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Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart And Camila Mendes Get Retro-Chic In These Exclusive Photos

On Lili: Sweater by H&M. Shorts by Rachel Roy. Pumps by Ted Baker. On Camila: Top by Zara. Trousers by H&M. Pumps by Sarah Flint.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

Betty and Veronica of Riverdale look insanely gorgeous in this 1950s-inspired photo shoot.

Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes bring twice the spice to Riverdale on The CW—and these exclusive photos captured by Derek Kettela.

Scroll to see more gorgeous portraits from this mod glam 1950s-themed Watch! fashion shoot, and to get to know the women behind Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge.

Photography by Derek Kettela. Styled by Ashley Zohar. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2018.

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Bygone basics

Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes pose in an assortment of 50's vintage styled outfits.

On Lili: Bustier, skirt, and turban by Cult Gaia. Earrings by BaubleBar. On Camila: Top and trousers by H&M. Rings by Luv Aj.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

Although darker and more topical than the comic books it's based on, the Riverdale gang still gathers 'round milkshakes and fries, and the women, notes Lili Reinhart, "have very feminine shapes."

Like a glove

Camila Mendes poses in pink flowered dress.

Dress by Aisha McShaw.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

Camila Mendes had been auditioning since college but no one bit: "[Veronica] was the first role that was an actual fit for me, because my look isn't fully Latina, but it's not white either..."

Magic moment

Lili Reinhart poses while vaccuuming in a pink furry top and sequined skirt.

Top by Zara. Skirt by Janey Lopaty Vintage. Earrings by Sea La Vie.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

"You smile so hard your face hurts and you feel like you're stuck in time for a minute," says Lili Reinhart, recalling her elation upon learning she'd finally won the Betty role.

Comic book relief

Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes pose in a 50's era lounge area.

On Camila: Bandeau by Rachel Roy. Shorts by Tara Jarmon. On Lili: Top by H&M. Trousers by Cult Gaia. Earrings by Bauble Bar.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

"We're both just a lot more laid back than all of the characters. I feel like that's what makes me most like Jughead." — Lili Reinhart

Getting complicated

Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes stand outside in vintage styled clothing and a variety of large stylish sunglasses.

On Camila: Sweater by Tracy Reese. Sunglasses by Krewe. On Lili: Dress by Cult Gaia. Gloves by H&M. Sunglasses by Krewe. Rings by Luv Aj.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

"Our characters are three-dimensional and have layers... Betty's not just the good girl and Veronica's not just the sassy one." — Lili Reinhart

Out of character

Camila Mendes  wears stylish sunglasses and a blue knit sweater.

Sweater by Tracy Reese. Sunglasses by Krewe.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

In real life, says Cami Mendes, she's "much sweeter" than her character. "I'm not as quippy and strong and fierce as Veronica."

A better Betty

Lili Reinhart wears sunglasses and chaotic colored arm length gloves and a revealing yellow dress.

Dress by Cult Gaia. Gloves by H&M. Sunglasses by Krewe. Rings by Luv Aj.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

"Betty was such a pushover in the comics. She would just take Archie back every time he looked at her. Our Betty is so not like that." — Lili Reinhart

Star turns

Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes poses on a deck in 50's inspired clothing and headwear.

On Lili: Bustier, skirt, and turban by Cult Gaia. Pumps by Ted Baker. Earrings by BaubleBar. On Camila: Top and trousers by H&M. Rings by Luv Aj.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

In addition to a wealth of fresh talent, Riverdale features veteran actors Skeet Ulrich (Jughead's dad), Mädchen Amick (Alice Cooper), and Robin Givens (Riverdale's mayor).

Beating the odds

Camila Mendes wears a polka dotted top as she looks into the camera.

Top by Zara.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

"There are so many cooks in the kitchen," says Cami Mendes of her Riverdale auditioning days. "So many people who need to nod their heads and say 'yes' to you."

Bad romance?

Lili Reinhart reclines in a 50s inspired dress and turban combo.

Bustier, skirt, and turban by Cult Gaia. Earrings by BaubleBar.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

"I think Archie and Betty care for each other so much because they've been best friends forever," says Lili Reinhart in reference to Riverdale's central love triangle.

Teenage tangle

Lili Reinhart looks headlong at the viewer.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

"It's so hard when you're 16 to decipher between having love for someone and being in love with them, feelings versus infatuation and lust versus love."— Lili Reinhart

Fickle friend

Camila Mendes looks squarely into the eyes of the viewer.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

"One of the classic characteristics of Archie is that he's indecisive and always wants what he can't have." — Camila Mendes

Confidence boost

Lili Reinhart poses while vaccuuming in a pink furry top and sequined skirt.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

"I've definitely come out of my shell so much more," shares Lili Reinhart about feeling like an outsider at first on the show.

Girl power

Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes pose in a 50's era lounge area.

On Camila: Bandeau by Rachel Roy. Shorts by Tara Jarmon. On Lili: Top by H&M. Earrings by BaubleBar.

Photography by Derek Kettela.

The strength of the show's female characters comes from their honesty and vulnerability, Mendes opines. "It's always the men who are complicating things, because they aren't emotionally aware of themselves."

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Photography by Derek Kettela. Styled by Ashley Zohar.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2018.


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