“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.
 
 

Project Runway does flappers and new Gatsby trailer

This was a big week for fans of the 1920s.  A new trailer was released for Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” and Project Runway: All Stars challenge of the week was 1920s inspired.  Vintage fans rejoice!

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”

Really looking forward to this adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” coming out in May 2013.  Baz Luhrmann has proven he can do literary adaptations in an amazing way with 1996s “Romeo + Juliet“, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  Then there is “Moulin Rouge!“, the heart breaking musical set in turn of the century Paris.  Just those two films make me confident that this will be a great movie and respectful movie adaptation of what has been called “the great American novel.” 

Make it work!

This week’s challenge on Project Runway: All Stars was to create a 1920s inspired look for the modern woman.  The remaining six designers were paired off and given an event to design for in a fashion face-off.  Overall I think they did a good job of capturing the spirit of 1920s fashion and it was fun to see them celebrating the decade that kicked off the modern fashion era.

What did you all think of the designer’s looks?  Would you wear any of these 1920s inspired outfits?

 

 

Garden Party – Emilio vs. Joshua

Emilio’s 1920s Look: Tea length dress with lace detail

Joshua’s 1920s look:  Purple and grey drop waist dress

Social Soiree – Laura Kathleen vs. Uli

Laura Kathleen’s 1920s look: Pant suit with beaded top & fur vest

Uli’s 1920s look:  Beaded and fringed white dress with wrap

After Hours Speak Easy – Ivy vs. Anthony Ryan

Ivy’s 1920s look: Beaded chevron pattern dress with feathers

Anthony Ryan’s 1920’s look: Fringe dress with feather capelet

Countdown to Downton: Dress Like Part of the Downton Abbey World

36 days until Downton Abbey season 3 premiers!

The guests for your dinner party arrive and as you all shuffle into the richly appointed dining hall, the entire crowd is a shifting mass of fine wool tuxedos and silk, velvet, and beaded lace dresses… Kiss, kiss… Oh! Pardon me. Did my diamond and feather hairpiece muss your created-by-a-personal-maid-in-2-and-a-half-hours chignon? Let me get you a crystal flute of champagne…

Oh, yeah. We’ve all had it. The “Downton Abbey Dinner Party Dream.” It’s like our own lives – except totally different. Who knew such pomp, tradition, and ceremony could occur in one single event? In fact, most of us Americans watching it don’t even perceive the complete extent of the ceremony involved. But, it is easy to perceive THE CLOTHING. The attire. The adornment. Somehow, I fear the English language lacks an appropriate adjective to properly convey the sumptuousness and splendor of the Downton Abbeycostumes. And, I also fear that it is nearly impossible for a woman to watch all of that delicious beauty and not feel slightly weak in the knees or at least a tickle in your heart.
Thankfully, clothiers have agreed to give us a smackerel of that loveliness…

What to wear, what to wear, what to wear?

The 1910s were an odd time for clothing. Tight corsets, ornate clothing that covered neck to floor, and generally “fluffiness” were on their way out (think the Dowager Countess). Instead, women’s clothing became less body conscious and more angular, livable, and trim – with a slightly exotic, artistic edge. Your skirt may have still covered your ankles, but it was not yet showing your knees (ok, or even your calves). Waists had not yet dropped to the low of the Flapper 1920s, but there certainly was a lot more draping and ease to the fit of a gown. However, some of the artistic element had crept into fashion brining with it a certain avant garde angularity (think Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse). This left clothing that was easier to wear than high Victorian/Edwardian, but still had a lot of style and femininity. How modern! Obviously, we’re not the only ones who think that this styling is quite apropros for a modern woman. Take a look at some of the 1910s-Downton-inspired fashion that you can buy – right now. (BTW – Never, ever, ever strapless! So, mid-20th century!)

Black by Komarov V-Neck Tiered Gown
JS Boutique Draped Jersey Gown

 

J Kara Embellished Chiffon Gown
Velvet Gown from Talbots

Or if you have plenty of extra money, Ralph Lauren has a lovely lace blouse.

Lace Tabby Blouse

The lace blouse paired with a nude camisole and this long skirt would be heavenly.
Velvet Sharon Skirt

Hats, headwraps, and hair ornaments

Back in the day, a woman was not considered properly dressed unless her head was in some way covered/adorned/embellished. Downton seasons 1 and 2 take place 1914-1918. At that time women were no longer quite as obsessed with the big, fluffy Gibson girl Victorian updo but, they were not quite to the Flapper bob – yet. So, hair was often a compromise between the two. Up, but tighter, or low and contained, maybe a chignon. And hats were not the ornate bird, ribbon, netting, and flower festooned concoctions that the Victorians/Edwardians were so proud of. Instead, they progressed toward more streamlined, and sometimes functional, hats. Think boater, upturned-brim sunhat, and modified cloche. Oh! And, don’t forget my favorite, the feather hair ornament!

