Mr. Selfridge – Decadent Costumes, Divine Shopping, and Gibson Girl Hair

Mr.Selfridge is arguably the most beautiful show on television right now. Yet another period drama currently mid-season on PBS, the Masterpiece series explores the sumptuous world of Harry Gordon Selfridge, who was a colorful American tycoon and creator of the famed Selfridge’s department store in the UK. Set in Edwardian London, Mr. Selfridge is cast full of deliciously beautiful women decked out in astounding quantities of silk, satin, lace, organza, tulle, and voile topped by swirling, fluffy Gibson girl hairstyles and often monumental hats adorned with netting, flowers, feathers, and sometimes whole birds. Granted, there are some handsome men too, but it’s the ladies that really capture the screen. 

Amid all of the beautiful costuming, there’s plenty of drama. All the while, Harry Selfridge creates what we know as the modern shopping experience. Ever wonder who thought to put fragrance and cosmetics at the front of department stores? Harry Selfridge! This season has 10 episodes and the second season has been approved for another 10 more. So, if you haven’t yet seen the show, go to and watch earlier episodes and the extra features before episode 7 premieres on Sunday, May 12. 

Are you watching Mr. Selfridge? What’s your opinion of the show?

“Cloche” Encounters of the 20s Kind

We’re calling it! With the release of The Great Gatsby this weekend, we predict an onslaught of stylish, 1920s-inspired fashion hitting stores this summer. One of the first things we’re seeing are charming and face-flattering cloche hats.

Target $12.99
Target $12.99

Lulu by Lulu Guinness at JC Penney $20

Nordstrom $54.00
Ralph by Ralph Lauren $58

BCBGMAXAZRIA at Nordstrom $58

Gatsby is the Cat’s Pajamas

The merchandising and marketing machine is working at full speed in anticipation of Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby, opening Friday, May 10th.  Here’s some fun products inspired by the film and the 1920s Jazz Age.

Our favorite vintage cosmetics line has gotten in on the act with their new Art Deco Collection.  Channel the elegance and beauty of Daisy Buchanan with Noir Red Lipstick and Black Liquorice Lip Glaze.

For the fellas check out Brooks Brothers Gatsby Collection.  Inspired by the costumes designed by Catherine Martin for the film this collection is the pinnacle of the stylish and suave man of the 20s.  Sadly this is a menswear line only.  Worth checking out the site to see the collaboration behind creating the collection including pictures from the Brooks Brothers archives.
Striped Regatta Jacket
Real men wear pink linen
Now for the drool worthy portion of our post.  Tiffany presents an extraordinary collection of jewels for director Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby, created in collaboration with Catherine Martin.  They are truly stunning, I can’t wait to see them in the film.  Check them out here.
*Post updated May 9th
Kate Spade, my favorite brand, has gotten in on the Gatsby craze as well.  Adding to their collection of book cover clutches check out The Great Gatsby Book Clutch.