As I am sure most of you know, director Baz Luhrmann recently released his film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire (to name a few). However, I was most excited for the visual effects. Luhrmann’s movies are famous for being visual extravaganzas, and Gatsby is no exception.
I had high expectations for this film because I really love the book—and for the most part, I was not disappointed. Carey Mulligan made a great Daisy, and DiCaprio played the nostalgic, idealistic Gatsby well. Their chemistry was really evident. My only critique of the movie is that parts of it are so melodramatic that they feel a little like a farce of the book.
However, the movie definitely had its high points. Along with the fantastic music in the film, the costumes are spectacular. Miuccia Prada designed all of Daisy’s opulent flapper dresses. The movie and costumes might be set in the Roaring Twenties, but many of the creations could be worn today. Drop-waists are coming back into style, as are fringe and crystal embellishments.
I love flapper fashion. (I was even a flapper for Halloween this year!) I think the clothing is just so fun and feminine. I love the silhouettes and colors, and the Art Deco details that make each outfit so unique. While flappers might be a thing of the past, flapper fashion is still relevant in your modern wardrobe. You could take small Gatsby-inspired items and merge them into your closet. Look for drop-waists, Art Deco designs, beading and lace or netting.
With her deadpan delivery and shamelessly awkward antics, she brings the best kind of weird to every situation. And while we love her as evil genius April on Parks and Recreation, we’re stoked that she’s finally graduating to leading lady status. She transformed the indie film Safety Not Guaranteed from a painful, low-budget near-miss to an awesome, low-budget success in a blink of her uncomfortably intense eyes.
So it makes us extra-excited to hear that she’s starring in a boundary-pushing romantic comedy, The To-Do List, due out this August. (Perhaps you caught her Kanye moment with Will Ferrell at last week’s MTV movie awards.)
My spring break is almost here and in honor of the fun about to commence, I’d like to share this fab video. It features some of my favorite models—Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevingne and Rosie Tapner—putting their own fashion girl spin on the “Harlem Shake“ at the most recent Topshop show in London.
Ladies, I know we love our fashion, but let’s take a moment to give kudos to a guy who dresses his best, too! I love love love Diggy. He’s one of my favorite artists; I have all of his songs! I especially like the song, “Do It Like You.” (Swoon!) For a while, I heard it every time I went to BP. and it always made my day.
Okay, so I love his music already, but then on top of that, he has really cool style! Check it out:
When we asked the Special Occasion buying team to pick their favorite red-carpet looks for prom 2013, they were thrilled. They picked the hottest trends from the Oscars, the Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, then picked paparazzi-ready prom dresses for your big night.
Go Metallic Naomi Watts in Dolce & Gabbana | La Femme
Feeling Blue Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton | Aiden Mattox
Illusion Lace Nina Dobrev in Elie Saab | Max & Cleo
It’s Black History Month, which is the perfect time to acknowledge some of the fabulous African Americans who’ve made waves in the fashion industry:
1. Grace Jones
This model is famous for her energetic posing and facial expressions. You might even see some Grace Jones-esque ads in current magazines.
2. André Leon Talley This former Vogue editor-at-large and current Vogue contributing editor (as well as former editor of multiple big name magazines) has always supported up-and-coming designers, helping them to emerge in the fashion industry. He was also recently a judge on America’s Next Top Model.
3. Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell can walk like no other woman on Earth. In addition to being a rock star on the runway, she’s graced the covers of dozens of fashion magazines, including Vogue. Watch her in action on her new show on Oxygen, The Face.
5. Bethann Hardison Bethann Hardison was instrumental in breaking down color barriers in the fashion industry, frst as a model and later when she started her own modeling agency. On top of that, she’s currently making a documentary called Invisible Beauty about the challenges that women of color face in the fashion industry (check out the pix from the film’s Vogue Italia party). AND she has super-inspiring Pinterest boards.
Who are some of your favorite African-American fashion icons?
I am infatuated with the editorial spread on AnnaSophia Robb in the February issue of Teen Vogue. I love how they used mod patterns to evoke Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick. More importantly, though, I am captivated by the dramatic eyeliner patterns! They are so cool. I would never have thought to use my whole eyelid as a canvas.
Does anyone else watch awards shows just for the fashion? Honestly, I have little to no interest in the actual show—I just tune in for the red carpet! My favorite gowns from the most recent awards show, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, were these (in no particular order):
I will let you all in on a secret: I am a HUGE award-show fan. I love watching the red carpet coverage, celebrating when my favorites win, and yelling at the television when they don’t. Award season was kicked off with the People’s Choice Awards. While there were some fashion risk-takers, the majority of the starlets’ sartorial choices were lackluster. I was impressed by Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Hough, though.
While they are both relative newcomers on the award show circuit, they looked great. Julianne Hough’s sparkly and slightly celestial Tony Ward Couture dress looked great on her. Her shoes were a good choice in my opinion, and I loved her slightly unkempt hair. Most of all, the entire ensemble was youthful and fun, which suited her perfectly.
I think fifteen-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz stole the show with her neon Simone Rocha mini-dress. Almost every other celebrity chose darker colors, so the electric yellow really stood out. Instead of appearing garish, it looked modern and chic on her. I loved her simple makeup and half updo.
Both of these dresses could easily be incorporated into your own wardrobes. You couldn’t go wrong with a shimmering A-line dress at a winter formal. A bright fit-and-flare dress would be perfect for a spring lunch or date night. Even if they weren’t among the official winners that night, they both receive style awards from me.