Seeing The Great Gatsby film this year was a feast for my eyes. The clothes, the setting, the lifestyle was an overload of opulence and I was loving every minute of it. I left the theater wishing I had somewhere to go where I can dress like Daisy Buchanan dripping in pearls, Swarovski crystals and feathers and dance with Jay Gatsby (preferably the Leo DiCaprio version of Jay) donned in a perfectly tailored tux with a freshly pressed white pocket square.
What struck a cord was how different society is today from what it was in the Roaring Twenties. The movement of fashion lately is heavily weighted on the casual, effortless vibe epitomized by Erin Wasson or Lou Doillon. It's about looking perfectly undone. It's about trying to look like you didn't try at all. We care more about broadcasting an attitude than broadcasting a designer label.
And that is the exact antithesis of what the 20's and Gatsby represented. Getting dressed up was exciting in those days. The more lavish, the better. The over-the-top were not reserved for that one special occasion, instead they were worn all the time. They celebrated luxury, extravagance and grandeur the way we celebrate boyfriend jeans, plaid flannels and, well, Williamsburg.
That contrast took me to a place I've never visited before, an era I've only heard about but never experienced. To me that was where the magic of that movie came from. From there, and of course Leo's presence in the film, but that goes without saying.
The film has clearly had a magical impact on the fashion world at large. I loved catching glimpses of Gatsby influence in Tommy Ton's street style shots from Milan Fashion Week. There were pastel suits, bow ties, boat hats, the three piece suit and cropped pants paired with sock-less loafers. It just goes to show you how much film and the arts influence our fashion outlook and personal style.
Tommy Ton, you rock my socks off. Literally. I'm suddenly craving some cropped trousers and sock-less loafers.
I love these shots for capturing such captivating subjects who managed to bring the nostalgia of the twenties to the streets while updating it for today. The stacked bracelets, the wayfarer sunglasses, the pop of chambray and of course the presence of the iPhone make these photos brilliant representations of modern fashion. A dose of nostalgia with an attitude of today.
Which is in a way exactly what Baz Luhrmann created with his version of the Great Gatsby. He gave us all of the yummy nostalgia we longed for, remixed with modern day music from Jay-Z, Beyonce and Florence & the Machine. It was an interesting tactic, and a winning one too. It grounded the film and created something that we can relate to.
So I guess we can say that Baz and Tommy are two peas in a pod eh? Kinda like me and Leo.
Are you craving a Gatsby wardrobe too?