This season, fashion trends inspired by the lush, enchanting silhouettes and textiles of the 1920s are encouraging fashionistas to play dress up. Nothing is more fun that borrowing styles from an iconic period in American history, and many fashion designers have taken cues from the wildly popular cinematic remake of The Great Gatsby.
Recently, there have been countless Gatsby-inspired parties, new clothing lines from designers like Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers, and even weddings that evoke the glamorous aesthetic of the roaring twenties. And don’t forget about the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party in NYC, where it’s never been a better time to show off your new favorite bowtie, floor length silk gown, or bejeweled headpiece. The 8th annual Lawn Party took place earlier in June at New York’s Governor’s Island, and featured big bands, dancing, classic gin cocktails, and of course, incredible fashion that married modern pieces with 1920s garments. Take away the myriad smart phones from the event and it would have truly looked like a snapshot of a social event from the original jazz era.
Another one of the most talked about parties of the season was international editor of Vogue Hamish Bowles’ fiftieth birthday celebration, which had, you guessed it, a Great Gatsby theme.
The party drew out hordes of the best-dressed men and women of the fashion world, celebrities, designers, and socialites. Designer Tory Burch opted for a stunning floor length gown; actress Allison Sarofim was dressed in an Oscar de la Renta piece, complete with silver fringe, feathers, and a delicate pearly pink hue. Lauren Santo Domingo, fashion expert and wife of equally stylish Andres Santo Domingo, dazzled in a gorgeous gem-embroidered peacock-blue dress designed by Miuccia Prada for her new Great Gatsby collection.
Photo credit: Derek Blasberg
Bowles himself donned a pastel recreation of Robert Redford’s Ralph Lauren suit he wore as the original Jay Gatsby in the 1974 film. It was truly a night of glamorous fashion, all inspired by the fabulous jazz era.
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Playing dress up in 1920s garments and accessories has never been more fun, or more in style. This season, embrace the elegant, exuberant style of the roaring twenties and take your wardrobe to an iconic time and place.