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Lenny Kravitz inspired by designers

Lenny Kravitz looked to the work of "genius designers" when garnering inspiration for his The Hunger Games costumes.

The singer-and-actor stars as stylist Cinna in the hotly-anticipated action thriller. Lenny's character is much chicer than the typically flamboyant types in the Capitol, where the film is set. He has revealed his input into creating the look.

"[My character is less flamboyant] which I thought was so cool, because you would assume he would be, being a stylist. First thing I said to Gary when I showed up to the set, I said, 'How far do you want to take this?'" he explained in an interview with the Huffington Post.

"And we both talked about it and I said that I'd been thinking about Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent, guys who are clearly genius designers, and who make very colourful, beautiful clothing, but they're more pulled together, they're more classic and simple. As opposed to being a John Galliano, say.

"It was a good contrast to Elizabeth [Banks]'s character and the other people in the Capitol. Wes [Bentley] has this beard and Stanley Tucci's over the top. And then Cinna's kind of a little more laidback. I thought it was a good choice."

Although Lenny jokingly admits to being "jealous" of Wes's crazy facial hair, he was glad to dress in a more understated manner.

"But dressing down, for me, is like dressing up. It was like, 'Wow, this is different,'" he said.

One scene sees Lenny's character Cinna designing costumes for Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson's characters, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.

The pair are dressed in matching black creations with flaming capes.

The star was impressed with how filmmaker Gary Ross created the illusion of the dramatic outfits.

"That was great. I had no idea what that was going to look like," he said.

"We were on set and I'm lighting these things that aren't lighting. And I was like, 'How are you going to make the fire?' And Gary said, 'Don't worry. We got it, it's going to be great.' And I thought it was done really well."

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