The run of the mill cop/laywer/doctor drama shows on network television are not places to look for interesting fashion; the main cast on the shows are often dressed boringly and identically episode to episode, season to season. I guess it conforms with the viewers' mindset that these characters are serious professionals who by default should not take fashion seriously. (Although I take issues with Agent Prentiss's badly fitted shirts on the rather disturbed series Criminal Minds.) Secondly, by dressing the characters consistently, it causes less visual disruption for people watching the show out of order. And by dressing them conservatively, I suspect the shows will appear less dated once they enter syndication.
Yet out of the blue, I found this minor character on the latest episode of The Mentalist, who was dressed rather intriguingly. She's Summer the prostitute, played brilliantly by actress Samaire Armstrong, who stumbled onto a crime scene, stole the victim's credit card and ended up as a police informant. She has messy platinum blonde hair with neon pink streaks; She wears printed blouse in bold colours and loaded up on fake gold jewellery which seems like an homage to Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan with a tinge of that sophisticated-trashiness one sometimes find in 90's Versace.
In my opinion, she looks less like a hooker and more like some of the It-girls/fashionistas of my city (which is not in any way to insinuate that our It-girls/fashionistas look like hookers). Plus I have trouble believing that high-end prostitutes would actually dress like this, not that I'm an expert on this issue.
At the end of the episode, I find myself thinking: If I were ever the type of person to dye my hair blonde, I'd like to dress like this, bold and fun. And I like the fact she probably had more costume change in one episode than any of the cast members in the entire season.