful. She has a very, very commanding look to her.
Whereas Watson’s character I want every woman to be able to relate to — I want every woman to see something that she wears that they would also wear — Moriarty, I did not have that same thought. I wanted women to sort of envy her, and want to wear the things that she wore, but maybe not be able to.