Many people don’t realise the influence that film, art and music have on fashion and vice-versa. Here’s the proof. When the return of ‘The Great Gatsby’ was announced, fashion designers flocked to bring back the era that defines this masterpiece: the 1920’s.
Flapper style was huge in 2012. From Gucci’s Art Deco dresses to Ralph Lauren’s sheer slips, you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing a fringe here or a bead there. The high street was just kicking off when Warner Bros. declared that Baz Luhrmann’s film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, would not be released until May 2013. A collective gasp was heard from designers worldwide as they realised that they would have to reference the same time period for two seasons running. It was back to the drawing board for high street and high end.
Similar dress styles have recently emerged but it is the jewel and menswear collections that have truly stolen the show. Having links with the film, Brooks Brothers and Tiffany have proven that vintage really is the new modern. The American retailer, Brooks Brothers, have replicated the suits that they designed for the film. The pink suit has to be the stand-out piece but the array of ties and shoes will turn heads in equal measure.
Tiffany & Co. also reflect the extravagance that is depicted in the film. Their ‘Jazz Age Glamour’ collection is inspired by ‘the exuberant spirit of the 1920’s.’ The collaboration between Tiffany and ‘The Great Gatsby’ costume designer, Catherine Martin, makes for a captivating and exquisite range. In the 1920’s, Tiffany & Co. brought sleek diamonds and pearls to the forefront of jewellery. Now, they have modernised them using a variety of shapes and colours to bring the Gatsby style into the 21st century. The gorgeous £155,000 platinum headpiece with diamonds and pearls is the type of accessory that will enter the mainstream market (with a much lower price tag). The rings that are on display are my personal favourites. Black onyx mounted on sterling silver, sapphires, yellow diamonds that mesmerise you with their beauty – Tiffany & Co. has it all.
If you don’t want to splash the cash, try some vintage markets. As Jay Gatsby once said, “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!”