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Brooke D’Orsay Previews Crimes of Fashion: Killer Clutch 

Brooke D’Orsay Previews Crimes of Fashion: Killer Clutch

Friday night, the newly renamed Hallmark Mystery formally launches the rebrand with the premiere of Crimes of Fashion: Killer Clutch, starring Brooke D’Orsay as Lauren Elliot, a psychologist with a keen insight who lands a Paris-based job with her bestie, Charlotte (Paloma Coquant), at the fashion house where she works. Tasked with calming the nerves of designer Virgil St. James (François Legrand) on the eve of his biggest show yet, she instead finds herself drawn into a murder investigation when one of Virgil’s staff is stabbed to death in the wings and all signs point to Charlotte.

Crimes of Fashion Killer Clutch

Knowing full well her BFF had nothing to do with it, Lauren lends her skills to the investigation being run by Paris detective André Duvreuil (Gilles Marini), whether he wants her help or not. She wears him down pretty quickly and together they discover a counterfeit handbag ring and an array of suspects whose fashion faux pas extend to murder. Felipe Rodriguez directed from a script by Tom McCurrie and Stephanie Sourapas. This week. I caught up with D’Orsay for a quick e-mail Q&A. 

The film is D’Orsay’s first mystery wheel venture and she jumped at the chance to do it. “The amazing [Hallmark Media SVP] Penny Perry and [Hallmark Media casting manager] Tatiana Erasme came to me with this script and I immediately fell in love with it. The actor’s strike ended and 10 days later I was on a plane to Budapest. It was a whirlwind,” she recalls. 

Crimes of Fashion Killer Clutch

“I’m always drawn to a good story. And I can wholeheartedly say this is a good story. There are so many incredible twists and turns, along with an ending that will definitely surprise you.  I also think combining the world of fashion with the world of crime makes for a really exciting show. Basically, the eyes have something to feast on while the brain is busy solving a mystery.  It’s fun on so many levels.”

She also loved that it has a romantic vibe that’s a little different from its sister network’s romcoms, but not too different. “In some ways it’s a faster arc and in other ways it isn’t. The characters become allies perhaps faster than they would in a typical romcom, but when it comes to that first kiss, it’s a much slower build—if it even happens at all,” she teases. 

Crimes of Fashion Killer Clutch

The Paris-set movie filmed in both its namesake city and Budapest, Hungary, and D’Orsay loved replicating the runway. “My favorite scene was the Paris fashion show. Our costume designer did a fabulous job, to the point where I felt like I was at an actual European fashion show,” she says. “The sparkly dress they put me in for that scene was a definite favorite, as well as the pink coat.” 

One scene set far from the fashion house involves Lauren hiding in a warehouse in close quarters with a few rats. While it’s alarming for Lauren, D’Orsay enjoyed her furry co-stars. “I was actually excited to be in a scene with those little guys. They were super sweet with the cutest pink noses,” she explains. “I had gerbils and hamsters growing up, so they really didn’t feel all that foreign.”

Crimes of Fashion Killer Clutch

The film leaves the door open for another installment, and D’Orsay is game. “I’d love to see Lauren continue on with her Parisian adventures and shake her life up to the fullest,” she shares.  “She’s stepping into herself now, and I’d love to see her blossom as a super tough, pink-clad crime buster.”   

D’Orsay is an established staple of Hallmark Media projects, and she was part of the group of talent and staff who visited Hallmark’s headquarters last summer. It was an impactful day of community alongside the weekend’s Christmas Con fan event in Kansas City. “It was a day I’ll never forget. We learned the history of Hallmark, met the employees, shopped in the flagship store, had a relaxing lunch with the team, and created an art piece together which now hangs in my home,” she says. 

“The day reinforced just how fortunate we are to belong to such a special company. Meeting the fans has changed me for the better. Hearing the stories, seeing the smiles, hugging everyone—it’s a very moving experience which I don’t take for granted for one second.”

Crimes of Fashion Killer Clutch

D’Orsay was one of the stars of USA’s Royal Pains, which has joined its “blue sky” sibling Suits in finding a new audience on Netflix, landing in the top 10 streaming series anywhere last month with 707 million minutes watched in February. She’s thrilled about that resurgence. “The fact that the show is having a second life is something I never expected,” she says. “I woke up one day to a text from Paulo Costanzo saying we are in the top 10. It absolutely made my day to know that these characters are alive and thriving.”

Crimes of Fashion: Killer Clutch premieres Friday, March 15th, at 9 pm/8c on the rebranded Hallmark Mystery and streaming live on multiple outlets. D’Orsay is excited to have the first film out of the gate, telling us, “I’m such a fan of the network. My heart and soul are deeply invested in it, so it’s a thrill to be part of the rebrand.”  Here are a couple of sneak peeks.

Photos courtesy of Nora Aradi and Eric Caro/Hallmark Media; videos courtesy of Hallmark Media.

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