Get 'The Great Gatsby' Look, Old Sport
Baz Luhrmann's highly-anticipated adaption of "The Great Gatsby" opens Friday and many fans are already getting into the spirit — thanks to the movie's glamorous couture.
Among the trends sparked by the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan are decadent jewels, glittering drop waist dresses made for dancing, bold lips, and crisp suits for the gents. And experts say the demand for the "Roaring '20s" style started long before Hollywood caught on.
“The 1920s look has been emerging for a few seasons now,” says Jane Monnington Boddy, director of women’s trend forecasting at Stylesight. “We have been talking about this since fall/winter 2011 when Vera Wang showed a simple version of this look. Since then it’s been taken on by several designers, such as Thom Browne for spring/summer 2011 and Louis Vuitton for fall/winter 2012.”
“As it evolved season-by-season, it’s become bolder and more daring, evolving from just the straight lines to refined embellishment,” she adds.
Jaimie Hilfiger, a model and fashion expert who credits designers like Sue Wong for helping to spark the romantic vintage look, believes it will continue to resonate with everyone, even after the film’s premiere.
“The ‘20s look works well for both men and women because it’s a timeless, classic style that isn’t trendy,” says Hilfiger. “The look is clean, polished and appropriate for both day and evening. The look makes a man appear handsome and a woman glamorous. Women are usually attracted to intricate details that allow her to stand out from the crowd. Wearing something from the time of Gatsby definitely stands out. Details like the lacework and beading are always in fashion.”
Want to channel your inner Jay Gatsby or Daisy Buchanan without looking like a movie extra? We reached out to several stylists, including those involved with the film, to learn how to get this timeless look: