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 Herm├Ęs 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 :)