Monday, April 22, 2013

From Punk to Gatsby

A 2011 Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci ensemble of leather and chiffon.

Talk about whiplash.

I expect to feel a bit of style whiplash in May when two events are going to leave me thinking about two very different styles.

The first is the opening of the exhibit Punk: Chaos to Couture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I can’t wait to see it. God knows I never get tired of black so I’m sure the clothes will inspire me. I better break out the Chanel Black Satin nail polish and black leather Hermès cuff to wear on press day! This 2011 Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci ensemble was featured in the exhibit Fashion, A-Z: Part One, at The Museum at FIT in 2011. I don’t think it will be included in the Met’s exhibit but it could be since it certainly has a punk edge.

Pleated leather and chiffon. What’s not to love?

A side view, with a gorgeous 1997 coat by Alexander McQueen for Givenchy.

I think I have to wear this polish to Punk: Chaos to Couture at the Met. It seems required!

The second is the film release (finally!) of The Great Gatsby. I caught the latest trailer recently and it was like seeing Gatsby on steroids. It is a bigger, wilder world than the one Fitzgerald wrote about and it will be in 3D too. I’ve read The Great Gatsby so many times I have whole pieces of that novel engraved on my brain. I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation. I have a feeling I will either love it or hate it, there will be no in between. I do think the roles were well-cast so that makes me think I will love it. Will Leo finally get the Oscar he very much deserves?

I think Leo is perfect to play Jay Gatsby. He just gets better with age!

I know I will come away from Gatsby thinking about 1920s dresses by Edward Molyneux (be still my heart) and Jean Patou (ditto). These were featured in the exhibit Fashion, A-Z: Part Two, at The Museum at FIT last year.

A 1926-27 dress of blue silk chiffon and sequin dress by Edward Molyneux.

A 1929 dress of off-white silk chiffon and rhinestones by Jean Patou. 

A close-up of the rhinestone beading. Jean Patou considered Chanel his greatest rival.

I mean hello, look at this detailing. I’m dying of love!

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan.

What are your feelings about Punk? Will you go see The Great Gatsby?

There is a 3-minute video on the use of jewelry by Tiffany & Co. in the film. Have a look. The gems will make you swoon!


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I would love to see the punk display and Gatsby!! Unfortunately, 3-D upsets my stomach (literally) but I will go see it! I love the fact you are going to wear black nail go girl!! The Gatsby-like dresses you are here are beautiful!!

jill815 said...

Hi Pam, I am so with you, I do not like 3D movies at all. They give me a headache and the glasses always fall off my narrow face! I hope we are not entering a period where filmmakers feel every movie has to be in 3D. I've had to go to those movies for my kids, and they love the experience, but I prefer my movies in 2D! I hope Gatsby will be released in this format as well. XO, Jill

Adrienne Shubin said...

I wish we could go see Gatsby together. Wouldn't that be fun?
I do like punk...something so intriguing about it. And I lived in San Francisco in the 1980's where punk was in full swing so it brings some great memories back for me - particularly my time spent as a shoes salesperson on Haight street.
xo, A

Anonymous said...

When I think of punk I still see Vivienne Westwood when she was younger - and all the London based punks. I bet the exhibition is very interesting and fun to look well as your black satin nails :-D
I was too young for the first edition of The Great Gatsby and I think I'll only go to see it for the costumes these days ;-)
Beautiful dresses you are showing us here!! xo :-)

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I cannot wait for Gatsby to open. The fashion porn is going to be phenomenal.

I was a bit punk back in the day when I lived in London. Really it was all about standing out and not fitting into a certain mould. It could be a very interesting exhibit.

I am still mad at myself for not going to NYC to see the McQueen exhibit.


PinkCheetahVintage said...

Love punk and I loved The Great Gatsby. I can't wait to see the movie!!!
Def wear the black Chanel polish... That or the old Chanel Vamp. Do they still make that color?
Becky :)