As a fashion handicapper of sorts, I’d put good money on a significant resurgence of prohibition era style in the next year. Baz Lurhman’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is slated for release November 2012 and all magazines love a big-budget period piece – especially when they star a fashion favorite (i.e Vogue favorite) like Carey Mulligan. While Gatsby is unlikely to influence the course of fashion in the way of 1972’s Weimar Republic musical, Cabaret, (today there’s just too darn much input and information for inspirational shockwaves to resonate that deeply for that long) it will undoubtedly drive a lot of attention toward the fashion of that same ‘roaring’ time.
So, before the stores are stocked with straight waist dresses and as hemlines continue to drop, look around your closet and vintage shops for clothes and accessories that have the cheeky, garçonne sensibility of history’s unflappable flapper. Or, funds allowing, check out look seventeen from The Row’s fall 2011 collection. In any case, I for one would love to see the present-day young and debauched in something other than a bandage dress. Here’s hoping this comeback’s odds are as good as I think they are.
Check in tomorrow for a little how-to project where we make the tasseled earrings featured in The Row’s fall 2011 look book. Fear not, craft challenged! It’s very easy!
Top illustration by Michelle Ricks, Runway photo: Black and sheer by The Row Fall 2011 via Style.com, Small illustration: Black and sheer by Chanel 1927 via Vogue Paris, Fig.1: Edie Borgo – $315 at Bergorf Goodman, Fig. 2: Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ Velvet Pumps – $795 at Bergdorf Goodman. com, Fig. 3: Stubbs and Wootton ‘W’ Black Velvet Slippers – $395 at Stubbs and Wootton, Fig. 4: Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ Velvet Flats – $660 at Net-a-Porter