Thursday, April 25, 2013

Style Inspiration: Retro Shades

Model and actress Tao Okamoto, star of this summer's The Wolverine, holds a pair of mod Marni sunglasses.

The May 2013 issue of Vogue features a great photo shoot showcasing retro-inspired shades and this year's rising stars.  I love how this is styled -- colorful and classic.  Watch the sunglasses in action in this behind-the-scenes video, which is filmed with a hazy glow and vintage quality.

Actress Alicia Vikander with Prada sunglasses.  Vikander co-stars with Benedict Cumberbatch in this fall's The Fifth Estate, about the Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Lily Collins in seventies-inspired Tom Ford shades.  Collins stars alongside Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly in June's Stuck in Love..

Model Miranda Kerr poses with Rocha sunglasses.  She'll replace Kate Moss as the face of Mango for the spring.

 Zoe Saldana wears oval frames by Burberry.  She reprises her role as Uhura in Star Trek Into the Darkness, out in May.

 Aussie actress Elizabeth Debicki, pictured with Gucci sunglasses, stars as Jordan in this summer's The Great Gatsby (in which she is very brunette).

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Design Inspiration: "The Great Gatsby" Collection at Brooks Brothers

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in a Brooks Brothers suit.

I feel like everywhere I turn, there's a trailer or signage of some kind for the upcoming The Great Gatsby movie.  Just the other week I was at the Plaza Hotel and they had film collateral and a special F. Scott Fitzgerald tea menu at the Palm Court.  Gatsby costume and production designer Catherine Martin has even designed a Fitzgerald Suite for the hotel, which opens in May.

 The Plaza, as featured in the film.

It's true, I've been anticipating its release since all the buzz started about it -- and who knows if it'll be good or not, but either way I believe it will be a visual spectacle and I'm excited to see all the costumes.  Yesterday I walked by a Brooks Brothers store window and was taken by its gorgeous Gatsby-themed displays, all tailored linen suits and wingtip shoes.

Interestingly enough, Fitzgerald wore Brooks Brothers throughout his life, so the collaboration is an instance of life imitating art.  Explains Martin of the partnership:
"All of the partnerships we have in the film come out of the story -- all come out of references and associations Fitzgerald had during his lifetime.  What was really interesting about Brooks Brothers for me was that they were actually the purveyor of Fitzgerald's clothes, and he in fact had a lengthy correspondence during his lifetime with Brooks Brothers.  It was a fantastic link between the book itself and a purveyor of men's clothes that still existed to this day.

I was very lucky with Brooks Brothers to be able to collaborate with them.  What they allowed me to do was design not only the principle costumes, but also all of the background menswear and to draw on their archive and the historical truth of everything Brooks Brothers made."

Who doesn't love a snappy dresser?  Shop the collection here and watch a great behind-the-scenes feature from GQ.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Design Inspiration: Warby Parker's 1922 Collection

The models wear Warby Parker Porter glasses in Whiskey Tortoise from the new 1922 collection.

Today marks the launch of Warby Parker's new line of limited edition 1920s-inspired eyewear, aptly called the 1922 Collection -- 1922 being a notable year for arts, music, fashion and culture.  James Joyce's seminal work Ulysses was published, as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tales of the Jazz Age.  Jazz music gained momentum.  The flapper of all flappers Clara Bow made her film debut in Beyond the Rainbow.  Everyone was doing the Charleston.

Joplin in Gold and Silver
Porter in Gimlet Tortoise and Whiskey Tortoise

What I like about Warby Parkers is that though the design is often inspired by things of the past, they maintain a modernity (I previously wrote about their '50s and '60s-inspired sunwear here).  I can only venture to guess they're named after ragtime pianist Scott Joplin, prolific songwriter Cole Porter and jazz legend Duke Ellington.  The 1922 Collection is described as being one that translates "interwar glamour into a wearable future."  These swell shades couldn't come soon enough for the release of The Great Gatsby in May and the Governor's Island Jazz Age Lawn Party in June and August -- but I'm sure these timeless looks will have a classic appeal for many years to follow.  Nab them at a WP showroom, or on the site.

