Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Design Inspiration: Miuccia Prada + The Great Gatsby

DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Joel Edgerton as her husband Tom.

I had previously posted about the costumes in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, but recently read that Miuccia Prada collaborated with the film's costume designer (and Luhrmann's wife) Catherine Martin to create some truly elaborate and stunning pieces.  The film was originally slated to be released this Christmas, but has now been moved to July 2013 (so I must quell my anticipation with any news I can find, particularly as it pertains to costumes).  Prada utilized their archives to adapt 40 decadent dresses for the film.  Carey Mulligan and Elizabeth Debicki look nothing short of amazing.

Prada revealed to Vogue in the September issue:
"I usually try not to literally reference periods in my work, because that's not the way I think.  But when I worked on the costumes, I realized how many pieces could become very 1920s with a little intervention and another point of view."
Prada has previously worked with Luhrmann on Romeo & Juliet, and this collaboration also seems to align with the director's vision, as most of his films are an interesting juxtaposition of old and new (obviously I am all about this).  I read that he's collaborating with such artists as Jack White, Jay-Z and Kanye for the soundtrack.

As far as costuming the men, from Leonardo DiCaprio's Gatsby to Tobey Maguire's Nick Carraway, Brooks Brothers provide some sharp '20s looks.  Forget jeans and t-shirts, can we all go back to dressing this fancy all the time?

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Through the Lens: Dhani Harrison + Solveig Karadottir's Wedding

Solveig Karadottir and Dhani Harrison's beautiful garden wedding

Vogue just posted some lovely photographs from Beatle progeny Dhani Harrison and Solveig Karadottir's June wedding, which was an intimate ceremony held in the gardens of the groom's childhood home at Friar Park in Henley-on-Thames.  Guests included Paul and Ringo, and the bride wore a dress designed by Paul's daughter Stella.

The couple decided to use the music off of George Harrison's jukebox, with the bride walking down the aisle to Led Zeppelin's "The Rain Song."  Her dress was made from 100 percent ivory silk and was hand-stitched with antique metal sequins.  An interesting and intimate touch suggested by Stella McCartney was to include the bride and groom's names on the train, which you can see in the photos below.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

In My Life: Jazz Age Lawn Party

Sorry for the lack of updates -- just wrapped up the move to NYC and finally starting to feel settled in.  I attended my first event, the 7th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island.  I'm taking a cue from my sweet and stylish new friend Camille of The Shortcut and posting a couple of pictures.

 These two were doing a mean Charleston, a la Pete and Trudy Campbell.

 These fellas looked dapper and ready for an adventure.

Everyone was dressed to the nines.


Old New Charm meets The Shortcut!

St. Germain had some cool, semi-risque photos such as these throughout.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Through the Lens: Mila Kunis for Dior F/W 2012

Mila Kunis channels classic Hollywood glamour in Christian Dior's Fall/Winter 2012 campaign.

Mila Kunis plays glamorous Hollywood ingenue as the face of the Miss Dior handbag Fall/Winter 2012-13 campaign.  (As an aside: The hairstyle and bow reminds me a bit of Catherine Deneuve in 1964's Umbrellas of Cherbourg.)

Said Kunis of the experience:
"What attracted me to Dior I think was the idea of being a part of a lineage that is so admired and looked up to.  They're very consistant with their designs; you see a Dior dress, you know it's a Dior dress. They're very classic, very consistent, really elegant and really beautiful." (Source)

Check out the video and behind-the-scenes at the end of this post!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fashion Flashback: L'Etoile Activewear

Model wears a sleeveless jersey stretch dress with a full pleated skirt, by L'Etoile Sport, $325.

L'Etoile Sport is the clothing line of stylish and sporty New Yorkers Hannah Griswold and Yesim Philip, who are not only tennis fans but former athletes (Griswold a ballerina, Philip a basketball player).  The goal of their recently released 12-piece collection was to bring both sophistication and practicality to the court.  "There is a huge gap for women who play and want to look good," Philip tod Vanity Fair, mentioning that not every woman has Maria Sharapova's build.

With its flattering silhouettes, conservative hemlines and dropped waists, it certainly evokes styles from the '20s, '30s, '40s and '50s -- but with a modern twist.  They cite French tennis sensation Suzanne Lenglen as an inspiration, who rose to prominence between 1914 and 1926.

A history of the tennis dress from that time, via Vogue:
Tennis dresses were simple and functional, with waistlines that dropped to the hip and hemlines ranging from the knee to above the ankle. They were rendered in white or pastel crepe de Chine and cotton, in French toile de soie and British wash silk. In 1920, the tennis champ Suzanne Lenglen caused a sensation when she won Olympic gold at Antwerp in a kit by Patou: She was the first player to so publicly shed the tight undergarments worn in days of yore, and wear a formless dress that hovered a couple of inches above her ankles. Almost overnight, the boyish, waist-less silhouette became the height of chic—and tennis dressing became a standard for modern women who never so much as picked up a racket. 
Court garb informed the twenties trend for sleeveless styles and headbands, too: “While white is the standard for tennis costumes, and a correct tennis dress is always in white . . . [you] may follow Mlle Lenglen’s example by adding a headband and sleeveless jacket of rose crepe de Chine,” Vogue instructed in 1926.

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