Given the fabulous – and fabulously affordable – series of cloches that Target featured this spring/summer (which are no longer available, but, see above), it’s no coincidence that some of their fall/winter offerings are equally fabulous.

The headwrap that Sybil wears with her risque harem pants! Must I say more…? At Nordstrom.
Cara Accessories ‘Beautifully Amazing’ Head Wrap

Feathers just seem luxurious. No wonder they make refined hair accessories. Also at Nordstrom.
Tasha ‘Poison Feather’ Hair Clip

Seriously? I live in the 21st century!

If dressing likethe Downton girls is just too much, but you just love it all too much not to take part in some way… This may be the solution. The collective genius at a catalog called Signals has the best collection of Abbey Addict t-shirts seen so far.

     

Vintage Style: 1920s Party Outfit

As we near then end of November and prepare to enter the final month of 2012 we all have one thing on our minds…parties!

1920s party outfitWell that may not be entirely true but it does seem to be the season for soirees and what better excuse do you need to show off your vintage inspired outfits than a party.  Let’s kick things off with the Roaring Twenties.  Flappers were the original party girls and they’ve left us with an abundance of fashion inspiration. 

This is just one outfit inspired by the 1920s.  Depending on how retro you want to go you can add or take away elements.  Accessories are the easiest way to add some vintage flair to a modern outfit.  Think t-strap or ankle strap pumps, art deco inspired jewelry, strings of pearls and feathered or jeweled headpieces. 

Next up the 1930s!

Vintage Inspired Home Decor: What a glorious feelin’

I’m happy again… Just singin’, Singin’ in the rain

The other night I was surfing through Pinterest and came across this fun and whimsical picture of suspended umbrellas turned into lights.  It sparked my imagination and inspired me to come up with idea boards for Singin’ in the Rain themed living rooms.

The first thing that came to mind was mono-chromatic wide stripes in shades of grey for the walls.  I’m actually thinking a metallic or high-gloss for the lighter grey would really give a cool, water/rain illusion.  Then I had so many ideas rattling around in my brain that I ended up doing two concepts. 

First up I thought tying in the classic bright rain coat yellow would be a cool and slightly contemporary spin on the color palette for this room.  I also enjoy the idea of taking traditional style furniture pieces, such as the tufted couch below, and pairing them with a bright and non-standard color.  Other fun elements include rain boots as flower vases and a film reel side table.

Second I went with what I consider a more traditional, old Hollywood style, color palette of grey, black, and white with pops of red.  Another thing I really like about this is the mixing of textures from the plush sofa, to the industrial metal floor lamp to the classic wood bookcase.  Those are the types of pieces I feel give a room character and prevent it from looking too staged.

Would you try a movie themed room in your house?  Any decor inspirations or ideas strike you recently?  We’d love to hear what’s on your mind.

Anne Hathaway’s Vintage Wedding Look

Congratulations to the new Mrs. Shulman! 

I adore Anne Hathaway.  She is a wonderful actress and truly seems to be a down to earth celebrity which in this world is refreshing.  She also has a great sense of style and often tops my best dressed list. 

Naturally when it came to her big day she did not disappoint with her bridal look.  Decked out in a strapless ivory silk point d’esprit tulle dress from Valentino, which included a pink hand-painted shaded train embroidered with satin flowers, she dazzled. 

The icing on the cake though was her 1920s-inspired veil and head piece.  It consists of a lace ribbon with a large flower and is adorned with small crystal beads.  With her pixie hair cut it was the perfect vintage touch to her ensemble.

Anne Hathaway’s wedding dress sketch from designer Valentino
 

What did you think of Anne Hathaway’s wedding look?  Would you wear a head piece like hers?

Match Made in Heaven

In addition to being vintage enthusiasts we are both huge Disney fans so when we come across things that marry the two together we get really excited.

Enter Leslie Kay at DisneyBound.  She puts together the cutest outfits inspired by Disney movies, characters and parks.  Even the man himself Walt Disney and his lovely wife Lily.  I am in love with everything in this vintagey look.  I’ll admit I scooped up that dress in grey the same day I came across this. See where you can buy here.