 Duke in Gold and Silver
Joplin in Gold and Silver
Porter in Gimlet Tortoise and Whiskey Tortoise

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Music: Nick Waterhouse for Mr. Porter

Musician and producer Nick Waterhouse wears pajamas, robe and slippers by Derek Rose

These Mr. Porter videos are awesome and I was thrilled to find they recently featured the very talented and dapper Nick Waterhouse.  Aside from his music, I'm in love with this guy's buttoned-up style, which he describes as "Pacific Coast Americana." Also, what is this amazing home they filmed this at? I assume it is somewhere in Los Angeles. If it's his house, then...holy shit.

Trousers, Sweater: J. Crew; Oxford Shirt: Band of Outsiders; Shoes: Mark McNairy; Socks: Bresciani; Coat: Mackintosh; Shoehorn: Abbeyhorn

Enjoy this sweet tune "Sleeping Pills," which isn't featured on his album Time's All Gone, but has a guitar riff you won't be able to get out of your head.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fashion Flashback: "Rear Window" Revisited

Model Carolyn Murphy and Tobey Maguire channel Grace Kelly and James Stewart in the April 2013 issue of Vogue. Photo by Peter Lindbergh.

I often wonder what future generations will draw their inspiration from many, many years from now.  I grew up watching Turner Classic Movies, but what will "old" films be considered to people 100 years from now?  I feel like there are certain time periods that keep coming back, whether it's the 1920s, 1950s, 1960s -- this is particularly evident in fashion.  Alfred Hitchcock's work seemingly provides endless fodder for magazine editorial as of late -- Vogue did a Vertigo-inspired photo shoot (I wrote about it here), and Vanity Fair even did a whole Hitchcock portfolio not too long ago.  There was also the release of two Hitchcock-centric films last year (The Girl and Hitchcock).

Model Carolyn Murphy and The Great Gatsby actor Tobey Maguire recreated scenes from 1954's Rear Window for the April issue of Vogue.  I feel like there is something a little too polished in the images, but it's interesting to see the interpretation nonetheless.  I gathered a few stills from the film for side-by-side comparison.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Through the Lens: Carey Mulligan Channels "The Great Gatsby" for Vogue

Carey Mulligan wears Dior Haute Couture in the May 2013 issue of Vogue.

Carey Mulligan wears some seriously amazing and intricate 1920s-inspired gowns by Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci and Dior for the May 2013 issue of Vogue.  Edited by Grace Coddington and shot by Mario Testino, she looks every bit Daisy Buchanan.  Baz Luhrmann's take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel will be released on May 10.

Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio recount the audition process and how they knew Mulligan was the perfect choice for the coveted role:
“In everybody’s mind they have a Daisy Buchanan. It’s like Scarlett O’Hara, how touchy a subject that is. I think of Scarlett as being this precious child star who’s been a star all her life, and that’s true about Daisy. She’s a kind of social supernova; she’s so attractive and dazzling, and she makes you feel as if you’re the only person in the world.” Mulligan’s audition came relatively late in the day. “We did the piece just before the dining-room scene where Daisy and Gatsby kiss. ‘Am I supposed to kiss him?’ she asked me. ‘Yes, go for it.’ She leaned over and she kisses Leonardo.”

After the scene, Luhrmann barely said goodbye to her, trying to get her out of the room so he could find out what DiCaprio thought. “Leonardo turned to me and he goes, ‘Well . . . I guess that’s the Next Big Thing in acting.’ He said—and I thought this was very astute—‘We’ve seen a lot of great actors, but Daisy has got to be a kind of hothouse flower, something that Gatsby never encountered before, such that he feels an obsession to protect her.’ It was a very quick decision after that. It really was one of those classic backstage stories where you went, ‘Hmm, hmm, hmm—boom.’ ” 
You can read the full interview here.

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